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Is Juicing a Good Idea if You’re Managing Type 2 Diabetes?

When Lori Chong bought a juicer, she hoped she would be able to create low-carb concoctions that wouldn’t spike her blood sugar too much. As a person with diabetes herself, Chong understands the importance of tracking carb intake.

But within weeks, Chong, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, had set aside her juicer and returned to eating full fruits and vegetables instead. Now, she hardly uses the device at all.

Juicing for People With Diabetes: Is It Safe?

“I don’t think juicing is the best idea for people with diabetes,” says Chong, who has type 1 diabetes. She explains that people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes need to control their blood sugar not only throughout the day, but at any individual point in the day as well. While juicing can be safe if you focus on nonstarchy, or low-carbohydrate, vegetables and limit diabetes-friendly fruits, the overall carbs in juices can add up quickly, Chong says. Consuming too many carbs can be dangerous for people with diabetes, as they’re broken down into glucose in the blood, thereby spiking blood sugar. Blood sugar control is imperative for effective diabetes management.

Anna Simos, CDE, MPH, manager of the diabetes education and prevention program at Stanford Health Care in California, agrees with Chong. “Regardless of whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, juicing concentrates the fruits,” Simos explains. Because juice isn’t as filling, it’s much easier to drink more carbohydrates than you would eat in whole fruit. By juicing something like an orange, for example, you strip the fruit of its fiber and thus increase the glycemic index of that fruit, she says. The glycemic index measures foods’ effect on blood sugar. Although most whole fruits rank relatively low on the index, and are thus safe to eat in moderation with diabetes, consuming them in their juice form reduces that benefit. In fact, a study published in August 2013 in The BMJ found that while munching on whole fruits, like blueberries, apples, and grapes, was linked with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, drinking fruit juice was associated with a significantly higher risk of the disease.

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Juicing for People with Diabetes

One of the biggest perks people see in juicing is it helps them more easily consume their daily recommended servings of produce, especially vegetables, Simos says. Not to mention it can be fun to act as a sort of “master mixologist” of fruits and vegetables to get in your vitamins. But by eliminating the fiber from these foods, you’re taking away the parts that are so beneficial to your digestive, or gastrointestinal (GI), tract, Simos says.

Simos urges caution against the popular notion that juicing is good for you because it allows your body to get tons of nutrients without overworking your digestive system. “The whole concept of giving your GI tract a rest doesn’t make sense to me,” she says, noting that there may be exceptions for some individuals whose general physicians have recommended otherwise. “The GI tract needs to be stimulated with that fiber.” Furthermore, Simos adds, there’s no actual research that shows juicing can help prevent diseases like cancer — another claim some proponents of juicing have made. If you’re concerned about having an overwhelmed GI tract, talk to your doctor before juicing for this expected benefit.

For Chong, it was the quickly escalating carbs that led her to stop juicing. She found that even while juicing mostly vegetables, she would end up with 4 ounces (oz) of juices with nearly 15 grams of carbs — which is comparable to some fruit juices. That’s because she had to add in so many vegetables to get a similar amount of juice that the relatively low carbs in those vegetables began to add up fast.

How to Juice Responsibly With Diabetes

“I hate to say no to anyone who wants to promote their health,” Simos says. While neither Simos nor Chong recommends juicing, they both shared some tips for people with diabetes who may be interested in trying this practice:

Drink small amounts of juice. Limit the amount of juice you drink at any one time to about 4 to 8 oz, Simos recommends.

Drink juice with a meal. Doing so will help you get protein, fiber, and fat that could slow the bump in your blood sugar, Simos says.

Focus on nonstarchy vegetables. Opt for vegetables like celery, kale, broccoli, and cucumber, which won’t have as big an impact on your blood sugar, Simos says.

Keep the serving of fruit in your juice to just one. That way, Chong notes, you’ll add a little sweetness to your drink without spiking your blood sugar too much.

Here are just a few juice concoctions these experts suggest:

  • Cucumber with one apple (Chong)
  • Carrot with half a grapefruit (Chong)
  • Cucumber with pear, ginger, and lemon (Simos)
  • Green or spicy peppers with tomatoes (Simos)

In short, if you have diabetes and are set on trying this health trend, there are safe ways to do so — but pay attention to the sneaky amount of carbs in juices, monitor your blood sugar, and consider seeking the advice of a healthcare professional who can help guide you.

Orange juice is one of those beverages that most people assume is healthy.

And while it may be fine in small doses for the general population, for people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, there is more to the story.

JUMP TO: What is orange juice | Orange juice nutrition facts | Processed OJ vs fresh OJ | Juice comparisons | OJ myths & truths | Research on orange juice | Conclusion

What is Orange Juice?

A pretty obvious question, but we’ll cover it briefly anyway…

Orange juice, probably more commonly known as OJ, is made by squeezing oranges and harvesting their sweet juice.

A variety of processing modifications can occur after that initial juice is harvested.

For instance, when its produced in large amounts, and needs to be stored for a long time, the water and oxygen are removed prior to storage, and then reintroduced later.

Of course, other things can happen during processing – like straining the juice to remove pulp, or adding calcium and vitamin D to help boost the nutrition appeal.

While there are many different ways to drink a glass of orange juice, all varieties share the similarity of being a very high carbohydrate, high sugar drink!

And for you, that means OJ isn’t an ideal drink to include in your diabetic diet.

Orange Juice Nutrition Facts

A serving of orange juice is 8-ounces (236 ml) and contains 115 calories.

Orange juice offers virtually no protein, dietary fiber, or fat – all the nutritional components that help control blood sugar spikes.

Instead, you’ll be chugging down a drink loaded with carbohydrates and sugar.

You can expect most glasses of orange juice to contain around 26 grams of carbohydrates and 23 grams of sugar. The naturally occurring sugar found is orange juice is called fructose. And even though it is “natural” sugar, it is still sugar, period.

If you’re a regular reader of the DMP blog, you’ll know that carbs and sugar are the nutrient that influences blood sugar and A1c the most, which means OJ is not going to be your best friend.

