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Feel underweight

Written by John Immel, Asheville, NC & Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC
A low body weight may cause an unsettling sense of lightness, ungroundedness, or weakness. It is important to determine the cause of weight loss. Unexplained weight loss can be serious - please see a doctor if you have chronic weight loss issues. Common causes of weight loss:
  • Insufficient caloric intake
  • Malabsorption, loose bowel movements, & vomiting
  • Excess urination or sweating causing electrolyte depletion
  • Hyperactivity, hyperthyroid
  • Excessive thinking, intense emotions, or stress
  • Parasites, cancer
Try eating regular meals and soups that are warm and nourishing (ojas building), using plenty of oil and ghee. Grains like basmati rice, vegetables like sweet potatoes, and warming spices like cinnamon are good for grounding and strengthening the body. Salt can improve water retention, essential for improving absorption of calories.

Find grounding through exercises like gentle yoga, stretching, and light walking can prove beneficial. Avoid energy burning activities like thinking and vigorous exercise. Reduce hyperactivity. Take a tip from sumo wrestlers: The most effective way to gain weight is resting, and even sleeping, after meals.

Take note of any fluid loss, as these will deplete electrolytes. Common signs of fluid loss include loose stools, clear urine, and excessive sweating. Avoid sweating where possible.

Avoid cleansing, raw foods, and a diet high in greens - these activities increase weight loss. Avoid spicy foods, and other foods that increase metabolism.

Aggravated Doshas & Qualities

Imbalance Accumulates

Improper food and lifestyle causes balances to accumulate. Ayurveda shows you exactly which doshas and qualities will accumulate in your body. Once these doshas and qualities accumulate too much, they will begin to cause disease. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or quality by removing things that aggravate it from your diet and lifestyle.

'Feel underweight' is likely to aggravate the following doshas and qualities.If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda would generally recommend removing, substitute or lessen the frequency of Feel underweight.

Vata aggravatingDigestive Effects Help

Key: V = Vata, P = Pitta, K = Kapha. A slash through a dosha means it an aggravated dosha. To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.

Correct Imbalance

Food and lifestyle habite with the following effects may reduce imbalances associated with 'Feel underweight'.
About Pharmacological Effects
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Educational Resources

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Ayurvedic Herbs & Natural Products for Feel underweight

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Vata Massage Oil
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Experience the deep calm encouraged by Vata Massage Oil. Nourishing, grounding, calming herbs are infused into a sweetly warm blend of sesame and sunflower oil.

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Calms the nerves while rebuilding strength and stability. Energy all day long and sound sleep are benefits of ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha Tincture
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Calms the nerves while rebuilding strength and stability. Energy all day long and sound sleep are benefits of ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha Ghee (9oz)
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Ashwagandha calms the nervous system while the ghee restores and replenishes. Also useful as a male reproductive tonic.

Ashwagandha/Bala Oil (4 fl oz)
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Ashwagandha Bala Oil strengthens weak muscles, improves strength, and encourages tone. Relieves muscle pain due to weakness. Enjoy this nourishing formula as part of your daily routine.

Diet for Feel underweight

A diet rich in these foods & nutritional supplements may help re-balance the aggravated qualities and doshas in feel underweight.
Almond MilkVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingAlmondsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
AvocadoVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingBone BrothVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Bone Marrow / FatVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingButter (salted)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Cheddar CheeseVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingChicken LiversVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Coconut OilVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingCottage CheeseVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
EggsVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingGheeVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
GrapeVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingMilkVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Oats / OatmealVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingPotatoVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
SalmonVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingTapiocaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Taro RootVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingWhole Wheat FlourVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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What snacks, meals and eating & lifestyle habits can help me (Vata dominant) gain weight and achieve balance. I am working on practicing yoga regularly and meditation in AM and PM. Thanks. Also, any herbs in particular that are useful, like Tulsi or Ashwaganda???

- R. I., Chester, MD, 07-05-12 (Reply)
Ashwagandha would be better than Tulsi. Tulsi helps in weight loss.
Hi John, I'm a Kapha type but I recently lost a lot of weight (to the extent that menstruation ceased). I am now underweight (bmi of 18), and have to gain some weight so that my menstrual cycle resumes healthily. I'm also a vegetarian. I'd therefore like to be able to gain a little weight whilst keeping my metabolism and life energy up. I practice yoga and meditate. How can I get more protein and fat in my diet without aggravating Kapha? At the moment my store cupboard is full of buckwheat, chickpeas (dried), pumpkin seeds, cous cous, oats and bulgur wheat. I also have spirulina and wheatgrass. I primarily use coconut oil for cooking. I use a lot of cinnamon, cumin, fennel and black pepper. Thank you! Pippa
- , 03-06-15 (Reply)
Hi Pippa, If you are underweight, than actually adding some kapha to your diet is good! And really important! It won't push you out of balance, it will bring you back. Sweet potatoes, ghee, homemade yogurt, more beans (spiced and well cooked), seitan, white basmati rice, paneer, nuts, and root veggies will help you regain your strength. Hope that helps!

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