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Diabetes: Reconsidering Life's Sweetness

Healing Harmony Homeopathic Clinic, Homeopath
Diabetes is a metabolic disease which can be caused by different causes and affect Carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism. According to World Health Organization (WHO), there are more than 17 crore people with diabetes in the world, in the year 2000 and by the year 2030, this figure will increase to more than 36 crore!What Is Diabetes?There are two types of diabetes, insulin‐dependent (type 1) and non-insulin‐dependent (type 2). Both types affect the body's ability to use digested food for energy. Diabetes doesn't interfere with digestion, but it does prevent the body from using an important product of digestion, glucose (commonly known as sugar), for energy.After a meal the digestive system breaks some food down into sugar. The blood carries the sugar throughout the body, causing blood sugar levels to rise. In response to this rise, the hormone insulin is released into the blood to signal the body to burn the sugar for fuel, causing blood sugar levels to return to normal.A gland called the pancreas, found just behind the stomach, makes insulin. Sugar the body doesn't use right away goes to the liver, muscle, or fat for storage. In someone with diabetes, this process doesn't work correctly. In people with type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn't produce insulin. This condition usually begins in childhood. People with this kind of diabetes must have daily insulin injections to survive.In people with type 2 diabetes the pancreas usually produces some insulin, but the body doesn't respond very well to the insulin signal and, therefore, doesn't burn the sugar properly, a condition called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is an important factor in type 2 diabetes . Over time, this extra sugar in your blood can lead to problems with your eyes, heart, blood vessels, nerves, and kidneys.Who Develops Diabetes/Risk factors:• Age (above 30 for Type 2)• Being overweight• Lack of physical activity• Poor diet • Lifestyle (sedentary‐person with little or no physical activity)• Family health historyWhat are the most common signs and symptoms of diabetes?•Getting tired easily•Excessive thirst•Frequent urination•Increased hunger•Weight fluctuation: weight loss or weight gain•Blurry vision.•Irritability•Frequent Infections like skin infections ‐ fungal or bacterial orurinary tract infection•Numbness or tingling in hands and feet•Poor wound healingHomeopathy for DiabetesHomeopathy is based on the principle that disease is a total affliction of body.  Homoeopathic treatment with or without intake of hypoglycemic drugs can prevent the progress and the complications associated with this condition.Moreover, timely administered homeopathic medicines help in maintaining the levels of exogenous insulin and hypoglycaemic drugs at minimum possible dosage and in preventing the further progress of the disease. Healthy diet and exercise are a must to achieve optimum health results. In numerous cases, homeopathic medicines have successfully cured diabetes that is early stage.Diabetes management at our clinic is highly individualized and includes:1. In‐depth case taking and prescription of homeopathic medicines2. Customizing a specific diet plan3. Customizing an exercise plan 4. Regular diabetes monitoring5. Conducting workshops on meditation and yoga6. Diabetes educationPlease be noted that there is no substitute to insulin in homeopathy.

7 Guilt-Free Potato Recipes

Dr. Sangeeta Malu, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Good ol' mashed potatoesSoft, warm, and fluffy - mashed potatoes leave you feeling all fuzzy fuzzy. Boil them and mash them up with roasted garlic, ginger, orange juice, salt, and pepper. Serve them with meat or fish and voila! You have a wholesome meal abound with nutrition.Potato fingersCrisped to perfection from outside and starchy goodness within, potato fingers are just too hard to resist. Dice them with their skins on. Brush a little olive oil and bake them in the oven. Toss them up with sour cream and fresh herbs and dig in!Potato indulgenceDice sweet potatoes and stir fry them in olive oil till they are golden brown. As they are cooking, add cumin, paprika, and ginger juliennes. Season with salt and stir till they are cooked through. If you're not too conscious, throw in some of that tempting cheese!Healthy potato saladsUse a variety of fresh potatoes to make a healthy salad. No need for fatty salad dressings. Just a dash of vinegar and some dijon mustard makes it an appetizing, ready-to-eat meal.Potato cakesOne of the best ways to sneak in some veggies for your kids is to make cutlets. Boil potatoes and toss in some carrots, peas, coriander, and bell pepper. Season with salt. Make small cutlets and saute them gently in olive oil till they are ready.Potato jacketsScoop out some of the flesh and stuff the potato with flavored curd. Bake for a few minutes till they are golden brown. Serve them with wedges of lemon and watch them disappear!Potato oven FriesSay bye-bye to the regular, deep fried chips and embrace oven fries. Cut thick wedges of potatoes, toss them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and herbs. Bake them in a hot oven for a few minutes. Keep turning them every now and then so that they cook well.Sumptuous and healthy, these delicious spuds can be a part of your diet plan. Indulge guilt-free in these recipes and enjoy the benefits of Vitamin C, Potassium, and fiber.

