Los Angeles-based clinical nutritionist Stella Metsovas, B.S., CCN, says people tend to overlook the importance of digestion in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. She says, “Optimize your gut bacteria by taking in probiotic-rich foods and supplements. Beneficial microbes in the gut help regulate blood sugar by regulating carbohydrate metabolism. I recommend foods such as kimchee and kombucha, while taking in a multi-probiotic supplement.” Natural yogurt with active cultures or kefir also supply healthy bacteria, but avoid those laden with sugar or corn syrup, which cancel out any potential benefits.
Eat Healthy Fats
Fat tends to get a bad rap, but not all fats are created equal. While you certainly want to avoid inflammation-causing fats found in processed and fried foods, some fats are actually good for you. Metsovas says, “Consume healthy, clean-burning fats like coconut and olive oils, grass-fed butter [butter made from the milk or cream of grass-fed cows] and walnuts. Fatty acids keep you feeling full longer, helping to resist unhealthy binges.”
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