Obesity in present, is one of the most common metabolic diseases and is associated with severe chronic diseases such as cardiovascular complications, diabetes, sleep apnea, etc. Obesity is an eating disorder characterized by an abnormal increase in body weight. Obesity is characterized by an excess of adipose tissue. Normally, male body contains a proportion of 15-20% of adipose tissue and the body of women contains a percentage of 25-30% of adipose tissue. Obesity can be confirmed in men who have 20% excess kilograms addition to the normal weight for men, and 30% in women. Statistical data show a rate of over 50% of overweight and obese people in Europe. In European countries the obesity rate varies inversely with socioeconomic level, especially among women. In Romania the prevalence of obesity is 17% in rural areas and about. 20% in urban areas, being more common in women, and ranging between 5-10% of total child population.
How Obesity occurs? The answer is a survival mechanism of the body that man in present has turned against it, which is namely the ability of the body to store energy as fat foods. This capability is valuable when food is scarce or individual eats inadvertently when finds something to eat. A man can survive nearly two months without food with the normal reserves of body fat. Unlike energy reserves of glycogen and protein, the fat does not require water or electrolytes to be released, and, the rate of transformation is highly efficient: a gram of fat gives nine calories through burning, which is very close theoretical ideal value.
However in modern society, lack of food is seldom a real problem, rather their quality is the problem. The main factors contributing to obesity are: a prosperous life, a sedentary lifestyle and lack of physical activity. Briefly summarize reasons are: too much eating, and too little exercise.
In wild animals and primitive man, the scheme by which the eating behavior determined worked perfectly, ensuring the needs and, if possible, a minimum reserve. In the modern world, mothers are caring excessively of their children and starting to overfeed them at the age of 1-3 years, due to that the hunger center gets “messed up”. How many of us eat only when we are really hungry? Addition to this eating also include consumption of genetically engineered food, synthetic active ingredients processed food lacking of vitamins, minerals. The resulting image is eating problems that we face daily. Different diets, completely suppressing intake of food nutrients needed in small quantities, may only accentuate the body destruction.
Obesity is caused either by an excess consumption of foods that are deposited as fat, or by some diseases, particularly those of endocrine glands. Irrespective of the origin, obesity is an abnormal condition of the body that harms the heart, arteries, liver etc. The average life of people suffering from obesity is 10 years lesser than the others.
Obesity is manifested by the accumulation of body fat under the chin, on the chest (breasts), abdomen, buttocks and thighs. Every person who is facing this situation, fat is deposited by constitutional typology and predominant doshas (Three primary vital biological constituents whose combination determines the constitutional type) existing in individual. For example, in people with Pitta doshas fat is deposited evenly throughout the body from cheeks to toes, while Vata dosha predominant people tend to accumulate a lot of fat in the abdomen, but still maintain thinness in the upper and lower regions of body. Kapha dosha type people increase their volume in the buttocks and thighs.
The concept of Ayurveda regarding the normal weight is different from the West. Thus, the parameter “normal weight” applies only western people with Pitta Dosha. From this point of view, at the same height, person with Vata dosha will weigh less than that of Pitta and much less than that of Kapha. From Ayurvedic point of view, irrespective of the typology of which the person belongs, obesity is considered a disease caused by an excess of Kapha dosha. Therefore, these people have to eat less than normal, because excess food can not be converted into energy, but converted into fat. Excess of Kapha creates optimal conditions for the accumulation of toxins that causes a disturbance of Vata. The free circulation of Vata throughout the body is hampered by the presence of toxins, and the result is an increase in appetite and thirst, leading to increasing growth of Kapha, leading to a vicious circle.
In most obese people, specific abnormalities of mechanisms of body weight control can not be determined. Therefore, treatment of obesity, in most cases, must include specific measures. Treatment is based primarily on avoiding flour based foods, sweets and fats. In Ayurveda, there are some rules to follow as a part of a healthy lifestyle, not only for preventing but also solving problems associated with obesity.
The first step consists of changing eating habits and avoiding wrong combinations of food. If there are inappropriate combinations at a meal, the functions of Agni, the digestive fire (Metabolism) will be impaired and the body will not be able to escape from overweight. Obese person should drink a glass of warm water in which a little bit of lemon juice half an hour before meals, the aim is to aid digestion. In general, use of hot water instead of cold water is beneficial.
Dairy products are one of the main factors that cause fat accumulation and are therefore to be avoided: cheese, pasteurized or UHT milk, butter, yogurt, cream, ice cream, etc. Some meat products whose consumption contributes to the accumulation of toxins in the body should also beavoided. Ayurveda believes that the main meal of the day is lunch and dinner should be very light.
Useful advices against obesity:
1. Whenever you feel you are hungry unduly, drink a glass of warm to hot water in which dissolve 1 teaspoon of natural honey and squeeze 10 drops of lemon or lime juice. This beverage is a good substitute for food and help to melt fat. However, it is important to eat food and when you really hungry.
