In Ayurveda, two terms - Prameha and Madhumeha are used interchangeably in the context of increased urination, commonly correlated with Diabetes.
The ayurvedic treatment for diabetes includes understanding the root cause of the disease (metabolism) and making modifications in ‘Aahar’ (diet) and ‘Vihara’ (lifestyle).
Move your body
Inactivity results into our body not being able to use enough glucose as energy, making the cells more insensitive to insulin. Regular exercise, on the other hand ensures that the body stays fit to fight against diseases and maintain health.
A minimum of 20 minutes of exercise everyday is recommended to keep the body active and healthy. Leisure activity like brisk walking, gardening, playing with a pet or children, household chores everyday can also prove to be beneficial to maintain health.
Keep a check on your eating habits
An unhealthy body mass index or excessive fatty tissues in the body cause higher resistance of our cells to insulin, posing an increased threat to prediabetes.
Some healthy habits for good digestion are:
- Eat only when you’re hungry, with more vegetables in your diet.
- Avoid deep fried foods.
- Have your dinner at least two – three hours before you sleep.
- Make sure to chew your food properly and slowly.
Say yes to
Bitter vegetables (bitter gourd, fenugreek, mint, brinjal, radish, carrot, etc.) to add good cholesterol to your diet.
Vegetables like mushrooms, broccoli, onions, eggplants, amla, aloe vera, spinach and tomatoes.
Fruits, linseed oils, and condiments that have anti-diabetic properties (like coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, mustard, black pepper), and the best ayurvedic remedies for diabetes for time immemorial has been the use of herbs with medicinal values (such as triphala, gymnema, himalayan cedar, nut grass, etc.)
Say no to
Excessive consumption of curd, jaggery products, butter, milk, sweetened beverages, white bread, pasta, rice, etc.
Let’s get health-tea
There are some great beverages to sip on to counter the symptoms of prediabetes. Cinnamon tea is a tasty way to regulate blood sugar. Ginger tea helps stimulate digestion, which is very beneficial in reducing the excess Kapha in your system, thereby regulating blood sugar levels.
Scarcity of sleep and insulin resistance are interconnected. Lack of sound sleep on a regular basis tends to cause greater fatigue throughout the day and induces overeating.
On the other hand, a proper 8 hour sleep allows proper regulation of bodily processes by the hormones, such as weight control, appetite, immunity and more.
According to ayurveda, drinking water from a copper vessel has been considered very healthy for the overall functioning of body. The water stored in a copper vessel is called 'Tamra Jal' and it helps balance kapha, pitta and vata doshas.
Put one cup of water into a copper vessel at night and drink the water in the morning.
You can also cut up a lemon or cucumber and put it in your water to make it tasty and more refreshing.
Physical and emotional stress prompts an increase in hormones such as cortisol, resulting in an increase in blood sugar levels.
Here are some great ways to relieve stress:
- Practice deep breathing exercises and meditation.
- Observe your emotions. See what causes anxiety and stress and remember to stay mindful in case of the next trigger.
- Use your phone less. Constant communication and emails can take a toll on your life. Make sure to set aside some time during the day when you aren’t allowed to use your phone.
- Use natural herbal teas and massage oils at night to help you relax.