The right diet, together with other lifestyle changes is capable of curing or reversing diabetes. The diet choices must be unprocessed, natural, and plant-based. The lifestyle changes involve routine daily actions that are critical for success. The roadmap to diabetes cure is explained hereafter.
1.0 Understanding the Diabetes Natural Cure Process
For me as the Jungle Doctor, elevated blood glucose in type 2 diabetes is symptomatic of a number of body organs and processes malfunctioning. It is estimated that it takes from five to twenty-five years before type two diabetes shows up in the body as insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, or elevated blood glucose, together with other accompanying signs and symptoms. Those years prior to the manifestation of those signs and symptoms tell a story, without doubt, of a period of poor diet and eating habits.
Science attests, and I have confirmed, as the Jungle Doctor by empirical evidence, that diabetes is a disease caused by a poor diet and eating habits, and neglect of routine daily actions necessary for our health and well-being. Those routine daily habits include sleep habits, exposure to sunlight, exercise, among others. Diabetes is a dietary disease and can only be cured by the right diet and right eating and life habits. Some diet and eating plans for type 2 diabetes will be proposed from which choices that suit the tastes of the diabetic may be made.
The right diet is made up of natural unprocessed food, and the right eating and life habits are unlike what any diabetic had practised before. The changes to cure the disease call for a drastic departure from what the sufferer had known before. It is a major psychological challenge to come to terms with the new normal diet and lifestyle, but once that psychological barrier is overcome then healing can take place in earnest. There are several steps in the Diabetes Natural Cure Process and the current post will address a few of them with the rest following in subsequent posts.
2.0 Psychological Barriers in Diabetes
My mother died of the complications of diabetes when I was only 17 years of age. I did not well understand the nature of the disease at the time. I was made to understand though, that diabetes type 2 was chronic, progressive, and incurable. What is worse, contracting diabetes type 2 meant living with the disease and sadly enduring the debilitating effects of its sentence till death, inevitably.
So to be diagnosed about 28 years later with diabetes type 2 was a rather traumatic experience. So much went through my mind after the diagnosis. My mind was clouded with so many disturbing thoughts that would not be calmed by the pharmaceutical drug breakthroiughs at the time that purportedly could control the disease without any worries. All that concerned me at the time was having to live with an incurable disease.
So is the situation with as many people as get diagnosed with diabetes type 2; they believe the disease is incurable and has to be controlled or managed till death. It is an uphill task to convince them that the disease is curable, reversible, and not chronic. Worse still is the onerous task of convincing them that diabetes is a dietary disease and the right diet in addition to other lifestyle changes cures the disease.
I reckon the challenges mentioned above constitute the psychological barriers and in fact the most prominent of all the barriers that hinder people from seeking a natural cure for their condition and more so accepting that an appropriate natural diet and eating plan can cure diabetes type 2.
3.0 Food and Diet in Diabetes
The human being should live in complete harmony with the environment bequeathed to him or her by nature. What any human eats and drinks must be in complete agreement with the body’s construction. Any deviation from nature’s prescribed norm is a recipe for disease and impaired well-being. Diabetes, without doubt, results from ingesting food and drinks processed in a way far removed from what the body’s constitution would accommodate. The body gets seriously abused by this way of eating.
3.1 The Processed Food Menace
Food, as present in nature, is made up of constituents that are structured to be consumed together in order to present in a bioavailabe way the nutrients the body needs for health, growth, and well-being. If food is proceessed in any way that deprives it of any of its natural constituents, or alters it irreversibly by extraction, substitution, or alteration of any form, then it ceases to be food as the human body understands it. As understood by the Jungle Doctor, food treated that way abuses the human body severely and ends up causing diseases to manfest in the human body.
Worst still, processed food is known to deposit visceral fat in and on body organs. Body organs should have little or no fat in or on them for full function. Continued consumption of processed food eventually deprives some body organs of their full function and serious diseases result. Diabetes especially, as believed by jungle doctor, is a disease whose genesis or prognosis cannot be exempt from such discussion. Diabetes is a disease caused by poor eating, and deposition of fat in and on our organs, except in circumstances where the pancreas or liver is impaired in some other way.
