You are basically a health conscious person, keeping an eye on everything that goes into your mouth. Invited to a party, your plan of sticking to a healthy diet but is blown away by friends or by a sudden increase in appetite and you have taken some high cholesterol foods. What can be done immediately to nullify the bad effects of this high cholesterol diet? Here are a few Ayurvedic guidelines.
1. Warm water or a warm drink: While you are taking oily foods, make sure to drink two glasses of hot water or a cup of any warm drink like coffee with it. It helps easy evacuation of oily food. It keeps the stomach, liver and intestines unaffected and healthy.
2. Avoid ice cream and cold food stuff: While you take oily food stuff, make sure to avoid ice creams or any cold stuff at the end of it. It upsets the stomach, liver and intestines.
3. Exercise: After a heavy meal or oily food, it is better to do a little walking. The extra calories will be burnt away in the form of energy consumption through physical activity.
4. Avoid going to bed immediately: After an oily diet, make sure to give at least 2 hour gap before you go to bed.
5. Antidotes to oily diet –
These Ayurvedic remedies help equal out the adverse effects of an oily diet. A short term usage of these Ayurvedic remedies will help nullify the bad effects of oily and high cholesterol foods.
a. Long pepper: Though spicy and hot, long pepper stimulates liver for early metabolism of fat. Take long pepper powder – 2 pinches 2 times a day, for 2 – 3 days with honey or cow urine.
b. Triphala: It is helpful in reducing the effects of oily diet. Take 1 tablespoon of Triphala powder with warm water or honey or cow urine for one or two times a day for 2 – 3 days.
c. Honey: Though sweet is its taste, according to Ayurveda, honey is an antidote to oily foods.
d. Cow urine: We have learnt in the previous article that cow urine is a best remedy for obesity, both on short and long term basis.
e. Guggulu: Guggulu is an excellent herb to lower cholesterol or to mitigate ill effects of high cholesterol diet. Its tablets are available in the market. Consult your Ayurvedic doctor first for the best choice of Guggulu tablet for you.