Haritaki has been shown to be effective in reducing obesity.
One of the benefits of Haritaki is that it has excellent purgative, astringent and laxative properties. These make it very useful in reducing obesity.
In this article we explore the history of obesity, what is causing it to be a problem and what Haritaki can do to assist.
Obesity is a major problem in North America and is becoming a major problem worldwide very rapidly.
In the USA the causes of obesity have been linked to eating larger amounts of food:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that the average American ate almost 20% more calories in the year 2000 than they did in 1983, thanks, in part, to a boom in meat consumption. Today, each American puts away an average of 195lbs of meat every year, compared to just 138lbs in the 1950’s. Consumption of added fats also shot up by around two thirds over the same period, and grain consumption rose 45% since 1970.
Research published by the World Health Organization found that a rise in fast food sales correlated to a rise in body mass index, and Americans are notorious for their fast-food consumption ― such food makes up about 11% of the average American diet. Another study demonstrates the full effect added sugars from soda and energy drinks are wreaking havoc on American waistlines. So it is not just how much we eat, but what we eat.
This image here shows the many complications of obesity, all of which can be alleviated by Haritaki:
By taking Hartaki we find that Haritaki works on the gastrointestinal tract, cleansing it out.
Typically many people have gastro intestinal tracts that are blocked with detritus and debris from improper digestion. Meat eaters especially suffer from this problem. In fact the gastrointestinal tract is where the food that has been broken down from it original form by the stomach acids is absorbed into the blood stream.
Wikipedia describes the process of digestion in the gastrointestinal tract this way:
After hours of mechanical and chemical digestion, food has been reduced into chyme. As particles of food become small enough, they are passed out of the stomach at regular intervals into the small intestine, which stimulates the pancreas to release fluid containing a high concentration of bicarbonate. This fluid neutralizes the gastric juices, which can damage the lining of the intestine, resulting in duodenal ulcer. Other secretions from the pancreas, gallbladder, liver, and glands in the intestinal wall help in digestion.
When food particles are sufficiently reduced in size and composition, they are absorbed by the intestinal wall and transported to the bloodstream. Some food material is passed from the small intestine to the large intestine. In the large intestine, bacteria break down proteins and starches in chyme that were not digested fully in the small intestine.
When all of the nutrients have been absorbed from chyme, the remaining waste material changes into semisolids that are called feces. The feces pass to the rectum, to be stored until ready to be discharged from the body during defecation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chyme
Recommendation: To obtain the maximum benefits from Haritaki to reduce obesity it is suggested by Ayurvedic doctors that you take Haritaki daily at night.
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