Holistic pharmacist Sherry Torkos is hoping to improve the American diet. “We eat way too much processed, prepared food that’s low in fiber and high in a lot of chemicals. People are missing out on the vital nutrients they need,” she told Memphis talk radio listeners. A poor diet may lead to significant health problems. In this interview, Torkos shared tips for prediabetics, such as meeting your daily fiber requirement with clear-mixing Sunfiber.
Eighty-six million Americans have higher than normal blood sugar levels which are not in the diabetes range. These prediabetics have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Torkos offered three tips:
- Exercise: “It is so important. It improves blood sugar control,” she said. “You don’t have to go to a gym. You just have to move your body. So go for a walk, a swim or a bike ride. Exercise is critical for improving blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity.”
- Reduce your sugar and starchy carbohydrate intake: “Sugar obviously is linked to a lot of problems, especially if you have type 2 diabetes,” said Torkos, who added that many people don’t realize that starchy carbohydrates such as potatoes and bread may also cause problems. “They hit your blood stream very quickly,” she explained. “They have a high glycemic index which triggers your body to produce insulin.”
- Add more fiber to your diet: “Simply adding more fiber makes you feel more full, so you consume less,” said Torkos. “Fiber also helps to improve insulin sensitivity.” Fewer than five percent of Americans meet the daily fiber requirements. “It’s tricky for sure,” said Torkos who suggested a fiber supplement. “There’s an ingredient I like. It’s called Sunfiber. It’s made from partially hydrolyzed guar gum.” Sunfiber mixes invisibly into water. “It’s clear. It’s tasteless. And it’s a good source of soluble fiber.” Torkos added that oats and chia seeds are two other good sources of soluble fiber.