As far as other nutrients, orange juice does offers:

  • 63% of the Recommended Daily Value (RDA) of vitamin C
  • Over 60% of the RDA for many B-vitamins including: thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6

As mentioned above, processing OJ removes a majority of the fiber. On the other hand, consuming a whole medium orange, would provide 3 to 4 grams of fiber, along with less carbs and sugar. One medium orange contains: 60 calories, 16 grams carbohydrate, and 12 grams sugar.

Fiber in the whole fruit will increase satiety (your feeling of fullness), help slow down blood sugar spikes and aid slower absorption, and aide in bowel health. Unfortunately, none of these benefits are reaped with the juice.

However, while a whole orange might be a better decision than orange juice, we still don’t encourage oranges to be your fruit of choice – they are still pretty high in carbs. Instead, we encourage lower carb fruits like cherries, strawberries, and plums.

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Processed vs. Fresh Orange Juice

There are a few different types of orange juice varieties (1 cup):

  • orange juice “from concentrate” – ~28 grams carbs
  • orange juice “not-from-concentrate”- ~20 grams
  • orange juice “frozen concentrate, undiluted” – ~108 grams carbs
  • fresh squeezed orange juice – ~26 grams carbs

When comparing the varieties, the answer is still the same: OJ is not a very nutritious choice for people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes!

OJ “from concentrate” means that water and oxygen are removed during processing, resulting in a more efficient shipping process. Water is then reintroduced into the concentrate prior to consuming.

Both “from” and “not from concentrate” get enhanced with a chemical fragrance called “flavor packs” – this is how your Tropicana orange juice always tastes the same, no matter what time of the year or where it the world you drink it.

Fresh squeezed OJ may contain a few less chemical additives if it’s not being stored as long, but will still contains similar quantities of carbohydrate.

The bottom line is: these processing differences do not affect the carbohydrate content – OJ is a high carb, high sugar drink.

Juices Compared

You might also be wondering how orange juice compares to other types of juices. Well, here’s how they stack up:

Since all fruit juice is essentially high in carbs, we don’t encourage you to include it in your diet.

Instead, you might like to try some of these cold drink options.

Orange Juice Myths and Truths

Myth: Orange juice is a healthy choice because of the generous dose of immune-boosting vitamin C it contains.

Truth: Vitamin C is very prevalent in many of our fruits and vegetables, not to mention most people are already consuming adequate amounts of vitamin C, without the need for a glass of high-carb OJ!

In fact, fresh vegetables that are blood sugar friendly offer up just as much vitamin C, without causing blood sugar issues.

Vitamin C content:

  • 1 medium orange – 82.7 mg
  • 1 medium red bell pepper – 152 mg
  • 1 cup mustard spinach – 195 mg
  • 1 cup broccoli – 29 mg
  • 1 cup kale – 87 mg
  • 1/2 cup strawberries – 44.7 mg

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Orange Juice Research

As you might imagine there is little research on orange juice and the treatment of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.

There is however published research suggesting that juice consumption significantly increases one’s risk of developing diabetes in their lifetime.

Science also tells us that orange juice is very easy to over-consume. One reason is that the form of sugar found in orange juice, fructose, does not trigger the same satiety (fullness) sensors in our brain as other forms of sugar.

This mechanism of decreased satiety is further exacerbated in fiber-deprived foods. This means that you’re more likely to over-consume a fructose-containing, fiber-void drink because your brain and body can’t recognize you are full.

Additionally, consuming (orange) juice also results in a greater insulin response when compared to consuming the whole, fiber-rich fruit.

What we do know is that research demonstrates a low carbohydrate diet is very practical approach to treating prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Therefore, it would be very counterproductive to eat low carbohydrate foods, but continue to consume drinks high in carbohydrates!

Conclusion

As you can see your best bet in regard to orange juice is to avoid it!

If you are looking for something to drink at Sunday brunch, the best choice would be water, coffee, tea, or some of these delicious cold drinks.

If you are looking for something fruity, try eating the whole fruit and choose from lower carb fruit options.

Remember, fiber will help increase satiety hormones to help you feel full, along with providing several health benefits such as improved bowel health.

And if you do eat fruit, make sure to pair your fruit with some fat or protein such as nuts, peanut butter, or cheese – it will help slow down the uptake of any carbs you eat.

Best Juice Options for Diabetics

Juice is known to be full of carbohydrates, and is typically avoided by diabetics. Because it involves a lot of carbs and calories, people with diabetes fear their blood sugar levels will spike after drinking juice. However, not all juices contain high amounts of sugar and carbohydrates. Moreover, not all calories are created equal. People often forget that the important issue with calories is in the quality, not its quantity. Diabetic or not, counting calories is an antiquated way of staying healthy compared to looking at nutrient value. Raw juices offer low-carb options with multiple nutritious benefits that people with diabetes will benefit from.

This article will specifically look at the best juice options for diabetics. We’ll be delving into what juices can actually help people with diabetes mitigate their disease, and even prevent it for at-risk individuals.

Celery Juice

Everyday Health suggests diabetics focus on juicing non-starchy vegetables such as celery, kale, broccoli and cucumber. These juices are great for people with diabetes because they don’t have as big of an impact on their blood sugar. Puree Juice Bar regards celery juice as the most popular health drink on the market today, and for good reason. It has multiple benefits for the gut, and can even help in reducing blood pressure and inflammation. Studies also show that eating celery can aid in preventing strokes, which many severe diabetics are prone to.

Cucumber and Apple Juice

This combination is known to help in lowering the risk of diabetes. Dr Health Benefits notes that the insulin-production hormone contained in cucumber can actually reverse the condition. What’s more is that the polyphenols in apples can prevent damage in beta cells, which are responsible for producing insulin in the body. Multiple studies have pointed out the role of apples in regulating blood sugar and decreasing the risk of diabetes by up to 28%.

