Ayurvedic medicine – Dr. Chaudhary & Dr Oz: Ayurvedic Fat Fighters
THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013 ”NEW AYURVEDIC FAT FIGHTERS!” Today Dr. Oz helps fight fat in a whole new way. One doctor says the best solutions lie in an ancient healing practice from India, known as Ayurvedic medicine. Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary sits with Dr. Oz to share her Ayurvedic fat fighting secrets.
Dr. Oz and Dr. Chaudhary discuss the biggest differences between Ayurvedic weight loss techniques and more conventional western methods and how exactly this weight loss works in your body. Dr. Chaudhardy says if you are having trouble losing a few stubborn pounds it is most likely due to toxins, and walks Dr. Oz through a typical day of eating, and reveals the “best Ayurvedic fat fighters” – including detox teas, Triphala supplements, Dr. Chaudhary’s curry powder blend recipe and how to do a raw silk glove massage.
Dr Oz: 5 Ways to Fight Fat With Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Fat Fighter #1
The first ayurvedic fat fighter is a special “detox” tea. It includes a combination of ingredients that help to improve digestion, break down fat, and “unclog” the channels in our body by removing ama.
Dr Oz: Detox Tea
Boil 4 to 5 cups of water in the morning.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of the following seeds to the water and continue to let it boil for about 5 minutes with the lid on.
Whole cumin seeds
Whole coriander seeds
Whole fennel seeds
Strain out the seeds and pour the liquid into a thermos. The key is to make the tea fresh every morning, place it in a thermos, and take small sips of it throughout the day. It is best to drink it warm or hot. If the tea is too strong or if you experience some initial discomfort, reduce the amount of seeds to 1/4 teaspoon for 2 weeks, and then increase it back to 1/2 teaspoon.
Dr Oz: Triphala Supplements
Ayurvedic Fat Fighter #2
The next fat fighter Triphala is something Dr. Chaudhary calls the “Triphala Treat”. Triphala is an ancient ayurvedic herb that is composed of three dried Indian superfruits that work synergistically together: “Amalaki, haritaki and bibhitaki”.
Amalaki works as a natural antioxidant and removes excess inflammation from the body. It also helps to increase lean body mass and maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Haritaki supports the body’s natural cleansing process by gently removing toxins that accumulate in the colon.
Bibhitaki is particularly effective in reducing the accumulation of fat and fluids in the body.
Each one of these herb are combined in the form of triphala, they work as a powerful tool to detoxify and strengthen the body, helping you to achieve your ideal weight.
Dr. Chaudhary says you can buy triphala in powder form or buy Triphala supplements. Triphala powder has a strong taste, so it may be easier to use the tablets at first. Dr. Chaudhary takes triphala every evening, one hour before bed, as part of her weight-management regimen. Dr. Chaudhary says if you find the powder has too strong of a taste, just take two triphala tablets.
To 1/2 cup of warm water, add the following ingredients:
1/2 tsp of triphala powder
1 tsp unflavored, uncolored psyllium fiber
1 tsp ground organic flaxseed
You can easily buy triphala powder and tablets online, in a health store, or Indian store for about $10 to $20.
Ayurvedic Fat Fighter #3
Dr. Chaudhary tells Dr. Oz to eat 50% of your daily calories at lunch. This is what’s incredibly unique about ayurvedic fat fighting: Instead of cutting calories first, you just have to change when you are eating most of your calories. According to ayurveda, lunch is the most important meal of the day because it is when your digestive fire, agni, is the strongest. The thing is you should eat the least number of calories at dinner, which should be before 7 p.m.
Dr. Chaudhary recommends we try this experiment: Measure the number of calories that you are currently consuming on a daily basis. Don’t reduce the total number of calories you are eating, but eat the majority of your calories at lunch (at least 50%). Without any additional effort, you should begin to lose weight. Who doesn’t love that?
