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Obesity

Obesity and overweight have in the last decade become a global problem - according to the World Health Organization (WHO) back in 2005 approximately 1.6 billion adults over the of age 15+ were overweight, at least 400 million adults were obese and at least 20 million children under the age of 5 years were overweight.

Obesity is a condition in which individual is significantly overweight. Excessive body fat is accumulated on the belly, buttocks, breasts and thighs. An individual is considered obese when weight is 20% (25% in women) or more over the maximum desirable for their height. When an adult is more than 100 pounds overweight, it is considered morbid obesity.

In Ayurveda, Charak Samhita describes eight different types of bodies that are disease prone. Out of these, the obese body is described as ‘Medoroga’ the one afflicted with the most diseases and troubles. Obesity is the condition or physical state of the body when excessive deposition of fat takes place in the adipose tissue.
Extra fat puts a strain on the heart, kidneys, liver and the joints such as the hips, knees and ankles and thus, overweight people are susceptible to several diseases like coronary thrombosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, gout, liver and gall bladder disorders. Chief cause of obesity is overeating, irregular eating habits and not following the rules of eating or mixing non-compatible food items in one meal.

Common causes

  • Consumption of more food (specially heavy, sweet, cooling food) than the body can use
  • Excess alcohol intake
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Genetic Factors
  • Some diseases like, Hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, depression and certain neurological problems

Pathogenesis/ How the disease is created: - (in Ayurvedic Principles)

Body is made of 7- Dhatus {Rasa (Lymph), Rakta (Blood), Maans (Muscle), Meda( Fat), Asthi (Bones), Majja (Nervous System) Shukra (Reproductive System)}. But in Obese fellow Meda is excessively nourished and remaining other Dhatus get malnourished. Kapha gets accumulated in between. Roll of medicines with dietary correction is to remove obstructed Kapha and let all Dhatus nourish equally. When Kapha increases in abnormal fashion, Fat metabolism gets hampered and person becomes Obese.

Important points for loosing weight :

  • Controlling eating habits
  • Regular exercise
  • Avoiding excess consumption of alcohol
  • Avoid sedentary lifestyle

Health risks associated with obesity :

  • Bone and cartilage degeneration (Osteoarthritis
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • High total cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  • Respiratory problems
  • Several cancers
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes

Definitions of Obesity for Adults :

For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the "body mass index" (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat.

  • An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
  • An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.

Definitions for Children and Teens :

For children and teens, BMI ranges above a normal weight have different labels (overweight and obese). Additionally, BMI ranges for children and teens are defined so that they take into account normal differences in body fat between boys and girls and differences in body fat at various ages.

Herbs which are useful in Obesity:

Garlic / Lasun (Allium Sativum):


Garlic acts as an appetite suppressant as it gives the brain signals of satiety when it is eaten. Hence, a person would be less inclined to eat. Garlic also increases the body’s metabolism. Garlic is supposed to stimulate the nervous system to release the adrenalin hormone – thereby increasing the metabolism. High metabolism can in turn help you to burn calories and lose weight.

Since garlic helps in weight loss, it can be used in cooking or can also be used on salads. Eating garlic bread and other garlic products can also be helpful for losing weight.

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Guggulu (Commiphora mukul):

Guggulu is the yellowish resin (or gum) that is produced by the mukul Commiphora mukul treeand has been used to treat arthritis, water retention, rheumatism and mainly for obesity in addition to use in lowering cholesterol. Intake of Guggulu derivatives regularly for three months results in weight loss. This herb also possesses effective purifying and rejuvenating abilities, which have been used in Ayurvedic medicine.

In the Sushruta Samhita (1960s- ancient Sanskrit medical text), Guggulu was also suggested for fat loss (medoroga, a disease that closely resembles the symptoms of high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries) and the relief of arthritis. Some recent studies have noted benefits for these conditions as well as acne and other conditions.

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Neem (Azadirachta indica): 


It is used both internally as well as externally. The leaves, flowers, skin, seeds and seed oil of Neem have a great medicinal value. The chronic, non-healing wounds and ulcers are dressed with the decoction of its skin for quicker and better healing. The medicated oil of its seeds or leaves in effective in healing the diabetic wounds. Dental infections are well controlled with the gargles of the decoction of its leaves. External application of the paste of its leaves alleviates the itching and burning sensation of the skin. A paste of the ground leaves is used with benefit in abscesses, glandular swellings and wounds. Neem oil is excellent in rheumatic disorders and swollen joints, for massage, as it gives unfailing relief.
Internally, neem is a great medicament for various diseases. It is recommended in the treatment of rheumatism, skin diseases like scabies, eczema and ringworm, diabetes, obesity, piles, jaundice and rakta pitta – a bleeding diathesis.

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Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa):

Punarnava is highly beneficial in the treatment of obesity as almost all anti-obesity herbal preparations contain it in one or the other form. It is beneficial in the treatment of several common ailments like dropsy, ascities, oedema, anaemia, cough, pluerisy, nervous weakness, constipation and paralysis.
Punarnava is known by many synonyms as vayasthapana i.e. it promotes longevity, Kshara i.e. helps suppressing cough, svedopaga i.e. modifier of sweating therapy anuvasanopag i.e. modifier of vasti (enema) therapy. Punarnava is also called as Ashmarighana i.e it helps to flush out renal stones from the kidney, Shothagna i.e. alleviates edema.
      
 
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Diet that helps to loose weight:
  • Early morning - A glass of hot water mixed with the juice of half a lemon. 
  • Breakfast - Moong (green beans) sprouts and one cup of yogurt.
  • Mid morning- A glass of orange, pineapple or carrot juice.
  • Lunch - Salad of raw vegetables such as carrot, beet, cucumber, cabbage, tomatoes. In case you can not digest raw vegetables, either steam or boil them. Whole grain bread or whole wheat chapatis (roti) and a cup of yogert. 
  • Mid afternoon - Coconut water or dry fruits or lemon tea or vegetable soup.
  • Dinner - Whole grain bread or chapatis (roti), steamed vegetables and any seasonal fruit.

    It is advisable that obese people to reduce their total daily calorie intake and to consume more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It is important that your diet is varied - you still need to feed yourself, and should continue to enjoy the tastes of different foods. The consumption of sugar, certain refined carbohydrates and some fats should be reduced significantly.

Lifestyle

  • Religiously do all kinds of exercises: walking, swimming, and cycling
  • Think positive
  • Go for sauna baths, steam baths and regular massages
  • Go for Panchakarma 
  • Avoid oily, fried or starchy foods
  • Eat slowly
  • Do not eat between meals

Self-care for weight loss and obesity can be approached in a number of ways—but it can be hard to know just where to start. To make it easier, our doctors recommend trying these simple steps first:

  • Find a diet that fits
    For long-term success, choose a healthy diet that you can stay with

  • Find support
    Improve your chances for long-term weight loss by joining a group while you adjust to new diet and exercise habits

  • Create a custom exercise plan
    Exercise you truly enjoy is that much easier to stick to, so find activities that fit your personal style, fitness level, and work-out opportunities

  • Take EZI SLIM PLUS CAPSULES
    Taking 2 capsules at morning empty stomach and 2 capsules in the evening helps curb your appetite.
     

  • Take 1 Cup of SLIMMING TEA twice daily

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