Steady blood sugar levels – how to get it and why it’s important

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If you often find yourself feeling light-headed, distracted, shaky or even a little nauseated, you could be experiencing unsteady blood sugar levels. Despite the common association between blood sugar and diabetes, it’s not only diabetics who need to stay on top of their blood sugar levels. Steady blood sugar levels are vital for everyone, and can actually help to prevent diabetes in the first place. Here’s everything you need to know about healthy blood sugar, how to get it and how to maintain it.

What is blood sugar?

Blood glucose, or blood sugar, is the concentration of sugar in the blood that supplies the body with energy. Blood sugar comes from the food and drink we consume, as well as the stores of glucose in our liver and muscles. Typically, the body is able to maintain steady blood sugar levels on its own, however in people with diabetes, this balance can often only be achieved through a careful diet and medication.

Why is it important?

Healthy, blood sugar levels are vital for energy, concentration and stability in the short-term, as well as healthy nerve and organ function in the long-term. When blood sugar levels are too high, you may experience blurry vision, frequent urination and weight-loss, and may often feel tired and thirsty. When blood sugar levels are too low, you may experience sweating, shakiness/dizziness, extreme hunger and an increased heart rate. Maintaining a healthy, steady blood sugar level will keep these symptoms at bay and help you feel and perform your best.

How can you achieve it?

Achieving and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is entirely possible with a little bit of careful planning and commitment, and most of it comes down to diet. To keep a steady blood sugar level and still meet the rest of your body’s needs, start by making the following changes to your diet:

• Eat a nourishing breakfast. Start your day with a nutritious breakfast including whole grains (or incorporate some Slendier!) and high-quality protein to help get your blood sugar levels steady for the day ahead. Meals like boiled eggs, avocado on wholemeal toast, or porridge are excellent choices for sustainable energy.

• Eat more high-protein, low-GI foods. Foods like eggs, whole grains, legumes, nuts and small quantities of lean meats will release energy slowly and keep you feeling satiated for longer. Try to base your lunches and dinners on these ingredients.
• Fill in the gaps between meals with a snack. Aim for foods like raw almonds, peanut butter on apple slices, a handful of berries or a banana for slow-release energy to tide you over until your next meal.

Whatever you do, stay well away from refined carbs and sugars, and never skip meals. Steady blood sugar levels are simple to maintain, as long as you stay on track!

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