3.2 What Natural Food Is – Natural Food as Medicine
Natural food, as opposed to processed food, is food that has not been deprived of any of its constituents by extraction, substitution, or by modification of any form. The human body, being part of our natural ecosystem unambiguously understands the ‘language’ of natural food. The human anatomy and physiology readily welcomes and ingests natural food and processes it to promote health and well-being. Plant-based food in its natural unadulterated form is what humans are designed to eat. Not only do those natural plant-based foods provide energy for the tasks that we carry out daily, they are also a source of the remedies the body requires to heal from diseases and illnesses that challenge us in our lives.
Ancient wisdom and current knowledge attest to the fact that whenever humans depart from eating what nature endowed them to eat, disease is the result. “Let food be your medicine and your medicine be food” was a saying by Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, that still lives on. That ancient wise saying is a worthy reminder to the actions of our forebears that preserved their lives and perpetuated humanity. Need we do otherwise? The upsurge of diabetes and obesity to the level of becoming a worldwide pandemic is a clear indication of how humanity at this point in time has failed to uphold the tenets and principles of healthy natural diet and eating plans that preserved humanity in ancient times.
3.3 Constituents of a Healthy Natural Food
To maintain health and prevent disease the human body requires generous amounts of organic carbohydrates, proteins, fats & oils, minerals, and vitamins daily. Carbohydrates, proteins, fats and oils are referred to as macronutrients, whilst minerals and vitamins are referred to as micronutrients. The macronutrients are normally required in larger quantities to provide energy, build muscles and other organs of the body. The body needs comparatively smaller quantities of the micronutrients to preserve health and life. Though micronutrients are required in rather smaller quantities by the body their absence and deficiencies constitute the major cause of a diseased body.
Different foods contain varying proportions of either macronutrients or micronutrients. Science has made available to man the nutrition profile of all the common foods nature has endowed with man. It is therefore easy to make reasonable choices of the foods that may be most beneficial to us in any given situation and time.
In the Jungle Doctor’s opinion the constituents of a healthy natural food should be organic carbohydrates, protein, fats & oils, greens, seeds & nuts, and non-fluoridated water. Greens, seeds, and nuts appear to be frequently missing from our diets but they hold the key to our health.
3.3.1 The Greens
There is a food group that failed to make the food classification list prepared by scientists years ago yet deserves special mention. It is made up of parts of plants that sport edible, particularly green leaves and stalks. Those leaves and stalks, which are called greens have chlorophyll, which accounts for the green colour of those leaves and stalks. Chlorophyll is a necessary ingredient for the body to be healthy and free itself of disease. We have to eat as much of those greens daily to be healthy. Examples of greens are kale, spinach, lettuce, and parsley.
3.3.2 Seeds and Nuts
Seeds and nuts are another class of foods normally treated as desserts and with ‘scorn’. They are usually an afterthought in our eating plans. They are nevertheless as important as any of the major nutrients we are accustomed to. They contain important micronutirents often missing or present in rather small inadequate quantities in most foods. We have to be eating them often to be healthy. examples of seeds and nuts are sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, hazel nuts, and cashew nuts. There is such a wide variety to satisfy our preferences.
3.4 How much Macronutrients, and Micronutrients?
How much macronutrients or micronutrients a meal should contain has been the subject of ‘nutrition wars’ among many scientists over many decades. Each scientist has an opinion on how much of each to eat dailyn or a meal should contain. The plethora of diets that are being proposed day in, day out by scientists emanates from what I call the ‘nutrition wars’. In the opinion of the Jungle Doctor legumes give humans an important insight and indication of the quantities of the macronutrients and micronutrients anyone can have in their meals. Typical examples of legumes is lentils and bambara nuts or beans. Lentils has the following nutrition profile, viz, carbohydrates 60%, protein 25%, fat 6%, others 9%. Bambara nuts or beans has carbohydrates 63.5%, protein 25%, 7.4% fat, others 4.1%.
Jungle Doctor’s empirical tests seem to suggest that those percentages are adequate per a meal or per total daily consumption. Nature has given humans a blueprint to guide them in their eating plans and natural diet choices. Let’s continue in Part 2.