Sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy food habits, stress, improper sleeping habits, etc results in the accumulation of fats over cells, and slowly cells become insulin resistant.
Obesity is common nowadays. It could be termed as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a health risk. A BMI [ Body Mass Index] over 25 is considered overweight, BMI over 30 is obese ( according to WHO). By this definition, we can understand that obesity or excessive weight is a doorway for many diseases like diabetes, heart diseases, hypertension, cancer and so on. Modernized view of obesity, how to calculate BMI, what are the causes all these can be seen everywhere, So let’s explore the Ayurvedic approach, what Ayurveda says about obesity.
Are you obese?
Because of excessive ( over nourishment ) muscle and fat tissue, the hips, abdomen, and breast become pendulous. The body’s metabolism and enthusiasm get decreased. The one who is having these characteristics is termed Atisthoola. One should try their best to reduce their obesity because obese persons are “Nitya Rogi” ( always suffer from illness ).
What to do to Reduce Obesity?
Generally what we do is fasting, obese people will skip their meals but it won’t work and it may worsen the situation as it may lead to other diseases. Because in obese person the digestive fire is very sharp and if one is not taking food then the fire will affect the metabolism and start to destroy their own body tissue. Ayurveda did not recommend fasting as a treatment principle for sthoulya. Instead, Ayurveda recommends the following.
- Food that pacifies the Vata and Kapha dosha
- Medicated enema (Vasti),
- Body rubbing with medicated powder (Udwartanam)
One should slowly adopt to do the following food and activities
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