Dehydration: A Main Cause of Excess Weight

Are those extra kilos just-not-shedding? Perhaps it is because you are chronically dehydrated.

Although majority of the population is dehydrated but not overweight, if you are overweight, drinking “tap liquid” or using water filters as an excuse to drink dead water ain’t going to help your metabolism burn fat.
You can even increase your metabolic rate 30% by drinking half a litre of water. (1)
The link between overweight and dehydration is partially because we tend to associate hunger and thirst as the same sensation.
In other words, increased hydration = reduced feeding.

But there’s a second part to it…

The first step to reach lipolysis (burning fat) is hydrolysis, which is when water molecules interact with triglycerides (fats) and an enzyme called lipase.

Lipase and water mediate the whole process of breaking down fat.

Plus, drinking more water = less water retention (laksmi/abundance consciousness = no hoarding).

Further more, when this hydrolysis reacts well, you produce fatty acids and glycerol.

The fatty acids can then be broken down directly to get energy, or can be used to make glucose (gluconeogenesis),

BIG TAKEAWAY:

Basically, water is key in the chemical equation of weight loss, and lack of water and dehydration (drinking more  “water” alone doesn’t solve it!) is a primary cause of weight gain.
AND Hydration gives you energy - The osmotic flow of water through cell membranes generates “hydroelectric“ energy, voltage that is converted and stored in the mitochondria in form of ATP and GTP.

So, How to get intra-cellularly hydrated and Loose Weight?

For more, check my posts and podcasts and stay tuned for my upcoming course on Ayurvedic Nutrition where hydration and nutritional water is foundational.


References:

  1. Isabel Friend, Water is Life
  2. Increased Hydration Can Be Associated with Weight Loss

Are You Actually Hungry or Just Dehydrated?

Are you reaching for that organic cocoa, nuts, dried fruit or sweet pastry with slight guilt and intuition knowing that maybe, inaccurate hunger is causing you to delicately drool?

Although delectably comforting, is my snacking habit really what my body is craving?

Well, it could just be that you are dehydrated, and you have mistaken thirst for hunger.

Snacking (even healthy) foods throughout the day can cause metabolic disruptions, which are key causes of many diseases

Now, the question is, why do we associate hunger and thirst as the same sensation? Why is my brain unable to distinguish between hunger and thirst?
For that answer, we got to consider the lamina terminalis, a thin membrane that lives just below the third ventricle of your brain, that is responsible for sensing whether you’re thirsty or quenched.

The truth is... it is very easily tricked.

The human brain evolved to equate drinking to quenching your thirst, but in today's reality that is not so much the case anymore

Throughout history, earthlings had access to one primary source of liquid: water.

So the lamina terminalis in the brain developed a recognition that if you drink liquid, you then must be satisfying your thirst.

That’s why when you drink coffee, processed sports drinks, gatorade, soda, sugar laden juices, energy drinks or a cold beer, you experience a temporary relief from the thirst sensation.
But the reality is, these beverages proactively dehydrate the human body.
These drinks drive water out of their cells because it takes more water for the body to process these beverages, than they give back to the body in liquid

You need to get Properly hydrated.

You need to improve ability to move water from your Gastro Intestinal tract into your cells. This is what we cal Intra-cellular hydration.

I expand on proper hydration in my upcoming Ayurvedic Nutrition Online Course (sign up to our newsletter to be in the loop), but for now here are a couple things you can do:
Drink Spring Water - How can you expect to fully heal any imbalance when you are drinking tap water or filtered water (thanks for removing the poison, but the water is still dead).
In Sydney, contact Annie +61 412 858 585 for 😋 spring water (mention Vital Veda for free delivery).
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Spring water is the difference between water that just satisfies thirst versus water that actively imparts life.

Collecting natural spring water in plastic containers

Assess the dehydrating factors in your life:

+ many more actions you can take.

This post is inspired by the online course I am doing on the Internal Waters of the body with Jen Isabel Friend. Listen to the popular podcast we did together on the Magic, Mystery and Science of Water.

Is Your Morning Shower Toxic for Your Health?

Hot water opens the skins pores and allows the volatile toxic compounds that are abundant in tap water to be absorbed through the skin and lungs.

Lungs - there is plenty of space. Thus, it is a common place for ama (toxins and undigested food materials) to deposit and lodge.

The skin - the largest organ of the body with a large surface area where these toxins can directly enter the bloodstream without being processed by the liver.

This is why in Ayurveda, herbs are trans-dermally administered via medicated oils, pastes (lepams) etc. - to bypass the liver and effectively deliver medicine deep into the tissues.

You are now using organic cosmetics, soaps, shampoos etc., Great! but you are still flooding yourself with toxins that absorb into the blood and reap havoc throughout the body.

Chlorine and disinfection by products in your tap water irritate the mucous membranes, disrupt the skins microbial balance, clog the skins pores, strip the natural oils from your hair and create dry, itchy skin.

These volatile toxins also damage the structure of your home, imagine what they can do to your body!

The best way to prevent volatile compounds entering your blood stream during bathing is to install a whole home water filtration system.

