Category: Female Health

Lose weight with Ayurveda and Herbs

Overview

When your BMI (Body mass index) is more than thirty (30), this means you are obese, if your BMI is 25 to 29.9 means that you are overweight but not obese. The factors which influence the relationship between BMI and body fat depending upon bone or muscle mass, age, sex or ethnicity.

BMI is the main indicator of excess weight and fat in your body.

Main Symptoms of Obesity

Causes which are the culprit behind obesity are:

Sedentary lifestyle:

The lifestyle which has poor routine means you are running against nature.

Diet:

Junk foods or fast foods, foods full of flour without fiber, cold drinks containing (carbonated beverages)

Insomnia (sleeping disorders):

Sleeping disorder means not sleeping properly can also make you obese, leading to hormonal changes that make you feel hungrier and crave for high-calorie food.

Pregnancy:

Once you get pregnant weight gain during pregnancy can be difficult to lose and may lead to obesity.

Age:

Getting older is also one of the reasons for obesity as you are shedding your MM (Muscle mass) with passing years and your metabolic rate is also getting slower.

Medical conditions:

Osteoarthritis (OA):

Osteoarthritis is the most chronic condition which targets the joints of a patient. Two bones when they meet at a point, in the end, are covered with a tissue that protects it (bones), is known as cartilage. Osteoarthritis when this cartilage breaks down, causing bones to rub against each other, causing pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Due to this problem which leads the patient to inactivity is one of the main causes of obesity.

Cushing syndrome:

Cortisol hormone of stress, increases in an amount in our body, it is also one of the biggest causes of obesity in the body.

PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome):

Hormonal conditions, which is the culprit behind the imbalance of female reproductive system, is also one of the reasons behind obesity in females.

Excessive hunger (Prader-Willi syndrome):

The condition with which a person is born with, due to which he feels excessive hunger.

Environment and community:

Your environment can also lead to make you obese means, the peers, relatives close to you, the environment at your home, at school, and the people you work with. The community you belong to, all these factors can influence your health. It depends upon how you eat and how physical activities are you e.g. the neighborhood where you live, if it is not good place to play, run, walk or for recreation than you might be in the zone of obesity.

Medications:

Birth control pills, steroids, antidepressants, some other drugs which are not good for health may also be the reason for your big tummy (Obesity).

Depression:

It is also one of the biggest causes of obesity as persons suffering from depression needs some emotional comfort, which he/she might be found in eating (overeating of snacks or food).

Smoking:

It leads you to gain weight and if you want to quit it, it is one of the best decision of your life as it helps you in winning many hurdles of your life including reducing the chances of lung cancer but remember one thing when you are going to quit it, it also tends you to get more weight so it is advised to you during that phase when you stop smoking, you should also start having healthy diet and do exercise.

Diagnosis of obesity:

To diagnose obesity, other than BMI test skinfold thickness, waist to hip comparisons, simply fat around your waist just check it with (inch tape). Screening tests such as ultrasound, CT scan (Computed tomography), and MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging), heart test ECG (Electrocardiogram) are also available.

Laboratory tests:

Cholesterol in blood, Glucose level, Liver function test (LFT), Thyroid test.

Complications or hazards of Obesity:

Heart disease :

Obesity may be one of the top reasons to give you the problem of heart disease, which is a life-threatening disease, if not treated on time.

Fatty liver:

Your obesity can lead you to this disease also. The liver is the 2nd largest organ of your body, It helps to filter harmful substances from your blood and process nutrients from what you eat (food and drinks), so try to avoid obesity as it harms the liver which is very important organ of your body, and can be very dangerous to your health.

High Cholesterol:

Obesity, which is directly linked with bad cholesterol LDL (Low-density lipoprotein) Cholesterol is a type of lipid which your liver produces naturally. It is essential for some hormones and vitamin D, which is vital for the formation of cell membranes. If your body contains an excessive amount of LDL, it is very harmful as it leads to many diseases like a stroke and heart attack.

