If you worry that juices will spike your blood sugar level, worry no more because these 9 Diabetic Friendly Juice Recipes are recommended for you!

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Last time, I blogged about Juice Cleanse Recipes for Acne. This time, it is all about diabetic friendly juice recipes.

Diabetes today is considered epidemic as 30 million American are diagnosed with the disease. That number is rising with around 1.7 million new cases per year. As of 2014, over 347 million people worldwide have diabetes.

Diabetes is a challenging disease. Aside from blood tests, insulin injections, and regular doctor visits; Diabetics are faced to “lifestyle change” to help manage or cure the disease which includes adopting a new healthy diet.

Juicing is a healthy option and a great way to get the recommended daily intake of vegetables. A glass of vegetable juice per day and a couple of servings of raw, whole vegetables will be enough to fulfill your recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables.

Even those with diabetes can enjoy juicing to get the health benefits their bodies need from fruits and vegetables to keep their disease under control. Opt high-sugar fruit ingredients for green leafy vegetables.

Fruits are healthy but contain sugar. Fruits eaten whole with its fiber content helps balance out the effects of natural sugars on blood. But juiced fruits, without its fiber, is very sweet thus “too high in sugar” or “too high in carbohydrate.” A half-cup of orange, grapefruit or apple juice is 15 grams of carbohydrate. Drinking just fruit juice makes blood glucose sky-high which is not recommended by many dieticians.

Watch your blood sugar levels. It is important to be aware of the amount of juice you are consuming and how that translates to carbohydrates. Knowing the amount of carbohydrates you’ll get and how they may affect your blood sugar is crucial. Always check with your health professional before making changes to your diet. This blog post is not a piece of medical advice.

Understanding Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

In Type 1 Diabetes, your immune system, specifically your white  blood cells, mistake your pancreatic beta cells for foreign invaders. In an autoimmune response, your white blood cells secrete autoantibodies that destroy your own beta cells. As a result,  your pancreas produces little to no insulin. Without insulin, glucose cannot get into your cells, so they are starved for calories they should be receiving from the glucose. In addition, the glucose level builds up in your bloodstream, resulting in a condition called hyperglycemia.

If you have Type 2 Diabetes, either your pancreas does not produce enough insulin or your body’s cells resist its effects or both. If you have insulin resistance, your insulin cannot unlock the cells to let the glucose in because the locks called receptors are abnormal or missing. As a result, glucose is locked out of your cells. Consequently, the amount of glucose builds up in your bloodstream in a condition called Hyperglycemia.

A patient with an acute or chronic Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) may experience symptoms such as Polyphagia (frequent hunger), Polydipsia (frequent thirst), Polyuria (increased volume of urination, not an increased frequency), Blurred vision, Fatigue, Restlessness, Weight loss, Poor wound healing (cuts, scrapes, etc.), Dry mouth, Dry or itchy skin, Tingling in feet or heels, Erectile dysfunction, Recurrent infections, External ear infections (swimmer’s ear), Cardiac arrhythmia, Stupor, Coma, and/or Seizures. [Wikipedia]


Recommended Diet For Diabetic

1. Follow a vegan or Whole Food Plant-Based diet. “Eating a vegan diet can cut your risk of developing diabetes by almost a quarter, says Harvard scientists,” reports The Telegraph.

2. Consume generous amounts of garlic and onions as these foods have demonstrated significant blood sugar-lowering action.

3. Eat lots of raw food and vegetable juices. It’s highly beneficial for diabetics. Raw foods were found also to diminish cravings for more food.

4. Avoid fruit juices. As a few amounts of fruit sugar could elevate blood glucose levels.

5. Eliminate all sugars. Sucrose has been associated with impaired glucose tolerance. Sucrose and fructose have been shown to increase total serum cholesterol, LDL, Triclyceride, and uric acid levels. There is a health risk linked to artificial sweeteners, avoid them as well.

Essential Nutrients To Help Reverse Diabetes

Vitamin B6 deficiency has been associated with diabetes. Kale, spinach, turnip greens, and sweet pepper are great sources of vitamin B6 [ad link].

Vitamin C deficiency may exist. Kale, parsley, green pepper, and broccoli are great sources of vitamin C.

Vitamin E appears to be needed in increased amounts in diabetics. Spinach, asparagus, and carrot are great sources of vitamin E.

Chromium is a necessary component of the glucose tolerance factor. Glucose intolerance is one of the signs of chromium deficiency. Potato, green pepper, apple, and spinach are rich in chromium.

Copper deficiency has been associated with glucose intolerance. Carrot, garlic, and ginger root are rich in copper.

Magnesium levels are significantly lower in diabetics. Beet greens, spinach, parsley, and garlic are rich in magnesium.

Manganese is needed for glucose metabolism. Spinach, beet greens, carrot, and broccoli are good sources of manganese.

Potassium improves insulin sensitivity, responsiveness, and secretion. Great sources of potassium are parsley, Swiss chard, garlic, and spinach.

Zinc deficiency may play a role in the development of diabetes. Ginger root, parsley, potato, garlic, and carrot are good sources of zinc.

9 Diabetic Friendly Juice Recipes

1. Digestive Special

  • Handful Spinach
  • 4-5 Carrots, greens removed

Bunch up spinach and push through hopper with carrots.

2. Potassium Broth

  • Handful parsley
  • Handful spinach
  • 4-5 Carrots, greens removed
  • 2 stalks celery

Bunch up parsley and spinach leaves, and push through hopper with carrots and apple.

3. Chlorophyll Cocktail

  • 3 beet tops
  • Handful spinach
  • 4-5 Carrots, greens removed
  • 2 stalks celery

Bunch up parsley and spinach leaves, and push through hopper with carrots and celery.

4. Garden Salad Special

  • 3 broccoli flowerets
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4-5 Carrots or 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 Green pepper

Push broccoli and garlic through hopper with carrots or tomatoes. Follow with celery and green pepper.

5. Tomato Salad Express

  • Handful spinach
  • Handful parsley
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 greens pepper
  • Dash Tabasco sauce

Bunch up spinach and parsley, and push through hopper with tomatoes and green pepper. Add Tabasco sauce.

6. Garlic Express

  • Handful parsley
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4-5 carrots, greens removed
  • 2 stalks celery

Bunch up parsley and push through hopper with garlic, carrots, and celery.

7. Calcium-Rich Cocktail

  • 3 kale leaves
  • Small handful parsley
  • 4-5 carrots, greens removed
  • 1/2 apple, seeded

Bunch up kale and parsley, and push through hopper with carrots and apple.

8. Low-Sugar Pop

  • 1 apple, seeded
  • 1/2 lime
  • Sparkling water

Juice apple and lime. Pour juice into tall, ice-filled glass. Fill glass to tap with sparkling water.

9. Pancreas Tonic

  • 3 lettuce leaves
  • 4-5 carrots, greens removed
  • Handful green beans
  • 2 Brussels sprouts

Bunch up lettuce leaves and push through hopper with carrots, green beans, and Brussels sprouts.


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