Most people worry about obesity and thus think about losing weight, but its counterpart, i.e. gaining weight is often overlooked. People often misconstrue that an underweight person has a better advantage handling day-to-day life than their obese equivalent. If you are eating a lot but still not having any increase in body mass, instead of worrying try understanding the reason behind it.
First of all, one needs to understand whether they were always underweight or the weight loss started to happen abruptly. In case, of sudden weight loss, one must consult a doctor and get checked thoroughly as it can be an underlying symptom of some other health anomaly like excessive stress, insomnia, hyperthyroidism, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, or endocarditis. In this scenario on getting treated for the original health anomaly, the sudden loss of weight gets treated automatically.
But, in case you were always an underweight person, you first need to address the type of body you have.
Yes, you heard it right, according to the holistic science of Ayurveda, every individual is made up of 7 types of Dhatus that determines the type of Dosha prevalence. The balance of a particular Dosha within the body ascertains the individual characteristics and dictates how well one responds to the food that they eat or the exercises they must perform to be healthy. Usually there are 3 types of body, i.e. Vata type (dominated by air), Pitta type (dominated by water and fire) and Kapha type (dominated by water and earth).
Wondering, What Kind Of Body An Underweight Person Has?
According to Ayurvedic physicians, most people with low body weight and BMI usually have a high metabolism and thus fall under the Vata category. But there is nothing to get agitated as, like most other conditions, Ayurveda brings a natural remedy for gaining weight as well. The age-old remedies of Ayurveda bring you some timeless herbal concoctions that facilitate the process of weight gain without any alter-indications or side effects. These herbal formulations are usually available in mild strengths and also in various consumable forms like gutikas (tablet or capsule), churnas (powder), kashayams (astringent solutions), avalehams (paste-like), arishtams(juices), ghritam (ghee) etc.
Well, now that you know that you’re a Vata type of person, thus, by tweaking your dietary regimen, incorporating a few specific sets of yogasanas, consuming some ayurvedic concoctions and adjusting them to your lifestyle – you’ll be on the road to gain weight soon enough.
Without further ado, let’s get to know about these ayurvedic formulations that will accelerate weight gain naturally.
Astounding Ayurvedic Formulations That Encourage Weight Gain
Chyawanprash needs no introduction as it has been one of the most used dietary supplements in almost all Indian households. Strengthened with powerful herbs, spices, minerals and plenty of vitamin C, this ayurvedic supplement extensively helps in the prevention of a variety of health anomalies owing to its immunomodulatory effects and rejuvenative and revitalizing properties. The wealth of ingredients in this sweet-sour jam-like formulation includes Ashwagandha, Safed Chandana, Tulsi, Elaichi, Amlaki, Neem, Pippali, Arjun, Brahmi, Kesar, Ghrita and Shahad. This potent health supplement is not only beneficial for bolstering immunity but also help in weight gain, aid in digestion, increase bone strength and density, and strengthen muscles. It is also known to augment skin health, and enhance fertility and libido in women.
Adults: 1-2 tbsp twice a day taken alongside warm milk or as suggested by the doctor.
Famed as the “Queen of Herbs”, Shatavari is extremely beneficial for regulating hormones and increasing body weight in women. This potent ‘female-friendly herb’ hold high significance in boosting digestion, bolstering immunity, treating anorexia nervosa, enhancing libido, promoting lactation and preventing stress and anxiety. By normalizing the Pitta, this Shatavari formulation ensures optimal body fluids, and thereby helps in weight gain.
Capsule: 1 capsule twice a day after meals or as suggested by an ayurvedic doctor.
Powder: ¼ – ½ teaspoon with honey and milk or as prescribed by the doctor.
Known for its pungent smell, the avaleham formulation obtained from Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng has innumerable health benefits. Imbued with potent adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial properties, the formulation obtained from the Withania somnifera plant acts as a sport supplement and offers strength, endurance, muscle mass and stamina. Apart from Ashwagandha, the formulation is enriched with the benefits of cardamom, milk, long pepper, clove, bhallataka, saffron, nutmeg, bamboo manna, mace, patala, walnut, water chestnut, loha bhasma, vanga bhasma, abhrak bhasma, and naga bhasma. Ashwagandha Avaleha helps to reduce stress, anxiety and treat health anomalies like arthritis, fibromyalgia, insomnia, heart problems, boost immunity and is extremely beneficial for loss of libido in men.
Avaleha: 5-10 grams by infusing in warm milk along with a teaspoon of honey, twice a day or as suggested by the ayurvedic doctor.
Churna: 300 – 500 mg per day by mixing with warm water and lemon juice.
Yashtimadhu, also known as Mulethi or Licorice is a quintessential ingredient in case of weight gain. Since the ancient ages, the root of this plant has been used for curing a myriad of health anomalies. Be it strengthening the immunity, enhancing overall stamina and wellness or improving strength, the churna of the yashtimadhu roots does it all. The wealth of herbal ingredients in this ayurvedic formulation compensates for the lack of healthful vitamins and minerals from the daily diet and thus guarantees increase in weight and muscle mass on regular consumption.
Tablet/Capsule: 1 per day or as suggested by the health care provider.
Churna: 1-3 grams for adults, twice daily infused in lukewarm water or milk, before meals or as advised by the doctor.
As the name signifies, this formulation is enriched with the nutrition of nuts. Imbued with almond, pistachio, clove, ghee, cardamom, jaiphal, saffron, cinnamon, and swarna bhasma, this sweet jam-like preparation plays a key role in bestowing the body with nourishment, strength and stamina. Not only does it facilitate weight gain, and energizes the body but also prevents stress, mental fatigue, microbial infections, and constipation.