Ayurveda offers you simple, practical ways manage your health. It can help you understand your body and how to prevent or minimize disease. Ayurveda helps you experience food, understand its effects on your body, and naturally crave and choose the foods that are right for you. It has a very sophisticated knowledge of the effects of food which we've organized in this website. The practice of Ayurveda began in ancient India over 5,000 years ago.
The gunas are the twenty most important reactions your body has to food. The gunas are also the different kinds of experiences you have being alive. The best way to get started in Ayurveda is by
The first eight gunas are heavy and light, sharp and dull, hot and cold, oily and dry. For example bread makes you feel heavy but salads feel light. Black pepper is sharp on your tongue but cheese is dull. Chilies heat up your body but cucumbers cool your body down. Butter is oily but popcorn is drying. On Joyful Belly we've selected only those gunas that are most useful in cooking.
(western nutrition identifies only four tastes). Each taste affects your body in a unique way that can make you feel better, or worse, depending upon the person. Bitter is light and drying. Astringent is tightening and drying. Pungent is sharp and dry. Salty taste is liquefying and hot. Sour is hot, liquefying, and heavy. Sweet taste is heavy, gooey, and cold. Every
has a different taste and diet.
Ayurveda groups people into three general body types called Dosha.
Your body types describes three basic metabolic patterns of how you use energy. Vata spends energy. Pitta manages it. Kapha stores it. Dosha predicts the symptoms and diseases you are vulnerable to, and gives you a means to restore balance. Vata tends to suffer from deficiency. Pitta from heat disorders. And Kapha tends to suffer from stagnancy and conditions of excess.
Good circulation, good digestion and well nourished tissue are three cornerstones of good health. By the magic of
, when you eat an apple it becomes a part of your body. Whether the apple is hot or cold, acidic or basic, sugary or bitter, the body still has to transform the qualities of the apple into the qualities of a human being. Digestion takes work. Some signs of indigestion include gas, burping, acid reflux, diarrhea and constipation.
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In 1992 my Ayurvedic counselor in Troy, MI told me I was Pitta. Can time and illness change the dosha?
- Paula Smitz, Glendale, AZ
, 06-25-11 (Reply
Generally, time and illness change the imbalanced dosha but not a person's constitution. Best, -John
I am a Vata and looking to prevent weight loss. I lose weight easily. Which foods have the most calories? Thanks.
- Elma, Yuma, AZ
, 03-06-12 (Reply
Dear Elma, You can search on 'ojas' building foods to find the foods with the most calories. Best, -John
Hi John. I log onto Joyful Belly at least once a week for ideas and info. Thanks for all you provide!
- jen, Marietta, GA
, 08-13-13 (Reply
Hi John, I just received digestive bitters and weight away, can I take the weight away and sip on the digestive bitters at the same time?
- Debbie mortimer, Stamford, CT
, 07-02-14 (Reply
Hello. I wonder if I can order the personal diet book for Kapha. I'm an overweight vata looking for a comprehensive program. What do you recommend? I already have your weight loss recording in my library and really appreciate all it offers.
- mary hollenstein, Bonham, TX
, 09-26-14 (Reply
I have had 3 surgeries in the past 10 months. I really need to lose some weight, but I wonder if this is the right time? I also have RA, one kidney, and a rather complex medical history. However, I am essentially healthy and strong and feeling better each day. THe last surgery was on Sept. 23, and I signed up for the next workshop beginning Oct. 6.
Diana Mrotek, Westport, CT 10-01-14
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, 10-01-14 (Reply
I am a vata, thin and dry and my Pitta/Kaffa are the same (2 each). Vata is supposed to have sweet, but my central nervous system cannot handle sugar/caffene/alcohol.
How do you recommend I begin this process?
- Jane, Gloucester, MA
, 10-02-14 (Reply
Jane, because of your in depth medical history, it is very difficult to make any specific recommendations through comments. We recommend signing up for a consultation. You can do that here: http://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/consultation
I'm so excited to have found this article. I'm so intrigued and can't wait to learn mire!!!! I'm on the road to recovery!!
Dear sir, my lips became big due to chewing them thats why i look bad. There is no pain in lips. Yesterday doctor told me that use aloe vera gel. So what is the process and how much time it will take? And which ayurvedic cream i have to purchase for early reduction of my lips. please help me. Thanks in advance for solutions.
- shridhar mali, 02-21-15 (Reply
Hi, Today I started the 3 day cleanse and detox recommended in my body book. I made the Kapha pacifying Kitchari according to the recipe. I don't want to hurt any feelings but I can't eat it with all those spices. The beans and rice and salt I could handle, but I'm not used to spicy food. I just can't eat it like that. If I made it plainer with just salt and maybe a little of one spice would it still work? If so, which spice and how much.
- Angela Duck, Lincoln, AL
, 04-24-15 (Reply
why do some foods agravate vata, like literally WHY. For example peanuts make me feel grounded, but it says they agravate vata, and i am a vata, why do peanuts agravate vata? And what does it have to do with digestion?
- Sandu, 02-29-16 (Reply
Peanuts generally aggravate Vata because they are a legume and legumes are often challenging for Vata individuals to digest. That being said, every body is different. The foods that are said to aggravate each dosha are similar in quality to the dosha. For example, Vata is dry and legumes are dry in nature - hence legumes often aggravate Vata.
Hello JohnI am very new to Ayuverda, discovered it after listening to Deepa Chopra. I have used your tools and discovered I could be Kapha. I therefore changed my diet accordingly and feel extraordinary.My daughter is 9. She has been diagonised with ADHD. We notice quite a change with certain foods and I would like to slowly adapte her diet to suit her dosha. I find it difficult to measure a childs dosha and different online tools are giving me different results. Is there a way to add her onto my online account in your system?Would you recommend doing a dosha inquiry for a child?Thank you for your advice.Catherine
- Catherine Ng'ang'a, 04-09-16 (Reply
You could certainly create an account for your daughter or use the questions from your quizzes to support better understanding of her.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ
, 04-14-16 (Reply
Angela, try cutting the spice amounts in half. You could also just simply use the cumin and cilantro and skip the rest.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ
, 07-21-16 (Reply