Monday, 16 October 2017

2 Easy Steps To Strengthen Your Immune System

Your immune system is undoubtedly one of your most valuable assets, serving as your natural shield against bacteria and viruses.

Have you noticed that some people seem to be “unbreakable”, and rarely ever catch a cold? The reason why is because some of us have a naturally strong immune system. However, even if your natural defense mechanism is not as strong as it should be, there are several things you can do to make sure it works at its fullest potential.

With that in mind, here you will find some of the main reasons why your immune system is down, and what you can do to naturally restore its function!

Step #1 – 

Probiotics – The Secret To A Strong Immune System

Probiotics are live bacteria that live in the gut and counteract the effects of bad bacteria and viruses.

When the levels of probiotics drop under a certain limit, we are left exposed to these viruses and more prone to catching a cold and developing various conditions, such as autoimmune disease or even the leaky gut syndrome, which has been widely linked to low levels of good bacteria.

When the lack of probiotics is to blame for this, the good news is that you can easily reverse these conditions by simply increasing your intake of good, live bacteria.

The leaky gut syndrome is also associated with a wide array of dangerous, long-term diseases, ranging all the way from lupus and diabetes to multiple sclerosis.

When you accidentally destroy the probiotics in your gut (which usually happens after taking antibiotics for an extended period of time), the leaky gut syndrome sets in and microbes, toxins, undigested food and other types of toxins are likely to leak through your intestines.

Probiotics have many different benefits you should be aware of.

Aside from improving the irregular bowel movements and treating the leaky gut syndrome, probiotics also reduce the amount of harmful gastrointestinal microorganisms (the bad bacteria, in other words).

They reduce bloating and other forms of gastrointestinal discomfort and they also increase your resistance to pollen, allergens, viruses and bacteria by simply boosting your immune system.

At the same time, probiotics are also known to protect your DNA structure from oxidative damage induced by free radicals, thus having the same effect as antioxidants.

Step #2 – 

Steer Clear Of Antibiotics Unless Absolutely Necessary

Now that you know how probiotics work and why they are paramount for our overall health, it is important to be aware of the actions that destroy our “probiotic reservoir”, slowly but surely.

Antibiotics are known to be probiotics’ number one enemy. Whenever there is a bacterial infection going on and you are prescribed a strong antibiotic treatment, the antibiotics do not distinguish between the good and the bad bacteria, killing all of them indiscriminately.

In many cases, antibiotics can turn out to be life-saving medications.

But it is important to be fully aware of the collateral damage they cause – and the antibiotic-associated diarrhea is one of the direct results of the antibiotics killing the good bacteria.

Statistically speaking, approximately 30% of those who take antibiotics also develop antibiotic-induced diarrhea, due to the impaired bacterial functioning.

However, it must be said that antibiotics are not the only ones you should watch out for.

If you care about your health and your immune system – tap water is also very rich in chlorine and fluoride, both of which can quickly wipe out the probiotics in your gut.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is… you need to take two important measures in order to maintain stable levels of probiotics in your digestive system.

The first step is to start consuming foods that are rich in probiotics and that will help you detoxify your intestines and support the function of your immune system (milk yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, kvass or coconut kefir).

The second step is to avoid or at least limit the actions that kill the good bacteria, as mentioned above.

In addition to this, it is also very important to remember that probiotics are living bacteria, therefore they only thrive under certain conditions. This is why it is important to opt for freeze-dried supplements and pills, as opposed to powders that may have little to no effect.

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Benefits of Honey

It's happening in small, private clinics...

And it's happening in the largest, most respected hospitals in the world...

A rising tide of doctors and health care providers are now urging their patients eat this "life-giving" sugar every single day.

They're not just recommending it to give a "slightly better alternative" to other sweeteners either. They're prescribing it to treat life-threatening diseases, heal chronic conditions, and keep people looking and feeling their very best.

What is this sugar?

If you guessed honey, then you're absolutely right. For we've all heard about how honey is a remarkable substance. We've heard about how it "doesn't go bad". Or about how archaeologists found unspoiled, 2000-year-old honey in an Egyptian tomb.

but what you may not know is

Honey contains a concentrated dose of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that nourish and re-vitalize your body. And it possesses unique antimicrobial properties that help you fight off infections.

