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Does The Key To Balancing Blood Sugar Lie In The Gut?

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If you are a person living with diabetes, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what foods keep your blood sugar levels in check. While there are myriad beneficial foods for diabetics, it is often wise to take a look at the bigger picture, i.e. your entire diet, and assess what changes need to be made.

 

Everything that you put in your body should be of great importance, no matter if you are living with diabetes or not. Roughly 100 million American adults are currently living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, and this number is only on the rise. Having diabetes exponentially increases the risk of kidney failure, stroke, heart disease, amputation of toes, vision loss, or premature death. All of this is to say that finding ways to efficiently manage blood sugar levels is more important now than ever before.

 

Recently, a study revealed that understanding how individualized diets can impact the gut microbiome may be the best way to control blood sugar levels. To clarify, the microbiome refers to the trillions of bacteria that live in the body. The study followed 300 people for six days. Each person ate a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast and whatever he/she wanted for the rest of the day. The researchers collected stool samples, glycemic responses via blood glucose monitors, and information about exercise frequency and food intake throughout the study.

 

When considering carbohydrates and calories consumed, researchers were able to predict blood sugar response 32%-40% of the time. However, factoring in age, genetics, and each individual’s gut microbiome, researchers could accurately predict blood glucose responses 62% of the time. That’s a huge number, when you consider the percentage of people living with diabetes.

 

It is possible that the key to balancing blood sugar lies in the gut, but more research needs to be conducted. What the study did find, however, is that giving blanket nutritional advice for diabetics is an oversimplified approach to helping them manage blood glucose levels. This is because each person responds differently to different foods. One person can eat carbs and feel energized, while another person’s response to a carb-heavy meal is fatigue.

 

The point of the study was to help change the advice given to diabetics. Cutting calories, losing weight, and eating fewer carbohydrates are the current approaches for controlling blood sugar levels. It seems that this research is indicating that more personalized treatments will be able to better address blood sugar issues. By increasing the amount of beneficial bacteria in the body, a person can experience improved digestion, better immune function, and higher energy levels, in addition to better blood glucose response. To improve your microbiome, read our article about prebiotics here.

 

With the growing knowledge of using alternative approaches to naturally remedy a variety of conditions, the hope is for people to not listen to general advice. Always remember that an approach that works for one person may not be right for the next person.

 

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/in-depth/diabetes-diet/art-20044295

http://www.eatingwell.com/article/288045/best-foods-for-diabetes/

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/the-best-diet-for-your-blood-sugar

2019-02-21T12:38:51+00:00

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    Q: For about 2.5 months I have been on the path of taking care of my temple (body). I am more dedicated than I have been in the past. One I was diagnose with so-called diabetes (type II) took the pills (made me sicker than I was) and now my doctor has stressed taking insulin injections. Which I am totally against it. Since I have been taking the Pancreas formula, changed my diet (no meats, juicing, fresh fruits, green veggies (organic))& vigorous exercise (cardio), my A1c has gone from 10.9 to 8.6(should be 6.5) in the span of 2mths. Glucose 137 (should be 70-125) has been high as 238 and higher. However, my doctor insist that my diabetes is not controlled, and will not get better because the pancreas function in type2 diabetics declines as time goes on. Therefore, insulin injection will deter kidney failure, heart attack, body amputations, and blindness. I know our emotions help with the conditions of the disease body. What can I do to continue to lower blood sugars to a healthy level? Lower trigylcerides and cholesterol(lower in the last two months)? My blood pressure is 122/80.

    A:

    Performing the Pancreas kit and regimen as much and as often as you can and you'll get your desired results.

    Great maintenance formulas include CIRCUL-AID, PANCREAS FORMULA, SUGAR BUSTER, and BIO-INSULIN.

