Weight Gain Medicines: Effortless Weight Gain At Home - The Ayurveda Way
by Dr. Surya Bhagwati on Nov 29, 2019
For those of us who struggle to gain weight - whether to reach a healthy body weight or add muscle mass, it can feel like we are overlooked. The internet, newspapers, and magazines are filled with stories about obesity, which is a public health crisis, but there are many who also have low body weight. This can be just as problematic because low body weight and difficulty gaining weight can be linked to malnutrition, as well as metabolic disorders, hormonal imbalances, and a variety of other health conditions. Reports suggest that nearly 50% of the children in India have low bodyweight, a problem that often does not resolve even in adulthood. This is concerning for growth, development, and the maintenance of general health, but it can also be problematic for athletes and bodybuilders looking to gain muscle mass.
Fortunately, Ayurved gives us plenty of insight into the problem and offers a variety of holistic solutions to gain weight naturally and in a safe manner.
Ayurvedic Perspective of Low Body Weight
In ancient times, problems of low body weight and malnutrition were far more prevalent than obesity, as traditional diets did not include processed foods with high sugar and trans fat content. Not unsurprisingly, Ayurvedic physicians were familiar with the problem of being underweight, which they describe as ‘karshya’. Generally this was associated with inadequate food intake or the consumption of nutritionally deficient foods, but they also recognized the role of other factors such as psychological disturbances, sleep disorders, excess physical activity, and suppression of urges, all of which can cause vata imbalances, which are closely associated with low body weight. The accumulation of toxins or ama can also impair metabolic, thyroid, and digestive functions, leading to weight loss.
Chronic malnutrition and low body weight is associated with weakened immunity, developmental disorders, weakness, and increased risk of infections as well as musculoskeletal disorders. The condition can also impair cognitive function, affecting learning abilities, academic performance, and the retention of information. While correction of nutrition is the underlying goal, Ayurved also recommends rasayana therapy, which in this context refers to the use of practices and herbal preparations that boost nourishment and support healthy immunity, brain function, and growth and development. Here are some more specific strategies that you can use to gain weight with Ayurved.
Healthy Weight Gain with Ayurved
Dietary modifications are critical to gaining weight, but this needs to be done gradually and in healthy manner. It is advisable that you follow a vata balancing diet that includes freshly cooked whole foods, with good protein and fat content. Meals should be seasoned with vata pacifying herbs and served hot or warm to counter the cooling, drying, and stimulating effects of vata. Keeping this in mind it would also be a good idea to maintain adequate fluid intake, increasing the consumption of water rich fruits and veggies like melons, pumpkin, berries, yogurt, and so on. Avoid dry foods, stimulants, and diuretics, including foods such as popcorn or crackers, as well as caffeine and alcohol.
Make sure to eat regular and balanced meals instead of eating erratically and snacking on junk foods. Also try to increase your intake of healthy fats from sources like nuts, seeds, and ghee. For a more detailed diet program to gain weight, it is advisable to consult an Ayurvedic physician. Other practices that are more generalized and can help you gain weight naturally include the following:
Herbs for Weight Gain
Common culinary herbs like clove, elcha or black cardamom, dhaniya or coriander, and ginger can be added to your diet as these Ayurvedic herbs are regarded as therapeutic for low bodyweight disorders. These ingredients are easy to include in meals and are also common ingredients in some of the most effective Ayurvedic medicine for weight gain. These herbs have proven therapeutic benefits and work through different actions. Amla is known to be hepatoprotective and detoxifying, while research has shown that clove extracts can reduce intestinal pathogens and enhance growth performance. Similarly, elcha has been found to improve gastric function, which aids nutrient absorption, and ginger strengthens digestion and stimulates appetite.
In addition to these culinary herbs and spices, you can also reap the benefits of Ayurved by consuming Ayurvedic medicine for weight gain that contain ingredients like jayfal, shahjira, jatamansi, and mastaki, among others. Because of the precise herbal blends used in Ayurvedic medications, they can have a stronger effect and are also a convenient option. Herbs like jatamansi can help improve food intake by relieving depression and anxiety, which are known to cause appetite loss. The herb also has a strengthening effect on the gastric mucosal lining. Shahjira and mastaki improve digestive function, offering protection against a variety of gastrointestinal disorders that can interfere with healthy weight gain, from bacterial infections to hyperacidity and peptic ulcers.
Yoga and Meditation
While yoga and meditation will not offer any direct weight gain benefits, they can improve the action of diet therapy and Ayurvedic medications for weight gain. Yoga provides you with a more balanced form of exercise and depending on the type of yoga you choose it can offer either mild or moderate intensity exercise. This can help to maintain fitness levels without the risk of disorders associated with over exercising. In addition, research has shown that yoga can benefit digestive, metabolic, and glandular functions, improving hormonal balance and also your balance of doshas. This is necessary for healthy weight gain. Meditation, which is integral to yoga, is also known to be therapeutic for stress and anxiety disorders, significantly lowering cortisol levels. Although cortisol is known to promote fat accumulation in the gut and is associated with obesity, chronic stress and anxiety disorders can lead to severe appetite loss.
While these Ayurvedic practices can help with weight gain at home, you should exercise some amount of caution. If your weight loss has occurred suddenly or within a short period of time, it could be the result of a more serious underlying condition that requires a medical diagnosis. Likewise, if you fail to gain weight even after using Ayurvedic treatments and medications for a few months, it would be best to visit your healthcare provider.
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