When it comes to reversing your type 2 diabetes, following the generic rules for health and wellness is simply not enough. For those who have type 2 diabetes, utilizing an individualized nutrition, exercise, and stress management plan is essential to reversing the damage caused by years of inflammation and erratic blood sugar levels and achieving optimal health! Below I have offered four tips that can serve as a foundation for your new journey to better health and a life free from diabetes.
Here are 4 tips to help you reverse your type 2 diabetes
Getting plenty of liquid does not necessarily mean plenty of hydration.
There are some beverages that don’t contribute to your daily hydration intake and may, in fact, dehydrate you!
Many beverages like
- Energy drinks
are filled with additives that can change the way your body processes the liquid. Your body needs to be hydrated enough to support the delivery of essential nutrients to your cells and the elimination of toxins and waste. The easiest way to know if you are getting enough hydration is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of purified, clean water every day (160 lb. person= 80 oz. H2O).
Studies have shown that the widespread presence of toxins such as environmental pollutants, heavy metals, pesticides, and household chemicals (xenobiotics) has been partially responsible for the increase in diabetes and other chronic disease cases. These “endocrine disruptors” can cause insulin resistance, inflammation, disruption of gut health, and more. Skilled functional medicine providers will provide comprehensive testing and treatment plans to identify toxins, detoxify the body, and heal damaged tissue.
Maintaining the health of your muscles, joints, and connective tissues are incredibly important when working to improve your type 2 diabetes. You want to be active because physical activity is crucial to your vitality and longevity; however, if you’ve been struggling with excess weight on your joints or muscle atrophy due to inactivity, then getting up and moving could be more difficult for you. Bodywork such as massage therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, and acupuncture can help your recovery process during this time of lifestyle transformation.
4. Support System
This last tip has been proven to help in a variety of areas as well as assisting in the diabetes healing process.
A positive support system will encourage habits that promote your health care needs.
You can find a healthy support system with health care providers, friends, and family. These individuals will be your encouragement as you make positive changes in your life.