Throughout history, honey has been used to treat...

Skin infections
And more!

For example, honey was the most popular ancient Egyptian healing remedy (and was mentioned over 500 times in 900 remedies.)

Hippocrates (the father of modern medicine) used honey as a treatment for pain, dehydration, and fever. And this isn't just some "folk remedy" discredited by modern science either. Researchers (in thousands of peer-reviewed papers) continue to uncover just how healing honey can be.

In fact...

I personally prescribe this healing super food. This often surprises people though.

I still remember how one patient, Rachel, just stood there, staring at me with her mouth open.

"Hold on. Let me get this straight." she said. "Did I really just hear my doctor tell me to give my seven-year-old son honey?!?"

I nodded. "Just a spoonful before he goes to bed. The cough will clear up in no time."

Her son, Kevin, had just recovered from the flu. And while the fever and nausea had faded, his cough hadn't.

Overcome by a fit of coughing every five minutes, he couldn't sleep at night (which made him cranky and miserable all day.)

Rachel was at her wit's end. The sleepless nights left her exhausted. And she'd done everything she could think of to help her son... Lots of water... Cough syrup... Even antibiotics.

And here I was, a physician, prescribing something you'd normally drizzle over oatmeal or spread on toast.

Truth be told though, I could sympathize with her skepticism. For when I first heard about honey's life-giving properties...

I Didn't Believe the Science

See, I'm a naturopathic physician. What that means is that I treat real patients for real illnesses. I'm responsible for helping them get better.

I don't take that responsibility lightly.

That makes me a fierce skeptic when it comes to "miracle cures". If you're going to trust me as their doctor, I intend full-well to repay that trust and prescribe treatments that will work.

I demand to see peer-reviewed studies.

I go out of my way to talk to leading doctors and health experts.

In fact, my strict standards for evidence are a key reason why I have the respect of not just the alternative health world, but the traditional western medical community as well.

Take, for example, the endorsement of Yale University (a leading, Ivy League medical institution.) I teach classes there. And I help them develop their curriculum.

In addition, I am also...  Dr. Joshua a doctor for doctors. Many of my current patients are doctors and nurses.

After seeing the results I get for their patients (I tend to get referred "problem" cases that traditional medicine can't solve), doctors often come to me and say, "Whatever you did to that guy, I want you to do it to me too."

All this is to say...

I'm very serious when it comes to medicine.

And when I first heard the claims people were making about honey's healing abilities, I was rightly skeptical.

After all...

Aren't sweets bad for you. We've all heard about how sugar causes obesity, diabetes, and a bunch of other chronic diseases. Sugar in spoon....
We've also heard how it costs the United States over $150 billion dollars each year in medical expenses.

Or how leading health figures like the Dutch health minister, Paul Van der Velpen, proclaim sugar to be worse than alcohol, tobacco, and cocaine combined.

It's all true.....

Sugar can be extremely hazardous to your health.

But this depends on two critical factors...

1. How much sugar you consume.

2. What kind of sugar you eat.

Your body needs sugar to survive. Consumed in moderation, sugar is a helpful source of energy. That is... provided you get it from the right sources.

We humans evolved to get our sugar by eating whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and yes, even honey. Your body knows how to extract the maximum benefit from these whole foods.

Honey, in particular, has three critical healing effects... First, honey supports your immune system and fights off harmful bacteria.

As you know, your body is under constant assault by numerous viruses and bacteria that threaten to tire you out, make you sick, and even kill you.

Fighting off this threat is key to staying healthy.

One of the vital components in honey is an enzyme called glucose oxidase. This enzyme, when exposed to oxygen, produces hydrogen peroxide -- a strong acid that dissolves the cell walls of bacteria. (Most human cells have thicker cell walls and can resist the low amounts of acid honey produces.)

This makes honey a powerful tool for fighting skin infections, healing wounds, and otherwise supporting your immune system. (And its why honey is able to last for so long in your cupboard without going bad.)

Second, it supplies the "building blocks" for healthy cells.

In addition to giving you sugars, honey equips your body with a complex array of proteins, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients. The second these nutrients hit your body, they go to work...