Lemon Juice

Web MD notes that 16 ounces of a popular lemonade brand served in restaurants results in 60 grams of carbohydrates, something diabetics should avoid when dining out. However, this shouldn’t discourage someone with diabetes from ever drinking lemonade again. Homemade lemon juice can help in mitigating type 2 diabetes. Mixing freshly squeezed lemons, water and a zero-calorie sweetener tastes even better than many lemonade brands bought from a store. Lemons have a low glycemic index, with one lemon containing half the amount of sugar that an orange has. Moreover, the juice is full of soluble fiber and vitamin C, two things that can greatly benefit people with diabetes.

Diabetes has become a serious issue nowadays, and more needs to be done at home to prevent it. The World Health Organization notes that in 2016, around 1.6 million deaths were directly caused by the condition. In the U.S., diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes and blindness. This proves that the disease is a grave epidemic in the country. In Maryville University’s analysis of the U.S. healthcare industry, they report that chronic illnesses will affect nearly half the population by 2025. With this trend expected to grow, juices such as the aforementioned will not only help diabetics stay healthy, but also ensure that they are more likely to stay out of hospital and not incur expensive medical costs.

Green Juice To Help Prevent and Manage Diabetes

Hello Friends,

Today we are sharing with you a recipe for a green juice that is a great choice for those wanting to manage and prevent diabetes.

Diabetics often shy away from fresh juices as they fear that they are too high in sugar. However, there are many amazing fruits, veggies and herbs that are hugely beneficial for managing diabetes. With the right approach juicing can be part of a diabetic’s daily routine, and help increase energy levels and even minimize symptoms.

“Think about it: Heart disease and diabetes, which account for more deaths in the U.S. and worldwide than everything else combined, are completely preventable by making comprehensive lifestyle changes. Without drugs or surgery. “-Dean Ornish

The World Health Organization recently shared a shocking statistic: 347 million people worldwide have diabetes. That’s upsetting. And this number doesn’t even take into account the percent of the population that are prediabetic or don’t realize they have diabetes. Diabetes can have serious health complications including nerve, eye and kidney damage.

As you might already know there are several types of diabetes: gestational, whereby a woman becomes diabetic during her pregnancy; Type 1, which occurs both in children and adults due to an auto-immune disease destroying cells in the pancreas; and, Type 2, which is the most common form, occurring in 90-95% of diabetic patients, including pediatric patients. Type 2 diabetes is related to insulin resistance, which means the pancreas is producing insulin but the body cells are no longer sensitive to it, so glucose levels in their blood stay high.

Good News

It’s important to understand that 93 percent of diabetes is caused by lifestyle choices – what we eat and how much we move plays a huge role in our health. Which means that most diabetics can manage and even prevent diabetic damage through diet and exercise. People with prediabetes can stop it dead in its tracks and never develop the disease at all. If you currently live with diabetes or if you have been diagnosed as prediabetic don’t lose hope! Trust that nothing about type 2 diabetes is inevitable and that there are steps you can take to help your body heal itself and remove the causes leading to the symptoms of diabetes (especially type II).

Steps to Recovery

  • Avoid eating animal proteins (meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese and cow’s milk).
  • Avoid refined oils and fats (found in most restaurant foods and processed foods).
  • Use healthful fats and oils (cold pressed coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil).
  • Don’t eat food that has been cooked in the microwave oven.
  • Avoid processed frozen foods, canned products, and leftover foods.
  • Avoid sugar and starchy foods such as pasta and potatoes.
  • Artificial sweeteners and products that contain them should be avoided at all cost!
  • Avoid all manufactured beverages and fruit juices.
  • Eat fruits whole, but separate from meals.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine as well as other stimulants.
  • Include fresh, 100% raw green juices into your diet on a daily basis (recipe below)
  • Move your body every day!

We get it, changing key lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity may not be easy for everyone. But in the case of controlling blood sugar, you usually have a choice. Making the choice of drinking fresh green juice instead of soda or pop can make the difference between life and death. If you feel you cannot make that choice, or that you lack the discipline to implement those changes please consider that becoming diabetic can make your life much more limited and complicated than following some simple suggestions.

If you would like help with implementing healthy habits into your life then consider enrolling into the Plant-Based Solution Program – this is our 24-week step-by-step plan to help you live a healthy, fit and vibrant life.

0 from 0 votes There is no reason that diabetes should stop anyone from benefiting from juicing but it’s important to choose the right ingredients. This green juice contains dandelion leaves, an herb that has shown to have an anti-diabetic effect in type 2 patients. Also included in this juice is celery that is known for it’s anti-inflammatory and blood pressure lowering properties as well as green apples that contain malic acid which helps in bringing down your sugar level. We hope you enjoy it! Prep Time10 mins Course: Juice Cuisine: raw, Vegan Servings: 32 oz Author: Active Vegetarian

Equipment

  • juicer

Ingredients

  • 1 large handful of dandelion leaves
  • 10 celery sticks
  • 4 green apples
  • 1 lemon

Instructions

  • Wash all ingredients well.
  • Peel the lemon and cut all produce to fit through your juicer.
  • Juice and enjoy right away.

Notes

  • Dandelion greens are quite bitter and peppery, and using a larger quantity of it will result in a “powerful” taste. We personally love it, but you might want to adjust the amount to accommodate your palette.

Substitutions

  • Dandelion leaves – watercress, spinach, kale )
  • Celery – cucumber
  • Lemon-lime, grapefruit
  • Apples – orange

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If you are looking for more low sugar, health-promoting juice recipes try this Celery Juice Recipe For Beginners and Toxin Cleansing Juice.

Juicing for Diabetics: Here’s What You Need to Know

by: Yuri Elkaim

Is juicing bad for those with blood sugar issues?

That’s a question I recently got from one of our clients and followers, Maggie Shea. I know this is a concern for a lot of people, so thanks for bringing this up, Maggie.

If you have blood sugar issues, here’s my advice: You want to avoid juicing fruit.

In fact, you should avoid fruit juice altogether, even if it comes in a bottle or a carton. The same thing goes for when you’re eating out—if you see fruit juice on the menu of your favorite restaurant, don’t even think about ordering it.

Why Fruit Juice Is a No-No for You

I know that’s hard to hear, but think of it like this: in almost any form, fruit juice is essentially sugar water with fruit flavoring; that’s it.

