Weight loss shouldn’t become loss of sexual health

May 25, 2019 Jiva Ayurveda 0

Misled by images of super thin models in media, many among us have wrongfully chosen size zero as an ideal path to looking good. In the mad rush to achieve poster perfect figure, are you losing your sexual health?

Anything in excess is detrimental. Weight or rather body mass is one of those topics. Blame it on the media and how skinny thin people are portrayed in glamorous lead roles, an average person connects success and glamour with being thin. In the same way, obese people are often portrayed in comical roles which sets a negative impression on viewers. To avoid being compared with such unglamorous examples, people usually take unhealthy shortcuts to shed weight. Being obese takes a toll on self-respect but severe weight loss definitely reduces overall energy levels and libido. Are we taking the fight against obesity too far?

Signs of Unhealthy Weight Loss

Following diet plans that promise outlandish things such as ‘lose 100 calories’ or ‘lose weight in one week’ is very unlikely to give any real benefits. Instead there will severe repercussions on your libido and health. Here are some signs of unhealthy weight loss:

  • Visible bones on the neck and chest
  • Loss of immunity
  • Severe weight loss in thighs & buttocks
  • Unhealthy body mass index
  • Very tall cheek bones and eye brows
  • Tiredness, loss of energy, depression

Reasons for Severe Weight Loss

  • Genetic Disposition
  • Not following a proper diet
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Digestion problems
  • Stress and tension
  • Excessive physical activities
  • Abdominal worms
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Anaemia

Ayurvedic Perspective On Weight Loss

Ayurveda focuses on the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. Excessively thin or excessively heavy physique isn’t considered ideal in Ayurveda. Being skinny can lead to other health related issues and even be a cause of death.

According to Ayurveda, the digestive fire (Jatharaagni) has to be maintained for overall health. For the lack of eating timely, the digestive fire becomes weak and affects the formation of necessary elements in the body such as blood (Rakta), muscle fibres (Mans), bones (Aasthi), marrow (Majja) and sperms (Shukradhatu). This also affects the production of other necessary nutrients and metals in the body. This imbalance is caused by both eating very less or overeating.

Effect on Sexual Health

To maintain sexual health one has to consume a proper nourishing diet and stay physically active as well. Ayurvedic scriptures say that for the formation of sperm and ovum, one has to be healthy in every aspect. For the lack of a nourishing diet, energy levels drop and effects sexual pleasure and performance. This can also lead to muscular strains, tiredness and poor performance in bed.

Easy Remedies

  • Dry Fruits
  • Milk and Ghee
  • Panchakarma
  • Exercise
  • Ashwagandha & Shatavari
  • Milk and Bananas
  • Pranayama
  • Regular use of sesame oil
  • Carbohydrates and healthy fats
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