Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to produce enough insulin or unable to efficiently use the insulin. With a sharp increase in the number of diabetes cases throughout the world, India is called the Diabetes Capital of the World with the highest number of diabetics. The contradiction is that India is the land of Ayurveda – the holistic system of medicine which addresses and provides solutions to numerous conditions – including diabetes.
Diabetes is strongly related to the diet, the main culprit being the adoption of western fad and junk diets. The western influence on every culture cannot be avoided but when it affects the health of a large chunk of the population, it is time to go back to the roots. Though the current lifestyle wouldn’t allow a total travel into the past, it is prudent to make at least a few modifications, additions and eliminations to our current diet and exercise levels. As diet is of prime importance in addressing the condition, some insights into the effectiveness of natural ingredients could bring in better understanding to managing diabetes mellitus. Alternative treatment methods like Ayurveda provide a lot of relief and a better lifestyle for diabetes patients. Apart from being effective, inexpensive and simple, another major advantage is that Ayurvedic medicines come with zero side effects.
Trying to understand Diabetes through the eyes of Ayurveda gives a clearer and better understanding the role of natural everyday kitchen ingredients in defining our health, more specifically in addressing diabetes.
Ayurveda sees diabetes onset as a result of diminishing of ‘agni’ or digestive fire that leads to higher blood sugar levels which are an outcome of the imbalance of the three doshas of the body. According to Ayurveda, when the three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are in balance, optimal health is ensured. Any imbalance creates disease and diabetes is a result of pitta imbalance. Pitta is the dosha responsible for triggering fire for digestion and when this function is reduced, diabetes sets in. Hence Ayurveda advocates foods and breathing techniques that increase ‘fire’ element in the body to maintain correct blood sugar levels.
While the breathing techniques like Agnisar Kriya and Suryabedha pranayama increase the production of digestive fire, let us have a look at the factors and foods that contribute to balancing pitta element in diabetes:
- The basic food choices should be those with low glycemic index and laxative properties. Green leafy vegetables, nuts (especially walnuts) and flax seeds are highly recommended. But it is recommended to soak nuts before consumption which increases their laxative properties. The idea is to keep the intestinal tract clean of unwanted waste and toxin buildup caused due to improper food habits.
- Sprouted fenugreek seeds (methi daana), drinking methi water on empty stomach, bitter gourd, amla and aloe vera have also been found effective in battling diabetes mellitus.
- Stress plays a vital role in elevating blood sugar levels, so ensuring sound sleep is mandatory not just for diabetics but for everybody else too.
- Avoid fatty foods; drink ginger tea which triggers digestion and reduces Kapha which can fire up the pitta element.
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