In recent decade the number of diabetics has drastically escalated. Why is it so ? it makes me wonder and on deep reflection it is clear why is it so.
The major factors behind this escalation is the recent changes that has occured in our diets & life styles which has added lot more stress markers in our daily lives.
Many of my close people have been recently diagnosed with this deadly disease that shows me to reflect on it...
What did our ancestors do which we are not doing anymore? Why we choose to manage stress rather than manage life? these are the questions that surface to mind for me.
I invite you to explore this further with me today. I gather the lack of accesable knowledge and easy resources are prime reasons. Once we are cornered with such diagnosis we are forced to face certain challenges to manage such disease.
Being a partner in your total health I propose some recommendations to successfully manage this disease.
According to Ayurveda diabetes is a primarily Kapha disorder ( Earth & Water elements predomination). However diabetes is not a simple single disease but a complex syndrome that affects multiple organs like pancreas, liver & kidneys.
Ayurveda wisdom suggests that diabetes is a metabolic disorder where body's own intelligence is clouded due to toxins in the body mind and spirit chemistry. Following ayurveda protocol this disease can be well managed as well as eradicated in some cases.
I must add here : that a diabetic diet is a Good diet for anyone seeking well balaced diet and life style to enhance a healthier choice to total well-being in these challenging times.
The secret lies in responsibly choosing conducive dietary protocols, changing sedentary life-styles alongside adding herbal formulations, cleansing simple therapy, regular yoga & excercise rotine in daily regime.
FOREMOST Caution : A diabetic must have small portions in meals on regular intervals and fasting or skipping meals is not an option for them. Body and mind needs complex sugars and protein on regular basis to keep the mind body functional optimally without putting extra burden on the system.
A low glycemic Index (GI) food choices , alkaline foods, and daily excercise can reduce and manage this disorder to improve and even erradicate this deadly disease. Here are some food options to expound and explore for you:
--Gluten Free Diet: avoid gluten foods like wheat, rye & barley. Instead add gluten free grains likes of quinoa, steel cut gluten free oats, millet, long grain rice , pumpernickel, muesli, flaxseeds, oat bran, basmati brown rice , wild rice are med GI, horse gram ( black chana) , pinto beans etc --Low GI Fruits: apples, semi-ripe banana, grapefruit, grapes ( little quantity only), kiwi, oranges, peach, pear, strawberries, blueberriew, blackberries, prunes. Avoid juices intead choose from fresh fruits. --Medium GI Fruits: apricot, dates ( can be low to medium GI), papaya, pineapple -- High GI Fruits: Cantaloupe melons & watermelons best to avoid them --Vegetables: add more pungent, bitter and astringent vegetables with low GI into your diet eg: bitter gourd ( karela), tindora, asparagus, artichokes, fenugreek greens & seeds sprouts ( check recipe for sprouts on www.ayurvedasoham.com ) , mustard greens ( rapini), kale, collard, spinach, dandelion greens, arugula greens, okra, drumsticks ( moringa sticks), avacado, radish, sweet potatoes, celery, peas, fresh boiled beets are ok, cooked carrots are low to medium GI, amla , turnip, lotus root, ginger, less tomatoes, less cucumber, Lime is ok instead of lemon --High GI Vegetables: potatoes, fava beans, parsnip, canned beets -- Nuts & Seeds: only soaked almonds in small quantities, instead add seed butters like pumpkin & sunflower seed butter saltless and sugarless variety only, hemp hearts ( omega 3 & 6 excellent protein source for vegetarians, Chia seeds 2 teaspoon / day -- Herbal protocol: before meals mix 1/2 teaspoon of bay leaf powder + 1/4 tsp of organic turmeric powder in 2 Tablespoon of organic Aloe vera gel. Take this mix 20 minutes before meals , # 2 option to be given only by a Ayurvedic Practitioner: blend of following herbs: Guduchi, gurmar, katuki & punarnava taken twice before lunch and dinner 1/2 tsp mixed in warm water. --Herbal Cleansing for Colon: 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp depending on your constitutional requirement of Ayurvedic Bowel toner mix called Triphala ( from a Ayurvedic Practitioner only) following twice a month protocol of Herbal Enema therapy. ( check your local listing of Practitioner who offer this therapy). -- Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation: Sun-salutations, Vajra asana after meals 3-5 minutes , alternate nostril breathing 3-5 minutes twice a day, Kapalabati 5 minutes twice a day, Pawanmukta asana in the morning and evenings. Daily walks 20 minutes after meals for 20 minutes at least. Sitting quiet times with self before bedtime for introspection daily.