How to treat metabolic syndrome?

Dr Sandra
November 30, 2023

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that can significantly impact your health and increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious medical issues. You can know more about what is a metabolic syndrome from one of our blogs (LINK TO BE ADDED)
And, the good news is, you can take control of your health by adopting a holistic approach that combines Ayurveda, lifestyle management, healthy habits, and more. In this blog, we'll explore how to treat metabolic syndrome and improve your overall well-being.

When it comes to "Metabolic Syndrome," food is a crucial factor to consider and it's important to explore the insights provided by Ayurveda.

Ayurveda and natural remedies
In the adhyaya “Mathrashitiya” from “Ashtanga Hridaya” quotes:

“मात्राशी सर्वकालं स्यान्मात्रा हि अग्नेः प्रवर्तिका|

मात्रां द्रव्याण्यपेक्षन्ते गुरुण्यापि लघून्यापि||

गुरुणामर्धसौहित्यं लघूनां नातितृप्तता|

मात्राप्रमाणं निर्दिष्टं सुखं यावत् विजीर्यति||”

Consume the right quantity: It's important to eat an appropriate amount of food. Overeating can strain the digestive system and lead to various health issues, while undereating may deprive the body of essential nutrients.

Activate agni (digestive fire): Ayurveda likens the digestive power to fire, and the right quantity of food should support this digestive fire. Overloading the system with too much food can overwhelm Agni, while too little food may not provide enough fuel for it.

Adapt quantity to digestibility: Whether your meal is easy to digest (laghu) or heavy and harder to digest (guru), the ideal quantity should be chosen to ensure effective digestion.  Light foods can be eaten in larger quantities as they are easily digested, while heavy foods require more modest portions to ensure proper digestion without burdening the digestive system.

Ayurvedic treatments often focus on balancing the body's doshas (energetic forces) and improving overall health. 

Lifestyle managementLifestyle plays a lead role in managing metabolic syndrome. Here are some key lifestyle changes to consider:

Regular exercise:Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Aim for a mix of cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and flexibility exercises to maintain a healthy weight and lower blood pressure. The frequency and intensity of the workouts should be decided according to your body type and condition.

Stress management: Chronic stress can exacerbate metabolic syndrome. Incorporate stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, and yoga into your daily routine. Some of the stress busting techniques include Square breathing, Humming bee / Brahmari Pranayama, Anilom-Vilom, Nadi Shuddhi Pranayama. 

Healthy sleep patterns: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Inadequate sleep can contribute to insulin resistance and weight gain. Make a bedtime routine that relaxes you and be consistent.

Smoking cessation: If you smoke, quitting is crucial. Smoking is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. 

Dietary changes: A balanced diet is at the heart of managing metabolic syndrome. Consider these dietary adjustments:

Focus on whole foods: Consume whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Avoid highly processed and sugary foods.

Portion control: Be mindful of portion sizes to prevent overeating, which can lead to weight gain.

Reduce salt and sugar intake: Lower your sodium and added sugar intake to manage blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water and avoid excessive consumption of sugary beverages.

Regular health check-ups:Schedule regular check-ups with your trusted healthcare provider team to monitor your progress, adjust your treatment plan as needed, and ensure that your health is moving in the right direction.

Treating metabolic syndrome is not about a single quick fix but rather a comprehensive and holistic approach that involves Ayurveda, lifestyle management, healthy habits, and a focus on overall well-being.

At Curate Health we assure this by making informed choices and taking active steps to improve your health, you can significantly reduce the risk of complications associated with metabolic syndrome and pave the way for a healthier, more vibrant life. Join Curate Health and create a personalised plan tailored to your individual needs and circumstances today!