Recent news talks again of another study showing how refined foods (this time white rice) can increase your risk of getting adult onset diabetes (diabetes type ii):
“White rice ‘raises diabetes risk’, say us experts.”
Replacing white rice with brown rice and wholemeal bread could cut the risk of diabetes by a third, US experts say.
White rice poses a diabetes threat because it causes steep rises in blood sugar, say Harvard researchers in archives of internal medicine.
Brown rice and other wholegrain foods are a healthier option as they release glucose more gradually, they say.
The study is based on questionnaires; some say the data is not robust enough to base firm conclusions on.
It may be that people who eat less white rice tend to live healthier lifestyles, for example. (1)
Ayurveda says that diabetes is brought on partly by eating a diet that is high in ‘white’ refined foods, like white rice, white flour, white sugar as well as sugary drinks. Modern science confirms this showing us that foods that are assimilated too quickly (refined carbohydrates) damage the sugar metabolism. These foods are said to have a high glycaemic index as they contain relatively high amounts of simple carbohydrates and relatively lower amounts of complex carbs, fibre etc.
According to ayurveda, someone with adult onset diabetes, or pre-diabetes, can do two things for their condition:
- Remove all refined foods and drinks from the diet, replacing them with whole-food equivalents. This particularly important for all forms of carbohydrate rich foods, but applies to all food categories in general. Dairy produce, especially things like ice cream, milk shakes, yoghurts etc. Should also be reduced.
- Use small amounts of turmeric internally, in cooking or as a food supplement.
If diabetes is caught in its early stages, results can be quite radical, stopping the disease entirely, or allowing some insulin dependent type ii diabetics’ to reduce their medication.
Turmeric is the best natural metabolic regulator. It can regenerate unhealthy liver and pancreas tissue, reinstating healthy metabolic function, digestion, blood-sugar levels etc. It is also an excellent digestive and helps remove toxins from the body.
For prevention purposes, everyone can safely use small amounts of turmeric on a regular basis in cooking. Turmeric also helps prevent against most other chronic diseases including cancer. Here is a list of some of its clinically proven or time-tested therapeutic indications:
Indigestion, poor blood circulation, cough, bronchitis, amenorrhea, skin disorders, diabetes, arthritis, rheumatoid disorders, anaemia, wounds, bruises, HIV, AIDS, cancer, poisoning, gallstones, parasites, infections, haemorrhoids.
Turmeric also detoxifies the body from environmental pollution and has antioxidant properties stronger than vitamins C or E.
It is also one of the main spices used for controlling irritable bowel syndrome and other chronic digestive complaints that involve inflammation and a build-up of toxins and imbalance in the gut bacteria and flora.
In order for turmeric to be effective in helping the treatment of recently diagnosed diabetes, or other serious or chronic ailments (see the list below), low doses of about 1 gram (half a level teaspoon) taken 3 times per day with meals need to be used for 6-12 months in order to be effective.
While turmeric is a common spice, if miss-used (i.e. if you take too high a dose) it can cause harm. Always seek advice from a professional ayurvedic practitioner when it comes to using herbs or spices for the treatment of health conditions. Doses vary according to age, sex and other factors.
Look out though! Turmeric stains things yellow and won’t wash out. In order to remove stains from clothes or work-surfaces, ultraviolet light (or strong sunlight) will slowly bleach the stain away.
P.s. For readers who know about ayurveda, note that in small doses, turmeric is tri-doshic, i.e. it doesn’t aggravate any of the doshas.
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