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November Is Diabetes Awareness Month: Here Are 6 Natural Diabetes-Preventing Remedies

November Is Diabetes Awareness Month: Here Are 6 Natural Diabetes-Preventing Remedies

November is American Diabetes Month,  which means you should raise your awareness of the dangers of developing diabetes and the treatment options available. About 86 million people in America are at risk of developing diabetes because of the high-sugar Western diet and fast food popularity. But mostly it’s because almost 70 percent of adults are either overweight or obese, and 90 percent of type 2 diabetes sufferers are either obese or overweight. Doctors have linked being overweight or obese as a huge risk factor for developing diabetes.

If you’re overweight, here are some natural, healthy ways that can help you prevent developing diabetes and slim your waistline.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

At least 35 percent of obesity-specializing doctors prescribe phentermine, which is an effective appetite suppressant, because of its effectiveness in lowering their patients’ body weight. Doctors also prescribe it for diabetes management. But phentermine and other weight control pharmaceuticals can be expensive, and possibly wrought with side effects, like swelling and trouble breathing.

But did you know a $5 bottle of vinegar can give you almost the same appetite suppressing effects for months? Researchers found that taking diluted vinegar before eating suppresses your appetite and boosts your satiety. Participants felt less hungry after taking the vinegar and ate less when their meal was presented to them. But researchers think the reason is because the vinegar solution made the subjects feel nauseous.

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Taking diluted vinegar right before a meal also directly protects you from and helps treat diabetes. Diabetic participants who took two teaspoons of vinegar right before eating experienced 20 percent lowered blood sugar levels after their meal compared with the control group. The effect lasts five hours, but is less effective the earlier you take it before eating. But if you eat within five hours of drinking two teaspoons of vinegar diluted in water, you’ll have lowered blood sugar levels.

2. Daily Alpha Lipoic Supplements

WebMD says that alpha-lipoic acid supplements can help treat type 2 diabetes. Evidence shows that alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) helps improve insulin resistance. They can also help heal the side effects caused by diabetes, like nerve damage caused by chronic diabetes and damage to retinas.

As a bonus, taking ALA also alleviates any back pain you might be experiencing. Researchers who gave chronic lower back pain sufferers 600 milligrams of ALA experienced so much pain relief that they stopped taking analgesics.

Why is ALA so holistically healthy? Because it’s one of the wholesome nutrients found in tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, and many types of cruciferous vegetables. Not only can eating your greens everyday prevent diabetes, but their fiber keeps you feeling full so you’ll be less likely to overeat. This helps you lose weight. But if you want the full diabetes-preventing effects, you should also take the supplement.

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3. Green Coffee Bean Extract

Researchers found that taking green coffee bean extract can help you lose about 6 pounds. Researchers believe this supplement can help curb the obesity epidemic plaguing America.

They also found that it can lower your blood sugar levels if they’re raised too high by your liver. They think this property makes green coffee bean extract a good natural treatment for diabetes.

4. Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting can help you lose weight and prevent diabetes too. It goes by many names since many fad diets are variations on it. Even if you’re not familiar with what intermittent fasting is, you’ve already done it if you’ve ever skipped a meal – because that’s all it is! But when you intermittently fast intentionally you usually eat on a set schedule such that you’re “intermittently fasting.”

If you do the math, skipping a meal everyday means you’re taking in less calories everyday. Logically, you would lose weight if you’re taking in less calories than you’re spending because of the missing meal. In fact, when researchers studied participants who underwent intermittent fasting, they found these participants lost 10 percent of their extra fat. But besides the math, intermittent fasting also directly boosts your metabolism, which is another reason why you’ll weight. Why? Researchers discovered that when you fast, your body goes into survival mode, which is what your body does when you exercise vigorously.

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According to nutrition expert Brad Pilon, intermittent fasting also improves your insulin sensitivity, which helps prevent and treat diabetes. For better weight loss results, he advises that you stick to water, black coffee, tea, sparkling water, and maybe diet soda when on your intermittent fasting diet.

5. Red Wine

Here’s a weight loss drink you’ll be more than happy to drink – wine! This party and romantic beverage can cut down how much fat you gain by 40 percent. It also improves your heart the same way that exercising moderately for an hour does. So if you’re about to eat a big dinner, a glass of red wine keeps your weight gain down by almost half. Red wine may also help you lose weight because it promotes your stagnant fats to burn actively without you exercising.

Red wine is also filled with nutrients, like vitamin B and iron, and loaded with antioxidants. These antioxidants help ward off chronic diseases.

If you drink red wine once a day, you help prevent diabetes by cutting how much excess fat your body stores. Doing so also protects your heart and body from serious illnesses. As a bonus, red wine has also been found to slow aging by repairing your DNA.

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6. Protein Powder

Protein powders aren’t just for building muscle. Researchers found they can help you lose weight and help prevent and treat diabetes too. They found that taking whey protein lowers your insulin and blood sugar levels (while also obviously boosting your muscle growth).

Choose rice protein powder because it’s been found to lower blood sugar levels and boost fat burning better than casein protein powder. Also, researchers found that vegetable-based protein powders protect your heart, kidneys, and boost your immunity while animal-based protein powders don’t really offer these extra benefits.

This November, boost your diabetes prevention or treatment with these natural, holistically healthy remedies. They not only keep diabetes at bay, but also protect you from other diseases and help you slim down.

Featured photo credit: TesaPhotography via pixabay.com

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8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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