Thursday, November 18, 2021

Barley Fights Obesity

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to an extent that it may have a negative effect on health. Obesity is much more than just a cosmetic issue; it is an alarming medical problem that increases the risk of other diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and even certain cancers. In general sense, obesity has been found to reduce life expectancy.

World Health Organization (WHO) recognises obesity is one of the most serious global public health challenges of the 21st century, affecting every country.

Obesity prevention requires a complex approach, usually involves changes to diet and exercising as the main treatments recommended by health professionals. Diet quality can be improved by reducing the consumption of energy-dense foods, such as those high in fat or sugars, and by increasing the intake of dietary fiber such as fresh fruits, vegetables and soups. Certian mdeicines can be used, along with a suitable diet, to reduce appetite or decrease fat absorption. If diet, exercise, and medication are not effective, a gastric balloon or surgery may be performed to reduce stomach volume or length of the intestines, leading to feeling full earlier or a reduced ability to absorb nutrients from food.

Prominent Causes for Obesity:

1. Excess intake of food
2. Excess intake of oily, sugar-rich, fried and junk food
3. Lack of physical exercise (esp. day sleeping)
4. Eating in depression, aggression or happiness
5. Heredity

Barley has long been recognized by Ayurveda as an effective method of overcome obesity and to maintain a fit health. It is widely accepted for it’s scraping action and is beneficial in removing extra fat. It is also laxative and increases bulk of stool, this further maintains good health. Bread made from barley powder (called chappatties), or porridge from barely gives the consumer “full stomach” feel, hence prevents extra eating. As compared to medicines that are used to reduce weight, barley does the same act with extra nutrition to the consumer in form of minerals, vitamins etc. It provides an excellent nutritional value with weight loss benefits.

Barley controls hunger pangs; and benefits as weight loss treatment.

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