For example: although a glass of apple juice may contain some vitamins and minerals, it likely also has the same amount of sugar (in the form of fructose) as Coca-Cola.

As you can imagine, that’s not a good thing.

Fruit juices may have wonderful health benefits, but if you’re a diabetic, those benefits are going to be outweighed by the resulting spike in your blood sugar.

The sheer amount of fructose those juices deliver into your body is going to cause issues in your liver, spinning off triglycerides and uric acid, which in turn increase your insulin resistance.

Even if you’re not diabetic, excessive fruit juice consumption can increase your risk of type two diabetes and heart disease.

I know this all sounds crazy, but it all has to do with the sugar. You have to be sparing with the amount of fruit juice you consume.

The Right Way to Juice

If you’re going to juice, juice vegetables. Better yet, juice green vegetables.

If you have blood sugar issues, you want to be avoid the starchier vegetables like carrots, beets, and so forth. They’ll give a bit of sweetness to your juice, but they’re also going increase the sugar content. As you know, you have to be careful with that.

You still have a bounty of vegetables to juice from. Consider using leafy greens, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, celery, cucumber spinach, and all of that great stuff. You can juice these vegetables until the end of time and you won’t have any issues.

This doesn’t mean you can’t throw in an apple or a carrot here and there for a little sweetness, but you shouldn’t be building your juices around these sweet fruits and vegetables. Think of them as flavorful accents, not your main ingredients.

Excess sugar will buy you a ticket on the blood sugar rollercoaster, which produces all kinds of nasty side effects like brain fog. Why would you want to deal with that?

Juicing up with Smoothies

Even better than juicing vegetables, is making smoothies.

When you make a smoothie, you use almost every part of the fruit or vegetable you’re putting in your blender—the fiber, protein, everything. By consuming this, you’re going to stabilize your blood sugar even more.

In fact, by making a green smoothie instead of a green juice, you can fight back against your diabetes.

Throw in some protein like hemp seeds, chia seeds, or ground flaxseeds—the latter two are also great sources of fiber—and these amazing additions are going to delay the exit of the digested fruits and veggies from your stomach. This will in turn delay or minimize the blood sugar spike that would occur when you drink a regular juice.

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Green juice is a source of healthy elements such as antioxidants, phytonutrients, trace minerals. Adding green juices to your meals can help to boost your immune system and lose excess weight.

Moreover, green juices are known as a good means of normalizing and controlling blood sugar levels for people with diabetes.

What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disorder in which the organism cannot utilize the ingested glucose properly and high blood sugar levels are maintained for a long period. Diabetes is due to problems with the pancreas when it is not producing enough insulin, or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced.

High blood sugar levels can lead to many problems with health, that’s why it is so important for diabetics to keep a healthy diet and control blood sugar levels.

Juicing for Diabetics

Juicing for diabetics is a good way for controlling the blood sugar levels.

Fresh juices are rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals and trace minerals. Green juice is a healthy means of normalizing blood sugar.

Some of the fruits and vegetables are especially efficient for diabetics:

  • Green apples are very helpful in slowing carbohydrate digestion and glucose absorption, stimulate the pancreas. Though green apples have less sugar than red ones, still it’s better for people with diabetes not to use a lot of them for juicing.
  • Asparagus helps in regulating blood sugar levels.
  • Green beans help to make blood sugar stable.
  • Bitter melon is a source of charantin, polypeptide-p, and oleanolic acid glycosides, which are effective for blood glucose regulation.
  • Broccoli contains vitamin C, beta-carotene and different nutrients that help to maintain healthy vision and detoxifying processes.
  • Celery is very efficient in normalizing the digestive system work.
  • Spinach contains an anti-inflammatory nutrient – beta-carotene.
  • Watermelon is helpful in lowering blood pressure.

It’s important for people with diabetes to control the number of fruits that they use for juicing. It’s better to use fruits that are low in sugar and vegetables that are non-starchy and contain little amounts of carbohydrates.

As fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients and antioxidants that help to lower blood sugar levels, juicing is a great way for getting all the necessary elements for diabetics. But one should remember that juicing is an efficient addition to the diet, but it cannot substitute many other nutrients that we get from other foods.

It’s recommended to make juicing a part of a healthy, balanced, and nutritious diet.

Benefits of Green Juices

For diabetics, it is recommended to use fewer fruits and more vegetables for juicing, especially green vegetables. Green juices are loaded with necessary nutrients that help to normalize blood sugar level and many other processes in the body.

These are the main benefits of green juices:

  • Juice is a source of good bacteria.
  • It helps to boost the immune system.
  • Juices make the nutrients easy to be absorbed by the organism.
  • Juices reduce the risk of cancer.
  • They help to detoxify the body.
  • Juicing is beneficial for proper digestion.

Experts recommend using non-starchy vegetables, as they are low in carbohydrates and don’t raise the blood sugar level much. As for the fruits, when the fiber is broken in the process of juicing, the sugar in the fruit is released and absorbed easier and faster by the body. Fiber slows down carbohydrate release in the digestive system.

So, it is crucial to avoid high carbohydrate fruits and starchy vegetables in juices. Choose foods that have little amounts of carbohydrates. A juice that consists of a minimum 80 % of vegetables, especially green ones, is the best way to control blood sugar levels.

Green Juices Recipes for Diabetics

These are some of the recipes that you can try to keep control of your blood sugar level and boost your immune system. Put all the ingredients in a juicer and juice them together.