8 Herbs & Spices to Get Over That Sweet Tooth

Dr. Sandeep Jassal, General Physician
Sugar is extremely addictive, and the more of it you eat, the more you crave, and this is a scientifically proven fact. If you or your mind constantly are on the hunt for something sugary throughout the day, your body and brain are probably victim of this vicious sweet cycle. So, less sugar you eat, the less you’ll crave it.What does sugar intake do to your body?A diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates can surely keep on piling extra weight and thus hampering your weight loss goals. Try to cut out the sugar and even most of the refined grains for a couple of weeks and see if it makes a difference. Sugar can also create havoc in the gut, which hinders weight loss too.Sugar also suppresses the immune system, thus it impairs your body of its ability to keep off stress and chronic illness. Sugar is considered to be one of the biggest contributors to mood disorders like depression and anxiety. That’s the reason it is called “sugar blues. High sugar intake can put you on a rollercoaster of emotions that can be hard to get off of till you are committed to give up the sweet stuff. Brain fogginess and stress may be experienced in addition to depression and anxiety. The best part is that you feel your mood lighten when you begin to stay away from sugar.Here are listed few herbs and spices which help you to curb your sweet tooth-Fenugreek (Methi)Methi seeds are acknowledged in lowering blood glucose levels since ages, though very commonly used, fenugreek is one that anyone with a sweet tooth should be aware of. With its pleasant aroma of burnt sugar and delicious maple taste, fenugreek is the perfect way to please a sugar tooth.Cinnamon (Dalchini)Cinnamon is a highly popular spice universally, that can help stop a sugar craving. This amazing spice already has a slightly sweet taste that can satisfy a sugar craving, it also has other very important health benefits. This is very interesting to know for those who crave sugar, is cinnamon’s ability to reduce the glycemic level of the foods that it is eaten with. This can be cheering news for diabetics.Nutmeg (Jaiphal)Nutmeg when paired with pumpkin pie, not only produces the divine taste but renders lots of great benefits. No doubt, it has ability to help bring back comforting memories, nutmeg also helps naturally boost the serotonin levels in the body, which helps in elevating mood, reduce stress and also helps to keep carb cravings in check.Cardamom (Ilaichi)Very light and slightly sweet, cardamom is a popular herb, has a vanilla-lemon aroma that makes it truly unique. If during an attack of sugar craving, one can chew cardamom to keep away from sugar. It is a highly adaptive and versatile herb and can be added to yogurts, smoothies, puddings and oatmeal.Ginger (Adrak)Ginger has a strong taste that is not at all sweet, still it helps to curb a sweet tooth. It is spicy and perfect to pair with other spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, making it the perfect spice to blend with. Using ginger not only helps curb sugar cravings but can also help soothe the stomach.Turmeric (Haldi)Turmeric is an all-round wonder spice, also used for its numerous health benefits. Turmeric is also used as an ingredient in diabetes formulations to clear toxins, and excess fat tissues and also helps in curbing the sugar craving.Black Pepper (Kali Mirch)Black pepper stimulates digestion, circulation and respiration. It contains chromium, a component of glucose tolerance factor, black pepper is a useful part of many diabetes treatments, normalizing fat tissue and preventing toxins from overflowing into the pancreas and curbs the sugar craving .Holy Basil (Tulsi)Tulsi is lavishly used not only for religious importance but also for its numerous health benefits. It has a soothing effect on the body and mind, enhancing mental clarity and stability. It acts on fat metabolism so can help to reduce weight, as well as blood sugar levels and total cholesterol and curbs the sugar cravings.Gear up and include these wonderful things in your life and spice up your life with ‘No Sugar Craving.’

