With the onset of cold weather, our ability to stay healthy is challenged. It’s especially true when the same ill-symptom occurs at the same time every year. Learning to recognize the early signals your body provides is key to preventing deeper health issues.
Prevention is the primary goal of Ayurveda, and being aware of the early symptom signals your body provides is essential. At the beginning of winter, the cold drying effects of vata are felt, as winter progresses the deeper cold of kapha settles in. This transition challenges our strength and immunity and manifests as colds, cough, fever, headache, sinus congestion, constipation, indigestion, insomnia, itchy dry skin, and body pain and stiffness
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Carefully planning meals is a simple and effective strategy for management of various aspects of diabetes. Knowing the best food for someone with diabetes can help promote good health. In Ayurveda, diabetes mellitus is known as Madhumeha and there are two ways it manifests: excess Vata Dosha and subsequent tissue depletion (dhatukshya) is one way diabetes develops. Obstruction of the channels (srotas) because of excess Kapha Dosha and fatty tissue (Kapha Meda Avarana) is another cause of diabetes.
Both of these causes increase Vata dosha which may manifest over time as diabetes mellitus. What can you do? What should you eat?
Diabetes Mellitus is one of the most common and deadly diseases in the modern world – it is the fifth leading cause of death by disease in the United States. Modern science doesn't exactly know what causes the immune system to turn on itself through the increase in the prevalence of diabetes could be attributed to a steady change in what and how we eat and higher levels of stress. From an Ayurvedic perspective, the ultimate cause of Type II diabetes is a build up of toxins in the tissues that result in imbalances in all three Doshas. Read more for an in-depth look at Ayurveda's process of diagnosis and treatment plan for diabetes.