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Ayurveda and Diabetes

Ayurveda sees diabetes as a metabolic Kapha disorder in which the agni (digestive fire) has reduced its functioning.  Low agni can lead to a tendency to have high blood sugar.  To boost agni, and prevent high blood sugar, ayurveda has the following recommendations:

-Follow a Kapha pacifying diet (bitter, pungent and astringent tastes are favored)

-Avoid sugar in any form (this includes rice, potato, banana, cereals, and fruits containing a high percentage of sugar)

-Limit protein.  Meat should be avoided, protein from soy and fish is better.

-Eliminate fats and oils.

-Raw vegetables and herbs play a part in stimulating the pancreas and thus enhancing insulin production, so eat lots of veggies.

-Exercise regularly, and vigorously.  A twice daily walk is recommended, in addition to daily exercise like cycling, swimming, or jogging.  Work up a sweat once a day.

-Turmeric is one of the best herbs to stimulate agni.  It is the main ingredient used in curry.  A simple way to get turmeric into your daily routine is with herbal supplements like those offered from Organic India. The Turmeric Formula is made with organic herbs, and contains powerful antioxidant properties.

Turmeric Formula from Organic India

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