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The Ayurveda diet is a very simple . A diabetic should follow a low carbohydrates, low fat & moderate protein diet. The diet should be high in complex carbohydrates ie. High fibre diet like vegetables, whole legumes, whole wheat products, oats etc. Products made from refined wheat flours should be restricted. Salads can be consumed in a any quantities but high fat salad dressings should be avoided. Fruits can be taken as per recommended by your dietician, fruit juices should be avoided and whenever possible fruit should be taken with the skin eg. Apple, Pear etc. Preferably avoid fruits along with your meals and you can take it 2 hours after or before a meal.
Each meal should contain some source of protein as it doesn’t increase the blood sugar immediately For eg. In breakfast you can consume oats porridge, which contains oats as well as milk. Proteins should not be taken too much in excess as it may lead to renal problems.
A diabetic patient should worry about the fat content of his diet. Many foods have some amount of invisible fats such as whole milk, egg yolk, and red meats.
Choose skimmed milk, egg whites, de-skinned chicken and use very little quantity of visible fats like oil, Clarified butter, butter in your daily diet.
# Guidelines for Diabetics :
-Exercise regularly, it keeps you fit and helps in controlling diabetes. Light exercise such as jogging, swimming or brisk walking are good.
-Do not walk bare feet. Decreased sensations can result in injury.
-Do not miss a meal after insulin or oral anti diabetic drugs.
-Do not change the dose of the anti-diabetic drugs, except under medical advice.
-Test urine regularly.
The main goal of nutrition for diabetics is to avoid highs & lows of blood sugar so you can feel well today and in the future. So it is important to remember these 3 points.
1) The timing of your meals & snacks is very important. Eat meals & snacks at the same time every day or as close to the same time as possible. Include a snack if you are exercising or if your blood sugar gets low. If these are happening regularly then consult your physician.
2) If you are taking insulin or a diabetic pill, always eat bed time snack. Stick to your serving size. If you eat more then what you are required to may raise your blood sugar.
# HERBS FOR DIABETES : Some of the herbs that are recommended are gudmur, musta, gokshura, fenugreek, coriander, gokshura, triphala and cardamom mixed with honey. Triphala can be used in the healing process of prameha, which is also called diabetes. Barley for curing urinary diseases and some of the other healing procedures for treating diabetes are oil massage, sitz or waist bath or sprinkling water.
# HERBAL REMEDIES FOR DIABETES :
Some of the other methods to reduce diabetes are:
•Use dry ginger with cardamom while bath.
•Take an oil massage.
•Do exercise regularly.
•Drink water that is kept in a copper vessel for a night during the early hours.
•Follow some of the non-dietary regiments like asanas, exercise like deep breathing and yoga.
•You should keep specific time between your lunch and dinner.
•Eat herbal preparations to prevent problems related to digestion.
•You can always use oils and spices.
•You should eat a balanced diet.
Sandalwood, cardamom, and dry ginger can be used for taking bath or can be taken orally also.
If you are suffering seriously with Diabetes Consult a herbal or ayurvedic practitioner before taking any of the herbal supplements to avoid complications or further worsening of the condition.
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