  1. Use
    • 2 stalks of celery
    • 1 cucumber
    • 1 green apple
    • 1 cup of spinach
      You can add 1 carrot if you wanna make it sweeter.
  2. Use
    • 2 stalks of celery
    • 1 medium red pepper
    • 1,5 bunch of cilantro
    • 1 carrot
    • 1 cucumber
    • 1 fennel bulb
    • 1 cup of spinach
    • 1 lime (squeeze into the readymade juice)
      Here you will find the best juicer for carrots.
  3. Use
    • 10-12 brussels sprouts
    • 2 cups of string beans
    • 1 cucumber
    • 1 peeled lemon
  4. Use
    • 7 sprigs of watercress
    • 1 handful of parsley
    • 2 tomatoes
    • 2 green apples
  5. Use
    • 5 leaves of kale
    • 1 cucumber
    • 3 cups of spinach
    • 5 stalks of celery
    • a bunch of parsley
  6. Use
    • 1 large cucumber
    • 2 cups of fresh green beans
    • half of an apple
    • 1 peeled lemon
  7. Use
    • 2 large bitter melons
    • 1 medium cucumber
    • Half a lemon

The Sweet Cucumber fresh juice recipe

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 4 handfuls of spinach
  • 4 small apples

You can mix the ingredients in your juice maker. This juice gives you the minerals and vitamins that your body needs and the apples create natural sweet taste and a delicious juice.

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It seems like everybody knows someone who has diabetes.

It could be a friend, relative or even an acquaintance.

That isn’t surprising because diabetes is an epidemic.

In this article, I’ll briefly talk about diabetes, the causes and how you can potentially reverse this through juicing and the right diet.

If my father who is in his early seventies was able to do it you can too.

Disclaimer: These recipes (particularly the first one) are so potent (when combined with medication) that it can excessively lower down blood sugar level to dangerously low levels. Please do your due diligence and have a regular blood test to monitor blood glucose level. These recipes will work best with type-2 diabetes.

Some statistics

If you check out the statistics in Diabetes.org close to 30 million Americans have diabetes and that number is rising with around 1.7 million new cases per year.

As of 2014, over 347 million people worldwide have diabetes, if that number doesn’t scream epidemic I don’t know what will.

This is close to my heart because my father, brother and uncle have diabetes and if I’m not careful I might get it too.

If you want jump straight to the recipes, .

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition where our bodies have elevated blood sugar levels because of two things – (1) the body does not produce insulin or (2) it does not respond well to insulin.

The first form of diabetes I described is type-1 diabetes, the 2nd which I’ll be talking about here is type-2 diabetes which accounts for 90 to 95% of diabetes cases.

We have to take this condition seriously because once you have it your whole life changes. Depending on the type of diabetes you have, you may either have to have oral medication, insulin shots or both.

Diabetes left undiagnosed is a silent killer because the symptoms don’t manifest until it’s too late.

Severe cases of diabetes can result to heart disease, hypoglycemia, blurred vision, and amputation.

That’s why it is important that we have our regular blood tests even if we are less than 30 years of age because this disease does not choose age.

It doesn’t matter the age, diabetes affects everybody young and old.

What causes diabetes?

There are five factors that play a role in diabetes (two of which you cannot control).

1. Unhealthy eating habbits

First is an unhealthy lifestyle that includes a diet rich in processed sugar, carbohydrates and red meat. Modern living has brought us a lot of great innovations, unfortunately that includes fast food that is rich in preservatives and high in sugar.

So it is no surprise that people diagnosed with diabetes have had a meteoric rise in the past few decades.

The less processed the food is the better it is for your body.

For example brown rice or wild rice would be a better option than white rice because the later contains a lot of refined carbohydrates.

The latter has more fiber and complex carbohydrates. Having more fiber content means the gut has to digest. This prevents the body from producing lots of insulin.

2. Lack of exercise

In a study done by the American Physiological Society, lack of exercise lowers the body’s sensitive and/or responsiveness to insulin which is one of the causes of diabetes .

Science Direct further reinforces this by stating that increased physical activity lowers the risk of IGT from progressing to type-2 diabetes. In their studies, they found that exercise increases the body’s blood glucose and free fatty acid utilization thus lowering blood glucose levels. In other words, blood glucose and fatty acid is used as energy during physical activity.

3. Genes

The second way of getting diabetes is hereditary. If any of your parents have diabetes, the greater chance you have getting this ailment so you have to be very careful when any of your folks have this ailment.

Watch what you eat closely because it won’t take a lot for your body to have elevated blood sugar levels.

4. Ethnic Background

Third, your ethnic background can also play a role. According to EveryDayHealth.com, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans are more prone to diabetes but take note that lifestyle factors play a big role like the food they eat, culture, etc.

Japanese have the healthiest diet

In contrast to the list above, the Japanese probably have the healthiest diet in the world. Only 4 percent of the population are overweight and if you look closely at what they eat it’s easy to figure out why.

A traditional Japanese dish often starts off with miso soup then followed with a low calorie and high fiber mix of vegetables, fish and seafood. To wash things down, they drink a hot cup of tea instead of a cold soda.

Okinawans have a saying “Hara hachi bu” or eat until you’re 80 percent full so it’s no surprise that there aren’t many overweight Okinawans and they live longer.

In the Philippines where I live, we have a rich and diverse culture and that includes food. Unfortunately a lot of the a lot restaurants here serve foods that are rich in fat, carbohydrates and sugar, if you’re not careful you can get high cholesterol and diabetes over time.

5. Age

Age is also a big factor. The older you are, the higher the risk you have to develop this condition. My dad who lived through the second world war and didn’t eat junk food or tasted fast food until he was in his 40s or 50s. And despite all this he still has type-2 diabetes.

Foods that cause diabetes (eating too much of these may be a triggering factor)

  • Drinks that are rich in sugar such as sodas, fruit punch, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, sweet tea
  • Candies, raisins, pancakes (and syrup), French fries, white bread, whole milk, bacon, cakes and pastries, pretzels
  • Cereal grains, industrial seed oil, fructose
  • White rice, regular pasta, sugary breakfast cereal, white bread, instant oatmeal, corn flakes
  • Foods rich in saturated fat like regular ground beef, hot dogs, sausage, spareribs, gravy made from meat drippings, coconut oil, palm oil, poultry skin ,

In order to avoid diabetes, we have to watch what we eat. It would be best to avoid processed sugar, saturated fat and meat.

Instead of eating fried food rich in saturated fat, why not steam or grill instead? And instead of drinking store bought rich in processed sugar, why not make our own?

It’s okay to eat chocolate cake or steak on occasion but we have to limit it to the absolute minimum.

Father time is undefeated and if we aren’t careful in this area we are increasing our risk of acquiring this condition.