The Sweetness of Bitter Melon (Karela)

Dr. Anupama Bhat, Yoga and Naturopathy
"Bitter gourd, a Boon of Nature, has a Great Power to Cure Many Ailments".Bitter gourd, or Bitter melon, or Bitter squash or Karela (in India) is a very unique vegetable which is used as food as well as medicine.Bitter gourd originated in India and grown in various tropical and subtropical countries.It is an edible part of the trailing plant called Memordica charantia, which belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae. It is the most bitter among all the vegetables.Health BenefitsBitter melon improves energy expenditure thus helping in weight reductionAnti-helminthic – dewormingPrevents CancerEver known Remedy for Diabetes MellitusStimulates Easy Digestion and PeristalsisLiver TonicBoosts Immune System & Enhances StaminaCures Skin InfectionsPotent Blood PurifierNatural Remedy for Dandruff, Hair Loss and Itchy ScalpNutrient contents (100 g)Energy – 17 kcalsCarbohydrates –3.70 gProtein – 1 gFat – 0.17 gDietary fibre – 2.80 gVitamin A – 471 IUVitamin C – 84 mgFolates – 72 mcgSodium – 5 mgPotassium – 296 mgMagnesium – 17 mgCalcium – 19 mgBio-active Components Saponins: Momordicine II and 3-hydroxycucurbita-5, 24-dien-19-al-7, 23- di-O-β-glucopyranosideHypoglycemic agents: Polypeptide-p, Charantin,  & vicineCautionsIf Diabetic, consult a Physician before deciding the quantity of bitter melon consumption Avoid if allergic to bitter melonUse with caution during pregnancyImportant tipsWash Bitter Melon thoroughly before useUse Fresh Ones for Best ResultsChoose the ones which are Bright, Fresh & Deep Green ColorBitter Gourd TeaBitter gourd teaIngredients Bitter melon/Bitter gourd leaves (Dried & powdered) – ½ table spoonWater – 150 mlMethodBoil about 150 ml of pure water and add dried bitter gourd pieces or bitter gourd leaves powderSimmer at low to medium for about 10 minsTurn off fire, let it steep for about 10 minStrain & Sip it warm 

Pucker Up: First Date Tips

Dr. Ragini Parmar, Dentist
It’s natural to be nervous about your first date. But here is the secret - there are a few key things that definitely work as turn-ons for both sexes. Go with these and you can’t go wrong. Men and women are attracted to each other’s smiles and mouths. It’s where the eyes travel if there is a kiss blooming on the horizon. Here is how to win over the heart of your date…Teeth WhiteningPut some time and effort in planning for your first date. Set an appointment with a dentist and have those teeth whitened. Smokers tend to have discolored or yellowish teeth. A quick whitening session at the dentist’s will solve that problem. So when you flash that smile around, your date is bound to notice those pearly whites.Oral CareWe tend to be sensitive to bad odor. Bad breath is one of the biggest turn offs whether it’s your first date or not. On your first date,be sure to brush with agood fluoride toothpaste, rinse your mouth out with mouthwash and carry a few breath mints in your wallet in case of that intimate moment or a bad food choice.Foods to AvoidMany times in the thrill and excitement of the moment we don’t stop and consider the ill effects of foods that might taste delicious. For instance..Garlic bread is one of those foods to avoid on your first date. It leaves a nasty unpleasant odor in your mouth. When talking to your date, I think they would be grateful if you avoid blowing fumes of garlic up their nose.Raw onions-another big no no! Onion breath can tend to last for a day if not dealt with properly as soon as possible. Consider this before your date and while you are on your date. For those sweet moments before saying goodbye in the car, or if there is a morning after, you don’t want onion breath to be a part of it.When choosing food, avoid foods that contain spinach or lettuce as these are quite likely to get stuck in between your teeth. When choosing a beverage avoid drinks with mint leaves that could get stuck between your teeth. Keep those for later. Opt for smooth drinks like wine or simple mocktails or cocktails that help wash out food particles from your teeth.…And don’t forget to smile a lot! A smile can take someone’s breath away.

Tips to Beat Post Meal Sugar Cravings

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Most people crave something sweet post their meals. You don’t need to have a sweet tooth to develop this habit but this can be one of the key reasons that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts. Eating something sweet is an acquired habit and that’s what makes it that much more easy to undo.Here are some intelligent tips that can help you control your mind & limit your post meal sugar cravings -Reach for FruitOne of the best ways to get rid of sugar craving is to opt for fruits because they are the healthiest combination of something sweet & nutrition. The natural sugar in fruits can help hit the spot and fulfill the sweet cravings without adding empty calories to your diet. Besides, all the anti-oxidants present in it will help boost your immunity and also boost your metabolism.Drink More WaterDehydration can trigger sugar cravings, so make sure you drink adequate amounts of water. When a sugar craving hits, drink two glasses of water first and then re-evaluate whether you need any sugar.Eat Balanced MealsYou should eat balanced meals containing both major and minor nutrients. Have small, frequent meals to help keep your blood sugar level stable and eliminate your body's need for a quick sugar fix. Avoid skipping meals (especially breakfast).Say NO to ColasColas give people a temporary 'high' and the feeling of fullness. They somehow shut off the hunger signals. However, this is short-lived, misleading sensation. Also, colas increase the craving for high caloric foods like a burger, pizza, creamy sandwiches, and noodles.Yogurt with FruitSweet your yogurt naturally by adding natural sweetener present in fruits. One of the best tip to beat sweet craving is to eat a combination of fruit and yogurt as a mid day snack. Most importantly, it can be one of the healthier options for snacking.

