We all love to eat. And whenever we are free, we munch on junk. This probably has become our favorite pastime. When we are young, we hardly care about which foods cause harm to our body and which are beneficial. But, as we grow older, we begin to monitor what we eat. This happens because with age, various issues begin plaguing our health. High cholesterol is one such health issue that usually arises due to the intake of oily and junk food.
Before we proceed to the things we should do after eating foods that are high in cholesterol, let us look at what exactly cholesterol is and how it affects our bodies.
Cholesterol is a fatty acid that is produced in the liver and is essential for many bodily functions. However, when unbalanced, it can turn out to be harmful to our body. Many people believe that cholesterol is bad for the health, but Ayurveda has a slightly different perspective.
Ayurveda considers cholesterol to be an important element that supports and lubricates the circulatory channels in our body. It is not bad for the body, but can have harmful effects only in the presence of ama. Ama is nothing but metabolic leftovers that accumulate in the fat tissues in the form of toxins.
Usually, ama is a sticky, foul-smelling, waste end product that is formed due to indigestion. But, if it is present for a very long time in the system and is not cleansed properly, it forms amavisha. When its quantity exceeds the permissible limit, it begins to spread and clog the body tissues (dhatus) and waste products (malas). When amavisha clogs the fat tissues, it leads to problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other heart diseases.
Lowering your cholesterol levels is the most important thing that you must focus on, and you can do this by following a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle. If, by chance, you consume food that increases your cholesterol levels, here are a few Ayurvedic guidelines you can follow to nullify its bad effects on the body.
After eating an oily or heavy meal, do not go for intense exercise. It is always better to go for a walk. This will help in burning the extra calories.
A glass or two of warm water helps in easy evacuation of oily food. This, in turn, keeps the liver, stomach, and intestines healthy and protects them from damage.
Always try to keep a gap of two to three hours between the time you eat and the time you go to bed. If you go to bed immediately after having your meal, the energy is not consumed and gets stored in the body in the form of fats.
Eating cold stuff such as ice cream after eating oily food has adverse effects on the liver, stomach, and intestines. Hence, avoid eating cold stuff after heavy meals.
There are a few Ayurvedic home remedies that help in nullifying the adverse effects of oily foods.
Consuming a tablespoon of Triphala powder along with some warm water, cow urine, or honey twice a day can be really helpful in reducing the effects of oily foods.
Guggulu is a herb that helps to lower the cholesterol levels and alleviate the bad effects of a high cholesterol diet. It is easily available in the market in the form of tablets. However, it is better to consult a doctor before consuming them.
Long pepper helps in stimulating the liver for early metabolism of fat. Since it is hot and spicy, you can consume two pinches of long pepper powder along with honey twice a day for three to four days.
According to Ayurveda, honey is one of the best antidotes for oily food.
Cow urine is also a very good antidote for oily food and one of the best home remedies for obesity.
Incorporating the above steps can help you reduce the effects of a high cholesterol diet on your body.
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