After the holidays, health tips are coming in on the web to help people with dangerous Body Mass Indexes and Blood Sugar problems. These are serious problems for people who have high counts in these categories. Eating Well and Real Age articles have sent out articles on these two topics, which I would like to impart parts of here because they offer very good advice.Real Age states: “Keep your heart strong and help your body get lean by jazzing up your morning beverage with a swirl of cinnamon.” For people who are more than just a little over weight and need to watch there blood sugar levels as well, this especially true. This is not the only thing to do to keep your body weight at a good level and your heart strong. I will cover more about this later.In the morning or evening when you brew a cup of coffee, cocoa or herbal tea add some cinnamon to your drink. You may find that this spice sweetens your morning drink more than you thought; and it gives an added taste to your coffee, cocoa or herbal tea. I have been adding this spice to my oatmeal in the morning. I am not overweight, but cinnamon is also a great spice to keep your cholesterol count down as well. So, if you have a high cholesterol count, you get twice the benefit from one spice. Cloves and allspice do the same as cinnamon, but not to the same degree. They do add different flavors to your beverages. Give it a try if you are adventurous.Eating Well states that “cinnamon along with cloves and allspice are anti-oxidants that may inhibit the formation of bad-for-your-body high-blood-sugar compounds.” They go on to say that “other spices seemed to have a similar, though weaker, effect: sage, marjoram, tarragon, and rosemary.”Diets that contain leaner meat and more vegetables spiced with the spices mentioned above are great New Year resolutions to keep. A spiced diet along with exercise is a great present to your self. Give it a try and you will be surprised and proud of your results.It is interesting to note that the three stronger spices were the first spices used when man began brewing coffee and later brewing it in coffee houses. The drinkers of coffee were men, mainly merchants. Some of them were men who traveled to get the spices and sell them where coffee was first made and sold.Starting today spice up your life and with exercise and spices in your food and drinks. You will like the spicier you. Bon apatite! And, don’t forget you can add spices to the ground coffee beans in your coffee maker or tea infuser.
1. Manage your diabetesWork with the health care team to deal with your increasing blood glucose. Submit your self for medical management such as insulin therapy and diet modification. It is the best way of keeping yourself safe from the complications of diabetes mellitus.2. Check your feet every now and thenAlways inspect your feet for presence of cuts, blisters, red spots, swelling and other forms of wounds. With your bare feet, check the bottoms using a mirror or ask for assistance on any of your family member to help you if you have trouble in seeing. Also, check for any changes in temperature.3. Wash your feet dailyWhen washing your feet, use lukewarm of warm water and avoid using hot water. This is to soften the formed skin on your feet. Do not soak your feet as this may put you at risk for any burn injuries or others. Always check the temperature of the water using a thermometer to be sure that you have the accurate temperature of water. After washing, be sure to dry it well including the middle of your toe fingers.4. Keep the skin soft and downyRub thin amount of non-scented lotion on the entire feet, but not in the middle of your toe fingers. I specified the non-scented lotion since most of the scented lotion contains alcohol which is a perfect drying agent. Drying your skin makes it more prone to skin breaks and lacerations.5. Smooth corns and thick calluses tenderlyWho says a diabetic patient can no longer have a relaxing foot spa? Using a pumice stone to smooth corns and thick calluses is proven safe and effective in your foot health needs. Just take note that you have to use this gently.6. Cut your toe nails straight-acrossIn cutting your toe nails, the ideal way is to cut it straight across since this type of cut prevent formation of ingrown, nail problems and file the edges with an emery board or nail file.7. Avoid walking barefootedIt is a contraindication to diabetic patients to walk barefooted unless you want you leg being amputated. Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and offer full protection to your feet. Do not wear chuck tailor, advan or any canvas shoes since this type of shoes put your feet at risk for punctures. Feel your shoes before putting your feet in it. Make sure that the lining is smooth and there are no objects inside.8. Protect your feet from hot and coldWear shoes at the beach or on hot weather and wear socks at night if your feet gets cold.9. Maintain good blood flow on our feetElevate your legs when sitting. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for 5 minutes for about 2 to 3 times a day. Avoid cross-leg sitting as it decreases blood flow on your feet. Avoid smoking since nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, thus decreasing the blood flow on the extremities.10. Know your doctorHave your doctor assess your bare feet and find out whether you are likely to have serious foot problems. Remember that you may not feel the pain of an impending injury. Call your doctor right away if a sore, cut, blister, or bruises on your feet that does not recover after 24 hours. Follow your doctor’s advice about foot health. Do not self-medicate or use home remedies or over the counter drugs to treat any foot problems. Remember that your foot might be amputated if the situation gets worst.