Want to Lose Weight? Stay Away From Artifical Sweetners

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Do you prefer drinking diet cola instead of regular cola in the name of healthy product? Then you might be wrong, many studies concluded those who drink diet cola might actually not lose weight. This phenomenon goes for all the sugar free products. Get more information on 7 health risks of drinking diet cola.Secondly if you feel this will never put your health on risk then you should read the following pointers to be more clear on health, weight management and artificial sweeteners.They make you gain weightYou might want to reconsider your decision of substituting sugar with artificial sweeteners, as scientists have discovered eating artificial sweeteners actually increase your hunger levels and make you eat more. And eventually with time, you gain weight. So, it is always better to include 1- 2 tsp of normal sugar, instead of chemical based sweeteners in daily routine.They increase the risk of metabolic syndromeMetabolic syndrome is a group of conditions, which includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels- that all occur together and increase the risk of diabetes, stroke, thyroid and other health problems. Also, it is seen that people consuming artificial sweeteners on regular basis have double risk of metabolic syndrome as compared to non-consumers.Read to know about 9 wonder fruits for diabetic.They trick your taste budsDo you know artificial sweeteners are a lot sweeter than the normal table sugar? The exposure of taste buds with this sweetness is so high which makes them less receptive to natural occurring sweet foods such as fruit. Also when your taste buds get dulled, you tend to look out for more sweeter foods that would satiate your sweet cravings.Read eat your sweets guilt free!Alarmed? Don’t be. There are natural alternatives that are easily available, and one of them is jaggery. Jaggery is not only sweet and tasty, it is also high in iron which means that consuming any amount is better than the artificial sweeteners. 

Corn Healthy or Not for Your Health?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Corn grows in “ears”, each of which is covered in rows of kernels that are then protected by the silk-like threads called “corn silk” and encased in a husk. Corn, also called maize, is one of the world’s major cereal crops and is used as flour to make bread; to produce breakfast cereal, to make popcorn and, of course, corn is grown and sold as a vegetable.Corn also called sweet corn, sugar corn or simply corn. Unlike field corn varieties, which are harvested when the kernels are dry and fully mature, sweet corn is picked when immature and eaten as a vegetable rather than a grain.Sweet corn is the result of a naturally occurring recessive mutation in the genes which control the conversion of sugar to starch inside the endosperm of the corn kernel.  Corn NutritionCorn is an excellent source of dietary fibre and potassium and contains vitamin C, beta carotene and niacin (one of the B group vitamins which assist in the functioning of the digestive system, skin, and nerves. It is also important for the conversion of food to energy.)Being rich in folate, corn helps the generation of new cells, especially important before and during pregnancy. Those suffering from anemia have shown positive effects after consuming corns. The Pantothenic acid present in corns helps with the physiological functions of the body.Owing to the presence of thiamin, corns have been said to help in the metabolism of carbohydrates. Corn has been found to be helpful in treating kidney problems, including renal dysfunction.Regular consumption of corn, in moderate quantities, has been associated with better cardiovascular health.The beta-cryptoxanthin in corn makes it good for the health of the lungs and may even help prevent lung cancer. Corn Calories100 gm of corn contains:Calories: 92Protein: 3.7 gmCarbohydrates: 20.5 gmCalcium: 9 mgDietary fiber: 2.7 gmFat: 1.2 gmIron: 0.5 mgCorn is rich in phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, iron and selenium. It has small amount of potassium. Corn has vitamin B (Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Niacin, Riboflavin, and Folate). It has traces of vitamin A and vitamin E. Health tips for Corn Come summer time and the hot ‘corn on the cob’ seem to be the perfect snack, for munching in the evening. Not only is it great in taste, but also packs a high amount of nutritional value within itself.