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

How to Make Triphaladi Guggulu (Herbal Preperation)

Dylan Smith preparing triphala guggulu

Triphala Guggulu or Triphaladi Guggulu is an Ayurvedic preparation composed of a simple formula of only a few common yet powerful herbs to make tablets. The preparation process (that I employ) on the other hand involves extensive, intricate and labor-intensive procedures.

Superior Herbal Preparation Method Rarely Practiced

Note that this preparation process (illustrated below) is rarely practiced by herbal manufactures and herbalists. The methods performed involve high amounts of attention, monitoring and flow of consciousness.

I was instructed to prepare Triphaladi Guggulu this way by my teachers during my Dhanvantri Diksha (initiation), as a preface into the field of herbal preparations (Aushadhi Vijnana).

Purification of Herbs

Most of the knowledge about the purification of herbs has been lost.

Vital Veda employs purification and preparation methods that have been passed down for many generations within the Raju Family of Vaidyas. This ensures the safety and enhances potency, and is one of the factors that make our herbal products profoundly effective and treasured by so many.

This method of preparation is by far superior and immensely enhances the potency and efficacy of this herbal formulation.

"What Dylan made is worth more than diamonds."
~ Dr. Padma Raju.

Indications:

Triphala Guggulu/Triphaladi Guggulu is used to treat an extensive array of conditions due to its ideal composition. Some of the main uses are:

Inflammation

Anywhere in the body.

Thyroid conditions.

Obesity and cholesterol imbalance

By enkindling fat metabolism (meda agni) thus clearing out ama from the adipose channels (medavaha srotas). This prevents or reverses stagnated fat tissue, causing cravings and false hunger.

Immunity

Strengthens the whole system by removing the causes that turn accumulate into pathogens. Combats allergies, repetitive colds, boils and infections in kapha types by strengthening agni and clearing mucus toxins.

Lungs

It has an action of removing obstructions in channels (Srotorodhaghna) such as excess kapha from the plasma, chest and lungs creating asthma, bronchitis and phlegmy cough. Also for sinus congestion, nasal drip and rhinitis.

Gastrointestinal tract

Scrapes toxins (lakhana) such as ama and kapha in the GIT tract causing poor digestion and low metabolism. Helps in constipation by correcting the flow of apana vata downwards in the digestive tract. Also helps in fistula (Bhagandara) and haemorrhoids by purifying the blood and regulating the flow and direction of vata. Also helps correct low tissue metabolism (dhatu agni) which clears obstructed channels (Srotorodhaghna).

Arthritis

It's hot and dry qualities treats rheumatoid and osteoarthritis that is aggravated by cold, wet, damp conditions when vata and ama have accumulated. It has a specific action on sleshaka kapha and the synovial fluid in the joints with its scraping action (lekhana).

The Process

This preparation took me over 350 hours across 41 days to produce approximately 1200 triphala guggulu tablets.

Additionally, a small fraction of this I had a little help from my colleagues, which ended up being a big help.

Special mantras (primordial sounds) are chanted throughout this whole process to infuse vibrations into the highly receptive particles in the plant substances.

This preparation method is traditionally the first herbal preparation a student of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic herbal should prepare. It is appropriate for devoted and physically and mentally strong students. It is not for the faint hearted, nor for the impatient.

Raw Ingredients

Triphala - 3 fruits consisting of:
1. Amalaki (Embilica officinalis)
2. Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica)
3. Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)

Triphala cleans the bowels, ama and regulates the flow of apana vata (downward movement in the body).

Use the whole fruits dried.

4. Guggulu (Commiphora mukul)

Guggulu scrapes the channels and clears ama out of the system. Specifically works on meda dhatu (fat tissue) and is an anti-inflammatory.

There are 5 types of guggulu. You want the Hiranya type that is commonly used for medicine. This is like gold in colour (Kanaka).

Guggulu is an oily latex/gum/resin exuded from a small tree. Use it in raw resin form.

