With Cathy Schram

Herbal Fiber Cleanse, High Blood Sugar

Q: What can an herbal fiber cleanse do for me?

A: First of all, everyone needs fiber. The recommended dietary fiber intake ranges between 30 and 35 grams per day. Most people only consume about 25%. Fiber provides benefits such as detoxification, proper bowel elimination, weight management, lower cholesterol, improved circulation, blood sugar balance and reduced risk of heart disease. By restoring proper bowel function, you can benefit conditions such as colitis, diverticulitis, spastic colon, etc. Psyllium, guar gum, apple pectin and flax seeds are all excellent sources of fiber.

Q: I’m worried about the possibility of diabetes. I had my blood sugar tested and it was high. Are there things that I can do to help?

A: Of course. First, you have to be smart about what you eat. Try to eliminate sugar and processed carbohydrates. Instead, eat whole real foods (chicken or fish, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains). You can add some natural supplements to your diet. Get a good whole food multi-vitamin, vitamin D3, and fish oil. There are also many blood sugar-balancing nutrients like alpha lipoic acid, chromium, cinnamon, nopal, bitter melon, banana leaf and vanadium. These can also be found in a special formula so that you don’t have to take 5 or 6 different things. Another great herb to help regulate blood sugar levels is Gymnema Sylvestre. Not only does this herb regulate your sugar, it actually makes everything that is sweet, taste terrible when you eat it! This is a great way to help keep you from eating sweets. Since your weight is a big factor, exercise is very important to preventing diabetes. So, get moving!

This herb information is for health education purposes only. It is not intended to replace the services of licensed health practitioners. Consult with a physician for any condition that requires professional care.

Do you have questions about herbs or vitamins? Send them to Cathy Schram, CNHP and Certified Herbalist. Write to: Herbs & More, 16021 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011.