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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Controlling Diabetes in Natural Way.

Posted by Dr Prahallad Panda on 4:05 PM Comments

Following some lifestyle changes and dietary modifications Type II diabetes can be controlled to a larger extent; added to it is the exploitation of the benefits from medicinal plants. But, continuous monitoring of blood glucose level is an important aspect of controlling diabetes. 
1. The powder of Banaba or Jurul extract can be used to make herbal tea. It is rich in Corosolic acid, which is a potent biochemical compound that stimulates faster glucose metabolism. That may help to regulate blood sugar level.

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2. Berry and seeds of Jamun, Neem leaves, Amla or the Indian goose Berry are very effective in managing sugar levels. Leaves of Tulsi and Bel along with Neem can be boiled together; filtered for extract and consumed.
3. Pear is rich in potassium and loaded with fibre; and low in carbohydrates. It can be added to spinach to fix hunger pangs.
4. Cabbage has a low glycaemic index, i. e. 10; which is very diabetes friendly. It is also a rich source of vitamin C and K.
5. Colourful berries, red strawberries or indigo coloured blueberries; or any berries are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, fibre and are low-carb. So can be added to breakfast.
6. Despite the fact that an orange contains sugar, it also contains other compounds that help control blood glucose, which makes it good for a diabetes patient. The soluble fibres absorb water and form bulk as get digested; can slow the sugar absorption.
7.Beans: Kidney beans, black beans or lentils have been shown to have immense health benefits for a diabetic. They are low fat, low calorie and high protein. They make one feel full decreasing appetite; so less food intake that prevents weight gain.
8. Green, leafy and fresh spinach is extremely low in calories and carbohydrates. In fact, spinach is one of the rare things that a diabetic can eat almost freely.
9. Apple is low in calories and carbohydrate content and good for perfect snack. It contains a lot of fibre, vitamins and antioxidants; very helpful to diabetes.
10. Okra (Lady’s finger): Like brinjals and oranges, the presence of soluble fibre in okra makes this vegetable one of the best things diabetics can eat.
11. Brinjal is non-starchy, low in carbohydrate and contains soluble fibre.
12. Cherries have a low calorie count and a minimal carbohydrate level; and high in antioxidants.
13. Green tea is nothing less than a miracle cure for ailments. Consuming a cup of unsweetened green tea regularly will rid the body of free radicals and let the antioxidants, contained within, normalize the blood sugar levels.
15. Vinegar is an excellent dietary compound responsible for diluting concentrated sugar-levels in the blood. Studies have shown that two spoonfuls of vinegar before a meal can reduce the glucose influx.
16. Natural fruit sugars are the best options as dietary supplements, since they provide all the necessary vitamins and minerals required; adequate intake of Vitamin A and C maintains blood and bone health. Fresh citrus fruits like oranges, apples, pineapples, grapes and lemons are very good. Bananas can be consumed in moderation, since their sugar structure is more complex than that of citrus fruits.
17. Proper exercise is the key element in maintaining optimum health. Studies have shown that exercise improves the blood flow and clears sugar levels in the blood. This results in higher metabolism and lower risks of diabetes.
18. Soy proteins are one of the miracle cures for reducing diabetes among crucial patients. The isoflavones contained in them reduce the sugar content in blood and keep the body nourished, while accumulating much fewer calories, when compared to other foods.
19. Studies have shown that moderate exposure to sunlight boosts the physical synthesis of vitamin D, which is essential for doing away with insulin resistance in the body.
20. Fresh vegetables are rich sources of iron, zinc, potassium, calcium and other essential nutrients. These nutrients restore the balance and aid in overall cardiovascular and nervous health. This prompts the body to assimilate proteins and produce insulin in an optimum level.
21. Lean meats are great substitutes for non-vegetarians under diabetes risk. The high protein content is essential to sustain physical well-being, since fats and high-carbohydrate diets are out of the question.
22. Powdered cinnamon, apart from spicing up your foods, has the ability to lower blood sugar levels, as well. Take a pinch of cinnamon with warm water every day and kiss diabetes goodbye.
23. A good night’s sleep is as essential for proper health, as food or exercise. Studies have shown that adults sleeping for 7-8 hours every night have experienced lesser chances of contracting diabetes in the long run, than those who sleep for fewer hours. The science behind it claims that sleep calms the brain and facilitates the normal hormone secretion. Lack of sleep upsets the normal hormonal balance.
24. High metabolic rates are highly conducive in maintaining blood-sugar levels and nothing keeps metabolism more fired up than consuming small portions, frequently. Studies have shown that frequent meals result in greater absorption of nutrients and lesser deposition of fat. Without fat deposition, the insulin secretion is normalized.
25. Fenugreek or Methi seeds are considered the most effective of natural cures that can help alleviate typical symptoms of diabetes. Methi seeds should be soaked in water overnight. The water concentrated with the seeds’ juice should be consumed early in the morning on an empty stomach. For making this natural concoction stronger, the seeds can be crushed and sieved through a cloth or filter paper.
26. Juices of fruits and vegetables like Bitter Gourd or Karela enriched with antioxidants and many rare micro-nutrients are the most recommended.
27. An effective, natural concoction for diabetes can be prepared by adding a few teaspoons of ground Bay Leaf (Tejpatra) with one teaspoon of turmeric. This mixture should be mixed with an equal amount of aloe vera gel and consumed daily, before lunch and dinner.
28. Another useful way of managing diabetes is increasing the daily intake of fiber in the natural form. This includes increasing the fibre content in chappatis that tend to be eaten with regularity in Indian homes.

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