Yes even if you’re in your 20’s (or younger), you will have to eat everything in moderation.

How to prevent diabetes?

With the right diet and enough exercise, diabetes can be prevented.

According to Harvard School of Public Health you need to do 5 things:

1. Control your weight

First you need to control your weight. Being overweight increases the risk 7 times!

Second you need to get off that lazy boy and increase your physical activity. Not only does exercise improve your muscles’ ability to use insulin and absorb glucose. It also helps you sweat and lose weight by building muscle and reducing fat inside the body.

2. Get off the freakin’ couch and exercise

Even with a simply brisk walk 30 minutes a day lessens the chance of developing type 2 diabetes by 30% ! Of course a more intense exercise regimen will reap more benefits, choose a workout program that will suit your fitness level.

3. Watch what you eat

This is the toughest because of the availability and convenience of fast food. It seems like there’s a fast food establishment in every corner where I live and this is temptation that we have to live with every day.

Even “healthy” foods that claim to be “sugar free” aren’t really healthy.

In order to eat healthy, you have to do the following

1. Avoid eating processed carbohydrates like white rice, donuts, bagels, cereals (yes that includes Wheaties). Instead eat their whole grain counter parts like brown rice and whole wheat bread.

2. Avoid drinks rich in sugar, yes that includes Gatorade and other “fortified” drinks. These beverages are rich in sugar and drinking one or more servings of it per day increased the risk by 83 percent .

These include fresh fruit juices extracted from a juicer. Even if fresh fruit is better than processed sugar, you have to remember without fiber to slow down absorption, it will cause spikes in blood glucose levels.

Unused glucose becomes fat so I think it’s good incentive to avoid it.

Eat more “good fat” that bad fat. Examples of good fat include fish oil, avocado, vegetable oil, nuts and seeds. Bad fat are fond in fast food and chips. When buying baked products, you have to look at the ingredient list and make sure it doesn’t have “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil”.

Limit consumption of red meat and processed meat. The former includes beef, lamb and port and the latter includes bacon, hotdog and deli meats. Eating even eating a small amount of steak per day (around 3 ounces) increase risk of diabetes by 20 percent! If you eat smaller amount of processed red per day (e.g. 2 strips of bacon) increases the risk by 51 percent!

3. You need to quit smoking (if you are a smoker) because you increase your chances of getting diabetes by 50% just by puffing a cigar.

4. Lastly, drinking a glass or two of alcohol per day can improve the efficiency of insulin in terms of glucose absorption by cells. Take note that moderation is the key as drinking too much can have the opposite effect.

Recipes for diabetics (or people with pre-diabetes)

One common ingredient found in most of the recipes here is bitter melon and for good reason.

According to diabetes.co.uk it contains 4 ingredients that help lower blood glucose levels – lectin, charantin, vicine and polypetide-p.

NYU Langone medical center says that bitter melon is so potent that when combined with medication may reduce blood sugar too much that it can fall to dangerously low levels.

That’s the good news. The bad news is taste – bitter melon is the most bitter of all fruits and vegetables.

These recipes I’ll share with you will range from very bitter to less bitter. Most of the ingredients added is there to dilute the strong flavor. If you have type-2 diabetes then stick with the first few recipes and avoid recipes with too much fruit in it.

Experts say that you should avoid eating more than 2 bitter gourds per day. Also if you are pregnant avoid drinking these because it might trigger premature contraction and bleeding which may result to a miscarriage.

The Blood Sugar Buster

  • 2 large bitter melons
  • And nothing else

My dad has type-2 diabetes and he has drunk this very bitter recipe the past few months and now is off his medication. His blood glucose levels have been below the borderline mark as well as his A1C test which measures the blood glucose levels the past three months.

This is the most concentrated form and it is very bitter but it is very potent.

Blood Sugar Busting Diuretic

  • 2 large bitter melons
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • Half a lemon

Both the cucumber and lemon will dilute the strong bitter flavor of the 2 large bitter melons. But you will still feel the bitterness of this drink as you chug it down.

If you don’t want pure bitter melon this is a good alternative.

Slightly Sweet and Very Bitter

  • 2 large bitter melons
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • Half a lemon
  • 1 Fuji apple

If the “blood sugar busting diuretic” is too strong then try this recipe. Both are similar and the only difference would be the Fuji apple.

I love using these types of apples because they are firm and have a lot of juice. But limit it to just one because we don’t want to add to much fructose into this drink.

If you prefer to use green apple that’s alright because it’s purpose is only to dilute bitterness and add flavor to this drink.

Where to buy bitter melon?

I’ve received a number of people asking me where to buy this fruit. Remember that this fruit comes from Asian countries with tropical weather all year round so the best place this is in Asian stores.

My in-laws live in Seattle so if I wanted to buy this whenever I come here I’d go to an Asian store like Ranch. If you live in a different state, you can google “Asian store near me” and it’ll give you a list of stores near your area.

Let me know in the comments section when you’ve tried any of these recipes. Or if you have your own recipe just let me know. If you are looking for some diabetic friendly recipes, check out these mouth watering recipes from Neeva.

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Free Diabetes Juicing Recipes to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

As a result, diabetesjuicing provides a multitude of health benefits. In fact, raw juicing provides health benefits to every cell, tissue and organ in your body — as long as you avoid the aforementioned mistakes.

Here are some examples how the various organs within your body benefit from specific vegetable juices.

Brain
Celery: is rich in luteolin, which helps to block molecules in the brain that trigger inflammation. Carrots, peppers, dandelion greens, spinach and parsley are also high in luteolin.

Tomato: is high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps to maintain brain function and prevent damage from free radicals.

Eyes
Beets, Beet Greens: are an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect the eyes from free radical damage.

Kale: and other dark green leafy vegetables are also a good source of lutein. Kale is extremely high in vitamins, minerals and many other antioxidants to protect your eyes from free radical damage.

Kiwifruit: is high in lutein and a great source of vitamin C which is needed for protecting your vision.

Orange Bell Peppers: are a great source of zeaxanthin. Red and yellow peppers are also a good source if you can’t find orange peppers.

