World Health Day is celebrated globally on April 7, which also marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948, to draw attention to a specific health topic that concerns people around the world. He is celebrated for reinventing a world where clean air, water and food are accessible to all, where economies are focused on health and well-being, where cities are livable and where people are in control. their health and the health of the planet.
According to research, people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop a heart problem because high blood sugar can damage the blood vessels and nerves that control your heart. For a country like India, this should be an alarming factor for two main reasons – firstly, a large portion of diabetic people in the country are unaware of it (undiagnosed diabetes) and secondly, India has the largest working population currently struggling with severe stress and environmental changes, two major causes of heart disease and diabetes.
Dr. Anand Dwivedi, Ayurvedacharya and expert at Kapiva Academy of Ayurveda shared, “Combating these ailments is essential for healthy living and what better solution than our ancient holistic practice – Ayurveda. A plethora of studies have been conducted by the Ministry of Ayush that disclose how Ayurveda can be helpful in the prevention of diabetes and, therefore, cardiovascular disease.
By keeping mind, body and spirit in balance, Ayurveda promises to prevent disease more than to treat it and aims to preserve health and well-being by emphasizing diet, herbal remedies, exercise, meditation, breathing and physical therapy. Popular in the Indian subcontinent where its historical roots run deep, Ayurveda is a system of alternative medicine which believes that the entire universe is made up of five elements namely, vayu (air), jala (water), aakash ( space or ether), prithvi (earth) and teja (fire).
Ayurveda, being a 5000 year old ancient medical science, is believed to focus on the quality lifestyle of healthy life and from the beginning it has placed special emphasis on “Ahara” (diet) and ” Anna” (food) which purports to result in the good well-being of an individual. It’s no secret that nutritious, quality food nourishes the mind, soul and body.
Dr. Anand Dwivedi listed some Ayurvedic best practices to help adults with diabetes:
1. Adopt healthy food and lifestyle options – Your dietary (Ahara) and lifestyle (Vihara) habits have a direct impact on your physical health. Therefore, it is crucial to adopt habits that keep you healthy. Changes in eating habits, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains while cutting back on processed foods, can help reduce the risk of heart disease or prevent it from getting worse. Lifestyle changes (Vihara) like following an active routine, maintaining an optimal/healthy weight and not consuming alcohol, quitting smoking, etc., will go a long way in fighting heart disease.
2. Yoga- Physical activity makes your body more sensitive to insulin (the hormone that helps cells in your body use blood sugar for energy), which helps manage your diabetes. Physical activity also helps control blood sugar and reduces the risk of heart disease. Therefore, to prevent and manage heart disease (Hridroga), try to do at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week, such as brisk walking or yoga. Yoga has various asanas such as Surya Namaskars and Pranayama which can help keep your blood pressure, blood sugar and heart rate down.
3. Manage stress – Stress is becoming one of the main causes of heart disease. Since people these days are constantly exposed to high stressors at work and at home, it is essential to keep stress levels low. According to Ayurveda, meditation can help manage and reduce stress. Singing and breathing exercises can also help lower your blood pressure and lower your heart rate.
4. Ayurvedic supplements – Ayurveda contains a large amount of supplements to prevent and manage cardiovascular diseases. For example, Ayurveda recommends a traditional combination of Karela, Amla, Jamun and Guduchi. These supplements help regulate carbohydrate metabolism, which helps control blood sugar. Make sure to consume these supplements after consulting an Ayurvedic doctor for ideal results. You can also opt for various therapies offered by Ayurveda such as Saman therapy for cardiovascular disease management and Rasayana therapy for prevention.
It also recommends these practices for the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease. Call on them this World Health Day for a healthy heart and a better lifestyle.