Have you found comfort in carbs during the lockdown like the rest of us? As the country starts to reopen, it is the perfect time to get back in shape and fully detoxify the body.
While a strict diet and exercise regimen is imperative, there are some secret herbs from the treasure trove of the ancient Ayurvedic culture that can help you kickstart the process. Here are the top three herbs that will guide you on your journey to weight loss and complete detox.
Brahmi is a powerful herb that can be a blessing if weight loss and complete detox are your goals. Brahmi is great for liver health, which is the main organ responsible for detoxification in the body. Proper liver functioning is affected by the toxins we consume through our foods. Plant compounds found in Brahmi rejuvenate the liver and helps fastrack detoxification. In an animal study published in the journal Research Rejuvenation, consumption of Brahmi was not just linked to the strengthening of liver health but also weight loss within a fortnight. The herb is also rich in antioxidants and helps keep you calm and focused owing to its nootropic properties. Brahmi is available in powder, capsule and tincture form. Making herbal tea by mixing it with 1 cup of warm water and 1 tsp ghee is the best way to consume it. The typical dosage in humans ranges from 1 tbsp per day in powdered form.
The root powder of this shrub is used as medicine. Ashwagandha is a Sanskrit word that translates to ‘smell of the horse’. It is called so not just because of its smell but also as it equips you with exceptional strength. Having power while starting a weight loss regimen helps as you don’t feel the need to give up on your diet and exercise regimen. In a research published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, it was found that regular consumption of Ashwagandha root extract is linked with a significant reduction of body mass index (BMI) and body weight. It also helped in the mitigation of perceived stress and food cravings, two of the major contributors to weight gain. Ashwagandha is available as tincture, powder, capsule or tablets. Traditionally it was taken in milk, but for supporting weight loss it is better to take it as a detox drink in warm water mixed with ½ tsp raw honey and ¼ tsp cinnamon powder. Healthy adults can take ½ tsp of Ashwagandha twice per day in powdered form.
Guggul is not exactly a herb, but the resin of a small thorny tree and is loaded with various health benefits including weight loss and cholesterol management. In a review by Journal of Ayurveda & Holistic Medicine, Guggul was found to be of significant help in the treatment of obesity by providing antilipidemic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to the system. It also lowered cholesterol levels in adults who took 2160 mg of Guggul capsule every day. The herb was found effective in triggering breakdown and instant death of some fat cells, thus effective in fat loss. Due to its bitter taste, very few people prefer to have it in their detox teas. However, Ayurvedic culture recommends tasting the herb for best effect. Guggul powder is available for those who don’t mind the flavour. You can make your own detox drink by combining it with either water, milk, honey or ghee. Guggul is also available in capsule form. Do not exceed the dosage of ½ tsp per day in powdered form or as per package instructions to avoid any side effects.
Note: The above should be taken only in consultation with your physician.
Source: Times of India