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Yoga Asanas that help in tackling Diabetes

pranayamDiabetes is caused when blood cells do not react to the insulin that is produced in the body. By following a daily exercise routine, the body starts responding to insulin, which helps reduce sugar level and improves blood circulation.

Yoga vitalizes the organs of the body allowing for normalcy of metabolic processes. Normal metabolism means that the chemical conversions within the cells are occurring in an efficient manner. Yoga is the best way to cope with stress, at the physical and psychological level. It also helps reduce glucose level and increases production of  insulin in the body. The syndrome of diabetes disturbs the functioning of the pancreas and makes the pancreatic cells inefficient in producing insulin. Insulin caters energy to the body when needed.

Sadly, diabetes can only be controlled and cannot be completely treated. On the other hand, keeping diabetes under control is not an easy task as it involves lifestyle changes such as diet alterations, adherence and patience. People suffering from diabetes can control it by practicing Yoga. In the beginning, yoga will include postures and breathing exercises that target the pancreas. The various asanas in yoga help improve blood flow to the pancreas which can then restore the pancreatic cells capacity to produce insulin.

Yoga helps the body to free itself from various ailments. Cited below are a few yoga postures that can help manage diabetes.

  • Pranayam
    Breathing in deeply and breathing out helps to oxygenate the blood and also improves circulation. This posture helps calm the mind and strengthens the muscles of the stomach and abdomen as well as improves the digestion process and regenerates tired cells.
  • Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
    Also known as the Cobra Pose, it is one of the most important back bending yoga posture, which benefits the body from head to toe. This asana works as a miracle for those suffering from back problems and kidney failures. It acts as a stress buster, improves the digestion process and increases lung capacity.
  • Sarvangasana
    This pose is essentially known for its power to balance the functioning of the thyroid glands. These glands play a vital role in the proper functioning of the digestive, nervous, reproductive and respiratory system and regulate metabolism.
  • Ardha-matsyendrasana
    Also called the Spinal twist posture, allows your lungs to hold more oxygen. It also alleviates stress on the spine and gives ease to backaches.
  • Halasana
    This asana regulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands, lungs and abdominal organs, thereby helping blood flow to your head, which in turn improves your digestive system and maintains hormonal levels.

Meditating regularly provides relaxation of the mind and body. It also acts a stress buster. It builds up confidence level of the individual and makes one adaptable such that one can handle any condition, as an example a diabetic patient’s craving for sweets. To feel the change, one needs to meditate faithfully.

Come on! It’s high time, you stretched those muscles, relaxed your mind and let go off your diabetes.

Let our Food Be our Medicine

Some simple Home Remedies

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Did you know that Ginger is an effective remedy for Migraine?

There might be some relief for all those who suffer from Migraine. There is slow but promising evidence that Ginger is an efficacious treatment for migraine. While studies have been inconclusive, anecdotal evidence indicates that this inflammation fighter may help with the chronic and persistent pain experienced by headache sufferers.

 

For those who suffer with Migraine will agree- that it’s a throbbing headache that can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. Migraines can be caused by any number of things, including certain foods (cheeses, nuts, chocolate), alcohol (particularly wine), low blood sugar, and odors such as strong perfumes or cigarette smoke.

For thousands of years, healers have used ginger for nausea and cardiovascular health. Since both of these issues are prevalent in migraines, ginger is a good choice for headache suffers seeking a natural remedy.

A simple preparation given below can help in the treatment:

  1. 500 to 600 mgs of dried ginger taken at the onset of a migraine is an effective antidote to the headache. Repeat the dosage every four hours for four days. Including uncooked fresh ginger in the diet may benefit headache suffers to the point that migraines are no longer as severe or frequent.
  2. Ginger Tea – To make ginger tea, peel and grate fresh ginger root. Place it in boiling water and simmer, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes (longer makes a stronger tea). Serve with lemon or drink plain.

Nine Months That Are Worth A Lifetime

                            
                              
Pregnant women who have diabetes prior to their pregnancy have special health concerns. In addition to the new demands that pregnancy puts on the body, women with diabetes must also monitor and control their blood sugar levels and manage their diabetes medications. Your health  directly affects your baby’s health.


If you are planning a baby, a meeting with your healthcare practitioner is important to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Your healthcare practitioner can ensure that your diabetes is well-controlled for you to stop birth control measures. A blood test called the glycosylated haemoglobin test can help evaluate how well your diabetes has been controlled over the previous 8-12 weeks. Other medical tests before you become pregnant can also help monitor your health and prevent the development of diabetic complications during pregnancy. Pre-conception counselling can educate women so they can be physically and emotionally prepared for pregnancy.


Importance of blood sugar control


Good blood sugar control is important before becoming pregnant because many women do not even know they are pregnant until the baby has been growing for two to four weeks. High blood sugar levels early in pregnancy (before 13 weeks) can cause birth defects. They can also increase risk of miscarriage and diabetes-related complications.


Blood sugar control means keeping blood glucose levels within the ideal range as well as balanced meals, exercise and diabetes medications taken religiously.
Those urges for sweets must be kept in check.


How diabetes may affect Baby


Pregnant women with diabetes may have babies who are considerably larger than normal. This is because they receive too much sugar via the placenta because their mothers have high blood sugar levels. The pancreas senses this and produces more insulin in an attempt to use up all the extra sugar. That extra sugar is converted to fat. The doctor may have to plan for the safest mode of delivery. If the baby is too large to be delivered vaginally, a caesarean may become necessary.


If you have high blood sugar levels consistently during pregnancy (specially in the 24 hours before pregnancy), your baby may develop dangerously low blood sugar levels right after delivery. This is because the baby has high levels of insulin to use up the extra sugar and when that source of sugar is suddenly taken away its  blood sugar level drops quickly. Babies of mothers with diabetes may need to be monitored for low blood sugar levels and given glucose intravenously. Your baby may also have imbalances in calcium and magnesium levels, which will need to be replaced with medication.


Pregnancy is a special time. You are bringing a new human being into the world. This is a time when pregnant women, especially women with diabetes, need to take health issues seriously and be particular about following the doctor’s advice on diet and exercise. Your baby’s health and well-being not only inside the womb but after he or she is born, depend  on your health. Those nine months are worth a lifetime.