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    Q: I have purchased and started your FULL BODY DETOX (FBD) but I need your advice. I'm a so-called diabetic, I'm not overweight 5'9" 140lbs. I've read many of your articles including the one titled "Can I take my medication with FBD?" The first day I started the detox, I didn't take my meds and all I ate was fruits and veggies but my blood sugar was higher than it had been in a long time...356 to be exact. So I stopped and started this week, while taking my meds and it's still been higher than normal...in the 200's range. I understand that you stated that the herbs would be working against the meds since they're considered poisons in the body. My concern is this, I want to continue to cleanse my body but I don't want my blood sugar to stay out of control for an extended period of time...for obvious reasons. My question is, what do you suggest I do in continuing this cleanse? Will the FBD regulate my blood sugar levels over the next 2 weeks as my body begins to repair itself? Or should I continue taking my meds until I'm done with the cleanse? I plan to do the pancreas cleanse next. Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Peace

    A:

    Like we clearly and unequivocally explain in so many of our articles, the body is and will regulate itself and you will see this via fluctuation. Levels will be up and down and inconsistent. Your body is going to heal in its own way so if you are concerned about high levels for extended periods of time, you may want to take your meds and refrain from taking the herbs until your levels reach a level you feel safe with. You know, religion is not the only thing that requires faith. Healing requires faith too!

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    Q: I just purchased the Pancreas Kit for children, for my 4 year old who was diagnosed with type one diabetes. I have been feeding her a raw diet of just vegetables. The diet includes no dairy, no grains, and fruit for a week. I also started the Pancreas kit last week too. I was wondering if there is any reason why her blood sugar levels would go up? All she is eating is veggies, and her sugar levels are at 300 most of the time. Even if she doesn't eat anything, it still goes up to 300. I also know it says you cannot tell us not to give, or not to give her insulin, or not. I am still currently giving it to her. Does the pancreas kit work just as well if the are receiving insulin or not? Or does it hinder the process?. I would really appreciate other advise you would offer. Thanks so much!

    A:

    Drugs and herbs don't mix! They cancel each other out. The blood sugar will go up and down due to the body attempting to regulate, and normalize the blood sugar levels. Perfectly normal! It's called "healing crisis. Whatever you guys choose to do, simply keep monitoring the person. Ask the person how he/she feels (very important).

    Article:
    Healing Crisis

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    Q: Greetings, On May 10th 2003, I was attacked while on my job and I suffered injuries to the lumbar and to the cervical spine. I was given pain management therapy (cortizone) in massive doses; about 18+ injections over a 3-week period in October of the same year. By Thanksgiving, 2003, I was admitted into hospital with blood sugar levels of 800+! While thyroid issues have exhibited in the family, there is no history of diabetes on either the maternal or paternal sides of my family, niether is there any sign of the disease in any of my other 11 siblings, the youngest of which is 40+. At one point, the symptoms of the diabetes dissapeared for 2 years, and reappeared in January of 2007. I am not overweight, nor do I have eccesive body fat. I work out every day with weights, and have the appearance of a body builder, although not excessive. I walk about 3-5 miles every day and have consistently low blood pressure levels, much to the surprise of my doctors. I have and excellent diet; mostly consisting of fresh vegetables and skinless broiled chicken and fish. Some beef with the marble trimmed. I have a normal stool consisting of solid waste, and regularly. I have long suggested that my pancreatic duct(s) are blocked and after reading some of the literature on your website, I am even surer of it. Although the levels lately are starting to stabilize again, I am taking this synthetic insulin, about 3-4 units in the mornings, and before dinner, and about 10-16 units of the overnite insulin. Being well muscled, and not overweight therefore not needing to lose weight, and being totally active, What are my options in assisting me to unblock the pancreatic ducts of what I believe to be the cortizone, as I have spoken to others with the same situation, so that my pancreas may better function? I have also read about some of the other products that may be helpful. I look forward to your response, as I have heard your commercial on KJLH radio.

    A:

    Sounds like you need to perform the FULL BODY DETOX and PANCREAS CLEANSE AND REGIMEN to kick start your pancreas into activity. Also, practice some of the other regimens I listed in the â€DIABETES†article (especially drinking the vegetable juice).

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    Q: I want to get this for my mother as she is trying to lose weight and keep her sugar level and blood pressure under control and not be in any danger from taking this. Her sugar was in the 300's and we got her to keep it down between 140 and 180. She was diagnosed with Diabetes last year and is working on eating right. I will order once you answer this. Should she talk to her doctor first or can she try it first?

    A:

    It's her choice! What can or will a doctor who has an interest in DRUGS tell her about herbs that he/she doesn't get a kickback from??????

