Body Mass Index (BMI), is the term used to represent the measure of our body weight against our overall height. This benchmark is used for both men as well as women, usually in the age group of 20 years and above. It suggests whether or not our body weighs in accordance to our stature.
How is BMI Calculated?
BMI is computed by dividing a person’s weight by the square of his/her height, i.e. BMI=m/h2. Our BMI can also be easily measured using BMI calculators or BMI charts.
There are ideal BMI standards and if our BMI is considerably more or less than what it should be, there certainly is a cause of apprehension. A healthy BMI range implies healthy body, and is independent of our age or what gender we belong to. On the other hand, adverse BMI may represent a poor weight to height ratio, thereby suggesting being underweight, overweight or obese.
Therefore it is very important to maintain a good and healthy BMI.
Why Healthy BMI Is Ideal For You?
- A healthy BMI means lesser chances of suffering from joint pains. It also consequently reduces the possibility of experiencing Arthritis as we age.
- It also implies decreased probability of suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and cholesterol issues.
- Improved quality of sleep and better sleeping patterns shall be experienced.
- It shall lead to a well-maintained blood pressure, and therefore lessen the likelihood of suffering from heart disease.
- It will also render an active lifestyle and provide amplified physical energy.
On the contrary, obesity can have highly hostile health consequences. It may lead to various diseases and ailments such as CVDs, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis, respiratory problems etc.
Managing Weight Is The Key!
As such, there is not much we can do about our height, especially after we have reached a certain age. Therefore, in order to maintain a near perfect BMI, we must definitely try to manage our weight well. For this, we can always practice a control over our diet and limit the intake of junk food and oily foodstuff; and instead consume mainly the healthier alternatives such as fresh fruits and vegetables, brown rice, coconut water and fresh fruit juices. Having lots of water throughout the day is also highly recommended.
Ayurveda Recommends Herbs For Ideal BMI
To facilitate the maintenance of our weight at the right level, Ayurveda, the traditional science of healthcare and well-being, suggests the use of some easily available herbs and spices. These can help us manage our weight issues in the utmost natural manner. Let’s have a look at some of these herbs.
- Turmeric (Haldi)
It is a good old herb that is fundamentally medicinal in nature. Curcumin, one of its active compounds, is what lends turmeric warmth of sorts. Thus, this when added to food, helps in boosting our natural metabolism process.
- Cumin (Jeera)
This is another flavouring herb that is good for digestion and helps in preventing unnecessary weightiness gain. It is versatile in nature and therefore can be added to any food item including dal, rice, soups, dressings, breads, etc.
- Black Pepper (Kali Mirch)
Black pepper also comes loaded with weight-reduction properties. At the same time, it enhances the flavours when added to curd, salad, paneer, porridge, etc.
- Ginger (Adrak)
It has similar thermogenic properties as turmeric, and is a great herb that helps in burning that extra fat. It also helps keep a check on our blood sugar, thus providing an auxiliary advantage.
- Some other herbs that are incredibly useful in managing out weight, include Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Cardamom, Aloe Vera, Fenugreek and Fennel. Even a nice warm cup of green/herbal tea consumed 3-4 times a day goes a long way in keeping a tab on our weight.
There is no doubt to the fact that these herbs act as natural monitors of our weight, while adding their unique culinary properties and deliciousness to the food we eat. It is therefore recommended to include little of each one of these herbs and essential element of our daily diet. Nevertheless at the same time, medical supplements including the natural herbal supplements like Garcinia cambogia, may also be taken so as to maximize their benefits and maintain an ideal weight, and therefore, an ideal BMI.
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Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is a leading Ayurveda Professional in India. She is also Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant and Holistic Healing Coach. Dr Sonica is open for National as well as International Collaborations with interested people / institutions in fields of Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga.
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