Heart
Beet: produces nitric oxide, which helps to dilate your arteries and blood vessels, lowering your blood pressure.

Celery: is an excellent blood purifier.

Garlic: keeps the blood platelets from sticking, improving circulation, and helping to reduce the threat of blood clots.

Pomegranate: contains nitric oxide, which helps to dilate the arteries and blood vessels.

Wheatgrass: contains the essential enzyme transhydrogenase, which strengthens the heart muscle. It also has a high chlorophyll content, which helps to build red blood cells which carry oxygen to every cell.

Immune System
Berries: such as blueberries and raspberries are rich in vitamin C and polyphenols that help boost the immune system and promote healthy tissues and organs.

Carrot: contains vitamin A precursors called carotenoids (beta carotene) that help promote vision and support a healthy immune system.

Citrus Fruit: such as oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, lemons and limes are an excellent source of vitamin C which helps maintain the body’s defense against bacterial infections.

Garlic: provides anti-bacterial and anti-fungal support to help the immune system fight infections and repair slow-healing bruises. Garlic also helps to lower blood pressure, inhibit blood clotting and promote healthy cholesterol levels.

Ginger: has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that help to boost immune function and combat cellular damage.

Pineapple: contain the enzyme bromelain, renowned for aiding protein digestion which allows your body to utilize immune boosting amino acids effectively.

Wheatgrass: is one of the most nutritionally dense greens with naturally occurring nutrients such as chlorophyll, beta carotene, vitamin C, B complex vitamins, amino acids, calcium, potassium and magnesium. These nutrients help support liver and immune function by boosting the liver’s ability to flush out toxins.

Kidneys and Bladder
Asparagus: is rich in antioxidants and contains high levels of glutathione, which combats free radicals. It acts as a diuretic, dissolving excess uric acid; and, can be helpful in dissolving kidney stones.

Carrot: is supportive to the kidneys by helping to flush out excess uric acid and excess toxins.

Celery: is detoxifying and helpful with eliminating toxins.

Cranberry: supports urinary tract health and helps to clear up urinary tract infections by flushing the bacteria out.

Cucumber: is hydrating, and also a wonderful flusher of toxins.

Fennel: is a natural diuretic.

Radish: is detoxifying and high in anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to flush toxins and to dissolve kidney stones.

Watermelon flesh: helps to flush kidneys, a great source of potassium, which can also be helpful in dissolving kidney stones.

Watermelon rind: is anti-inflammatory, hydrating, alkalizing, and detoxifying. Rinds contain l-citrulline, an amino acid that is helpful with nitric oxide production and blood vessel dilation.

Liver
Apple: contains malic acid, which helps to soften gallstones for smooth passage in liver cleansing.

Beet: is rich in phytonutrients that have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The nutrient betaine found in beets promotes the flow of bile for better digestion. Beets are also detoxifying and blood purifying.

Broccoli: contains antioxidants and other nutrients that increase enzymes that help the liver with detox to remove carcinogenic chemicals.

Burdock: is a powerful blood purifier that supports the liver in filtering blood.

Cabbage: stimulates liver-detoxifying enzymes.

Dandelion greens: support the cleansing of the liver and increase bile production.

Ginger: helps to stimulate better digestion and may help protect the liver from oxidative damage.

Pancreas
Aloe vera: can be very soothing to an inflamed pancreas; and, contains antioxidants to protect against free radical damage.

Bitter melon: contains a phytonutrient called polypeptide-P, which is a plant insulin known to lower blood sugar levels. In addition, it has a hypoglycemic agent called charantin, which increases glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis inside the cells of liver, muscle and adipose tissue.

Brussels sprouts: provide alkalizing support; and, has insulin-like properties when juiced in combination with string beans.

Dandelion greens: help improve digestion of fats as well as increase bile production, relieving stress on the pancreas.

Spinach and kale: and other dark, leafy vegetables can decrease the risk of pancreatic cancer.

String bean: is rich in potassium and helps to alkalize the pancreas.

Stomach and Intestines
Aloe vera: supports the digestive process and helps to balance stomach acidity. It is soothing to the mucus membranes of bowels, stomach, intestines and urinary tract; and, it helps to increase absorption of nutrients.

Apple: is helpful with constipation and removes toxins from the intestines. It’s also rich in pectin, a type of fiber that binds to toxins in your intestines as they are digested so they can be eliminated from the body.

Cucumber: is an anti-inflammatory and can help to relieve stomach acid.

Ginger: stimulates digestion, gut motility and bowel function, while helping to relieve bloating, cramping and nausea. A recent study also found ginger to be as effective as pharmaceutical agents in relieving PMS discomfort in women.

Lemon: helps to detox and stimulate the digestive process.

Mint: aids digestion and can help to relieve indigestion and heartburn. It can also assist with relaxing intestinal muscles.

Papaya: is a rich source of papain, an enzyme that aids in the digestive process. Papaya is also a rich source of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body and promotes healthy eyes, skin and tissues.

Wheatgrass: contains the essential enzymes protease and amylase, which assist in protein digestion and facilitate general digestion.

Thyroid
Celery: helps to balance hormones with its high magnesium content.

Coconut: is packed with healthy fats needed to support thyroid health.

Dandelion greens: are a complete amino acid and high in protein helpful in supporting the thyroid.

Ginger: is supportive, as it is an anti-inflammatory.

Lemon: has healing alkalizing properties.

Parsley: is high in immune boosting vitamin C, along with supportive vitamin A and folate.

Watercress: is high in iodine that can help to support and improve hypothyroidism condition. It’s also anti-inflammatory and a wonderful antioxidant, but, is not recommended for people with hyperthyroidism.

Diabetes is a common disease in which the human body becomes unable to produce an optimum level of insulin resulting in high levels of blood glucose (blood sugar levels) and abnormal metabolism of sugar or carbohydrates.

There are different types of diabetes which include Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. Each of these is caused by different factors such as genes, environmental factors, lifestyle, eating habits, family history, etc.

Types of Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the immune system of your body attacks the cells which produce insulin. Why this happens is still unclear but most doctors believe it is due to genetic reasons.

