In Ayurveda, we aim to feel good in our bodies. One of the major obstacles to doing this is stress. When your body is stressed, a whole cascade of mental and physical changes can take hold, including your body holding on to weight as a protective mechanism against what it perceives as a life-or-death, survival situation.
The bad news is that when the body stores fat, it also holds onto lipid-loving, fat-soluble toxic material.
According to Ayurveda, providing the body with a sense of safety and the right set of conditions will help your body find balance.
Ayurvedic methods for bringing about stress reduction and balance include living in harmony with nature’s cycles. When we begin to abide by nature’s cycles, which includes eating seasonally and coordinating sleep and other activities with the appropriate times of the day and night, we begin to live our lives going “downstream” rather than constantly paddling against the tide (aka stress).
When this happens, the body has the chance to glimpse that the stress war is over. It can take a while, however, for the body to become convinced of this. But once it does, it lets go of what it has been holding onto and finds a balanced state.
Another key approach is eating and living appropriately with respect to your Ayurvedic constitution, or dosha. There are three main doshas (kapha, pitta, vata), each with its own set of strengths and weaknesses, and most of us are a combination of two or all of them. Once you get a sense of what your constitution is and needs, you can begin to tailor your sustenance and activities to be more appropriate for your dosha.
When your body’s natural strengths and weaknesses are balanced through your diet and lifestyle, you can feel more energy and motivation, and your body begins to take its natural shape and size.
You can learn more about finding that balance, and eating for your doshic constitution in LifeSpa’s free eBook, Ayurvedic Weight Balancing.
When approaching weight balancing from an Ayurvedic perspective, remember that time and patience lead to lasting results, fewer cravings, and the inclination to stick with healthier habits.
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Ayurvedic Supplements to Help Your Body Find Balance
Guggul Lean is a proprietary herbal formula combining guggul with arjuna, black pepper, amalaki, turmeric, and shilajit to boost its absorption and effectiveness. It supports healthy cholesterol particles, detoxification, joint health, thyroid health, and healthy weight management.*
Triphala is a safe and non-habit-forming formula that addresses the toning of the bowel – leading to more effective elimination – and supports healthy cholesterol, liver function, and blood sugar. The three fruits contained in this formula, amalaki, haritaki, and bibhitaki, are known to support the intestinal wall, liver health, pancreatic ducts and the healthy flow of bile. Together, these benefits make triphala one of our top go-to herbs for natural weight balancing.
Elim 1 combines the Ayurvedic bowel-toning herb Triphala with demulcent herbs and a small amount of psyllium to support healthy movement of the bowels. Elim I works to soften and lubricate the mucous membranes of a dry intestinal tract while simultaneously strengthening the bowel muscles to effectively support waste moving out of the system.
Sugar Destroyer brings you all the time-tested potency of gymnema sylvestre, an Ayurvedic herb that dulls the ability of the taste buds to recognize the sweet taste, which may naturally decrease the desire for sweets. It also dulls the intestinal tract’s propensity for absorbing simple sugars, which may encourage the body to use fat instead of sugar as a fuel supply. Known as “Sugar Destroyer” in India, gymnema sylvestre also supports pancreatic health.
Sugar Balance HP features significant quantities of key ingredients that support insulin utilization and glucose metabolism. CinSulin is a safe, patented, 100 percent water-soluble, 10:1 concentrated form of cinnamon that provides polyphenol polymers. Standardized American ginseng, green tea, gymnema, and alpha-lipoic acid help protect pancreatic cells, support insulin sensitivity, and provide antioxidant activity. Chromium is added for its role in enhancing insulin activity.
Coconut Oil supports healthy and balanced weight through several avenues: first, coconut oil boosts the metabolic rate. Second, coconut oil provides a kind of preferential energy that is quickly used up by the body rather than stored in the liver and tissues as fat. It also encourages the body to use its own fat, rather than sugar, as its primary fuel source—a type of fuel that is better for the brain, mood, weight, and overall health.