Let’s get right to it: Green juice is one of our best tools for diabetes management. Why do we recommend it so much?
To have success with reducing, reversing, or controlling diabetes, understanding what insulin is and how it works in the body is important. Insulin causes the absorption of glucose while simultaneously inhibiting fat metabolism. This means the body cannot metabolize fat if there is an inappropriate amount of insulin in the body. The trick to successful diabetes management is healthy fat metabolism.
Healthy fat metabolism means that our blood sugar levels are relatively steady—we’re not experiencing huge fluctuations in blood sugar—and our bodies are utilizing lipids as a source of energy throughout the day.
So what in the world does green juice have to do with any of this?
First of all, green juice is incredibly high in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, which our bodies need to stay healthy and function as it should. Our bodies actually crave these micronutrients because they are so essential. Whether you have type 1 diabetes (insulin dependence) or type 2 diabetes (insulin resistance), increasing our body’s sensitivity to insulin—if our body is more sensitive to insulin it means we will require less insulin—is crucial for management. We can do this not only through exercise but also through food. That’s where drinking green juice comes in.
Here are some tips for making the perfect green juice. If possible, choose organic ingredients. Most importantly, for the base of your green juice, choose dark leafy green vegetables: baby spinach, kale, chard, etc. Your local grocery store probably has a “power greens” bag of mixed greens that is convenient for juicing. Next, choose about 15 grams of fruit—red or green apple is our favorite but berries and grapes are also great choices. Use whatever fruit is your favorite, just be aware of the amount of carbohydrates in whatever you choose and keep it to 15 grams or less. If your green juice tastes more like a sweet tropical smoothie from your favorite smoothie shop, you probably used more than the recommended amount and might want to use a less next time. Get creative with the combination of greens and juice you choose! You can also add in some extra ingredients for taste (which won’t to the carb count) and other benefits from active phytochemical components like ginger, lemon, parsley, cilantro, mint… the possibilities are endless.
If you don’t have time to make your own but still want to get your greens in for the day, some ready-made juice options that we like include: Evolution brand’s Sweet Greens with Lemon, Essential Greens with Lime, Smooth Greens and Kale, Green Devotion, Emerald Greens (NOT Super Greens) or Suja brand’s (available at B.J.’s) King Of Greens, Power Greens, Probiotic and Greens.
At Glucosezone we like to drink green juice in the morning as our breakfast because of its high nutrition content and very low insulin requirement, which kicks the body into fat-burning mode and also compensates for higher blood sugars due to the morning dawn affect. But we love green juice at any time throughout the day, so feel free to drink it at any point. Your body will always thank you for the nutrients and you’ll feel a huge difference in the amount of energy you have.
For more about green juice, watch the video below!
By Lauren Szalkiewicz