Keeping blood sugar levels stable is important for everyone, but especially critical for those with diabetes or prediabetes.
Choosing beverages that won’t cause major spikes or crashes in blood sugar is key. Here are some of the top drinks to help lower and maintain normal blood sugar levels.
Plain water is always a great option. It hydrates without adding extra sugars found in many other drinks. Proper hydration allows the kidneys to function optimally to filter out excess sugars and better regulate blood sugar overall.
Aim for at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Adding lemon, lime, cucumber, or mint leaves can add some natural flavor.
Green tea contains polyphenols, natural compounds that enhance insulin activity and may help reduce blood sugar rises after meals.
The antioxidant EGCG in green tea may also blunt spikes in blood sugar levels. Enjoy a hot cup of plain, brewed green tea or an iced version sweetened with a natural zero-calorie sweetener if desired.
Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which appears to slow digestion and prevent blood sugar spikes.
Mix 2-3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water. Adding a squeeze of lemon can enhance the flavor. Another option is to mix apple cider vinegar with sparkling mineral water for a bubbly drink.
Cinnamon Tea or Coffee
Cinnamon may act like insulin to move blood sugar out of the bloodstream and into cells. Mixing cinnamon into black coffee or tea adds a warm spice flavor.
Pair cinnamon sticks with a tea bag or ground cinnamon sprinkled into any hot or iced coffee beverage. Just avoid adding extra sugar to the cinnamon.
Staying properly hydrated with blood-sugar-friendly beverages like water, green tea, apple cider vinegar tonics and cinnamon drinks can help maintain healthier blood sugar regulation all day long.