Diabetes: Try THIS morning drink to keep your blood sugar levels under control  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images
New Delhi: The morning sets the tone of the day. The way you spend your morning plays an important role in how you feel throughout the day, how productive you are and how healthy you feel. A healthy morning routine and a good breakfast can take you a long way. Some people also believe that mornings are the best time to exercise.
If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you understand how important it is to keep your blood sugar well managed and low. A spike in blood sugar can lead to various complications. Diet and exercise are the best way to keep diabetes under control. Here is a morning drink you can try to keep your blood sugar under control, improve digestion and even aid weight loss. READ – Type 2 diabetes: 5 skin problems common in people with diabetes and blood sugar problems
Barley (Jau) water for diabetes
Barley is rich in potassium, protein, magnesium, vitamin B-6, iron and other nutrients. It is a powerhouse of nutrients, especially minerals and can have many health benefits. In many cultures, people drink water cooked with barley to redeem its health benefits. According to a study, barley water helps in reducing blood sugar and keeping it under control, and the antioxidants present in the drink also reduce other symptoms of diabetes and put you at lesser risk of developing diabetes.
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How to consume Barley (Jau) water for diabetes?
There are two ways you can drink the water cooked with barely – one with the barley grains strained out, and one with mixing the grain with a sweetener or fruit juice.
If you consume the barley water unstrained, you need to be cautious of the calories. An average cup of barley water contains about 700 calories. Too much consumption can lead to weight gain, and increase your risk or symptoms of diabetes. However, unstrained barley water is very high in fibre, which has various health benefits. READ – Can you eat pineapple if you have type 2 diabetes? Diabetes diet tips to control blood sugar and lose weight
Another way to drink the barley water is to strain it. This drink will have fewer calories than unstrained barley water, but also lesser fibre. Unsweetened barley water also aids weight loss and can be beneficial for people who are on a weight loss diet.
A cup of barley water in the morning, or after meals can help in regulating blood sugar.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.