Jul 15, 2011

Home Remedies for Diabetes

Diabetes brings along with it many complications and affects the functioning of our vital organs. In the initial stages itself, care should be taken to keep our blood sugar levels normal. Regular blood checkups should be carried out and the necessary precautions should be followed diligently.

Some changes in your lifestyle needs to be made when you are suffering from heart disease and diabetes. There are many home remedies that can help you ease the discomforts that you may experience when you are a diabetic.

Home Remedies

Here are some tips and home remedies that will benefit you if you are a diabetic:
  1. Go Slow on Sauces and Salad Dressings: Salad dressings and sauces contain loads of sugar, fat, and cholesterol. You may unknowingly be consuming a lot of these when you pour them on your dishes. To avoid this, just pour a little salad dressing or sauce on the side. Dip your fork in this and pick your food. This will give you the flavor and taste without you consuming excess of it.
  2. Bitter Gourd Juice: Drink the juice of a small bitter gourd (ghiya/lauki) with added water every morning. This is one of the best remedies to bring down your blood sugar.
  3. Fenugreek (Methi): Soak some fenugreek seeds in water overnight. In the morning, drink the liquid as well as gulp down the seeds. This lowers your blood sugar level as well as provides you with the much-needed fiber.
  4. Walk: Walking is a good exercise both to prevent and cure diabetes.
    • If your fasting blood sugar is high, walking 15 to 20 minutes in the evening is helpful in bringing down your sugar levels.
    • If your postprandial blood sugar is high, take a medium-paced walk after every meal.
  5. Low Salt: Most of the time, high blood pressure is seen to coexist with diabetes, therefore, your meals should have very less salt. Resist the temptation of adding table salt to your food. Do not keep salt on the table. It is easier to drive things out of your mind when they are out of sight. Fill your salt shaker with some flavorsome herbs. This is a low-sodium way of making your dishes tasty.
  6. Apple Cider Vinegar: It is seen that people who have diabetes often experience muscle cramps in the legs. To get relief from this, pour 8 ounces (236 ml) of apple cider vinegar in a tub of hot water and soak in this for about 15 minutes.
  7. Asparagus: Steam asparagus and drizzle some olive oil and lemon juice and eat. Asparagus is a mild diuretic agent, which will help control diabetes.
  8. Watercress: This has diuretic properties and it helps in strengthening the body's immune system.
  9. Fresh Mango Leaves: Boil some fresh mango leaves in water at night. In the morning, filter and drink on an empty stomach. Drinking this daily helps with curing diabetes.
  10. Cinnamon (Dalchini): Boil one liter of water with three tablespoons of cinnamon and drink this water.
  11. Fishberry: Soak some crushed fishberry in water for a day. Drink this solution on an empty stomach in the morning.
  12. Black Berries: Powder some black berry seeds (Jamun) and have this regularly. Eating fresh black berries also helps in controlling diabetes.
  13. Curry Leaves: Chewing a few curry leaves in the morning every day helps in the treatment of diabetes.
  14. Gooseberry: Mix some turmeric powder with Indian gooseberry powder. Take this on an empty stomach to get relief from diabetes.
  15. Lime Water: Drink a glass of lime water in the morning. This helps in reducing diabetes. Lime water also boosts the immune system.
  16. Salted Buttermilk: Drinking some salted buttermilk helps in reducing the blood sugar levels. If you have hypertension, go slow on the amount of salt.
  17. Tomato Juice: You can either eat raw tomatoes or drink tomato juice to help reduce diabetes.
  18. Sadabahar (Vinca rosea): This comes to your rescue when your blood sugar shoots up. Boil one glass of water. Immerse 3 flowers of Sadabahar in half of that water and let it stay for 5 minutes. Take out the flowers and drink the water. Then drink the remaining half glass of boiled water. This, when done continuously for 7 days, helps in bringing down your blood sugar levels.
  19. Sea Salt Soak: When you have diabetes, you tend to have very dry, itchy skin. This can be relieved by soaking in a hot bath to which some table salt or sea salt has been dissolved. Your skin will feel soft to touch as well as the hot soak will relax you.
When you have diabetes, taking care of your eyes, skin, and foot becomes very important. Regular eye checkups are a must. Also, eating at regular intervals becomes more important than before. Equipments that help you monitor your blood sugar levels at home would be beneficial for timely regularization of blood sugars.