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    Q: On may 10th 2003, I was attacked while on my job and I suffered injuries to the lumbar and to the cervical spine. I was given pain management therapy (cortizone) in massive doses; about 18+ injections over a 3-week period in October of the same year. By Thanksgiving, 2003, I was admitted into hospital with blood sugar levels of 800+! While thyroid issues have exhibited in the family, there is no history of diabetes on either the maternal or paternal sides of my family, niether is there any sign of the disease in any of my other 11 siblings, the youngest of which is 40+. At one point, the symptoms of the diabetes dissapeared for 2 years, and reappeared in January of 2007. I am not overweight, nor do I have eccesive body fat. I work out every day with weights, and have the appearence of a body builder, although not eccesive. I walk about 3-5 miles every day and have consistantly low blood pressure levels, much to the suprise of my doctors. I have and excellent diet; mostly consisting of fresh vegetables and skinless broiled chicken and fish. Some beef with the marble trimmed. I have a normal stool consisting of solid waste, and the regularity is consistant. I have long suggested that my pancreatic duct(s) are blocked and after reading some of the literature on your website, I am more sure of it. Although the levels lately are starting to stabilize again, I am taking this synthetic insulin, about 3-4 units in the mornings, and before dinner, and about 10-16 units of the overnite insulin. Being well muscled, and not overweight therefore not needing to lose weight, and being totally active, What are my options in assisting me to unblock the pancreatic ducts of what I believe to be the cortizone, as I have spoken to others with the same situation, so that my pancreas may better function? I have also read about some of the other products that may be helpful. I look forward to your response, as I have heard your commercial on KJLH radio. Peace and Blessings

    A:

    I suggest you consider performing our PANCREAS CLEANSE AND REGIMEN . Also, read our articles on â€DIABETES†and â€THYROID GLAND†(see "Articles') on our site. We have numerous articles on our site. I'll be on Jacquie Stevens show L.A. Speaks Out on Saturday @ 8:00 a.m. on KJLH

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    Q: I am 58 years old 5'9.5" 145lbs. I have diabetes, hepatitis "C", high blood pressure, chronic renal disease and asthma. Where do I start? What do you suggest? If it would help I could fax my last blood work result.

    A:

    There is healing for you, Beloved! For diabetes, perform the Pancreas Kit and Regimen. For Hepatitis C, perform the FULL BODY DETOX. For high blood pressure, the FULL BODY DETOX will work for this as well. For asthma, perform the RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. Chronic renal disease? The RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN will also help for this too! So basically, you need to perform the Full Body Detox. After you perform your cleanses, make sure your diet is correct: cut out or cut back meat, and dairy products, refined grains and starches, etc. Avoid pharmaceutical meds. Bathe in sea salt (add 1 box) every day. Dietary and lifestyle change is the key!!!!

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    Q: I am a diabetic and I am on several different medications for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. I wanted to know once I started the Diabetic regimen should I continue taking my prescribed medications?

    A:

    Please read the article â€CAN I TAKE MEDICATION WITH MY HERBS†Personally, I would stop taking any and all drugs so my healing can begin. Drugs don't heal, only get you addicted.

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    Q: My Dad was recently diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol after suffering a mild stroke. What natural supplements/herbs would you suggest?

    A:

    We highly recommend the Full Body Cleanse, followed by the Pancreas Kit. Both of these cleanses can benefit diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure. Individual herbs that should be taken after these cleanses/regimens include:

