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5 VITAL NUTRIENTS THAT HELP YOU LEAD A SMART LIFE


We don’t need to be reminded about the fact that nutrition is vital to a healthy living or being fit. It is also directly responsible for majority of our health outcomes. 

Oftentimes, you are so overwhelmed, trying to figure out the right mix of nutrients to lead a healthy and balanced life; especially when you are a diabetic. Most of the natural nutritional supplements are designed to support three essential body systems, viz., digestive, hormonal and detoxification.  Hormonal imbalance causes persistent weight gain, fatigue, low sex drive, anxiety, irritability, depression, and poor sleep patterns. Similarly, maintaining your digestive health is as vital as maintaining your overall wellness.  

Our body is constantly bombarded with toxins from both outside and from within - cigarette smoke, particulate emissions from vehicles, medications, alcohol..... the list goes on. Poor dietary and lifestyle choices will have severe implications on detoxification processes. As a result, the liver and other organ functions will suffer. 

The treatment of diabetes and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) requires nutritional supplementation. Supplementing the affected patients with some key nutrients has been shown to have proven results in maintaining their blood sugar levels.  But, one must realise that supplements should be used only as a part of a comprehensive approach. Supplements are not meant to be a food substitute. They can't reproduce all nutritional benefits of whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables.

In this post, we’re going to take a look at a few examples on how supplementing a few nutrients would aid the balancing process. 

Using the tips covered in this post, you should be able to maximise your health and enjoy a holistic lifestyle.

CHROMIUM

We all know how addictive one can be to sugar. The craving for sugar forces you to indulge in sugary treats, and the harmful complications that follows. Well, you can kill this craving to a certain extent by consuming chromium rich foods. 



You find it from foods rich in minerals, such as whole grains, wheat germ, bran cereal, lettuce, raw onions, broccoli, sweet potato, green beans, raw tomatoes, black pepper, grapes, and ham.

This nutrient works closely with insulin for the uptake of glucose into cells. Deficiency of chromium will lead to the action of insulin being blocked to enter the cells and level of glucose rises. 

VITAMIN C

It’s well known to all that vitamin C is an antioxidant nutrient as well as vital for our immune system. 



In fact, this nutrient is much need for a diabetic than a healthy non diabetic. This can fight against the symptoms like poor wound healing, elevated cholesterol and depressed immune system. Citrus fruits are not the only sources but you could also use broccoli, peppers, potatoes, cauliflower and red chilli.  

VITAMIN E 

Vitamin E is another antioxidant rich nutrient because it protects against damage to cell membranes. 



Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that reduces fat oxidation and increases the production of HDL cholesterol. Almonds, kiwi, sunflower seeds, and dark leafy greens are some of the foods that contain Vitamin E.

MAGNESIUM

Magnesium is a glucose metabolism nutrient. Magnesium deficiency may prevent the complication related to retinopathy and heart disease.


High magnesium foods include dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, bananas, dried fruit, dark chocolate,  and more.

ZINC

Zinc is involved in all the aspects of insulin metabolism like synthesis, secretion and utilisation. Some sources are whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. 


While supplements could be a useful way to get your nutritional balance right, you need to get your facts straight on what they will and won't do for you. Adequate supply of  nutrients in patients with diabetes has shown to  improve their blood sugar levels. 

Sustained efforts at improving lifestyle choices, dietary modification, and consistent physical activity would definitely help you enjoy a true holistic health.



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