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Can't put on weight? Try these Ayurvedic remedies for weight gain

Skinny people can gain healthy weight with these Ayurvedic herbs.

Losing weight is an uphill task, but so is gaining weight. Many people who are born with a hyperactive metabolism (we're a little jealous) struggle to put on muscle and weight and are cursed to stay skinny all their lives. However enviable their plight may seem, the truth is that skinny people also get shamed for their body more harshly than fat people. Some people also lose a great deal of weight after prolonged illnesses, depression or anorexia. Eat these foods for a healthy weight gain.

Being underweight also has its share of health issues like decreased stamina, low tolerance to cold and a weakened immune system. Overeating is never the answer, but you can eat these foods for weight gain. Can you put on healthy weight on a vegetarian diet? Here are some of the vegetarian foods that help you gain weight.

Ayurveda offers a range of remedies for weight gain. According to the ancient Indian system of medicine, skinny or underweight people have the Vata type composition, which makes weight gain very difficult. However, Ayurveda also offers treatment for low body weight with herbal remedies. Dr Surya Bhagwati, from Dr Vaidya's New Age Ayurveda explains how you can reach a standard body weight with these herbs.

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1 Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)

Dr Bhagwati says that ashwagandha helps in building muscle and improving appetite. This supports weight gain in skinny fat people. "Ashwagandha helps in converting fats into muscle. It is a Rasayan (tonic) herb with immense weight gain benefits," she says.

2 Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus)

Traditionally used for its many gynaecological benefits, shatavari also helps in weight gain. "This herb is an appetite enhancer. It helps in calming anxiety and reduces fatigue and nervous tension, apart from aiding weight gain," says Dr Bhagwati.

3 Saunf or Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare)

Saunf is consumed as a mouth freshener after meals but it also has appetite enhancing properties. "It's also effective against anorexia, a problem directly linked to weight loss, by increasing hunger in the patients," says the doctor.

4 Vidarikand (PeurariaTuberosa)

This nutrient-rich herb is loaded with vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients, which help in nourishing the body. "It imparts strength and stamina in people who are low in body weight," the doctor adds.

5 Safed Musli (Chlorophytum Borivilianum)

Safed musli is an Ayurvedic immune strengthener. According to Dr Bhagwati, it helps in recovering strength and reducing weakness. "It also strengthens the muscles, which enhances the body's endurance. It's also a natural remedy of stress and depression, which kills the appetite. This way it helps in weight gain," says Dr Bhagwati.

6 Pippali (Piper Longum)

Also known as long pepper, pippali has a sharper and more intense flavour than regular pepper. "This wonderful herb has the power to increase your Basic Metabolic Rate, which improves appetite," says Dr Bhagwati.

7 Jeera (Curminum Cyminum)

Jeera or cumin seeds are used extensively in Indian cooking. Apart from imparting flavour, cumin seeds also have therapeutic uses. Dr Bhagwati says, "Jeera helps in boosting immunity, improving digestion and enhancing the appetite."

8 Custard Apple ( Annonna Squamosa )

According to Dr Bhagwati, certain fruits also help in weight gain and the most efficient one for the job is custard apple or sitaphal. "It is the best fruit that can help you put on healthy weight," she reveals. Read about the health benefits of sitaphal.

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