Drinks for Diabetics
April 7 is World Health Day. As the day approaches, take the time now to start adding healthy changes to your diet. This week, we are offering an important blog about what drinks are best for diabetics as well as anyone who is concerned about developing high blood sugar. Remember, this could be you, as 1 in 3 adults over the age of 20 is prediabetic (has high blood sugar) and most of them don’t even know it.
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Drinks for Diabetics
Recently, during one of my talks with a group of Type 2 diabetics, one participant asked “How much water should I drink in a day?” I said that the answer is similar to what I would say if asked, how much air should I breath in a given day?
Let me explain. There is no question that the body needs water, and a lot of it. Water makes up to 70% of the body weight. The structure and assembly of all products inside a cell are influenced by the nature of water molecules present.
Although water can be lost through exhaled air and perspiration, most water is excreted from the body through urination. The kidney can produce a large volume of diluted urine or a small volume of concentrated urine, depending on the amount of waste products that need to be removed from the body, with a minimum of 500 cc needed for a average 70-kilogram (154 pound) human.
Similar to many other regulatory mechanisms in the body, your intake of water in governed by the generation of thirst sensation when the control center in the brain detects the need for water. For example, if the sodium concentration outside nerve cells in the control center is high, the center will automatically generate the sensation of thirst. This is similar to the respiratory center increasing the rate of breathing when low oxygen concentration is detected outside nerve cells.
No one can categorically say how much water you should drink on a daily basis because your need changes based on many factors such as the rate of breathing, amount of perspiration, salt intake and even the concentration of glucose in your blood. If your diet contains an excess of salt, you will need to drink more water to flush the sodium out, without which the maintenance of sodium balance in the body will be upset to the point of having metabolic consequences.
On the other hand, if you have a high level of glucose in the blood, it will require retention of more water in the body, because water is needed to keep glucose in solution. (Why some people with high level of blood glucose exhibit a craving for salty foods is explained in my book Eat Chew Live.) This also explains why people who consume a lot of salt and have high blood sugar may experience elevated blood pressure from having a large volume of blood due to retention of water.
Why Water is What to Drink
Although the quantity of liquid needed in a given day can’t be predetermined, it is obvious that when you are thirsty, your brain is asking for water and not any other drink. This, of course, does not mean that you should only drink water. If you constantly drink soda in response to thirst, the brain will begin to generate a desire for it whenever it detects the need for water. In short, however, drinking anything other than water is fine as long as water is your primary drink.
You might ask, what type of water? Plain water will be best. The objective of drinking at meals is not to fill your stomach with water but to clean your taste buds by removing nutrients already on the taste receptors. This will allow nutrients released during continued chewing to become associated with your taste receptors so you can have more enjoyment of the foods you are eating.
If you do not like to drink plain cold water during meals, you could warm it and even flavor it with tea, mint, ginger, lemon grass, etc. Warm air from a hot drink going up the back of your throat will also clean the smell receptors allowing you to continue to enjoy fat-associated nutrients released during chewing.
The Danger of Artificial Sweeteners for Diabetics
I suggest you stay away from water sweetened with any non-energy containing sweetener. The intensity of these sweeteners can make it difficult for your brain’s control centers to function properly to regulate your food intake. The brain’s natural regulatory mechanism is based on the intensity of sweetness that is available in nature and the brain knows that a natural sweet sensation means you are soon going to absorb energy-containing nutrients such as glucose from the intestine.
Artificial sweeteners generate a sweet sensation; however, they offer no glucose. The brain, fooled in this way, may therefore start to disregard the sensation of sweet tastes, not expecting any sugar for energy. Ordinarily, this may not be of any concern, but for diabetics, it can lead to consequences. When a person experiencing symptoms of hypoglycemia takes a glucose tablet, the brain may no longer recognize the meaning of it and the body may thus continue to release adrenaline that is the instigator of many of hypoglycemic symptoms such as nervousness, shaking, anxiety, and so on. Keep in mind, when treating hypoglycemia, time is of essence and symptoms are expected to slow down as soon as sugar is detected by the taste buds.
Drinks with sweetness more intense than what is naturally available, due to added sugar, can also make it difficult for the brain to estimate the quantity consumed. This may force you to drink until you feel full in the stomach or until the container is empty. Both can lead to overconsumption. Drinking juices made with fruits, vegetables, or mixed with other nutrients, eggnog, for example, may also interfere with quantity management.
Alcoholic drinks, brewed or distilled, presents a different problem based on the amount consumed, because alcohol can provide fuel for the body to produce energy, displacing glucose from the energy production area of the cell. This may lead to the elevation of blood sugar level.
Drink as much as needed to quench your thirst. If in doubt, drinking a little more will not hurt because your body can eliminate excess water through your kidneys, as long as they are functioning well.
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