Tuning up your heart, lungs, stomach, brain, eyes, and skin...
Controlling cancer-causing free-radicals and stopping cell damage in its tracks...
Detoxifying your body of harmful pollutants and other toxins.
this is all good news
However, honey still has a very high sugar content (70%-85% depending on the type of honey you get.) And as just about any health official will tell you, sugar is a major cause of obesity, diabetes, and all the other chronic illnesses we see in abundance today.

So shouldn't we avoid honey despite its antimicrobial and nutritional properties?

Well, that brings me to the third healing effect of honey. It turns out...

honey burns differently in your body than other sugar
You've probably experienced just how rapidly most sugar burns in your body -- how it gives you a sudden surge of energy followed shortly by a complete crash.

Yet when you eat honey, you don't get that same "flare effect". Instead you get a slow, even burn of energy -- which you can put to use for things like working, playing sports, or spending time with your family.

That's because all the extra enzymes and nutrients in honey not only help the body rebuild itself -- they also regulate how the body uses the sugar.

It's kind of like the flame on your stove.

Contained and controlled by the burner, valves, and the rest of the stove, you can safely use the fire for cooking.

But take that flame out of context -- by putting it on your living room floor for example -- it can quickly burn out of control and cause all kinds of damage.

In the same way, sugars eaten outside their normal context of whole, complete foods run riot in our bodies -- leaving us exhausted, overweight, and sick.

Unfortunately, as you know...

99 percent of sweeteners are dangerously from real foods
The sugar you find in grocery stores, processed foods, and packaged desserts is made in large scale, industrial refineries using cheap, mass-farmed crops like sugar beets.

Food manufacturers extract the sugary pulp from the rest of the plant.

They strip away all trace of healthy minerals and nutrients.

And they leave you with a hyper-concentrated dose of empty calories that cause all kinds of chaos in your body.

Without the "burn-control" you normally get when you eat sugar that's part of a whole food, the body can't control the fire. And so we end up with...

Heart disease
Weight gain
Chronic fatigue
Weak immune systems
Gut problems
And more...

It's not just white sugar either. Many so-called "natural sweeteners" like raw sugar, corn syrup, and agave nectar are all highly refined. One study done at Princeton found these alternatives cause just as much (if not far more) damage to your body than white sugar.

The body just doesn't know how to properly use these concentrated, "unnatural" sugars.

So why do we even bother with these harmful sweeteners in the first place? Why don't we all just use honey?

The short answer: Profit.

Monday, 9 October 2017

15 sings of Poor circulation

1. Numbness in Your Limbs

You’ve almost certainly felt this sensation before – when some part of your body “falls asleep” due to blood flow being cut off. However, if these episodes of numbness happen to you frequently, it may be indicative of a more serious circulation problem.

2. Decreased Cognitive Ability

Just like any other part of your body, your brain needs a healthy supply of blood in order to function properly. When blood circulation becomes sluggish, your mental abilities slow down along with it. If you have difficulty thinking clearly or if you’ve noticed that your memory isn’t as good as it used to be, this may be a sign that you have poor circulation.

3. Loss of Appetite

Another less obvious symptom of a malfunctioning circulatory system is loss of appetite. Your gastrointestinal tract needs blood in order to digest food and transport nutrients from the intestines to the rest of your body. When blood flow slows down, your digestion can easily become impaired. You’ll feel less hungry, but not eating enough means that your metabolism will suffer as well.

4. Unexplained Digestive Problems

Poor circulation in the digestive tract doesn’t just cause loss of appetite. It can hamper your body’s ability to obtain nutrients from food as well. Without adequate blood supply, a lot of the foods that you eat will pass through your system without being digested entirely, leading to nausea, loose bowel movements, or other digestive issues which may be easily misdiagnosed and thus go untreated.

5. Frequent Exhaustion

When your circulatory system slows down, it no longer has the capacity to deliver oxygen, vitamins, and minerals throughout the body as it should. As previously mentioned, this can slow down your metabolism. Without the proper supply of nutrient-filled blood, your whole body will drop into conservation mode – a built-in defense mechanism whereby it saves as much energy as possible until it perceives that the hard time has passed. The result of this conservation of energy is that you’ll feel exhausted on a daily basis, making it very difficult to perform simple day-to-day tasks.

