How getting outside can help balance your blood sugar this summer
As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, there’s no time like the present to start spending more time outdoors. You already know spending time outside makes you happier and healthier, but did you know that in addition to being good for your mental health and overall well-being, spending time in nature can also help balance your blood sugar?
For diabetics, or anyone looking to maintain stable blood sugar levels, getting higher quantities of vitamin D is one of the best things you can do. And the best way to get vitamin D? Spending some time in the sun. Studies have shown that increasing low levels of vitamin D can reduce vascular issues and improve the long-term health of people with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Beyond the health benefits of increased levels of Vitamin D, researchers have found that fresh air alone can also keep blood sugar stable and reduce the risk of type II diabetes. It’s well known that exercise also works to stabilize blood sugar, so find the nearest hiking or walking trail, throw on your sneakers and sunscreen (can’t ever forget it!), and spend some quality time with mother nature this summer.