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When it comes to health, Ayurveda has a great perspective for you – focus on “health gain” not weight loss”. Now, you may agree with this statement as you read it but still, whenever most people look into the mirror, the first thing they notice is their double chin, saggy arms, or pot belly. The attention stays focussed on weight issues and body shaming, which leads to unhealthy practices like crash/fad diets, experimenting with mindless and non-prescribed medicines or laxatives and other dangerous activities. Even advertising campaigns seem to promote unrealistic standards of appearance for people today.
This is because of the popular notion that weight loss is the starting point for health management. It encourages people to manage weight in an unhealthy way and makes them put undue focus on weight as the factor that alone controls their health.
“Sama Dosha Sama Agnischa Sama Dhatu Mala Kriya Prasanna Aatma Indriya Manaha Swastha Iti Abhidheeyate”
The above-mentioned phrase defines perfect health in Ayurveda. When Doshas, Agni, Dhatus, and Malas are balanced in the body with blissful state of sense organs, mind and soul, one is said to be in perfect health.
The three doshas, Vata, Kapha, and Pitta are the biological energies which govern the physical and mental health of the human body. They provide every living being with an individual blueprint which makes each of us different from one another. How the three doshas appear, and in what proportion, is what makes each of us unique.
An individual’s overall digestion is very important for the overall well-being. Thus, Agni is that energy which transforms food into nutrients for the body by Dhatu formation.
Subsequently, when Agni is imbalanced, the body’s vitality gets reduced and becomes more prone to diseases as the toxins get created. But, note that Agni depends on various factors at the physical and psychological level and that is why it is the key to good health and great living! The seven tissue structures are the seven Dhatus of the body. The seven Dhatus are Plasma (Rasa), Blood (Rakta), Muscle (Mamsa), Fat (Meda), Bone (Asthi), Bone marrow (Majja) and Reproductive fluid (Shukra). In overweight condition, due to impaired Jatharagni Meda Dhatu Agni gets affected and fat is not digested properly that eventually accumulates unevenly in different parts of the body
The different waste products produced during the regular metabolic process are known as Malas. Therefore, a balanced condition of doshas, dhatus, and malas is arogya. However, their imbalance is the cause of ill health. To live a long and a happy life, it is essential to keep Agni stable by balancing your doshas.
If you take health as the focal point of your efforts, issues like weight gain or loss can be managed based on your unique health status. This includes adopting a holistic approach that will make you feel healthy and balanced without promising unrealistic goals. Ayurveda does not lay emphasis on short-term goals. So, you don’t have to starve yourself or kill your cravings. Instead, Ayurveda will provide you with a comprehensive approach that would encourage a Kapha-pacifying diet, yoga asanas, as well as consistent and disciplined lifestyle practices.
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