7 Important Foods to Balance Blood Sugar In Children on The Spectrum
Balanced Blood sugar can be key in helping children on the spectrum manage their moods and behavior. Balanced blood sugar levels are crucial to a healthy and prosperous life. Balanced blood sugar levels prevent disruption of your body’s functions and help your overall health. Balanced Blood sugar plays an important role for pregnant mothers as well. Studies show that glucose abnormalities in the embryo, the fetus or the neonate seem to have a role in the pathogenesis of ASD. We always hear about high blood sugar and the risk of type 2 diabetes but for kids on the spectrum, low blood sugar or hypoglycemia can also be an issue. Hypoglycemia is a condition that comes from low blood sugar or low glucose. Hypoglycemia can result in behavioral outbursts, anxiety, and lack of ability to think clearly can be the result of the brain being starved of its energy supply. Some people call it “hangry”… When it has been a while since our last meal or snack, our blood sugar drops and our brain runs out of energy. If we eat too many sugars and refined carbohydrates, our body responds by releasing large amounts of the hormone insulin to counteract all of the sugar. Balance is key for everyone but especially for those on the spectrum who are sensitive to what they eat and how it affects their bodies.
Here are a few foods to add to your diet to help balance your families blood sugar:
You can never eat too many greens. For the best blood sugar benefits, go for nutrient-dense, low-carb greens like spinach, kale, and broccoli. These greens are also very rich in protein and calcium, which help your body in multiple areas. You can toss these greens in salads with olive oil and chunks of salmon. Studies have shown that these three vegetables contribute to a dramatic improvement in patients who are constantly battling with their blood sugar.
- Low fructose fruits:
Fruit is always a must, but for blood sugar-specific management, choose fruits that are low fructose, such as cantaloupe, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, and blackberries. You can snack on them throughout the day, or toss them in your salad, smoothies, or acai bowls.
Muscle is the largest organ in the body and you need to feed it. Every cell in your body needs the amino acids in protein to function properly. You and your kids need protein to create neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. Neurotransmitters make us feel good and they help us to focus and concentrate.
Protein is also essential for slowing down glucose absorption in your body, which helps regulate your blood sugar levels. Add foods to your diet that are packed with protein, like wild salmon and other types of fish, beef and other types of lean meat, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, and eggs. Make your diet interesting; try snack ideas like celery sticks dipped in all-natural peanut butter. This snack is rich in protein and only contains the good kind of fat. Remember everything in moderation, however. Too much protein actually can become sugar in your blood, creating a condition called gluconeogenesis; 40 to 70 grams of protein is enough for a day.
- Herbs and Spices:
Herbs and spices are natural supplements for balancing your blood sugar levels. They not only add flavor to your dishes but they may also help your hormone’s lower your blood sugar. Some spices, like turmeric, contain anti-inflammatory properties, which help in balancing out your sugar.
- Low-calorie natural drinks:
Cut out sugary, high-calorie drinks from your diet. Add drinks like cinnamon tea, lemon water, and cucumber juice in your daily routine.
Beans are a good source of protein, low carb, and rich in fiber, all important factors in balancing your blood sugar. Hummus, lentils and garbanzo beans are good examples and great dietary choices. Remember to soak them the night before to promote easier digestion.
- Health Fats:
Fats are important from brain health! Your brain is about 70% fats and you need to feed your brain. Eating more healthful fats and fewer unhealthful fats may help lower levels of harmful cholesterol, improve heart health, and provide better blood sugar control. Try some healthy fats like Avocado, Olive oil, and omega 3 fatty acids. Nuts like almonds and walnuts contain healthy amounts of fiber, protein, and healthy fats, and are a low carb snack idea.
Try balancing your blood sugar the natural way by changing the way you eat. You’ll be amazed at the difference!
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