High blood pressure:

Hypertension or blood pressure is a condition when the pressure of your blood reaches an unhealthy level; means the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels is too high. It leads one to death if not treated on time and obesity is one of the reasons for this problem. If you are obese it means you are having more chances of getting a high blood pressure or hypertension.

Ayurveda and obesity:

According to Ayurveda, overweight or obesity is due to an excessive quantity of “Kapha” in the body, so to have optimal weight you need to go Ayurvedic way of life.

Ayurveda prefers:

Kapha pacifying diet:

As eating a Kapha pacifying diet helps to clear excess Kapha from the body, supports the body to achieve balanced weight.

Meals:

Having meals at regular intervals, 3 times a day is necessary to shun away the problem of being overweight. Unnecessary snacks between meals should be avoided.
Breakfast should be one of the main and big meals of your daily routine. Dinner should be very light, consisting of green veggies and salads rather than heavy sugary and salty meal and it should be around 7 pm daily. Digestive fire can be stimulated before meals by chewing some ginger with sea salt.

Yoga:

Include yoga in your daily routine. Other forms of exercises along with yoga like Pilates exercises are also recommended throughout the whole world, by best physicians and dieticians of the world.

Make a daily routine:

Disciplined lifestyle is one of the recommendations by Ayurveda since time immortal, as it is one of the parts of Ayurveda to live a disciplined life as waking early and early to bed is the mantra for healthy life and prosperity by Ayurveda. As being in a regular routine makes you better in each and every field of life. So being disciplined and following a routine makes you shun away the problems of stress and gives you peace of mind. Try it, believe us, it will certainly give s you a positive result and helps you to cope with the problem of obesity.

What Foods to Eat and Avoid If You Have Endometriosis

Foods to Eat and Avoid If You Have Endometriosis

What is Endometriosis?

As per Modern Aspect:

It is a painful disorder in which the inner tissue lining of the uterus called endometrium grows outside the uterus.

It usually involves fallopian tubes, ovaries and the tissue lining the pelvis.

When there is an involvement of ovaries, cysts called endometriomas may form. There is an irritation in the surrounding tissues that eventually develop scars and adhesions. Endometriosis can cause pain; sometimes it is very severe, especially during periods. Chances of infertility may also develop. It includes many symptoms like painful urination, pain during intercourse, excessive bleeding, constipation/ diarrhea, and fatigue.

As per Ayurveda concept:

In Ayurveda, we can relate it with Yonivyapat.

Yonivyapat By Charaka:

  • Arajaskayoni (Amenorrhea)
  • Putraghni (Bad Obstetric history)
  • Udavartayoni (Dysmenorrhea)
  • Suchimukhi ( Atrophy of Uterus-congenital anomaly)
  • Vamini (Small uterus that expels the sperm and ovum along with menstrual waste)
  • Mahayoni (Prolapse of the uterus)
  • Shandi (Sterility)

Yonivyapat By Sushruta:

    • Udavartini (Dysmenorrhea)
    • Vivrta (Abnormal vaginal tract)
    • Paripluta (STDs with severe pain during intercourse)
    • Bandhya (Inherent Infertility)
    • Putraghani (Bad obstetric history)
    • Vamini, vivrta (wide or abnormal vaginal tract) and shandi

Pradara (abnormal Bleeding)

This can also result in infertility.

According to Ayurveda, the doshas lose their capacity to function properly. This abnormal functioning of Vata dosha can be a causal factor in endometriosis. Another factor can be a fundamental problem with low Ojas.

What foods to eat in Endometriosis?

Plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains:

Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are especially important for those who are suffering from endometriosis because these are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

  • Fiber intake may benefit digestion and reduces the risk of chronic disease. Intake of high fiber diet may lower the estrogen level by binding them to waste carrying bile and removes them through the digestive tract.
  • Some fruits that contain insoluble fibers include apples, plums, pomegranates, and citrus fruits.
  • Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of fiber diet and both have an antioxidant property that combats the inflammation.
  • Vegetables have both anti-oxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties and are rich in vitamins A, C, and E.