2. Use spices- Always use spices when cooking because they help to “revive” digestive fire (metabolism).
3. If possible avoid sleep immediately after lunch. People who are facing obesity usually like to have their afternoon nap, but this usually aggaravate Kapha dosha in the body. Daytime sleep weakens Agni (Metabolism), it is preferable that after 5 minutes of relaxation after a meal, make a physical effort and give up watching TV.
4. If you can not resist without dinner, then dine not late than 18.00-19.00 hrs or at least 3-4 hours before bed time.
5. If you are a person who is accustomed to eat everything in your plate, then use smaller plates and fill them with less food. Also, try not to eat till you give up, but decrease the amount of food gradually. Ayurveda recommends that at a meal just as much food as fit in two cupped joined hands food is enough (which includes solids and liquids).
6. Do exercise at least 30 minutes each day.
7. Avoid foods, sweets and white sugars replace it with honey.
8. Do not exceed 2 teaspoons of oil /day, avoid olive and coconut oil and replace them with corn oil or Ghee
9. Avoid all foods containing yeast because they may cause weight gain, disrupting all three Doshas.
10. Consuming fruit and vegetable juices is good habit of eating.
11. Avoid fried foods, chocolate, ice cream, salt consumption.
12. Do not drink anything after meals, after 30 minutes of meal take hot tea to help digestion.
13. Do not eat anything if previously ingested food is not fully digested. Eating before full completion of the digestion is a sure way to impair metabolism and toxin accumulation.
14. Eat only raw fruits besides meals or instead of a meal.
15. Do not remain hungery. No need to starve – this is a wrong view which will only create frustration and lead to excesses to do in the very near future. In addition, it creates imbalances in the body which cause the body to take food in the form of nutrition from the bones or muscles, giving rise to other diseases.
Another aspect which we must consider is the mood of feeding time. Thus, anger, depression or anxious feelings have negative repercussions on the body, among others, by unaesthetic body fat deposition. Equally important is not to mix other activities and meals, such as reading the newspaper, watching television, talking on the phone during eating etc.
In Ayurvedic Treaties, special attention is given to food that will be consumed. It is appropriate that the food to be eaten immediately after being cooked or at most a few hours afterwards. In any case it is recommended that food can be cooked every day because conserve food loose nutrients, regardless of how conservation and digestive system will carry an extra effort to digest. it. Last but not least, exercise is very important, it can make a daily walk of at least 30 minutes, jogging or aerobics or swimming during the summer.
The natural herbal remedies are helpful in relieving obesity. For people who want to use and herbal medicinal remedies for obesity there are natural remedies available and one of them is Ayurmed brand SLEMOL. It is obtained from specific Indian herbs ensuring uniform and healthy weight loss. Beneficial effect is due to extracts of leaves and fruits of Garcinia Cambogia which, together with other Ayurvedic herbs help the body to naturally maintain normal weight and stay healthy.
By complete fat combustion, stimulating and regulating metabolism, natural remedy SLEMOL reduces obesity and its associated disorders and thus improves overall health. SLEMOL reduces normalized elevated blood levels of LDL cholesterol responsible for cardiovascular accidents. SLEMOL therapy but must be accompanied by a proper diet, which involve a proper, regular schedule. Thus, if we eat every day at the same hour, our body will adapt to this rhythm, stimulating the secretion of gastric juices and required for proper digestion. For a proper elimination of toxins accumulated in the body due to obesity and its associated complications, intensive cleansing treatments are recommended that eliminate toxins from both blood and the gut.
For blood purification Ayurmed brand natural remedy MARGUSA is recommended, consisting of Neem powder (Azadirachta indica or Margosa) and Liquorice powder (Glycyrrhiza glabra or Yashti madhu). Specifically, this product has general anti-inflammatory, anti-infective and antiparasitic effects. It purifies the blood and related major organs like liver and spleen, thus maintaining their normal functions. Its blood purification and cleansing skin effects have a direct consequence of all skin eruptions caused by accumulation of toxins in the body. Similarly, it helps reduce inflammation and joint pain providing immunostimulant and antioxidant effect. MARGUSA can be administered both adults and children in appropriate doses.
To purify the digestive tract, Ayurmed brand natural remedy TRIFYLA is recommended, a classic combination of 3 Indian plant fruit powders widely used for their therapeutic properties: Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vibhitaki (Terminalia Belerica). The sprcificity of this remedy lies in the fact that it balances all three doshas located mainly in the digestive tract. Effects of its use are: regulating bowel movements and thus eliminating the toxins and waste byproducts through stools accumulated in the digestive tract, alleviating unpleasant effects of bowel disorders (bloating, constipation, diarrhea etc.), protecting the mucosa of digestive tract of aggression bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, maintaining balance of intestinal flora, stimulating digestive fire (metabolism) and capacity of assimilation of nutrients from food. TRIFYLA can be administered both adults and children.