Nutrition is obviously important to reversing type 2 diabetes, but nutrition alone will not be enough to urge your body to heal itself and reverse the disease. Below are five healing practices that go beyond nutrition and have significant impacts on your health.
Our bodies are strong and can handle quite a lot. At the end of the day, however, we need to provide them with general care and maintenance so that they can function optimally.
Practice 1 – Sufficient Sleep
Beyond diet, sleep is one of the most important functions required in health preservation. While you sleep, your body has a chance to repair and reset itself. Getting enough sleep (and restful sleep) will help you wake up feeling ready to take on the day. If you don’t get enough sleep or you’re having trouble getting quality sleep, your body isn’t given the opportunity to perform the processes it needs to restore and renew itself, and this is a crucial aspect in staying healthy. Poor sleeping habits are linked to a heightened risk of developing diabetes.
Practice 2 – Getting Physical
Generally speaking, the average diabetic can greatly improve his or her health by staying active and maintaining satisfactory activity levels. This can include a strenuous workout or something as basic as mild walking. In fact, it is even best for some diabetics to avoid intense fitness routines, as this could cause more damage and less benefit. I recommend beginning at a lower level of exercise and increasing your fitness level as your body becomes ready for more.
If you have uncontrolled blood sugar or diabetes, make sure to start a fitness routine only after consulting your functional medicine provider.
Practice 3- Maintain the Microbiome
The microbiome is a colony of microbes that live together in your digestive tract. They inhabit your body from your mouth all the way to your colon, with most of them setting up shop in the colon. The thing about the microbiome is there are healthy microbes and dangerous microbes. It’s imperative that you maintain the balance of healthy microbes so that the dangerous ones can’t run amok inside the gut.
By eating whole foods, free from pesticides, and making sure to add prebiotic and probiotic foods to your daily diet, you can ensure that the healthy bugs will dominate the microbiome.
Practice 4- Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
What goes on in the gut is important, but the mouth is also a pretty important area when it comes to maintaining general health. Your mouth is home to various microbiota that work together to keep your tissues and teeth healthy. In fact, individuals who have gum disease are at an increased risk of developing insulin resistance, inflammation, and type 2 diabetes. If there are unhealthy pathogens in your mouth, they will ultimately make their way into the gut and compromise the healthy microbes. Keep your mouth clean by using charcoal and/or probiotic-based toothpaste.
Practice 5 – Learn Good Stress Management Skills
Chronic stress is a major contributor to hormonal changes that can negatively impact your immune system. Not only that, but also stress can increase inflammation and reduce your body’s ability to metabolize glucose.
In your journey towards complete healing, I encourage you to utilize tools such as deep breathing, Qigong, yoga, and meditation to train your mind and body to deal with stress in a healthy way.