Gestational diabetes is a condition in which the body has elevated blood sugar levels during pregnancy. In 95 percent cases, the condition ceases to exist after childbirth but five prevent women continue to be diabetic even afterwards.
The symptoms of gestational diabetes are not life-threatening but if ignored they could pose health problems to the baby and cause respiratory issues and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can also cause gestational diabetes. While the condition can be controlled with exercise, diet or insulin therapy, some simple home remedies might also come handy in managing it better.
Here are five simple home remedies that will help manage gestational diabetes naturally.
Bitter Melon: Being rich in micronutrients, bitter melon has anti-diabetic properties. The phytonutrients present in it mimic the action of insulin which is useful in reducing blood sugar levels. Women with gestational diabetes can eat this vegetable safely to reduce insulin levels naturally without any side effects.
Barley: Did you know that having a bowl of barley in place of white rice can lower blood sugar levels by 70 percent? Barley contains soluble fiber that slows down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. Use barley to make the base of a casserole, add it to your soups or just have it as an accompaniment.
Garlic: Garlic is useful in improving blood circulation and regulating blood sugar levels. Add fresh and crushed garlic cloves to your meals. You can also take garlic capsules twice daily to obtain relief from gestational diabetes.
Olive Oil: Olive oil is rich in healthy fats which do not increase insulin resistance. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Add olive oil to your pasta, salads, baked potatoes and just about anything to control your sugar levels.
Cinnamon: Polyphenols in cinnamon can improve the functioning of insulin and help manage gestational diabetes. Add one tablespoon of cinnamon to three cups of boiling water. Drink it when cool and have twice daily for better results.
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