If you are worried about how high blood sugar levels are, you are probably looking for natural, easy methods of improving your health. Luckily, there are some simple ways to get your health back on track, simply by what you to drink. Here, we talked with nutritionists and dietitians about the very best drinks that, when consumed consistently, could reduce your blood sugar levels in a flash.
1 — Matcha
Unless you have avoided social media for the last few years, you are likely familiar with this kind of green tea. It provides a lot of the same benefits, but it is prepared in a unique way. To craft this cocktail, you should take young tea leaves and grind them until it becomes a powder. Then whisk them in hot water for a warming, an antioxidant-rich drink, says Sarah Koszyk. While it may take a little extra time to whip up, it is worth it to reduce your blood sugar levels.
“Multiple studies have linked green tea consumption with lowering fasting insulin levels and lowering A1c levels,” she said. “The catechins that are found within matcha help improve your insulin sensitivity. Matcha is high in EGCG, which can stimulate glucose uptake into the cells and decreases blood sugar levels.”
2 — Water
We all know how vital water is to our overall vitality and health, allowing our bodies to operate optimally. So, it is likely no surprise that the good ‘ole H20 could lower your blood sugar, as well. Dehydration creates an environment that will produce higher blood sugar concentrations, and to make things a little harder, the higher blood sugar could further contribute to dehydration, says Marissa Kai Miluk.
“Drinking extra water will help you stay hydrated and eliminate extra glucose (sugar) through urine,” she said.
And if you were to get bored of plain water? Do not sweat it. She says to try some flavored sparkling water.
“These water variations can boost the satisfaction factor that is important to living a healthful life while also managing your blood sugar levels,” she adds.
3 — Golden milk
Also known as Turmeric Milk, Koszyk said this beverage has many positive benefits, including better blood sugar regulation. Though there are a lot of recipes out there, she said the best ingredients to include are cinnamon, turmeric, ginger and your milk of choice. (Of course, you will want to skip adding any syrup or sugar because that could also spike blood sugar levels!)
However, if you want a little sweetness added, Koszyk said to use an alternative natural sweetener such as monk fruit, made from a real melon-like fruit, that does not affect blood sugars and could actually improve your glycemic control—and your sugar cravings.
Why does it work? “Turmeric is rich in antioxidants like curcumin, which gives the spice that orange coloring and offers anti-inflammatory benefits as well,” she says. “Oxidative stress plays a role in insulin resistance, and the antioxidants that are found within turmeric can lower this stress and offer better blood sugar control. Cinnamon also helps to lower blood sugar levels by making insulin better at moving glucose into cells.”