How to Gain Weight in Ghana (Vitamins, Blood Tonics & More)
Adults twenty years and older are supposed to have a body mass index of 18.5 to 24.9. Anything below or higher than that renders one underweight or overweight, which can be dangerous to the individual’s health.
Being underweight can have many causes like an eating disorder, recovering from specific ailments, and others. Having a healthy weight helps lowers the risk of heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It helps strengthen the immune system and prevent anemia and chronic fatigue.
Many people claim that they would want to gain weight in the right places, and by right places, we mean the buttocks and bust. If you are one of those people, this article is not for you.
This article is for underweight people for one reason or the other. We will introduce you to some blood tonics, vitamins, and tips to help you gain healthy weight.
Vitamin supplements replace minerals you do not gain in the meals you eat. It is essential for bolstering your immune system, protecting you against some illnesses, and helping your body develop and function well.
These vitamins can double as weight gain supplements because of the ingredients such as cyproheptadine, Lysine, and Vitamins B6, B3, and B5, which help with increased appetite.
Even though you will take these supplements we will list for you below, you will not gain a single weight if you do not eat.
These medicines are only meant to guide your system when the food enters; hence they are not meant to be taken in place of your daily meals.
- Cyprodine Syrup
- Apetamin Syrup
- Tres Orix
- Appeactin B
The above are the most popular vitamin supplements in Ghana. Cyprodine syrup works the fastest even though the others are equally strong and potent.
The syrup is always better than the capsule for these medicines.
There are side effects to it, like dizziness, drowsiness, and blurred vision; hence you are advised to take them when you don’t have to do a job that requires you to move around or use concentration.
The supplements make you very hungry, so you need to have food with you because, in fact, it makes you a little lazy as well. It literally breaks your body down before giving you back the weight you need.
You can get all these supplements between GHS 25 to GHS 60. While the supplements make you eat healthy, the vitamins will cause your skin to glow, and your hair and nails will grow pretty well.
You can stop after three bottles and take breaks between taking vitamin supplements.
Blood tonics are for restoring red blood cells and iron. These cells are responsible for transporting oxygen to all the tissues for your body to function correctly.
Low red blood cells can result in iron deficiency, anemia, and other ailments which can cause you to lose weight.
Taking in blood tonics once in a few months is very important, especially for women, because of the amount of blood they lose every month.
Blood tonics can help you put on a healthy weight because of the iron, vitamins, and folic acid formation.
Below are some of the best blood tonics you can find in any pharmacy in Ghana
- Nexcofer blood tonic
- Durol tonic
- Virol tonic
- Feroglobin liquid iron
- Fine Life Blood Tonic
- People with malarial or active bacterial infections should not take blood tonics. Neither should sickle cell anemia patients unless otherwise prescribed by their doctor.
Protein powders are also suitable for weight gain, and they contain protein from plants such as soybeans, peas, rice, and even milk. Together with other essential ingredients, all you need to do is add water and/or more milk, shake and drink.
These shakes are very healthy, and it is possible to even make some yourself using smoothie recipes. Below are some of the best protein powders in Ghana.
- Whey protein
- Herbalife protein powder
- Naturale weight gain powder
- Forever lite ultra protein
- Serious Mass protein powder
Protein powders are rather expensive but also effective. You can get the above between GHS 120 to GHS 400 and even more.
Blood tonics and vitamin supplements will do a great job helping you to get your weight back, but relying on them all the time can be harmful to your health.
Taking these syrups for a long time can put a lot of pressure on your kidneys and liver. You will get tremors in different parts of your body and later lose more weight than you had loosed before. One or two bottles are enough to bring you back. No more.
Again, if you are a slim person by nature, taking these syrups will work, but only for a while; the weight will not stay because you are not underweight. That’s just you.
Protein shakes can be helpful, though, and it is a safe way of keeping a healthy weight, only expensive. If you can’t afford it, try making your own smoothies at home with fruits and milk, equally helpful.
Ensure nutrition shake and creamy drinkable yogurt are suitable