Type 2 diabetes is caused by the inefficient use of insulin in your body resulting in high blood sugar. This type of diabetes mostly occurs in people who have a poor lifestyle which means they do not exercise much and have a poor diet. Patients of Type 2 diabetes are usually obese. Gestational diabetes only occurs in pregnant women and is caused by genes, obesity, polycystic ovary syndrome, etc.

While diabetes was only considered to be a disease of the elderly previously, it has become common in teens and middle-aged people nowadays. Type 1 diabetes is common amongst teenagers whereas Type 2 occurs in people aged above 40.

How do you know you have diabetes?

Diabetes has a lot of symptoms which you can easily notice. Once you notice the symptoms you should not ignore them and seek help from doctors as soon as possible. Common symptoms include excessive thirst, frequent urination, kidney problems, excessive hunger, weight gain or weight loss, feeling tired all the time, mood swings, blurred vision, and nausea.

Diabetes may also result in skin infections and wounds may take longer than usual to heal and darkening of the skin from some areas of the body.

Once diagnosed diabetes must be treated seriously otherwise it can result in serious long term health issues. High blood sugar is detrimental for health as it leads to heart diseases in the long run.

Other complications that may arise include high blood pressure, kidney diseases, neuropathy and yeast infections. Diabetes is a very serious issue and one should adopt a healthy lifestyle to avoid getting the disease.

How to Prevent Diabetes

  • Avoid eating food which has excess sugar such as chocolates, cakes, ice creams etc.
  • Avoid drinking packaged juices and fizzy drinks
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise daily
  • Keep a check on your weight
  • Eat fruits and vegetables for health benefits

These are some of the ways you can avoid getting diabetes but if you do then there are some things you can do at home other than taking medicines your doctor has prescribed for you. You can include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet and you can replace fresh fruit juice with beverages and fizzy drinks.

Have one green apple every day to get the maximum health benefit. You can always use some DIY home-based juicer recipes for diabetics that can help reduce blood sugar level and thus reduce the possibility of heart disease in the future.

Here are some juicer recipes for diabetics:

There are many juicer recipes available online but the healthiest juicer recipes include:

1) Spinach and Celery juice

To control your blood sugar levels you can consume spinach. Spinach has almost zero calories and is one of the best vegetables which can stabilize blood sugar. Celery can help manage weight and has oxidants which lower blood sugar levels.

Both these ingredients can be blended together to make fruit juice. This is one of the most common juicer recipes diabetics follow. You can also add carrot and apples if you want. Make sure you have peeled the apples and carrots.

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2) The bitter melons recipe

Bitter melons can also be used to lower blood glucose levels. You can mix melons with different fruits and vegetables to make fresh juices for diabetics. Bitter melon juice can be made in a variety of ways which include:

Only melons

You can use 2 bitter melons alone to extract the juice in order to lower glucose.

You can cut the melons into slices and then blend them in a blender. The taste may not be so good but you should treat it as a medicine and only focus on the health benefits it will give.

Bitter melons and cucumber

If you do not like the taste of the bitter melons then you can add one cucumber. You can also squish a lemon into your juice to make it taste better.

Add apples

You can add green apples into the above-mentioned recipe with bitter melons, cucumber, and lemon. Green apples have a lot of fiber which helps stabilize glucose levels.

3) Potato Juice

People often believe that diabetics should avoid potatoes. This is a huge misconception as potatoes are high in starch and the body takes very long to break starch than sugar. White potatoes should be avoided as they don’t contain enough fiber.

Sweet potatoes are the best type of potatoes diabetics can consume because they have a low glycemic index (GI) and high fiber content. For those of you who do not know what GI is, it is a ranking of carbohydrate levels in food and how they increase or decrease blood glucose levels. Diabetics should consume foods with a low GI since human bodies take longer to digest these causing a lower rise in blood sugar levels.

You can blend one sweet potato with a medium sized apple to make a fresh juice. You can also add one or two stalks of celery to increase the nutritional contents.

You can add ginger and cinnamon for a better taste.

4) Broccoli Juice

Broccoli is a great vegetable to treat Type 2 diabetes. Broccoli is rich in a chemical known as Sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is tested and scientists have discovered that it lowers blood glucose in diabetic patients. Sulforaphane decreases the sensitivity of the cells that produce enzymes that increase glucose production.

You can take one head of broccoli and blend it with carrot and apples. You can vary the number of carrots and apples used according to your taste. Carrot is a sweetener so you can add as many according to your preferences.

5) Tomato Juice

Tomatoes are rich in nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium. Tomatoes are also low in carbohydrates and have an antioxidant which can help you protect yourself from heart disease.

The antioxidant is known as lycopene and is also helpful in avoiding cancer. You can consume tomatoes in various forms. You can eat it in salads, sandwiches and you can also use it as toppings for chicken, pasta, etc. You can also make tomato juice.

Take 4 tomatoes, make sure they are ripe. Cut them into pieces and remove all the seeds. Blend the tomato slices with lettuce. Lettuce has a low GI and thus is very helpful in keeping your blood sugar normal.

6) Bell pepper juice

Bell peppers especially red bell peppers are rich in lycopene which is an antioxidant that lowers the level of sugar you have in your bloodstream. Bell peppers have soluble fibers and vitamins A and C which are good for your heart.

You can make healthy and delicious diabetic juice by simply blending a few easily available ingredients. Blend spinach, red bell pepper, celery, and kiwis together to form a tasty juice.

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Juicing For Diabetes

Diabetes has become a very common issue and it is high time we start educating people about it. The importance of leading a healthy lifestyle cannot be emphasized enough.

Consuming a diet with balanced ingredients, avoiding processed foods and getting enough sleep are very important things we need to start doing. You all are aware of how work and studies consume most of our time and energy for the whole day.

It is understandable that none of you might get enough time to exercise but just taking out 30 minutes daily for yourself to exercise is very important. Prevent diabetes if you are not a patient by following these simple steps but if you are a patient consume these healthy juices with your medicines and you will start to notice a significant improvement in your health.

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