Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion Made Easy
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Hot Climate"Hot" is anything that causes an increase in temperature or causes sweating. The body radiates heat from the blood through sweat. When the weather is hot, the blood vessels on the surface of the skin dilate and the heart rate increases, making the skin red and flushed.
Summertime is the season of poor appetite. Red skin is engorged with blood, leaving less blood for digestive organs. Hot weather makes the body relaxed, comfortable, and grounded. Pathological heat causes dizziness and fainting. The body becomes lethargic like the "lazy dog days of summer."
Sweating and secretions help cleanse the skin, digestive tract, circulatory, and lymphatic system. Saunas, baths, steam baths, sweat lodges, and exercise are among the numerous ways people cleanse with heat.
Heating FoodsSpicy food brings blood flow back to the GI tract. It stimulates the appetite, burns toxicity, and reduces tissues (burns ojas). Heating foods cause thirst, sweat, a burning sensation (as in chilies), and even bleeding. For example, eating too many chilies makes the body sweat. Chilies are hot because they irritate the digestive tract lining.
Eat too much turmeric and you might get angry. Turmeric is heating because it dilates blood vessels. Vinegar is heating because it is acidic. Generally, avoid heating foods in the summer.
Hot WaterHot water is one of the most powerful herbal medicines. As hot weather brings blood to the surface of the skin, hot water brings blood to the GI tract. Flush with the blood, hot water improves digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food. Hot water improves circulation. It is a powerful diaphoretic that opens the surface of the body, and is the primary therapy for fever in Ayurveda.
Hot water is also a decongestant, liquefying all Kapha.
Effect of Heating Foods on the Nervous SystemWhen there is too much heat, the mind becomes hot tempered, angry, irritable, or impatient. Heat increases courage and valor. Passion is hot. Heat generally projects the personality outward. Yogis spend time in cool mountaintop temperatures because it helps them turn inward.
Causes of Excess HeatAny irritation or wound, fermentation in the small intestine, exercise, or too much clothing causes heat. Liver imbalance, infection, hot climates, hot foods, and Pitta imbalances cause heat conditions.
Signs of Excess HeatThe signs of heart and blood heat are red skin, red eyes, and a red tip of the tongue. The signs of liver heat are yellow eyes or a yellowish tinge to the hands and skin. Other signs of heat include rashes, acne, infection, fever, anger, irritability, and sweat. Heat relieves spasms and causes suppuration of wounds, liver spots, premature graying of the hair, and loss of hair. If you have poison ivy and eat heating foods or take a hot shower, the poison ivy may get worse.
Treatment of HotBitter tasting food and herbs, such as neem, clear blood and liver heat. Astringent food and herbs, such as amalaki, relieve inflammation in the gut. Sweet tasting foods and herbs, like shatavari and licorice root, cool Pitta and soothe Vata. Milk, cucumber, cilantro and watermelon are cooling. Washing the face or sprinkling the body with cool water is cooling.