6. Weakened Immune System

The circulatory system is directly responsible for maintaining a healthy immune system. When you have poor circulation, the vitamins and minerals your body needs to fight off infection may not be delivered as quickly or in great enough quantities as they would be via a healthy circulatory system. Additionally, due to the digestive malfunctions which often accompany poor circulation, certain minerals and amino acids which our bodies require in order to synthesize immune-boosting enzymes may be in short supply.

7. Tightening of the Chest

When you have poor circulation, your heart doesn’t get as much blood flow as it normally should. This can cause you to feel tightening or increased pressure in your chest – a symptom known as angina. While the pressure and pain may randomly come and go, this is a sure sign that you circulatory system isn’t functioning as it should.

8. Slackened Libido

Poor circulation can easily lead to problems with the reproductive system, too. In both men and women, reproductive organs need a lot of blood to work properly and when they don’t get it, like everything else they start to shut down. In women, circulatory malfunction may manifest as irregular monthly cycles or fertility problems while men might notice that their bodies suddenly aren’t cooperating in the bedroom. Furthermore, both sexes are likely to experience slackened or complete loss of libido as a result of poor circulation.

9. Cold Extremities

If you have poor circulation, blood has a harder time traveling to the furthest reaches of your body such as your fingers and toes. Because blood also carries heat from your core to your extremities, slow or inadequate blood flow will cause these parts of your body feel much colder than the rest of you.

10. Skin Discoloration

When your hands and feet don’t get adequate amounts of oxygenated blood, you may also notice discoloration of the skin covering these parts of your body. If you see that your extremities have taken on a blue- or purple-ish tone, you can be fairly certain that your circulatory system isn’t functioning as it should.

11. Dark Circles Under the Eyes

While are several other possible causes for the areas under the eyes to become dark and puffy, poor circulation is one of the most common.  To find out if your dark circles are an issue of slow blood flow, try pushing gently against the skin there.  If the area looks lighter when you take your finger away then slowly darkens again after a second or two, the cause is most likely related to circulation.

12. Brittle Hair and Nails

Also due to lack of nutrient-filled blood in your body’s extremities, new growth of hair and nails may become weak and brittle. If you start to notice that your nails chip much more easily or if your hair breaks and falls out more frequently than it used to, poor circulation may be to blame.

13. Swelling of the Feet and Hands

In extreme cases, poor circulation may cause swelling in the hands and feet – a direct result of nutrient imbalances and the body’s inability to keep fluid in the blood vessels where it belongs. When the circulatory system malfunctions, fluid may leech out and settle into surrounding tissues in the extremities, causing them to appear swollen.

14. Leg Ulcers

Another symptom of poor circulation that could easily be attributed to some other cause are the rash-like ulcers which may develop around the ankles and knees. If you begin to see patches of sore, inflamed skin on your legs that won’t go away, it could be a sign that your circulatory system is in jeopardy.

15. Varicose Veins

In addition to ulcers, poor circulation can cause the veins just under the surface of the skin on your legs to become swollen, twisted, and very visible. These blue and purple blemishes are known as varicose veins and in addition to being somewhat unsightly, they can also become itchy or even painful.

While taking steps to improve your circulation will help varicose veins to disappear over time, there are a couple of quick-fix (albeit temporary) solutions for this problem such as wearing compression stockings (also known as circulation socks.)

Alternately, an incredibly effective and inexpensive natural remedy for reducing the size and severity of varicose veins is through the regular use of Witch Hazel! 

Are You Experiencing Some Of These Warning Signs?

If so, the absolute first thing you should do is visit your doctor and get proper medical advice.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Top 10 Health Benefits of Nutmeg!

Nutmeg is the seed that is produced by the Myristica fragrans evergreen tree, found in tropical areas all over the world. While the seeds may be small, their nutritional profile is highly impressive, and offers an abundance of health and beauty benefits.

 This sweet spice is used in kitchens all over the world, and you don’t have to use large quantities of it as just a dusting is enough to enhance the taste of food. This spice is available in ground or whole form for cooking, and as an essential oil for other purposes.

Some of its beneficial components include iron, potassium, manganese, folate, magnesium, thiamin, copper, and vitamins B1 and B6. It’s also rich in stimulant, carminative, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and aphrodisiac properties. All these factors give this spice its long list of health benefits.

