You may have a Kapha-dominant body type
Over the past few decades, and more so in the last one, there has been a dramatic shift in the lifestyle, environment, behaviour, and dietary habits for the population. Resultant, there has been a marked escalation in the rate of obesity.
Obesity is the pathological condition that is marked by an individual becoming significantly overweight due to excessive body fat accumulation under the chin, breasts, buttocks, thighs and the belly. Caused by overeating, oversleeping, frequent snacking, excessive intake of processed and/or too cold foods and drinks, and lack of exercise, obesity can be a big dampener for a person’s self-image.
Though not a severe case unto itself, obesity does create diminished efficiency and life expectancy. A significant cause of several lifestyle ailments such as cardiac problems, hypertension, diabetics, high cholesterol and even some variants of cancer, obesity is fast becoming a global epidemic and cause of grave concern.
Did you know that according to the ancient science of medicine, Ayurveda, different body types have a bearing on the propensity to gain as well as lose weight?
According to Ayurveda, the physical constitution of everyone’s body is opined to be derived from the elements of nature – fire, water, air and earth. These balance of these elements within the body define the ‘prakriti’ or ‘dominant body type’ of an individual.
Three basic body types exist according to Ayurveda – Vata, Kapha and Pitta. Each of these body types has specific physical, psychological and physiological traits and the maintenance of balance among these determines an individual’s status of health
While the ancient sciences such as Ayurveda have always maintained the effect of Prakriti on a person’s physiological strengths and weaknesses, susceptibility to ailments, and mental faculty’s development, even modern science purports the undeniable connection between the concepts of Prakriti and metabolic pathways, genotypes and the occurrence of chronic diseases in people.
While the vata prakriti governs the bodily functions such as movement, excretion, and cell division, the pitta regulates the metabolism, homeostasis and thermal regulation. The Kapha is responsible for anabolism, maintenance and growth of structure, stability and storage for the body.
Of these three body types, it is the Kapha-dominant body structure that is most prone to weight gain as Kapha principally governs the structure of the body and the formation of muscles, fat, bone and ligaments to protect the body.
You must be next wondering how to identify if your body type is Kapha-dominant?
Kapha people usually have a broad bone structure with healthy joints and bones. Dominant in the earth and water energies, Kapha-dominant types characterise flawless, radiant skin, thick & long hair, well-formed teeth, and a calm and pleasant personality. Such people are emotional, have excellent stamina, and a sharp memory. They are more comfortable in a warm climate than cold weather. Such people have a sound sleep and proper digestion. Such persons, however, tend to excess weight gain, allergies and fluid retention in the body, leading to obesity!
If you or anyone you know falls under the Kapha-dominant body type, beware that as easy it is to gain weight, the more difficult it is to shed the excess weight gain.
Let us try and understand the Kapha-related weight imbalances.
Remember that most of the body bulk is attributable to Kapha and a Kapha-dominant person is always a little overweight no matter how little he may eat. One of the most common weight imbalances (whether excess gain or slow loss of weight) is due to the slow metabolism of a Kapha body. In such a case, the best way to manage the weight imbalance caused by your body type is to balance your metabolism. The best way to restore proper metabolic activity is through the enhancement of our body’s ability to digest carbs and sugars by adopting a diet and lifestyle that favours a balanced Kapha.
At times, even if your body is of the other two types (vata or pitta), an increased or aggravated Kapha could cause unexplained weight gain and fluid retention in the body. With an increased urge to overeat, general lethargy and sluggish bowel movements, this Kapha further aggravates and causes gradual progression towards obesity, if left untreated.
Thus, from an Ayurvedic perspective, the key to this growing epidemic-like condition of obesity is in lifestyle and diet changes. Since Kapha-dominant persons have a natural tendency towards weight gain, it is imperative that they nurture healthy habits that can help them avoid gaining excess weight and in shedding the excess weight gain.
Balancing Kapha through Dietary Changes
The main principle for balancing Kapha is through the introduction of some ‘fire’ element into the diet and lifestyle of a Kapha person. Being an earth and water element, fire helps stabilize the Kapha balance in the body. While several common kitchen ingredients such as black pepper, ginger, turmeric and quinoa can help fight decrease a Kapha-related imbalance, certain herbs .
Herb such as Agnimantha is known for their therapeutic role in obesity treatment and management. Such herbs help keep the ‘jathragni’ (or the body’s inner heat that is necessary for digestion), regulated and thus help in preventing the excessive growth and accumulation of fatty tissues in check.
Agnimantha (Premna obtusifolia) exhibits tremendous value in the treatment of obesity. Studies conducted on the administration of Agnimantha in conjunction with scheduled diet and an exercise regime for six months have shown encouraging results in working on reducing the waist-hip circumference ratio. Similarly, the herb is also seen to be effective in working on the atherogenic index (i.e. the HDL ratio) and the cholesterol-HDL ratio over six months, lowering cholesterol levels. These studies thus infer the effectiveness of the herb in the treatment of obesity and subsequent weight management.
Research on the efficacy and use of Agnimantha has further revealed that Agnimantha on processing with Shilajit is an extremely potent treatment for conditions that lead to obesity.
Studies have shown a significant reduction in the skin fold thickness (i.e. biceps -11.01%, triceps-11.0%, abdominal-11.23% and thigh-8.88%) due to the usage of Agnimantha and Shilajit together.
The reason for this can be found in the various studies that suggest how Shilajit increases the bio-availability of other herbs when used in conjunction with them, thereby strengthening their benefits. You would be surprised to know that Shilajit indeed acts as a fat burner and burns fat and retained water from the body. It further also plays a vital role in the process of weight management by helping suppress appetite by making you feel full. Shilajit is said to transport nutrients deep within the tissues, flushing out toxins and thereby helps improve memory, stimulates the immune system and maintain optimum metabolism. The fulvic acid content of Shilajit helps keep an optimum energy metabolism which in turn leads to burning off most of the excess calories consumed, not allowing these to be converted into fat.
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Nature Sure™ Agnimantha Weight-loss Formula is based on scientifically-proven Ayurvedic therapy that involves balancing the seven dhatus (elements) of the human body to manage obesity and lose weight naturally. The imbalance in these seven core components– lymph, muscles, fatty tissues, blood, bones, nervous system and the reproductive system – is said to lead to obesity. In obesity, the fatty tissues derive most of the nourishment, often at the cost of the other six elements, leading to an uncharacteristic accumulation of Kapha in the body and resultant distorted fat metabolism. This distortion is what causes a Kapha-dominant body to gain excess weight and struggle to shed it even with efforts.Nature Sure™ Agnimantha Weight Loss Formula
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This herb-mineral combination neutralises the Kapha-dosha in the body and helps strike the much-needed balance between the three Prakritis to manage the accumulation of excessive fat. It further aids in the following important ways:
- Lowers the bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides
- Enhances the immunity of the body through its diuretic effect of flushing out deep-seated toxins in the body through our renal pathways
- Promotes cellular health of our body
Also, the presence of the herb Agnimantha also ensures that the excess fat accumulated in the body is regulated and utilised naturally, thereby aiding in weight management.
While lifestyle changes such as regular exercise and proper diet are the key to fight obesity and related conditions like diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, and cholesterol, including the addition of the right food supplements to your diet can help reduce weight faster and more effectively, without harming the body in any way.
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