It includes:

  • Carrots
  • Brussels
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas
  • Sprouts and other green leafy vegetables.
  • Omega-3 fats:

Omega-3 fats are the building blocks of the body that provides relief in pain and inflammation because they have an anti-inflammatory property that can be found in fatty fish. Many fish oil supplements that contain omega-3 fats significantly decrease menstrual symptoms as well as pain.

Gluten-Free Diet:

A gluten-free diet should be given in endometriosis because it helps in a reduction in pelvic pain, painful menstruation and other symptoms of endometriosis.

It includes:

  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Buck Wheat
  • Wild Rice
  • Liver supporting foods:

Certain foods may help in the breakdown of estrogen and remove the toxins from the body. Intake of cruciferous vegetables helps in providing relief from the symptoms of endometriosis.

It includes:

  • Lemon
  • Beets
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger

Anti-inflammatory herbs:

Certain herbs such as ginger and turmeric have an anti-inflammatory property that reduces the uterine inflammation and other symptoms and provides relief to the patient.

Nuts and seeds:

Nuts and seeds are excellent sources of vitamin B complex and high in omega-3s, which are good for those with endometriosis and provides relief.

Many nuts such as Brazil nuts contain high amounts of selenium, which helps the body to fight against abnormal cell formation by its anti-oxidant property.

Walnuts:

Like almonds, it also contains omega-3 fats and consumption of these nuts will help in increasing fatty acids and helps in balancing the omega 3 to omega 6 ratio.

Diet for Endometriosis patient

What foods to avoid in Endometriosis?

Avoid dairy products:

Avoid dairy products because of its dioxin content and naturally occurring hormones in it. It should definitely be organic with no addition of hormones.

Alcohol:

Alcohol is an inflammatory agent that impairs the ovarian function and affects fertility. It depletes vitamin B complex and increases the load on the liver which is responsible for detoxifying the body from toxins, chemicals. Females with endometriosis should reduce their caffeine and alcohol intake. This helps in alleviating the symptoms such as painful menstruation, uterine irritation, etc.

Soy Products:

Avoid the intake of soy foods because they are estrogenic and an increase in estrogen results in the thickening of the uterus that triggers endometriosis growth.

Non-organic foods:

Non-organic foods contain pesticides, hormones, fertilizers and toxins that can interfere with normal regulation of hormones.

Unhealthy Oils: :

These unhealthy oils increase the ‘bad’ cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease. These are found in foods such as commercially prepared baked goods, corn chips, vegetable oil shortening, microwave popcorn, etc. To eliminate the intake of trans fat, hydrogenated oils and highly refined omega 6 vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, cottonseed etc.

Caffeine:

Intake of an excess of caffeine alleviates the symptoms in some females and increases pain and inflammation symptoms and upsets the digestive system. It increases the production of estrogen levels in the body that encourages the development of endometriosis, causes chronic pain and other problems.

Avoid red meat:

Women who eat red meat are likely to have endometriosis because red meat contains dioxin that affects the levels of hormones. Beef, steak, pork, and veal should be avoided.

Avoid sweets (sugar) and refined flour:

Sugar has an inflammatory action and white foods such as white flour; has a high glycemic index. High Glycemic index means when the body rapidly converts white carbs into glucose in the bloodstream. To reduce the intake of sugars as much as possible.

Which therapies that can help in the management of endometriosis?

Exercise can help in the management of endometriosis by reducing the estrogen levels and release good hormones. Many other therapies can help in reducing the symptoms of endometriosis such as Yoga, meditation, and acupuncture that help in reducing stress and encourage relaxation.

Conclusion:

Endometriosis is an inflammatory pelvic condition that occurs in women who menstruate abnormally, which is caused by the presence of inflammatory endometrial tissues that are located outside the uterus and also involves fallopian tubes and ovaries. Foods that you should avoid and foods that you should eat are mentioned above. Therapies have also mentioned that help in reducing the symptoms regarding endometriosis.

Hope this information is useful.