|Ayurvedic Roast Coffee Substitute (11 oz)||Garcinia Cambogia Fruit|
|Warm and Nourish - Vata Pacifying Spice Blend||Gymnema sylvestre|
|Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam (9.4oz)||Sinus Rinse|
|Kapha Massage Oil||Vital Step - Thyroid Tonic|
|Ashwagandha Tincture||Shilajit Tonic|
|Castor Oil||Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)|
|Strong Lungs||Triphala Guggulu Tablets|
|Ashwagandha Tablets||Healthy Vata Tablets|
|Holy Basil (Tulsi) Tincture||Abhayrishta- Colon Tonic|
|Healthy Kapha Tablets||Triphala Guggulu|
|Bayberry Tincture||Mahanarayan Oil (16 oz)|
|Grapefruit Lemongrass Soap||Heat Conditions: My Practitioner Says I Have One|
|Immune Support||Vacha (calamus)|
|Lose Weight with Ayurveda - Starter Kit||Mahanarayan Oil (4 fl oz)|
|Motil-Colon Stimulant Laxative||Turmeric Cumin Rescue Tea|
|Bluish / Purple Tongue||Can't touch toes|
|Chronic cough||Clear mucus|
|Clots in menstrual blood||Cold extremities|
|Cold to touch||Cramping back of leg|
|Cry easily||Eat when lonely / depressed|
|Foot cramps||Fruits Cause Gas|
|Overwhelmed by responsibilities||Pancreatic Insufficiency|
|Pneumonia||Post nasal drip|
|Purple/blue lips||Runny nose|
|Sinus Infection||Taking Enzyme Supplements|
|Teeth marks on tongue edges||Thick coating tongue|
|Tingling/Numbness||Undigested food in stool|
|Uneasy when food unavailable|
|Blood and Circulation|
|Autoimmune Disorders||Bloodshot Eyes|
|Blurry Vision||Bright red lips, face or palms|
|Bright red tongue||Chronic Infection|
|Clear / absent tongue coating||Dilated Pupil|
|Fast Heartbeat||Flushes Easily|
|Gall Bladder Inflammation||Gall Bladder Removed|
|Gallstones / Attack||Heat aggravates|
|Hepatitis (Past/Current)||Herpes - Mouth / Facial|
|High Blood Pressure||Hot Flashes|
|Hot in torso/chest area||Inflammation|
|Interstitial Cystitis||Liver Sore|
|Liver spots numerous||Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)|
|Night sweats||Red dots on tongue|
|Red tip of tongue||Sensitive to Alcohol|
|Sensitivity to bright light||Sour sweat|
|Staph infection||Stinging Eyes|
|Strong body odor||Sweat often|
|Sweaty palms||Thalassemia Minor|
|Yellow tongue coating||Yellowish skin|
|Fibromyalgia||Fine, straight, light or reddish hair|
|Hair loss||Osteoporosis / Osteopenia|
|Rheumatoid Arthritis||Swollen joints|
|Coffee||Food is romantic / passionate|
|Spicy food||Tobacco Cigarette Smoker (Current)|
|Bad breath||Burning abdominal pain|
|Celiac Disease||Citrus allergy|
|Crohn's Disease||Dry Mouth / Tongue|
|Duodenal Ulcer||Food allergy|
|Gum inflammation||H pylori infection|
|Leaky Gut Syndrome||Receding gums|
|Sharp abdominal pain||Smelly Gas|
|Sores inside mouth||Sour Taste in Mouth|
|Stomach Ulcer||Strong abdominal pulse|
|Strong food cravings||Strong hunger|
|Strong/frequently thirsty||Traveler's Diarrhea|
|Ulcerative Colitis||Vomiting Blood|
|Kidney Bladder Urinary|
|Bladder infection||Burning/painful urination|
|Cloudy urine||Dark Yellow Urine|
|Urinary Tract Infection|
|Avoids heat||Medium wealth, spends on luxuries|
|Mind Stress Sleep|
|Anger, irritable, ambitious, analytical||At odds with church / religion|
|At odds with family||At odds with local community|
|At odds with nationality / culture||Conflict makes me angry, irritable|
|Dizzy / Light-headed||Easily insulted / sensitive|
|I'm different from others / unique||Illegal Drugs (marijuana, cocaine, etc)|
|Intelligent, efficient, perfectionist||Intense emotions|
|Preoccupied with sex / lust||Self Critical|
|Sharp language||Tobacco Cigarette Smoker (Past)|
|3+ bowel movements a day||Bloody stools|
|Diarrhea||Diarrhea quickly after eating|
|Explosive elimination||Foul odorous stool|
|Green stool||Pencil stool - thin & long|
|Pus in stool||Soft Stool|
|Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces||Stool formed, but porous & airy|
|Straining to eliminate||Tarry black stools|
|Abortion (Past)||Bright red menstrual blood|
|Acne - general||Acne - painful|
|Bruise easily||Cold sores|
|Itchy skin||Moles numerous|
|Oily face / dry extremities||Oily Skin|
|Oily t-zone only||Painful rash|
|Psoriasis||Raised & bumpy rash|
|Scaly / flaky skin||Sensitive to Poison Ivy|
|Skin red after mild abrasion||Skin sensitivity to chemicals|
|Warm & rosy skin|
About the AuthorJohn 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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