It won't be an exaggeration to say that diabetes is one of the most common lifestyle diseases across the world. A major threat for several people in the recent times, it is said to be a condition that results in imbalance between blood sugar level and insulin production in body. While proper medication as per health experts' advice is a must to manage diabetes, food and healthy lifestyle play a major role in keeping the blood sugar level under control. A balanced diet with food ingredients that are low in glycaemic index and rich in fibre and protein are of utmost importance for every diabetic. As per consultant nutritionist Rupali Datta, "Always make sure that you eat right amount of food in regular intervals. And never forget to couple your healthy diet with some yogas and exercises."
Another such smart addition to a diabetic friendly lifestyle is herbal tea. A concoction of several nutritious herbs, spices and fruits, a cup of herbal tea can come to your aid as well. Keeping this in mind, we bring you a cup of amla tea that can be an ideal addition to your morning rituals for a healthy living. It also adds the goodness of ginger and cinnamon.
Amla (Indian Gooseberry) For Diabetes | Health Benefits Of Amla:
The popularity of amla needs no separate introduction. A storehouse of vitamin C, fibre, iron, calcium etc. this tarty fruit does wonders to your overall health. As per Ayurveda expert Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, "Amla is a good source of antioxidants like ascorbic acid, tannins, and polyphenols that can help manage diabetes. Amla deals with the complications associated to diabetes. It also helps improve metabolism by reducing lipids, triglycerides in liver."
Besides diabetes, amla also helps boost immunity and shed some extra kilos. "Amla is a storehouse of vitamin C that strengthens gut microbiome and boost metabolism. Both the factors further lead to healthy immunity and weight loss."
Ginger For Diabetes | Health Benefits Of Adrak:
Ginger has been a part of traditional medical practice since centuries. As per an earlier study, published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, it may help control blood sugar. As per the researchers, ginger has potential blood-sugar controlling mechanism. Basically, ginger tends to slow down enzyme secretion in body that affects the metabolism of carbohydrates and overall insulin sensitivity. This may further help increase glucose absorption in the muscles.
Cinnamon For Diabetes | Health Benefits Of Dalchini:
A common spice in every kitchen, cinnamon is known to be a great ingredient to manage diabetes. It is dubbed to contain anti-diabetic compounds that help control the glucose level in the body. It also promotes better digestion, which may help flush out excess sugar from the body.
As per diabetes.co.uk, an earlier study, published in Diabetes Care journal suggested that cinnamon bark can improve blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It may also help reduce the risk factors associated with diabetes.
Diabetes Management: How To Make Amla-Ginger-Cinnamon Water:
2 amlas, pounded
Half-inch ginger, grated
Half teaspoon cinnamon powder
Step 1. Boil amla and grated ginger in water.
Step 2. Add cinnamon powder and switch off the flame. Close the lid and let it infuse for 3-4 minutes.
Step 3. Strain and take a sip.
1 teaspoon dried amla powder
1 teaspoon dried ginger powder (saunth)
Half teaspoon cinnamon powder
Step 1. Boil a cup of water.
Step 2. Add all the ingredients and mix. Close the lid and infuse for 2-3 minutes.
Step 3. Drink without straining.
Pro Tip: You can easily make amla powder at home. All you need to do is, clean the amla, deseed and cut them into small pieces. Sun-dry them for 3 to 4 days. Once the amlas are completely dried, transfer them into a blender and grind into fine powder. Transfer in an airtight jar and store.
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