Excessive body weight can be dangerous for your health in the long run. It can cause many other fetal diseases and health conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes, kidney problems, etc. to name a few.
Everyone wants to look good and feel healthy, but obesity or higher weight than what is optimum for your health can be bad for your confidence and overall health.
I would also like to mention that it can also impact your mental health and can give you stress and depression. People with higher weight around their midsection can be prone to many health conditions such as insulin resistance, higher cholesterol levels, hormonal imbalance, hypertension, etc.
Nowadays, people live a very unhealthy lifestyle of eating processed, fried, and junk food, not exercising enough, and eating at late hours. All these factors can contribute to weight gain which is very hard to lose easily.
Obesity is a lifestyle disease that can be corrected with lifestyle and diet changes. Adopting a healthier lifestyle with enough physical exercise, the right diet, and stress management can lead to a healthier body and bring you back to your right weight.
Ayurveda’s take on Obesity
Ayurveda focuses on bringing the doshas of the body in balance. When the doshas of the body are in balance, the functioning and metabolism of the body are also optimum, and the body becomes disease-free.
In Ayurveda also, we focus on diet and lifestyle changes to bring the body in balance.
Some of the Ayurveda tips for weight loss are-
- Do not skip meals and eat regularly within the gap of a few hours.
- Meals should be home-cooked, and you should eat according to your Prakriti so that your doshas can be balanced.
- Avoid drinking water just before and after the meal.
- Avoid taking refrigerated food, stale food, processed food, aerated drinks, etc.
- Taking healthy fats such as Ghee and eliminating unhealthy fats from your diet can help.
- Make a homemade drink that you can take first thing in the morning made of coriander seeds, fennel, and cumin.
- Taking lemon juice in warm water in the morning can detox your body.
Few Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices that can promote weight loss
According to various studies conducted on the health benefits of Turmeric, it was found that curcumin, which is the key component of turmeric has the power to suppress fat tissue growth. It helps in losing weight by regulating blood sugar levels in the body and thus preventing insulin resistance. You can easily take it in milk or consume it in tablet form.
Triphala plays an important role in detoxification and supporting the digestive system of the body. It also promotes Ojas, which prevents disease, creates luster in the skin, and rejuvenates vital energy.
This is a very helpful spice that enhances the body’s metabolism and helps in weight loss. It can be used in tea, food preparations, and in powdered form to reap the maximum benefits.
According to research and studies, ginger shows the properties that suppressed obesity in rats on high-fat diets. Ginger helps in balancing blood sugar levels, is anti-inflammatory, and prevents overeating. You can make ginger water at home that aids in weight loss when taken along with a healthy diet and exercise.
This herb aids in healthy weight management & energy. It is also best for liver health and helps in the process of detoxification. Guggul also promotes healthy cholesterol & triglyceride levels in the body. It can also be taken to keep the body healthy and in optimum weight.
Ashwagandha offers antioxidant, anticonvulsant, and antibacterial properties. It has a rejuvenating and calming effect on the body. In addition to this, it is also beneficial in combating diabetic conditions and cardiovascular problems because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can be particularly helpful in stress management.
For weight loss, it is very important to incorporate any form of physical activity such as walking, running, yoga, etc. This will help increase the overall metabolism of the body and help in burning fats.
Stress plays a very important role in the overall wellbeing of an individual. Chronic stress in your life can be related to work, relationships, and other life matters. For weight reduction and proper weight management, it is very important to lower the stress in your life with the help of meditation, yoga, stress-releasing activities such as going out in nature, music, etc. You will see a considerable improvement in your health when you are calm, relaxed, and happy.
To Sum Up
Carrying more weight or being obese can be the root cause for many future disorders that you can get if not managed at the right time. Diet and lifestyle changes are the key to reduce weight, but Ayurvedic herbs and therapies can also help you immensely as these will help you to balance the doshas in the body and detoxification. These herbs can be consumed regularly and have no side effects. I will suggest you consult a Vaidya before starting with the appropriate herbs for your body.