3 Blood Sugar Balancing Habits to Start Now

3 Blood Sugar Balancing Habits to Start Now

If you've ever experienced a sugar high (which let's be honest, most people have), you know that after the sugar high comes the negative side effects. You might not realize it, but balancing blood sugar is one of the most important factors in longevity. According to Dr. Axe, elevated blood sugar levels over an extended period of time can cause diabetes, nerve damage, weight gain, and other long-term side effects.

Regulating blood sugar doesn't have to be a daunting task. Simply try incorporating some of these tips into your daily lifestyle.

1) Avoid Processed Foods and Refined Sugar

Not all sugar is created equal. Most processed foods are made with cane sugar and enriched flours. Refined sugar can cause your blood sugar levels to spike.  Try opting for natural and organic sweeteners like honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar.

Pro tip: Next time you're craving a sweet dessert, try making one of these no-bake almond butter protein bars. They are refined-sugar free!

2) Eat Healthy Fats

Avocados, nuts, and oils are great examples of healthy fats that are super satiating. They'll help stabilize your blood sugar by slowing down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream.

Pro tip: Next time you make a smoothie, try adding 1/2 avocado to it. It will help stabilize the sugar from the fruit.

Read More: The Beginner's Guide to Building the Perfect Smoothie

3) Reduce Stress in Your Life

Cortisol, aka the "stress hormone" helps keep inflammation at bay and manages how the body breaks down fat, protein, and carbohydrates. If cortisol levels are high, it increases blood sugar which often leads to increased cravings and overeating. 

Pro tip: Take a relaxing bath or incorporate aromatherapy into your daily routine to help eliminate stress. 

4) Get Enough Sleep

It sounds like a common sense thing, but getting enough sleep is so important. When we lose sleep, it not only impacts how we work and function, but can also have long-term consequences. Lack of sleep makes us more likely to crave sugary foods that will increase our blood sugar levels.

Pro tip: Aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.