As a nation, we in the UK are experiencing an obesity epidemic with the number of adults being clinically diagnosed with morbid obesity increasing year on year. Perhaps even more distressing is the alarming increase in childhood rates of obesity which is essentially setting an entire generation up for a life time of ill health. Frighteningly, the clinical evidence is clear in that whether we are old or young, being over-weight is a proven risk factor for many of the life shortening chronic conditions that currently plague our society such heart disease, Type II diabetes and cancer.
However, losing body weight (and keeping it off) can be an extremely difficult thing to do, as anyone who has tried will testify. This is largely due to the sheer number of “diets” available to us that, whilst being effective at removing body weight, are far from health promoting; many leave us feeling fatigued, irritable and permanently hungry. This is primarily because the diets focus on stripping the body of fat rather than trying to actually understand what is going on in your body that is causing you to gain weight. Indeed, in my private practice I see countless individuals who exercise regularly and are constantly dieting but never seem to be able to lose body weight. In such situations, Ayurvedic medicine offers the ideal remedy.
The key reason that the Ayurvedic approach to weight loss is so effective is because it focuses on why your fat cells are getting bigger and gives you solutions that work over the long term. Specifically, there is a special concept used in Ayurvedic medicine known as ama that is the key to losing weight. Ama means “toxins.” These toxins are an accumulation of impurities in our bodies that are the result of improper diet, chronic stress, and environmental pollutants. Some of these toxins are water-soluble, making them easier to remove from the body with diet and exercise. But other toxins are fat-soluble, meaning that they become stuck deep inside fat cells. The fat cells expand as they accumulate these toxins, leading to weight gain, especially in those hard-to-remove pockets of fat around the stomach, hips and thighs. Ayurvedic techniques are targeted specifically at removing ama from your body, which shrinks your fat cells and allow for the effective reduction of weight in a way that few Western diets can.
There are five primary approaches utilised in Ayurvedic medicine for the effective removal of toxins and thus body fat and body weight. Unfortunately it is not possible to go into all of these in this article so instead I will focus on the most effective and easiest to implement: a herbal remedy called Triphala. Triphala is an ancient Ayurvedic herb that is composed of three dried Indian super-fruits that work synergistically together:
Amalaki works as a natural antioxidant and removes excess inflammation from the body. It also helps to increase lean body mass and maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Haritaki supports the body’s natural cleansing process by gently removing toxins that accumulate in the colon.
Bibhitaki is particularly effective in reducing the accumulation of fat and fluids in the body.
Each one of these herbal preparations has tremendous value individually. However, when they are combined in the form of Triphala, they work as an even more powerful tool to detoxify and strengthen the body, helping you to achieve your ideal weight. Triphala is completely safe and the easiest way to consume is in tablet form. Here at Mind-Body Medical, we prescribe Triphala widely to our private patients wanting to lose weight, increase energy and reduce gastric conditions such as IBS, gas or constipation. We use only the finest organic EU certified Triphala; if you think you would benefit from this wonder herb, please contact us.