Excess fat deposition in the body leads to obesity. Obesity is nowadays a very common disorder among people. When the body’s intake of calorie exceeds the amount of calorie required or burnt, it leads to the storage of excess calories in the form of body fat and it results in obesity or overweight. This increased fat is responsible for all the diseases in a person. The person is at risk for many conditions such as heart diseases, liver damage, diabetes, arthritis, kidney problems etc.
Consuming high fat and high calorie diet is the main cause of obesity. Other factors are certain medications, metabolic disorder, genetic factors, social factors (poverty), cultural factors (type of food and cooking), hormonal (diseases), environmental (lifestyle), behavioral (diet and physical activity), pregnancy etc. Increased body fat, lethargy, fatigue, breathlessness, excess sweating with bad odor etc. are all the symptoms of obesity.
Ayurveda refers obesity as medhoroga – a disorder of medha dhatu (adipose tissue and fat metabolism). Aggravation of kapha dosha is responsible for obesity. In a balanced state, kapha lubricates and nourishes the body tissues, when aggravated kapha leads to production of toxins in the body and these toxins are heavy and dense in nature. They accumulate in the weaker channels (fat channels) of the body and causes blockage. This leads to production of fat tissues (Medha dhatu) and hence weight gain or obesity.
Overeating, frequent consumption of food before digestion of previous meal, excess eating of oily, junk, fried foods, excess consumption of sweets (sugar), heavy foods, cold foods, meats, aerated drinks, dairy products, lack of physical activity, sleeping during day time, stress, anger etc. Genetic makeup is also a cause irrespective of diet habits.
Here are few simple home remedies to reduce body weight:
- Consuming half glass of aloe vera juice everyday will reduce body weight/ obesity considerably.
- Uttarani kheer/payasam: Pound Uttarani seeds first and then clean it. Mix 5-10 gram of the seeds in water and boil on a low flame. Add sugar (Ayurveda recommends using rock candy and not refined sugar) and milk accordingly. Again stir for another 5-10 minutes. Payasam is ready. Consume this regularly. If there is constipation, have alalekayi (haritaki) choorna about 1tsp, weight reduces gradually without any harm or side effects. Hunger reduces within 3-4 days. You should avoid oily and fatty foods during this period.
- Mix 2 thola Bilva fruit pulp with 4-6 gunji* pure guggulu and take it daily morning and night. Take this daily and once in 7 days. Increase the intake of bilva fruits pulp quantity by ½ thola and guggulu by 2gunji
Diet: Avoid fried/ oily and snigdha (tender) foods.
- Consume more basic foods like fenugreek leaves, carrot, whole fruits like apple, banana, guava, coconut, palak greens, brinjal etc… Bottle gourd is the most basic in vegetable. It lowers the acidity and will reduce tri-glycerides, cholesterol, overweight etc.
- Methi/fenugreek seeds should be soaked in water overnight and chewed in the morning. Water to be taken after seeds is chewed. Grate carrots and eat. All greens are basic food. Take these for at least 3 months. Then to balance this, take Amla for next 3 months. Then back to carrots and others. Repeat this for some times. In a year you can easily lose your weight and get rid of obesity.
- Overweight people are usually vitamin c and calcium deficient. Hence Triphala in normal ratio can be used. To 500 ml water, add 2 tsp Triphala powder and boil for 5 minutes. Strain the liquid and when warm add honey to taste. Drink this daily twice.
- Drink a glass of lukewarm water adding 1 tsp fresh organic honey and 2 tsp lemon Take this several times a day. You can fast with this drink for a day and still be energetic. This is very effective in obesity.
- Use Mint/pudhina chutney in your meals. You can also have mint tea.
Diet and Lifestyle Advice:
- Avoid too much oily, sour, salty, fried, fatty foods as it aggravates kapha and medha.
- Also avoid refined flours, white sugar, chocolates, pastries, processed, junk and high carbohydrate foods.
- Avoid excess eating and excess usage of oils and ghee.
- Avoid aerated drinks and instead have herbal drinks.
- Avoid dairy products especially cheese cream, ice cream, yogurt.
- Also avoid excess meat consumption especially red meat.
- Avoid incompatible combination of foods.
- Avoid leftover foods.
- Use more of brown rice/parboiled rice, whole-wheat flour etc. You can try wheat flour puttu.
- Have more bitter variety vegetables like bitter gourd, drumsticks etc.
- Wakeup early morning before 6.00am and maintain a regular daily routine.
- Drink lukewarm water as soon as you get up and throughout the day instead of chilled/cold water.
- Eat home cooked foods with spices and herbs
- Do not sleep during day time and immediately after meals.
- Have very light meals at night as possible and by 8 pm.
- Sleep at night after 2 hrs of dinner.
- Practice regular exercises like brisk walking, swimming etc.
- Practice YOGA and meditation for healthy and stress free life.
Pacifying kapha dosha is the treatment for obesity. Eliminating kapha aggravating foods from diet and using certain herbs to clear or cleanse medovahi channels can help decrease excess weight and hence diseases. You should give up sedentary lifestyle and increase physical exercise and mental work.