Luckily my friend and genius, Dr Marc, has developed one of the best whole home water filtration + re-structuring systems on the planet.

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Why It’s Far More Important to Filter Bathing Water than Drinking Water

Many people use a filter for their drinking water, yet don’t realise it’s far more important to filter their bathing water.

Here are The 10 top reasons why it’s more important to filter your shower and bath water, than your drinking water:

1) You’re exposed to a much greater volume of water and hence toxic chemical load through bathing than drinking.

2) Bathing in heated water leads to out-gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and toxic disinfectant by-products which are inhaled.

3) Hot water opens pores and allows volatile compounds to be absorbed through the large surface area of the skin and lungs.

4) Toxic compounds absorbed through the lungs and skin enter directly into the bloodstream without being processed by the liver.

5) Toxic compounds irritate the mucous membranes of your eyes, nose, mouth, respiratory tract and vagina (if you have one).

6) Toxic compounds reduce the skin's water-holding capacity, aggravate eczema, dandruff and atopic dermatitis, and contribute to dry, itchy skin.

7) Toxic compounds in bathing water disrupt your skin’s microbial balance which makes it harder to keep your skin healthy.

8) Toxins in your bathing water strip the natural oils from your hair and accelerate hair loss while making hair dry, brittle and less manageable.

9) Minerals in hard water prevent soap fully lathering, this leaves soapy film clogging your pores and coating your hair.

10) Toxic compounds released into the air by hot showers and baths spread throughout the house causing damage and erosion.

But it's not all bad news...

Here's 3 things you can do today to avoid more toxicity from your shower and bath.

a) You can try to reduce your toxic exposure by taking shorter or less frequent showers, having colder showers, shutting the water off while soaping up and ensuring you use an exhaust fan and have adequate ventilation during bathing.

b) You can also fill a bath with very hot water and leave it to cool down and then bathe after the toxic gases have evaporated (be sure to use an exhaust fan).

c) The very best way to reduce your toxic exposure from bathing (and drinking) water is to use a whole house filtration system that works with both HOT and cold water.

Here's 3 things you can do today to avoid more toxicity from your shower and bath.

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Doshas and their Gunas (Qualities) and Functions

Learning the inherent Qualities (Gunas) and Characteristics (Lakshana) of each Vata, Pitta and Kapha provides a good framework to grasp an understanding of the nature of these doshas, or bio-energies.

Learning or perhaps memorising those the classical texts (sastras) mentioned provides more expertise as these are authoritative and pure teachings.

Some of these translations don't do the sanskrit words justice. It is wise to learn the sanskrit since sanskrit is the sound that nature makes when intending form, function or phenomena. These "sounds" are expressing the quality or function of the dosha. These words are onomatopoetic, not symbolic.

GUNAS (Qualities)

Vata: Akasha (Space) and Vayu (Air) Elements

Vata Gunas

Tatra rukso laghuh sitah kharaha suksmascalo ‘nilaha (A.H. ch 1. 11)

  1. Ruksha - dry.
  2. Laghu - light.
  3. Shita - cold (and dry).
  4. Kara - rough. With dryness.
  5. Suksma - subtle.
  6. Chala - (constant) movement. Like a snake or ant.
  7. Sara - lubricated movement (Caraka).
  8. Vishada - dry slippery like the touch of a reptile. (Caraka). e.g. Kapikachu (Mucuna prurita) before touching it is vishada.

Pitta: Tejas (Fire) and Apa (Water) Elements

Pitta Gunas

Pittam Sasneha tiktsnosnam laghu visram saram dravam (A.H. ch 1. 12)

 

  1. Sasneha - little less unctuousness. Hot due to paka (digestion) in transformation process. Feels like the wick of a ghee lamp.
  2. Tiksha - sharp.
  3. Usna - hot. e.g. aggressive and angry voice and chilli on tongue is sharp and hot (Tiksnonam).
  4. Laghu - light. 
  5. Visram - foul, fermented, strong. (not part of 20 gunas).
  6. Sara - slippery, like banana peel. 
  7. Drava - liquid.
  8. Amla - sour (Caraka)
  9. Katu - pungent (Caraka) 

Kapha: Prthvi (Earth) and Apa (Water) Elements

Kapha Gunas

Snigdha Shito Gsurur Mandaha Ślaksno mrtsnaha sthiraha Kaphaha (A.H. ch 1. 12) 

  1. Snigdha - unctuousness.
  2. Shita - cold.
  3. Guru - heavy - stable movement, solid.
  4. Manda - dull, slow.
  5. Slakshna - smooth (like ice-cream).
  6. Mrtsnah - greasy. Magnetic attraction. Binding. (not in 20 gunas, not even 41 gunas).
  7. Sthira - stable.
  8. Hema - very cold. With water quality (Susruta).
  9. Madhura - Sweet. (caraka) Pleasantness. Ojas.
  10. Mrdhu - soft. (Caraka).

