The holistic approach to health is based on the belief that the body can heal itself if given the right tools. The holistic approach to Type 2 Diabetes is to focus on diet and nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and energy healing. The holistic approach to Type 2 Diabetes focuses on reducing blood sugar levels and boosting metabolism.
With respect to Type 2 diabetes, it is important to maintain a healthy weight and to end obesity and smoking. It is important to reduce body fat (measured as BMI) to acceptable levels. The holistic approach to achieve this is through diet, exercise, stress reduction and natural supplements.
For type 2 diabetes, we must look at food as medicine. Generally speaking, we should only consume foods that contain a lot of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. A high nutrient diet is recommended. This diet should consist almost entirely of whole fresh vegetables (especially green vegetables) with some whole fresh fruit (especially apples and pears) and berries. A little bit of whole grains (quinoa, couscous and kasha), berries, nuts and seeds is alright. Dried beans are good. They are filled with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and are low glycemic foods. Dried mung beans, garbanzo beans, black beans and lentils are particularly good. Pinto beans, kidney beans, green beans, black eyed peas, great northern beans and navy beans are also good. Avoid starchy vegetables such as white potatoes. For protein, legumes, eggs and fish are recommended. But, at least 80% of the diet should consist of whole, fresh, non-starchy vegetables. Organic and raw vegetables are best. Whole fresh vegetables provide vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants so needed by the body.
Avoid refined sugar and starches and processed foods, soda and sugary drinks including artificially sweetened drinks. Processed foods are often highly caloric and they raise blood sugar levels. This is because they often contain high fructose corn syrup and other refined sugars and starches along with trans-fats and other fats that spike blood sugar levels. Generally speaking, processed foods contain empty calories and have no nutritional value. The body needs and craves nutrients. Processed foods keep you hungry because they do not satisfy the body’s need for nutrition. When you eat mostly whole fresh vegetables you will not get so hungry because these foods contain the vitamins, minerals and anti -oxidants the body needs.
So, with respect to Type 2 diabetes, avoid or greatly reduce your consumption of refined sugar, refined starches (such as cookies, chips, cake, bread, etc. ) and fats. They increase blood sugar levels.Substitute some whole grains instead such as oatmeal, quinoa, kasha and cous cous. Some recommend a gluten free diet. Wright loss is important of you are obese or overweight. A whole foods diet primarily of whole fresh vegetables, fruit, and a limited amount of light protein such as fish and light poultry and whole grains is important to weight loss along with daily exercise. To curb appetite, drink hot tea or water with lemon before a meal or a piece of fruit or soluble fiber supplements.
Avoid or greatly reduce your consumption of saturated fats (fats found in dairy) and trans-fats. They increase blood sugar levels. Good fats include those found in fish oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil, seeds, nuts and avocados. Organic is best because it does not have as many chemicals/pesticides in it. However, non-organic (non-GMO) whole vegetables, fruit and berries are better than processed foods. Your diet should be primarily whole fresh non starchy organic vegetables. If you wish to eat fruit and berries, limit the amount of fruit and berries you eat. Berries (especially blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries) are better than other fruit with respect to blood sugar.
Consume whole vegetables to maximize nutrients (I. e., in salads and fresh juices). Lightly cooking and steaming vegetables is fine. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale along with beets, broccoli, sprouts and mushrooms are a good place to start. Try super foods such as chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass and garlic for nutrients. They can be taken as supplements.
If you want a sweetener, avoid refined sugar. Use honey, steevia or maple syrup instead.
For type 2 diabetes, it is important to take natural supplements. These supplements include good sized doses of vitamin a, b-complex, c, d3, e, k1 and k2 along with full spectrum colloidal trace minerals supplements.
Also, take good sized doses of co q 10 or ubiquinol, grape seed extract and fish oil/flaxseed oil supplements (omega 3, 6 and 9) and omega 7 supplements and turmeric or curcumin supplements and coconut oil. These supplements along with vitamins and trace minerals fight oxidation and inflammation at the cellular level. Type 2 diabetes involves cellular oxidation and inflammation, so it must be fought with anti-oxidants and anti inflammation supplements.
Other recommended natural supplements for Type 2 diabetes include astragalus, resveratrol, dhea, gymnema sylvestre, alpha lipoic acid, 5 htp, chromium, chromium picolinate, olive leaf extract, pine bark extract, ginseng, vanadium, berberine, bilberry, aloe vera, fenugreek and banaba leaf extract, turmeric/curcumin supplements, and magnesium. Detoxify the body with chorella and spirulina, cilantro, fresh lemon and water, grapefruit and grapefruit seed extract, apple cider vinegar and food grade gydrogen peroxide diluted with water. Take milk thistle for liver cleansing and iodine and nascent iodine for thyroid cleansing.Also, holistic research indicates the benefits of N-acetly cysteine (NAC) to help replenish cellular glutathione to fight disease.
Cinnamon and cinammon supplements, black cumin seed supplements, bitter melon, and bitter melon supplements, holy basil and neem are recommended for control of blood sugar, and can be taken in supplement form. Ginger and green tea help boost metabolism to better burn blood sugar. HCA, CLA, cambria garcia, chromium picolinate, green coffee bean and green tea extract also helps boost metabolism. reduce body fat and reduce blood sugar. They all should be used along with diet and exercise.
Also, on a daily basis consume some cinnamon, fresh turmeric, fresh ginger and garlic. These natural ingredients will help normalize blood pressure and blood sugar and will also help fight oxidation and inflammation at the cellular level.
Holistic research indicates the benefits of ozone/oxygen therapy combined with the other holistic techniques.
De-toxify your body with filtered water (put fresh lemon in your water), milk thistle supplements, green tea, dandelion, cilantro, apple cider vinegar and water and the high nutrient diet, vitamins and minerals and herbal supplements discussed above. This will help de-toxify the liver and body. A well-functioning liver filters out toxins. Get massages and reflexology and energy cleansing and healing (Reiki/energy healing) to cleanse and heal the energy body and to get your energy to flow better.