3 Ways to Keep Up Your Blood Sugar Levels

Your body needs energy to get through the day, and it gets that energy from the food you eat. Each time you eat some­thing, your body turns it into sugar which your body burns to cre­ate energy. Accord­ing to the Yale Med­ical group and migraine.org.uk, our body’s blood sugar lev­els need to be even and con­stant through­out the day. When your lev­els increase and then decrease dra­mat­i­cally, it can lead to health issues. Chronic increased lev­els can lead to a dam­aged pan­creas, migraines, hard­ened blood ves­sels, and dia­betes. Chronic decreased lev­els can lead to feel­ing shaky, weak, sleepy, con­fused, and anxious.

How does a per­son achieve a steady sugar level? Here are 3 suggestions.

  • Eat foods with a low glycemic index.

    The glycemic index is a sys­tem that rates car­bo­hy­drates based on how they increase blood sugar lev­els after eat­ing. Some of these food items include: nuts (espe­cially wal­nuts), bar­ley, soba noo­dles, lentils, yogurt, plums, peaches, apples, pears, aspara­gus, beets, kale, cel­ery, and let­tuce. You can find more food options at www.glycemicindex.com.

  • Eat break­fast and don’t skip meals.

    Doing this will help you have energy through­out the day. It will also keep your blood sugar lev­els from get­ting too low.

  • Bal­ance what you eat and how you snack.

    Choose items that you like to eat, but also choose items that have good lev­els of pro­tein, com­plex car­bo­hy­drates, and fat. Fatty foods can be okay in small amounts. Remem­ber to eat smaller meals and snacks through­out the day as well, so you don’t have as many spikes and drops in your blood sugar levels.