A typical day’s meals should look like this:
25% of your caloric intake should be at breakfast, eat easy-to-digest foods like hot oatmeal, hot cereal, or fresh fruit. Don’t eat egg yolks because it’s hard to digest – just egg whites.
50% caloric intake at lunch, this should be your largest meal when you eat the heaviest foods – cheese, eggs, meat and desserts.
25% of caloric intake at dinnertime, this is when your digestive fire is the weakest, so this should be your smallest and lightest meal. Dinner should consist of small proportions of easy-to-digest foods such as soups or cooked vegetables. Dr. Chaudhary says your dinner shouldn’t be eaten after 7 p.m. because your body’s digestion gets weaker at night and cannot process food as well; undigested food is turned into toxins and often stored in your fat cells.
Ayurvedic Fat Fighter #4
Dr. Chaudhary recommends adding curry powder to each meal. Ayurvedic medicine recognizes six tastes – “sweet, salty, sour, bitter, astringent and pungent”. To feel satiated at a meal and eat less, you have to have all six tastes present in your food. These six tastes also help to improve your digestion and melt fat in your body. Curry powder is an easy way to incorporate the six tastes into every meal. You can cook with it so that your food gets the full flavor of the curry powder or just add a small amount as a condiment. Even better, keep it in a saltshaker on your table and sprinkle it on your food.
When you go shopping for curry powder, Dr. Chaudhary says to avoid the traditional ones that you see at most grocery stores. These may be too spicy and overpower the other tastes. Instead, you can look online for Ayurvedic churnas. These churnas have an equal blend of the six tastes. Even better, make your own!
Dr Oz: Curry Powder Blend Recipe
This is not the first time we were given the recipe to make your own curry powder on Dr. Oz, save your money and make your own Dr. Chaudhary’s curry powder blend and spice up your meals.
In a coffee grinder, grind the following ingredients together:
5 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 large bay leaf
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 small (1 1/2 inch) cinnamon stick
After you grind the above ingredients together, add:
2 tsp turmeric powder
Ayurvedic Fat Fighter #5
Next Dr. Chaudhary talked about a raw silk glove massage, called “gharshana”, this is an easy and inexpensive home spa treatment that fights fat. This type of massage helps to energize and detoxify the body. It’s specifically designed to help with weight loss, cellulite and water retention by improving lymphatic drainage and circulation. This helps to move toxins and fat out of your body and stimulates digestion.
Garshana – a dry lymphatic skin brushing with a silk glove. Gently exfoliates the skin using friction to increase static electricity, heating up and thus opening up the pores. Prepares the skin to absorb herbalized oils and is balancing to all doshas.
Benefits: Relieves, stiffness, coldness and heaviness in the body, stimulates blood flow, increases circulation to all the tissues, promotes lymphatic, drainage, aids digestion, and enhances vitality through improved metabolism.
Dr. Chaudhary explained the three main areas for the massage are the arms, abdomen, and legs. For the arms, begin with circles on the shoulder and proceed down the upper arm with back and forth strokes covering all surfaces. Make circles on the elbow and then back and forth strokes on the forearm. Resume making circles on the wrist. On the hand, make back and forth movements emphasizing the spaces between each finger. Repeat the same sequence on the other arm.
For the stomach, you start with a clockwise motion first, which supports the natural direction of digestion. Then massage the abdomen using horizontal strokes with hands moving in opposite directions. Next, use up and down strokes on the sides of the torso.
The last area is the legs. Using circular strokes, massage the buttocks and hips. Move back and forth on the thigh using both hands and covering all surfaces. Use circular strokes on the knee using both hands. Return to the back and forth strokes on the lower leg using both hands. Then use circular strokes on the ankles. The feet require back and forth strokes. Emphasize the sole of the foot and the spaces between each toe. Repeat on the other side.
You can buy raw silk gloves online for $20. You can do the raw silk massage daily and it doesn’t require any massage oil. If you really want to pamper yourself have the massage done at an ayurvedic spa.