Herbs That Control Blood Sugar

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When you put food into your mouth, you are not really eating. Why? Because most food has very little nourishment.. How this came to be is a story for another time.  However it is important for you to realize that what passes for food in the United States is sugar and a bunch of chemicals to give you a taste, but very little actual nourishment. As a result, managing blood sugar levels is something that everyone needs to do.  The quality of much of our food is that bad. And given the amount of sugar in American food, managing blood sugar levels is going to be a challenge for the foreseeable future. The Easiest Way To Manage Blood Sugar Levels By far the easiest way to handle the blood sugar issue is to not have the problem. Depending on where you live and what types of food you have access to, it can be a challenge to put together a diet that is healthy: consisting of mainly vegetables, grains, fruits and legumes. Even those who have access to high quality food often find that having time to cook is difficult and healthy eating habits are difficult to achieve on a consistent basis. Having said that, there is no question that making healthy eating an important long term priority is worth doing.  I would suggest starting with some good reading material: one excellent resource is The Three Season Diet by Dr. John Douillard, which discusses the right way to eat for each season.  His book includes helpful recipes. another is Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra.  This book is an excellent introduction to Ayurveda health practices including diet.  It includes food lists for each body type and can help you understand what is right for you. While you are learning about and … Read More

Ginger: A High Powered Herb For Great Health

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Ginger is one of the most important spices you can use not only because of its substantial effect on the digestion but also because of its ability to balance the three body-types. Ginger For Balance The three body types in Ayurveda are vata for movement, pitta for metabolism, and kapha for the body’s structure.  Vata, pitta, and kapha are parts of each of us but in different relative strength. That accounts for why some people prefer hot weather and others cool weather, why some love spicy food and others hate it and why some people love physical labor and sports and others do not. If you know your predominant body type (see quiz), then you can choose the best ginger remedy for you. According to the Ayurvedic Encyclopedia, vata needs ginger combined with rock salt pitta needs ginger combined with rock candy kapha requires ginger combined with honey. Power Up Your Digestion With Ginger Ginger has another important function. It helps with the digestion. That may not sound like much, but digestion is one of the most important functions of your body. According to MAPI, ginger: ginger stokes the digestive fire whets the appetite improves assimilation of food improves transportation of nutrients to targeted body tissues and clears the microcirculatory channels of the body to facilitate absorption of food and removal of wastes. Ginger acts like a stimulant and a roto-rooter to make the digestive system more effective. Food, when it is not properly digested and assimilated in the body, clogs the system attaching itself to tissues and organs.  It then reduces the functioning of the body and eventually creates disease. Taking ginger before lunch and dinner is a great way to ensure a healthy digestion. Treating Disease With Ginger Ginger has other benefits: it acts as an analgesic, reducing … Read More

Guduchi: 9 Ways To Protect Your Health

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Guduchi is another exceptional herb used extensively in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian health care system. Found in the Himalayas, guduchi is one of the few herbs that balances the entire body or all the doshas, the name for the three body-systems of Ayurveda. Over thousands of years, Ayurveda has catalogued all of the physical effects of food, beverages and herbs on the body. It has accomplished this feat by identifying the qualities in each food. Let’s consider a ripe banana. It has the qualities of being sweet, heating and sour. It affects the body’s doshas with its smoothness and heaviness. Some of these qualities are obvious and others are more subtle.  We can taste the sweetness of a banana and experience its smoothness and heaviness. The heating and sour actions of the banana are felt in the body after the fruit has been eaten. Guduchi has the following physical effects: heating, bitter, astringent, light, unctuous, sweet and destroys toxins. It balances all of three doshas or bioenergies of the body: data – air and movement, pitta – digestion, and kappa – tissues and lubrication. It is such a strong supporter of the immune system that it is thought to help increase the lifespan.  Guduchi offers these health benefits: improved immune system. It strengthens the immune system and helps with autoimmune diseases.  It also reduced the toxic effects of chemotherapy. By strengthening the immune system, it reduces the potential for cancer. improves conditions in the joints like gout and arthritis by acting as an anti-inflammatory. heals liver damage caused by alcohol, drugs and medicinal drugs. It repairs the liver tissue. heals skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis and systemic lupus erythmatosis. heals gastrointestinal disease by healing various bowel conditions and rebalancing intestinal flora. regulates blood sugar levels. calms the nervous system. supports … Read More