- 1 Grain= 065 grams; it is one of the oldest measurement unit
- 1 thola=11.616 grams approximately 12grams; it is an ancient system of weight scale
- 1 Masha=97 grams; traditional Indian unit of measuring
- Aloe Vera: known as kumari or ghrita kumara in Ayurveda is widely used herb used in the treatment of skin disorders, constipation, bleeding disorders, wound healing etc. Aloe vera contains transparent gel which in 96% water and the rest 4% contains vitamin A, B, C, E, calcium, and amino acids. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties which soothes many skin ailments and increases blood flow to the wounded area and helps in healing.
- Uttarani: known as prickly chaff, apamarga, nayuruvi, kadaladi etc. is one of the strong and powerful Ayurveda herb used in the preparation of different medicines. Uttarani plants, root, seed, leaves and whole plant is used in treating diseases. The plant treats urinary disorders, bloating, gastritis, stomach ache, bleeding disorders, piles, hiccups, cardiac disorders etc. External application of uttarani paste relieves itching, pain and swelling due to bites and wounds. However, pregnant women should be careful while taking this as it is said to induce abortion. Do consult an Ayurveda physician before using the herb
- Alalekayi/Haritaki: known as kadukka, harad, harade, karakkaya etc. haritaki, is one among the three fruits used in triphala choorna. Ayurveda refers haritaki as king of herbs and uses it in various medications to cure diseases. The herb rejuvenates body, reduces swelling, boosts energy, helps in bleeding disorders, promotes longevity, helps to reduce weight, improves digestion and also helps in vaginal discharge.
- Bilva: called as bael, is an important Ayurveda herb which is a good immune booster. Bilva herbs root, skin, fruit and leaves are used in medicine as they all are rich in medicinal properties. Bael is used in the form of powder, oils and juices to improve immunity. The herb is helpful in respiratory problems, asthma, cold, diabetes, controls cholesterol, prevents heart diseases, purifies blood, and helps in digestion and bowel movements.
- Fenugreek: known as methi is an important herb as it is used as both medicine and spice all over the world. Its stem, leaves, seeds and twigs are all used as it is rich in nutritional and medicinal properties. Methi is used for conditions like fever, diabetes, cough, bronchitis, burns, swellings, ulcers, digestive issues etc.
- Carrot: is an excellent fruit and vegetable also referred as gajar, garjarah etc. It is sweet, bitter, slightly pungent and warm in nature. Carrot refreshes your breathe and whole body with its aromatic taste. They are rich in nutrients like protein, vitamin A, B, C, K, iron, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, fat, carbohydrates, water etc.
- Spinach: known as palak, is a nutrient rich green leafy vegetable. Spinach is high in vitamins, minerals, water, carbohydrates, protein, fiber etc. It is an excellent source of antioxidants and low in calories. Ayurveda recommends daily usage of green leafy vegetables in the diet as they are good for skin, hairs and also removes toxins from the body.
- Amla: also known as Amlakai is used since 1000years in Ayurveda medicine. Amla is sour tasting fruit which pacifies all tri doshas (vata, pitta and kapha). It rejuvenates the body and enhances immunity and youthfulness. It promotes energy, reproductive health, supports metabolism, digesting and elimination. Amla is one of the three fruit used in triphala choorna.
- Triphala: Triphala is an ayurvedic herbal powder which is a combination of three Ayurveda fruits Amlakai, bhibhitaki and haritaki. It is an herbal rasayana consisting of equal amounts of all these three ingredients. Triphala is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin c and also balances blood sugar. Triphala include all five different tastes-sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent. It also helps to balance tridosha-vata, pitta and kapha
- Honey: Honey is a wonderful gift from nature to us. Honey is sweet, heavy, astringent and cold in potency. It contains sugar like fructose, glucose, maltose along with proteins, minerals, fats, enzymes and amino acids. Honey improves digestion, heals wounds, good for vision and heart, improves skin etc. Never heat or cook honey. Honey is incompatible with ghee and sesame oil when used in equal quantities
- Turmeric: one of the widely used Ayurveda herb/spice used all over the world. It treats skin, heart, liver, lungs etc. and used for bleeding disorders, skin diseases, epilepsy, to expel kapha and to purify body. Turmeric regulates female reproductive system, purifies uterus and breast milk and also builds & purifies semen in men too
- Lemon: a medicinal rich fruit in Ayurveda with sour, light and dry qualities. Also known as nimbaka, nimbe, cherunarakam, pahari nimbu etc. It is used as a food and medicine all over the world. Lemon treats digestion related problems, improves tastes, freshens mouth, encourages saliva secretion in the mouth and acts as a cleansing agent. Lemons promote fluid secretion in lungs and blood plasma. As lemon is sour in taste it will have a tingling sensation in tongue. Lemon relieves thirst and most preferred drink to quench thirst
- Mint leaves: also known as pudhina, they are fresh, aromatic Ayurveda herb which is dark green in color. It is effective in digestion, treats respiratory disorders and pacifies all tridosha. Mint leaves soothe digestive tract and cleanse stomach. Lowers blood pressure, stress, boosts immunity, alleviates pain and improves skin health.
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