Characteristics of Healthy Doshas

General Functions of Vata

  • Praspandanamrespiratory movements
  • Udvahanam – carrying dosas, dhatus, malas here and there
  • Pūranamfilling the respective viscera with āhāra rasa
  • Vivekahsegregation of rasa (essence) and malas (waste)
  • Dhāranamupholding / maintenance of the body. - Since vata governs movements and nourishment of the tissues, this way it upholds and maintains.

Vata Lakshana (Characteristics of Normal Vata)

  1. Utsaha - Enthusiasm
  2. Ucchvasa - Inhalation.
  3. Nivsvasa - Exhalation.
  4. Cesta - Action of all bodily functions. Peristalsis, circulation.
  5. Dhatu gatih sama - Proper development of dhatus.
  6. Samo mokso gatimatam - Proper elimination of malas.
  7. Vega Pravatana (Completing) (Vaghbata, Sutrastana. Ch. 11 (1))

General Functions of Pitta

Pitta Lakshana (Characteristics of Normal Pitta)

  1. Darshana (vision).
  2. Pakti (digestion)
  3. Usman - body warmth
  4. Trsna and krsut - thirst and hunger
  5. Deha (body) Mardava (soft) - eg. heat old bread to become softer.
  6. Prabha - glow. Radiant.
  7. Prasada - pleasant.
  8. Medha - intellect. Digesting information. Also if you have a digestive problem your intellect cannot function properly.

According to Vaghbata:

  1. Meda - fat
  2. Dhi - acquisition of information.
  3. Shaudya - bravery.
  4. Tanu mardave - soft body.
  5. Ruchi - taste in everything. Enjoying mentally and physically

General Functions of Kapha

  • Sandhisamślesana - Unification of joints and Unction
  • Ropana - Wound healing (because of apa bhuta / water element)
  • Pūranakrt - promoting corpulence - because of being abundant and massive;
  • Balakrt - strengthening
  • Sthairyakrt - providing firmness in trika joint (scapula junction) or in all locations of kapha.

Kapha Lakshana (Characteristics of Normal Kapha)

  1. Sneha - friendly, oily.
  2. Bandha - binding.
  3. Sthira - stability.
  4. Gaurava - heaviness.
  5. Vrsata - virility and endurance.
  6. Bala - power.
  7. Ksama - tolerance.
  8. Dhrti - patience and bring knowledge into action
  9. Alobha - not greedy.
Vagbhata:
  • Sthiratva - stability.
  • Snigdhava - oily.
  • Sandhi bandha - binding joints.

Dosha Lakshana as per Caraka Samhita, Ch. 18,(49-51).

Vrdhini Lakshana (Characteristics of Increased Doshas)

Vata Vrdhini Lakshana (Characteristics of Increased Vata)

  1. Kasha - emaciation.
  2. Karsnya - darkness.
  3. Usnakamatva - Liking the hot.
  4. Kampa - tremors.
  5. Ānāha - distention and disturbing in intestines.
  6. Śakrt (fecal matter) grahān (catch) - a type of constipation.
  7. Bala bhramsha - energy. Bhramsha = moves out of its place.
  8. Nidra bhramsha.
  9. Indriya brahmsha.
  10. Pralapa - excessive talking. Whatever comes you will say. Unnecessary.
  11. Brahma - delusions/illusions.
  12. Dinata - Timid. Lowliness (low in status). Begging/contrast. Like a king who has to beg.

Credits:

Slohkas chanted by Vaidya A.V. Raju

Pitta Vrdhini Lakshana (Characteristics of Increased Pitta)

Peeta vinmutra netra tvak.

  1. Peeta - yellow.
  2. Vit - (yellow) fecal matter.
  3. Mutra - (yellow) urine.
  4. Netra - (yellow) eyes.
  5. Tvak - (yellow) skin.
  6. Kshut - hunger.
  7. Trt - thirst.
  8. Daha - burning sensation.
  9. AlpaNidraha - Less sleep, insomnia - easy to get to sleep but wake up early, sleep disturbed with emotions.

Kapha Vrdhini Lakshana (Characteristics of Increased Kapha)

  1. Slesma Agni sadanam - displace of agni.
  2. Praseka - excess saliva.
  3. Alasya - lazy.
  4. Gauravam - heaviness.
  5. Shvaitya - pale skin, white.
  6. Shaitya - coldness.
  7. Shlathangatva - unstable like jelly. Like a baby walking.
  8. Swasa - dyspnoea.
  9. Kasa - cough.
  10. Atinidrata - excess sleeping.

Learn more by learning the sub-doshas

Credits:

  • Slohkas chanted by Vaidya A.V. Raju. Slohkas from Astanga Hrdayam.
  • General functions of doshas - Susruta Samhita, Sutra Sthana, Ch 15
  • Dosha Lakshana - Caraka Samhita, Ch. 18,(49-51) and Astanga Hrdaya.
  • Gunas of each dosha – Astanga Hrdayam of Vaghbata – Sutra Sthana.
  • Dosha Vrdhi - Astanga Hrdaya, S.S. Ch. 11,(6-15) / Astanga Samgraha Ch. 19: Knowledge of Dosas.
  • Watercolour paintings (copyright) by Dylan Smith.