Turmeric: 18 Ways To Good Health

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It is amazing how great health can be as close as our kitchen spice rack. For thousands of years, food and herbs have been used for their healing properties. Some herbs are almost worshipped for their healing gifts.  Turmeric is one such herb. Some herbs are valued solely for their medicinal properties. Neem would be an example of a plant used primarily for medicinal purposes. Turmeric is different, however. It is an important cooking herb as well as a medicinal remedy.  In India, curry is one of their most common dishes and it usually includes turmeric. Why is turmeric such a wonder herb? Turmeric is one of the few healing herbs on the world that has such a comprehensive list of benefits that it is considered a pharmacy unto itself. (Neem is also.) Turmeric is a purifier. It is most frequently used to purify the blood which helps prevent blood clots. Since the blood circulates the entire blood, all of the purification capabilities of turmeric removing bacteria and free radicals mean that more oxygen and nutrients can get to the cells and the lymph system can do its job of removing wastes better. Turmeric has the following effects on the body: alliterative.  It doesn’t just treat a medical condition, it also restores health. analgesic.  It reduces pain. anti-inflammatory. It is used extensively to heal wounds and improves arthritis symptoms. antibacterial. It has many properties which help with wound healing. anti-tumor, which means that in cleaning the body, tumors are less able to grow. antiallergic. It help with food and other forms of allergies. antioxident. It has the ability to clean up the free radicals created through stress and lifestyle choices. antiseptic. This is another of turmeric’s wound cleaning properties. antispasmodic. It relaxes muscles which reduces digestive and menstrual cramps. astringent. … Read More

Triphala: Super Herb For Super Health

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If I was stranded on a deserted island, I would consider triphala one of the few essentials to have with me. What is triphala? Triphala is one of the most important herbal preparations in existence. I have been using it for over a decade as a general balancing herb.  It helps with premature graying of the hair because premature graying and balding occur in my family but fortunately not on my head.  I am happy to give triphala the credit. It is such a well-rounded source of healing that I use it every day, and it helps me a lot. Triphala offers healing benefits to the entire human system. It is a special herb used extensively in the ancient healing system of Ayurveda which is over 5000 years old. According to the Ayurveda Encyclopedia, triphala is an herbal mixture of three herbs, amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki. The combination of the three herbs in triphala provides an herbal formula that works as a mild laxative that has the ability to rejuvenate the human system. These are the specific conditions that each of the herbs can help heal: Amalaki: it is used for: anemia arthritis asthma bronchitis colitis constipation diabetes duodenal and gastric ulcers eczema eye disorders chronic fever gout premature graying and balding heart attack prevention hepatitis hemorrhoids high blood pressure insomnia jaundice mental disorders menorraghia osteoporosis rebuilds blood bones, cells and tissues rheumatism liver and spleen weakness tuberculosis urinary disorders and difficulties vertigo vomiting Bibhitaki colds, coughs and bronchitis chronic diarrhea dysentery eye disorders headache hemorrhoids gastrointestinal diseases digestive disorders leading to obesity laryngitis liver disorders mucus nausea stones including urinary tract stones vomiting sore throat and voice problems Haritaki anemia cough hemorrhoids diarrhea gas fevers malabsorption of nutrients urinary diseases tumors blood purification spleen and liver disorders ulcerated gums muscular rheumatism heart … Read More

7 Reasons To Use Ashwagandha For Your Health

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One of Ayurveda’s most important herbs is ashwagandha which is known for its ability to relieve stress. According to Wikipedia, ashwagandha also known as Indian ginseng, is from the nightshade family – the same family that brings you potatoes, tomatoes, tobacco and petunias. It has been used for centuries for a variety of health benefits. Ashwagandha is important for highly sensitive people because it is a highly effective and non-toxic way to heal the effects of stress. In Ayurveda, it is used to treat all sorts of debilitating illnesses. Ashwaghandha is a restorative herb and adaptogen, which means it helps the body handle stress. making it very helpful for highly sensitive people. It is said to confer the strength of a horse, protecting and enhancing the energy of the body. Ashwagandha is often used as an aphrodisiac and enhancer of sexual energy, but is increasingly seen as a useful herb to protect anyone from the effects of modern stressful living. According to Banyan Botanicals  ashwagandha is also useful in protecting bones and joints and therefore helps with arthritis. It supports the immune system and adrenal functioning. Adrenal fatigue is often a consequence of long term stress and can result in many other physical ailments including allergies and obesity.  Natural Herbs Guide cites a study on ashwagandha which found that this herb offered a lot of antioxidants which explains its support for the immune system, its restorative capabilities and its help with healthy aging. Ashwagandha helps minimize the effects of illness. According to Ashwagandha Benefits, some people use it to minimize the effects of: chemotherapy, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, stress induced ulcers and osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. Ashwaghandha helps stabilize blood sugar and supports the liver as well as the adrenals. Highly sensitive people suffer from chronic stress and other illnesses. Although changes to lifestyle can yield many benefits, highly sensitive people often need … Read More