Lack of exercise, sedentary lifestyle has made Obesity a common health concern; particularly among the urban areas. Obesity affects adults as well as children. Medical experts describe obesity as fat accumulation of more than 20% of the body weight and associated with potential health hazards including hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and other ailments. Obesity happens due to the accumulation of more calories consumed than be burned nd this leads to excess accumulation of fat.
What causes Obesity?
There can be many reasons leading to obesity. It is a complex combination of varied physical, physiological and social factors responsible for obesity including genetic factors, a sedentary life style, slow BMR (body metabolic rate), water retention and accumulation of toxins in the body.
Psychological factors and stress such as depression also play a major role in weight gain. The International Federation of Kidney Foundation, has said that Obesity will affect 18 percent of men and 21 percent of women worldwide by the year 2025. Obesity is classified into simple obesity, secondary obesity and drug induced obesity.
Type 2 Diabetes
Obesity when untreated might could lead to Type 2 Diabetes in the patient. Studies have suggested that higher than normal body weight increases the risk of diabetes.
Obesity could also greatly risk the recurrence of Cardiovascular disease. Abdominal obesity is one of the major risk factors that can lead to heart ailments.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obesity also leads to obstructive sleep apnea. It is a respiratory problem in which the sleep is disturbed intermittently due to breathing problem.
Obesity increases the levels of LDL – bad cholestrol and triglycerides in the body. The narrowing of blood vessels causes atherosclerosis resulting in high cholestrol. Naturopathic remedies to get rid of Obesity Regular exercise, Yoga and intake of certain naturopathic medicines is useful in treatment of Obesity. Use of certain natural herbs and other products can reduce weight.
Some of the herbs that can be used for Obesity are:
Ginger is useful for treatment of Obesity. Ginger can be take in the form of ginger paste or Tea. Ginger boosts the adrenal gland, raising the metabolic activities and assisting in the fast combustion of fat deposits in the body. Regular intake of ginger tea helps in reducing obesity and targeting fat accumulated in various parts of the body. Ginger also boosts the immune system and generates lots of energy.
Ginseng is used to treat Obesity. Several clinical trials have proven that Ginseng helps in reduction of body weight, BMI, waist hip ratio and intake of food. Further, it is known to influence hormones such as leptin, insulin and adiponectin which are involved in fat and cholestrol metabolism.
This herb prevents Obesity through the oxidation of fats and thereby reducing body fat; improving insulin and glucose levels. This herb is also known to prevent high blood pressure. This ‘anti-obese’ natural herb has also proven to lower visceral fat, body weight, blood lipids and fat tissues.
Regular intake of Green Tea reduces BMI by increasing postprandial thermo genesis (the rate at which food is broken down after a meal and used by your body) and fat oxidation. Made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis var it also prevents many diseases.
The polyphenols in Green Tea elevate cholcystokin in the hormone that decreases food intake and suppressing appetite. Regular intake of Green Tea also alters the energy balance in the body through interference with the metabolism of lipid and carbohydrate through their antioxidant and physiochemical effect and ability to activate metabolic enzymes.
Licorice is rich in flavanoids – a group of compounds found in plants having antioxidant property. It has proven results in reducing obesity by regulating enzymatic activity involved in fat deposition and breakdown. However, this medicine has to be taken on advice of a registered Naturopathic doctor.
Found in Turmeric, it has anti inflammatory property which helps in weight loss and reduce the incidence of obesity related diseases. The golden hued compound has capabilities to change ‘bad’ fat cells into ‘good’ ones. It is known to reverse insulin resistance, hyperlipidemia(an elevation of one or more fat proteins in the blood; commonly known as high cholestrol), hyperglycemia (medical term for high blood sugar) and other inflammatory symptoms associated with obesity and metabolic disorders.
Intake of Naturopathic medicines will help you in getting rid of Obesity – which could be dangerous in the longer run. Naturopathy helps in treating the underlying imbalances through lifestyle changes and prescribing medicines which are side effect free. It treats the whole person and prevents recurrence of Obesity.