Below are the top 10 health benefits of nutmeg:

1. Fights Depression and Anxiety.

If you have anxiety or depression, nutmeg is a fantastic natural treatment.
The compounds myristicin and elemicin in nutmeg offer mild sedative and antianxiety benefits by activating the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine in the brain. This also helps us cope with stress.


1. Mix a pinch of nutmeg powder with 1 tablespoon of Indian gooseberry juice.

2. Drink twice a day to calm the mind and relive depression.

2. Boosts Brain Power

Nutmeg helps keep your brain sharp and healthy. In fact, ancient Roman and Greek civilizations used nutmeg as a brain tonic. Myristicin helps improve memory by stimulating the nerves in the brain. It also improves concentration and the ability to focus.


1. To ensure good brain health, add a pinch of nutmeg to a glass of warm water and drink it before going to bed.

3. Fights Insomnia

If you find it hard to sleep at night, nutmeg can help you out. Its sedative and calming properties work as a natural sleep aid. Furthermore, this spice is rich in magnesium, which stimulates the release of serotonin, creating a feeling of relaxation and sedation.

• Drink a cup warm milk mixed with a pinch of nutmeg powder before going to bed.

• Alternatively, mix 2 drops of nutmeg essential oil in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and massage it onto your forehead before going to bed.

4. Relieves Joint and Muscle Pain

Nutmeg contains many essential volatile oils that that have anti-inflammatory properties, such as elemicin, eugenol, and myristicin. This makes it very useful for treating joint and muscle pain.

• To get relief from painful joints and muscles, mix some nutmeg oil with coconut or olive oil, and apply to the affected areas a few times a day.

• Adding a little nutmeg to your cooking can help reduce inflammation and pain.
5. Treats Acne

Nutmeg’s antioxidant nature means that it can help fight free-radical damage, which is important for maintaining acne-free skin. Furthermore, it can help make acne scars a lot less noticeable.

• Prepare a paste with equal amounts of powdered nutmeg and raw honey. Apply it to the affected area, leave it for 20 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. Do this once a day for a few days.

• Alternatively, mix ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg powder with enough milk to make a runny paste. Apply it to the acne-affected area, let it sit for 30 minutes, then wash off with lukewarm water. Do this once a day.

6. Improves Digestion

Nutmeg is great for the digestive system. In addition to easing indigestion, nausea, vomiting, bloating, gas, and diarrhea, it can also help manage the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.

• When you’re suffering from digestive issues, you should simply add a pinch of nutmeg to your soups and stews.

7. Prevents Tooth Decay and Cavities

Due to its antibacterial properties, nutmeg can effectively destroy harmful bacteria inside the mouth to help prevent cavities and tooth decay. Furthermore, it’s also effective at preventing and treating bad breath, which is usually caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth.

• Simply grate some nutmeg and mix it with some oregano oil. Brush your teeth with it a few times a week.

• To fight bad breath, put a few drops of nutmeg oil in a glass of lukewarm water, and use it as a mouthwash.

8. Boosts Immunity

Nutmeg can enhance your immunity due to the presence of minerals and vitamins that contribute to its antioxidant action. Antioxidants help to protect your body from free-radical damage, which can otherwise have a negative impact on your immunity, making it hard for your body to fight off infections.

• Consume some nutmeg each day by adding it to your milk, tea, or soup.

9. Aids Detoxification

Proper detoxification is very important for good health. Nutmeg is very beneficial, as it aids detoxification and improves the function of your liver.

10. Improves Male Libido

Due to its vasodilating and smooth muscle-relaxing properties, the compound eugenol in nutmeg is responsible for its aphrodisiac effect. Plus, it has magnesium and potassium, the essential nutrients required in the production of sex hormones.

Nutmeg helps to cleanse the liver and kidneys of toxins, as well as strengthening their functions. Its high antioxidant content helps activate enzymes in the liver that help to remove toxic compounds. Furthermore, the magnesium in it is required for detoxifying cells.

Important Notes

• Do not consume too much nutmeg as it can be toxic in large doses – do not take more than ½ a teaspoon a day.

• Store this spice in an airtight container and away from moisture, heat, and direct sunlight to avoid loss of flavor.


