Alternative medicines and therapies hold a promising outlook on curing many metabolic disorders and diseases. Ayurveda, the science of life, practiced over 5000 years treats many diseases that no complete cure in the conventional medications. One of the diseases aggravated in the recent years is diabetes! While it is an auto-immune disorder, necessitating lifelong medications, ayurvedic recommendations on lifestyle modifications and diet brings a lot of improvements. Diabetic cure and management from Ayurvedic perspective!
In ayurvedic context, Diabetes is termed as MadhuMeha, Honey and Urine, which represents a condition caused by aggravation of vata dosha, (an element of wind and dryness) in the body. Impairment of digestive organs leads to diabetes. Negative energy called ‘AMA’ affects the digestion. Ama refers to accumulation of toxins. Impurities impact the pancreatic cells and tissues, affecting the insulin secretion.
Ayurvedic treatment on diabetes is not just focused on controlling the sugar levels and optimizing insulin secretion. It has full focus on rejuvenating the whole body. Both ayurvedic therapies and medicines focus on eliminating the root cause of the disease. Treating symptoms of the disease will make the disease recur. Enhancement of digestive system, empowering the immunity, healing impaired cels and tissues, improving the quality of life, mind rejuvenation, etc forms part of diabetic treatment in ayurveda.
In general, ayurveda insists on performing the daily activities in a systematic manner, called ‘Ritucharya!’ Ritu means daily and charya means routine! Ayurvedic recommendations on diabetic ritucharya are given below.
Wakeup Time: Wake up before the sun rises! Waking up before the sun is quite healthy for body and mind. The atmosphere will be very clear and you can enjoy the fresh breathe. Besides, early waking up will give you sufficient to do all chores without any hassles.
Plan for mild exercise: Drink a glass of lukewarm water to ease the bowel movements. And go for mild exercise. Walking in the early morning is highly recommended by Ayurveda. It is one of the best exercises you can do with ease. Also, meditate for 10 to 15 minutes to rejuvenate your mind. You can have your dose of hot drink after exercise.
Breakfast: Kick start your day with healthy breakfast options. Eat fulfilling breakfast and choose whole grains. Include one variety of millet a day in breakfast. Adding a salad or bowl of sprouts will keep your fuller.
Pre-lunch / snack time: it is recommended not to eat heavy meals. Also, you should not stay empty stomach. Carry sprouts or legumes with you. Munch on a handful of nuts and seeds. Herbal tea with ginger, cinnamon, basil, cardamom is recommended. Soups without processed foods and flavorings also recommended.
Lunch: Avoid eating processed foods. Go for steamed or boiled foods. Add generous amount of vegetables in the lunch. Pick rice and lentils or roti with boiled or roasted vegetables. Don’t miss inducing a glass of butter milk.
Avoid sleep during day time: Diabetics should keep themselves very active. Day time sleep affects the digestion and it worsens the condition. Avoid day time sleep.
Evening snacks: A glass of milk or vegetable juice or herbal tea. Unsalted roasted or raw peanuts or boiled chickpeas can be included. A portion of fruit will not harm, except mango, jackfruit and chikoo! Get active with mild exercises or yoga in the evening.
Dinner: Make sure dinner is light and limit the number of choices. Go for Roti with vegetable stew, foods cooked with millets as a replacement of rice, a bowl of vegetables, fresh fruits, etc.
Sleep time: Eat at least two hours before you go to bed. Sleep before 10 pm to wake up at the right time.
Eat seasonal: Eating seasonal vegetables and fruits is recommended.