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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

What the Diabetic Needs



What the body of the diabetic lacks is just what it needs to stay healthy. Like we must have seen by now, whole foods will do a lot of good to the body; whole foods contain bran or husk, and fibre or bulk, etc. It is these basic food composites that aid the system in a perfect bowel movement thereby in addition, freeing the system of toxins, etc. This is what the body needs in order to stay free of diabetes and indeed other ailments and diseases.

Whole foods contain essential mineral called chromium, which is responsible for the secretion of insulin and other hormones in the Isles of Langerhans of the pancreas. Therefore it should be noted that unlike the bogus misconception harboured by most Nigerians, there is nothing wrong with your carbohydrate foods. But we must however, always endeavour to consume balanced diets each time. The problem, as has been pointed out earlier, is the fact that a lot of modern foods processes especially with regards to carbohydrates and sugars, have had to undergo unnecessary refinement. This is the prime conspiracy against the body in the diabetes factor.

A good digestive system puts you always in a happy glowing mood
 
Again, know it that nothing is ever wrong with your rice if it is brown rice, or what we refer locally as Ofada rice, and Abakiliki rice apart from the fact that you may find a few stones in it. There is nothing that is ever wrong with your wheat and wheat products if it is whole wheat that is; also, all is absolutely well with your yam, cassava and cassava products, corn, cocoyam, millet, guinea corn, etc. All of these go a long way to fight, and prevent diabetes which is fast becoming a scourge in our modern day society.

Specifically, oat is very rich in the afore-mentioned food substance – chromium. But there is a particular exotic food source that tends to harbour the highest percentage of this all important essential food element. I am referring to a plant food called Broccoli. It is a plant with dense clusters of tight green flower buds.


Aside the whole foods, scientific research has also found that the following food sources are very essential in preventing and treating diabetes issues in the individual.  These include a list of oily fish such as – Tuna, Sardines, Herring, Salmon, etc. These sources are rich in Omega-3fatty acids. This polyunsaturated fatty acid (oil) contained in these selection of fish has proven very effective in this direction especially regarding type-2 diabetes treatment and prevention hence the importance of consuming these varieties of fish foods. 

The followings are other sources of highly beneficial foods that also ameliorate the harmful effects of diabetes, effect prevention and treatment as a matter of fact. They have also proven to deal effectively in the case of opportunistic or isolated affliction of diabetes. These foods include – Avocado pear, Yoghourt, tree nuts such as Cashew nuts and Walnuts. Also, legumes like Peanuts, or as it is called in Nigeria – groundnuts, and Soybeans come in very handy.

However, a very important lifestyle habit you need to cultivate may include the consumption of Mediterranean style foods containing plenty of Olive oil.


By Morgan Nwanguma

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