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Monday, 2 October 2017

If You’ve Been Living with Diabetes for a While

Talk with your doctor about connecting with certified diabetes educators and receiving diabetes self—management education.

They will give you special kudos for managing your condition as it’s not always that simple. If you’ve had diabetes for a long time, it’s normal to feel burnt out sometimes. You may get tired of your day-to-day tasks, such as counting carbs, or measuring your blood sugar. If this is the case, lean on a loved one for some support, or talk to someone else who has diabetes.

If you find that you’re a little bit rusty and could do with a refreshers course in nutrition or anything else diabetes-related, you should consider signing up for a diabetes conversation map class. 

These classes are a good way to re-learn key components of diabetes in a group setting. If you have adequate knowledge and are looking for ways to make life easier, check out some apps, fitness trackers, or nutrition resources that can help you stay active and cook healthy meals. Keeping up this good work is worth it, as it can help prevent further complications.

If, on the other hand, you have started to develop complications or your medication regimen has changed because your blood sugar levels are getting higher, you should remember that diabetes is a progressive disease – and sometimes these things just happen without you being able to do anything about it. 

As you get older, beta cells in the pancreas tire and stop working. If you have had diabetes for 20 years and now need to start insulin, for example, it doesn’t mean that you have failed. It just means that your body needs some extra help.

Make sure you continue to educate yourself, and that you continue to have someone to lean on when you need it, and keep communicating with your doctor. All this can truly make a world of difference!

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Less Common Symptoms of Diabetes

The following symptoms are not experienced by everyone with diabetes, but they can signal the disease, and are worth looking out for.

• Weight loss

• Erectile dysfunction

• Dry, itchy skin

• Frequent infections, such as yeast infections in women

• Irritability

• Dry mouth

How is Diabetes Diagnosed

The same tests used to screen and diagnose diabetes are used to detect individuals with pre-diabetes. There are a few ways you can be diagnosed. 

Your doctor can carry out a number of blood tests, depending on whether or not you have any symptoms.

Whether you are at a high or low risk for diabetes, your physician will use the same tests:

• Random glucose test (if you’re symptomatic)

• Fasting glucose test (a test done when you haven’t eaten for 8 hours)

• Two-hour glucose tolerance test

• Hemoglobin a1c test (a three-month average of your blood sugar)

Sometimes people don’t experience symptoms of diabetes and the diagnosis is made not because the doctor suspects the disease, but as a result of a routine check-up.

For someone who does not have any symptoms to be considered to have type 2 diabetes, they must:

• Have a fasting blood sugar (no food eaten for 8 hours) greater than or equal to 126 mg/dL

• Have a blood sugar of 200mg/dL after 2 hours during a glucose tolerance test using 75g glucose solution.

• Have a hemoglobin A1c of 6.5% or higher.

If You’ve Recently Been Diagnosed with Diabetes
If you have just been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s normal to feel a bit scared, confused, and overwhelmed. 

There are so many myths floating about regarding diabetes, which can make it more difficult to cope with. Try not to listen to things that other people have to say, such as, you can never eat carbohydrates again. 

Instead, educate yourself.

Talk with your doctor about connecting with certified diabetes educators and receiving diabetes self—management education. 

Learning all about what to eat, what your medication does, and how to test your blood sugar levels are just some of the things these resources can help you with. Educators can also dispel myths, create meal plans for you, coordinate other doctor appointments for you, and listen to all your needs. They have been trained to teach using a patient-centered approach.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Common Symptoms of Diabetes

If you’re experiencing any of the below, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Excessive Urination (Polyuria)

Polyuria is an increase in the frequency of urination. When you have abnormally high levels of sugar in your blood, your kidneys draw in water from your tissues in order to dilute the sugar, so your body can expel it in the urine. The cells are also pumping water into the bloodstream to flush out the sugar, and the kidneys are not able to reabsorb this fluid during filtering, resulting in excessive urination.

To meet the clinical definition of polyuria, an adult’s urine output must be more than 2.5 liters per day (normal urine output is 1.5 liters).

As it’s near enough impossible for you to measure this yourself, if you notice that you’re visiting the bathroom more times than usual, consult your doctor.

Excessive Thirst (Polydipsia)

This usually goes hand-in-hand with excessive urination. As your body pulls water from tissues to dilute your blood and to dispose of the sugar through urination, the urge to drink increases. 

