One of the most popular resolutions whether at the start of the New Year or for the summer season is to lose weight.
Yet so many people struggle or fail to meet their weight loss goals every year.
Besides the emotional pain and suffering caused by lower self-esteem and lack of acceptance from society, increased weight gain is linked to various medical conditions including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc.
There are many ways to lose weight, but most don’t offer lasting relief and are harmful for your body. In my opinion, most weight loss diets, solutions and programs don’t address one of the critical reasons for not being able to lose weight and keep it off.
Accumulation of toxins in the body resulting in weight gain and poor health is one of the most important concepts in Ayurveda. Toxins accumulate in the body as a result of poor diet, environmental pollution, increased stress, unbalanced lifestyle and poor digestion.
I will be sharing some of the most powerful secrets from Ayurveda for removing toxins from the body to help you achieve your weight loss goal.
These principles are some of the fastest ways to shrink your waistline and improve your overall health.
Weight gain due to accumulation of toxins in the body
Accumulated toxins cause the fine channels in the body to become clogged. As these channels become clogged their ability to remove toxins and deliver proper nutrition to the cells gets impaired.
Some toxins are water soluble and more easily removed by the body. Other toxins are fat soluble and they often get stuck in the fat cells due to poor functioning of the cells.
Over time the fat cells accumulate more of these toxins and the cell’s metabolism gets more impaired resulting in weight gain and disease.
This often results in accumulation of pockets of fat around the stomach, hips and thighs that are hard to remove with diet and exercise alone. Most of us notice this as we get older, where it becomes more and more challenging to maintain an ideal body weight.
Ayurveda recommends simple detoxification programs to remove toxins from these cells and improve metabolism. A lot of these detox programs are simple regimens that can be done at home.
The first step is to determine the level of toxins in the body or if you need to detox. If you answer “yes” to most of the statements below you have excess of toxins in the body and need to detoxify.
Signs of toxins in the body
1. Often tend to have indigestion – heaviness, bloating, constipation, etc.
2. Often tend to feel heavy, sluggish, slow and not clear in the head.
3. Often feel physically and mentally tired or exhausted.
4. Often get colds, congestion or sick throughout the year.
5. Often have bad breath or bad taste in my mouth.
6. Often wake up with stiff and achy joints, muscles, etc. Do not feel clear and takes some time to really feel awake.
7. Often have poor appetite or no appetite.
8. Tongue is often coated with a thick film especially in morning – white, yellow, grey, etc.
If you have accumulation of toxins in the body or are looking to prevent build up of toxins follow these simple guidelines:
1. CCF Detox Tea: This is one of my favorite teas and it is very simple to make. It helps improve digestion, unclogs the channels in the body to remove waste products and helps break down fat for weight loss.
The tea is made by boiling 1 teaspoon each of whole Cumin, Coriander and Fennel seeds in 4-5 cups of water for about 5 mins. Strain and enjoy warm after every meal. I often have patients put it in a thermos and take it to work, so they can have some throughout the day.
If the tea is too strong, reduce the amount to 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon of whole cumin, coriander and fennel seeds. Some people tend to have increased urination with the tea, which is a normal effect with cleansing of the urinary system.
2. The second Ayurvedic secret for detoxification is intermittent fasting. This is one of the best methods to burn toxins, open the channels and cleanse the body. Regular fasting can be done by skipping anywhere from 1 meal to fasting for a whole 24 hour period. This method is very powerful for weight loss and improving health.
Make sure to stay hydrated during your fast. For those who have a difficult time skipping meals, feel irritable or tend to get hypo-glycemic, some juice or a fruit can be taken. If you have diabetes, make sure to consult with your physician before fasting.
3. Ginger for weight loss: regular consumption of ginger is extremely beneficial for improving digestion and detoxifying the whole body. A small piece of ginger sprinkled with a pinch of salt and few drops of lemon when eaten before each meal helps improve digestion. If the digestion is working properly there is less accumulation of toxins.
4. Triphala is a legendary Ayurvedic herbal formulation that’s been used for thousands of years. It is a combination of three fruits Amalaki, Haritaki and Bibhitaki taken in powder form. This herbal formula is the best detoxification and rejuvenation formula for the whole body. Triphala weight loss dosage is usually 1/2 to 1 teaspoon taken at night before bedtime with a little warm water. It promotes regular bowel movements and is non habit forming.
5. Drinking warm water with 1 teaspoon of honey and 10 drops of apple cider vinegar is very helpful for improving metabolism. With the metabolism working properly the body is able to burn toxins more effectively. Regular intake of this also helps in losing weight.
6. Shilajit is an herbo mineral compound that’s used in Ayurveda to cut fat, improve digestion, detoxify and boost metabolism.
If the body is free of toxins it will not only lose weight naturally but will be stronger and free of diseases.
Herbs and herbal formulas mentioned in this post:
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