    Pancreas Aid
    Cardiovascular
    Bowel Motion

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    Q: I have been experiencing very trying health issues for many years (over 25 years). The trouble began when my gall bladder was removed 26 years ago. I had mood swings, lack of energy, and severe diarrhea. Approximately 13 years ago I had an additional surgery for an umbilical hernia. Due to pre-op tests, my physician diagnosed me with thyroid disease and placed me on synthroid. This medication dramatically improved the digestive issues I had experienced for many years. I had very loose bowels when menstruating and when I was ill. I am overweight and have dealt with weight issues all my life. Three years ago I had a scare where I thought I experienced a heart attack. I spent three days in the hospital and learned of many health risks. My triglycerides were extremely high along with my sugar being borderline. I have been tested for diabetes on a number of occasions in my life but never show to be. There are numerous cases of diabetes in my family. My mother and one sister are insulin dependent and one other sister is on some form of pill medication for diabetes. At that time, I gave up sugar and began a regime at the gym. The have not eaten any sweets other than what I get in a little ketchup occasionally or some other kind of sauce that may contain some sugar. I have gone to the gym with minimal results in losing weight. I had a total hysterectomy six weeks ago. My regular GP has been on vacation and I've been dealing with one of her associates. This dr. sent me in for glucose tolerance and she has since diagnosed me as Type II Diabetic. She put me on a medication called "Metformin" and has me taking a 500 mg pill twice daily. I have only been on this medication for three days. I have been very careful to eat only what they say I can. I am experiencing the same issues as before with the diarrhea. Last night I was up all night with this and it is like water coming out of me. I am unable to find a physician who understands that I want to lose the weight, but cannot when I'm constantly dehydrated and feeling lethargic. When I have this constant problem, I am not able to do what I need to do for my overall health. Sorry to be so wordy but I wanted to explain the full extent of what I am experiencing. My friend told me to get on this website and explain my issues. He feels that you may be able to guide me in the direction of a natural product or products that can help me to have normal bowel movements and therefore begin doing the physical exercise that is needed for me to reduce my chances of becoming an insulin dependent diabetic.

    A:

    I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO FIRST TRY THE FULL BODY DETOX (TAKING THINGS ONE DAY AT A TIME). AFTER THIS CLEANSE, I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO PERFORM THE PANCREAS CLEANSE AND REGIMEN . LET'S TAKE THIS SLOWLY AND GET YOU BACK TO OPTIMAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING. FIRST THINGS FIRST, OKAY? ALSO, PLEASE CONSIDER A CONSULTATION AS THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH TIME I CAN GIVE TO RESPONDING VIA E-MAIL DUE TO ALL THE E-MAILS WE GET DAILY.YOU CAN HEAL. JUST CONCENTRATE ON HEALING, NOT DIABETES. LET'S START HERE, OKAY?

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    Q: Your article was extremely thorough and sound concerning Diabetes, it's causes and remedies. However, I sort of lost you on weather juvenile diabetics can really be helped by natural remedies? After all, they have a non-functioning pancreas. Can it really be really be revived? If one had diabetes for 50 years. Is there really any hope for reviving the pancreas naturally, without inserting insulin any more? Please let me know, in my friends case, she had hepatitis before becoming a diabetic at age 14. There is a theory that this disease somehow instituted the destruction of the pancreas. Could it be, that insulin production was literally destroyed never to start again. Have you had other diabetics who were Type 1 recover totally from the disease? Especially after the pancreas has been shut down for so many years.

    A:

    Beloved, there are no exceptions with natural healing. As long as the body is alive, the organs are alive, though they may be taxed. Give them what they need and simply watching the healing take place. Healing is simplistic! Nature does not categorize disease, e.g. Diabetes Type 1, Type 2. Nature heals what needs to be healed!

    Article:
    Diabetes

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    Q: What herbs are good for controlling glucose blood levels? Is there an herbal cure?

    A:

    Check out Dherbs.Com SUGAR BUSTER, PANCREAS FORMULA , and PANCREAS AUXILIARY FORMULA . I would also suggest you perform the PANCREAS CLEANSE AND REGIMEN 2-3 times per year as well.

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    Q: Is it okay for a person with diabetes to have a fruit smoothie in the mornings during the full body detox?

    A:

    YES!!!! Just watch your sugar because most diabetics have sugar problems due to bad sugar mixed with good sugar (from fruit -- fructose).

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    Q: Hi Dherbs. I'm pregnant. I've been slacking off with my diet for years now, eating just about every bad thing but pork. I had gestational diabetes with my last pregnancy. Now I may have it again with my current pregnancy at 4 months. They're going to give me the 3 hr test and I know they'll try to make me take insulin. I really don't want to shoot myself with needles. It wasn't a pleasant experience last time. Anyway to make a long story short, I wanted to know if the following would be good products to work on the situation: FULL BODY DETOX SUGAR BUSTER TEA PANCREAS FORMULA Would any of these pose a problem or interact poorly with my baby? Do you suggest any other effective formula of yours to improve my glucose uptake and general health during this pregnancy?