Many people describe this thirst as an unquenchable one. To stay hydrated, you drink excessive amounts of fluids – if these fluids contain simple sugars, your blood sugar levels will increase dramatically.

Extreme Fatigue

Your body is like a vehicle – it needs fuel to run. Its main source of fuel is glucose (sugar), which is gained from foods that contain carbohydrates that can be broken down. Insulin, a hormone created by the pancreas, takes sugar from your blood to your cells to use for energy. 

However, if you have diabetes, either your pancreas isn’t producing enough insulin or the insulin that your body is making isn’t being used properly, typically because the cells have become resistant to it. This ultimately results in your cells being deprived of sugar, or fuel. The result will be tiredness and extreme fatigue.

Cuts and Bruises That are Slow to Heal

When the blood is full of sugar, nerves and circulation can be affected. Adequate circulation is needed to heal as poor circulation makes it hard for blood to reach affected areas, slowing down the healing process. If you notice that you have a cut or bruise that is slow to disappear, this could be a sign of high blood sugars.

Excessive Hunger (Polyphasia)

This goes hand-in-hand with cell starvation and fatigue. As the cells are resistant to the body’s insulin, glucose remains in the blood. The cells are then unable to gain access to glucose, which will trigger hunger hormones to tell the brain that you’re hungry. Excessive eating can complicate things by causing blood sugars to increase.


Numbness and tingling in the extremities is known as neuropathy. This is usually a symptom that occurs gradually over time as excess sugar damages the nerves. Keeping blood sugars within normal range can help prevent further damage and reduce the symptoms.

Blurry Vision

Blurred vision can be a result of elevated blood sugar levels. Similarly, fluid that is pulled from the cells into the bloodstream to dilute the sugar can also be pulled from the lenses of your eyes. When the lens becomes dry, the eye cannot focus, resulting in blurry vision. Therefore, it’s important that all people diagnosed with type 3 diabetes have a dilated eye exam shortly after diagnosis.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Type 2 Diabetes -

There are 21 million people in the world who have been diagnosed with diabetes, but there are still around 8.1 million people who have the disease and don’t know about it (27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed). Symptoms of this disease vary from person to person, but, like with most diseases, the earlier you catch it, the better off you will be.

Therefore, it is definitely worth getting to know, and keeping an eye out, for the symptoms of diabetes.

• You are above the age of 45

• You have already been diagnosed with pre-diabetes

• You are overweight or inactive

• You are African American, a native of Alaska, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, or Pacific Islander American, and are experiencing atypical symptoms. 

Monday, 11 September 2017

Eating a Healthy Breakfast for Diabetes

Knowing what not to eat for breakfast is only part of the battle when you have diabetes. Understanding what makes for a healthy breakfast food is just as important. O'Connor offers these balanced-breakfast solutions:

For meals on the go, choose a piece of fruit with low-fat or fat-free Greek yogurt or cottage cheese. 

Or try a breakfast burrito with scrambled egg whites on a whole-wheat tortilla.

To get more fiber in your breakfast, try oatmeal with fresh fruit and low-fat or fat-free yogurt, whole-grain cereal, toasted whole-wheat bread or English muffins, or breakfast wraps or burritos made with whole-grain tortillas.

For healthy and lean protein sources, try a handful of almonds, natural peanut butter, or a slice of low-fat cheese.

 An occasional egg is also fine. (You can eat egg whites or egg substitutes more often since they don’t have cholesterol.) 

Low-fat or fat-free Greek yogurt and cottage cheese are also good sources of breakfast protein.

If you want to juice your breakfast, keep the portion to a maximum of 8 ounces. O’Connor recommends substituting vegetables for some of the fruits to create a better blend and a lower-carb beverage. You can add some protein powder, too.

It's also important to check your blood sugar two hours after eating breakfast. "If it’s above the target your doctor has set, you’re consuming too many carbs and need to cut back,” says O’Connor.

As long as you make healthy food choices, breakfast for diabetes can be a chance to get better control of your blood sugar and your weight. 

But if you're struggling with the right breakfast for diabetes — or any other meal in your diabetes diet — ask your doctor or diabetes educator for some help.