 

Dhumapana using Guggulu Resin

Method

Step 1: Guggulu Purification - Laksha Kutanam Shodana (Banging 100,000 times)

  1. Fill a large mortar and pestle up just below the rim of the bowl (mortar) with raw guggulu resin. 
  2. Pound it 100, 000 (one hundred thousand) times.
  3. Every 10 minutes (approx.), scoop up the squashed guggulu, loosen it up, turn the guggulu inside the mortar and start another round of banging. This is also a break time to rest your arms (see video).
  4. Keeping the guggulu in the sun, while banging it or not, helps soften it and makes it easier to bang.

Counting Method:

  • Chanting mantras while doing it not only enhances the herbs, but also is a tool for counting.
  • For example, I perform minimum 8 bangs per the mantra I use.
  • I chant the mantra 108 times in a row (1 mala), and keep track of how many malas I do. So 1 malas = 108x8 bangs.
  • If banging with my left hand, I count the mantras in my right hand using a beaded mala (necklace with 108 beads).
  • If banging with my right hand, I count the mantras on my left phalanxes.
  • Obtain mantra from your guru or contact me to perform a Dhanvantri Diskha and learn this procedure in person with me in India.

Notes:

  • This will take days. It took me 6 days of basically full time banging (kutanam).
  • Switch hands when you get tired. I switched about every 1-2 malas.
  • This is one of the more laborious steps. It is only for the strong (especially strong triceps, forearms and tough hands).
  • Keep the guggulu inside the mortar and pestle with a lid covered when not in use to protect from dust. Such as overnight.
  • This is a very powerful purification method for guggulu that is hardly practiced. Hand banged is way more effective to enhance potency than using machines.

Step 2: Triphala Kashayam (Decoction)

  1. Take 1kg of raw dried triphala fruits (equal parts of the 3 fruits).
  2. Grind or bang lightly to a coarse consistency (pictured). You can use food processor for this.
  • Boil 1L of the coarse triphala in 10L of water and reduce to half (5L).
  • Strain and you have a decoction.
  • The coarse triphala holds a lot of water, so squeeze it out inside a muslin cloth to get as much as possible.
  • Keep the coarse triphala for other uses.

Step 3: Boiling Guggulu in Triphala Kashayam

Tie the guggulu in a bolus with a thin material such as a muslin cloth. I ended up with about 700 grams.

  • Fully submerge the bolus in the pot but don't let it touch the bottom because that will burn it.
  • Boil on high heat. Be careful so that it doesn't bubble over.
  • The guggulu will exude out of the bolus, into the kashayam.
  • The kashaym will eventually evaporate and you will be left with a slimy like tar substance.
  • You will probably need to keep transferring this process into a smaller pot, 2-3 times, as you will need a smaller pot so that the bolus is submerged as much as possible.
  • Continue this process till the guggulu fully exits the muslin cloth. This can take up to 20 pots for the amount of Guggulu I used (700gm), so perhaps use less.

Step 4: Drying the Triphaladi Guggulu Paste

  • When the matter in the pot is thick, vicious and seems the kashayam / water content has been mostly evaporated (as much as possible), pour it onto a clean plate.
  • You want it to be on a large plate and multiple plates so that it is a thin layer so that it dries quicker.
  • Cover the plate with a clean glass (ideal) or a tight clean cotton cloth, then leave in the sun to dry up the remaining water content and harden. The cover is to prevent dust from coming in. If using cotton ensure it does not touch the paste. Keep the paste very clean.
  • Take it inside at night time to avoid moon (water) exposure.
  • Drying time can range from 1 week to 4 weeks depending on how thick the paste is and the climate.
  • Drying is finished when the paste is hard but you can still squish it if you push hard. It shouldn't be to hard so that you can still manipulate the paste to roll into tablets.

Step 5: Rolling Into Tablets

This step is a little challenging and laborious.

  • Using a knife or sharp scraper, scrape some paste off the plate.
  • Collect the right amount of Triphala Guggulu paste to then roll into one spherical tablet.
  • Put back on a plate for potentially more drying if it is to sticky and water content is not fully removed.
  • When ready, package the Triphala guggulu tablets in containers!

Notes:

  • If the paste is too sticky to work with, add some triphala powder and bang with the paste.
  • I made large tablets (vati), therefore I prescribe 1 tablet 2x/day before meals.

Vital Veda's precious Triphala / Triphaladi Guggulu Vati is available for people and for those who really need it.

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