    A:

    I highly suggest the 10-DAY ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD CLEANSE for pregnant women. This cleanse will help to address all your needs and all health concerns. You can perform it as much as you like too! It provides great nutrition for mother and developing child.

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    Q: I recently had some blood work done per my cardiologist and the results were that my Triglyceride level was at 800. From my understanding, normal range is somewhere around 150. What herbs, and or Dherbs products will help me reduce the current levels in conjuction with an ongoing attempt to eat raw foods and changed thinking process? I have had heart disease issues, but I am getting better, in part to dherbs wonderful products and articles.

    A:

    I highly recommend that you read the article on the Dherbs.com website related to heart health. It has vast information and lists many products that we carry here at DHERBS for you to use to assist in regaining a healthy heart and in turn, better overall health. I have put a link to the article here below.

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    Heart Problems

    Thank you beloved, for your interest in DHERBS.com.

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    Q: I have ketones in my urine. I have large amounts of ketones in my urinalysis. I also have strong burning urine. I have glucose levels within normal limits and I havent been diagnosed with diabetes. I also have a elevated leukocites red blood count. What should I take?

    A:

    Try the Full Body Detox, followed by the Pancreas Cleanse!

    Product Links:
    Full Body Detox
    Pancreas Cleanse and Regimen

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    Q: I need help, which herbal supplements heal high blood pressure and lower sugar levels.

    A:

    Try our SUGAR BUSTERand the PANCREAS AUXILIARY FORMULA .

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    Q: What product can I use to keep my blood sugar level down? I don't want to take the medicine that I know my doctor will prescribe. This just started happening to me.

    A:

    Start taking SUGAR BUSTER, PANCREAS AUXILIARY FORMULA , and ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD daily.

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    Q: I'm a 51 y/o Latino female born w/a heart murmur, with a 20 y/o history of Type 1 Diabetes and hypertension. Who recently suffered two minor strokes due to a blood clot. I am prescribed three types of medication for high blood pressure, one diuretic, insulin and pill for diabetes. My medical history includes the following surgeries: Tonsils removed (5 yrs old), removal of cysts (19 yrs old), Caesarian (28 yrs old) and removal of gall bladder (38). Had an ablation of the uterus due to heavy flow of blood and multiple cysts in ovaries with large fibroid present. According to doctors I'm undergoing menopause. An endonoscopy revealed an hiatel hernia and cysts in the thyroid gland. Also, a colonoscopy revealed internal hemorrhoids with diverticulitis. Had an abdominal sonogram which revealed fatty tissues around the pancreas. My husband has been researching your products and he seems to be very interested and believes that you can help me. However, I would like to know the following: How sick will I get with the detoxification regimen? How soon can I expect some positive results to occur? Do I have to stop taking my maintenance medications? I need some answers to these questions for reassurance before I decide to invest in your products. Looking forward to your reply.

    A:

    Beloved, with the ailments you described, you cannot afford to wait around to be convinced about a product, your life is on the line. Your husband is right, I/Dherbs can greatly help you if you are willing to help yourself.

    To get started, please read the following articles on our site under "Articles":

    WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?

    CAN I TAKE MEDICATION WITH MY HERBS?

    HEALING CRISIS

    DIABETES

    THYROID GLAND

    SURGERY

    Full Body Detox ($120) and Full Body Detox Companion ($20), Pancreas Kit and Regimen ($120), and Total Woman Kit ($150). These kits are 3 weeks in duration each so you don't have to order all of them at once; but you need to do at least one of them and fast!

    Experience the magic of healing!

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    Q: I have been dealing with diabetes for over twenty years. I have been on dialysis for almost three years, am a bilateral amputee, and have retinopathy and cardiovascular problems. I don't eat many carbs and take only ten units of Lantus per day. Blood sugars run good, last A1C was 5.6. I don't know what I can take because of the strict renal diet I am on. That's what has me stumped. Can you help?

    A:

    Sir, drugs and herbs don't mix! Sounds like you're on a strict drug-based regimen. You'd have to consider giving up your meds if you go the herbal route. Read our article HERBS VS. PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS for more clarity of what I'm saying to you here. Regardless of your condition, our herbs would greatly help you.