School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion



Ayurveda is a system of health & wellness developed in ancient India over 5,000 years ago. At the core of Ayurveda is a functional medicine approach based on a simple classification system. This system matches diet, lifestyle, and herbs to the individual to improve health & wellness.

Joyful Belly has distilled this practical core of Ayurveda for use in a functional medicine context. The result is a practical, highly personalized method to improve your health that is easy to do at home. Functional Ayurveda looks at your body's shape, size, bone structure, appetite, and food cravings to determine your unique body type and characteristics. Based on these characteristics, functional Ayurveda shows you how to take immediate action to improve your health & wellness, using materials from home.

More technically, Ayurveda is a form of habipathy, the study of how lifestyle and habit contribute to the disease process. Specifically, Ayurveda studies the characteristics of habits, and the characteristics of their influence on the body. It groups habits and disorders into types or categories to assess general strains on the body. It then suggests habits to relieve these strains, increasing the overall strength and resiliency of the person. For example, eating spicy food would be classified as a heating habit. A rash would be considered a heat disorder. Eating spicy food would therefore be contraindicated for a rash in Ayurveda.

Functional Ayurveda's greatest strengths are in the areas of digestion, skin care, stress management, and fertility. Functional Ayurveda offers some of the most advanced and cutting edge digestive health solutions out there.

You can't take the doctor home with you, but what you do at home matters. Functional Ayurveda is a do-it-yourself health and wellness system that facilitates self care at home. It is an easy to understand, simple to do, inexpensive and practical approach used for prevention of disease, recovery from illness, and to improve vitality. It is not just a list of home remedies, but an approach to help you figure out how to make choices.

Ayurveda literally means the science of life. The core of Ayurveda's health approach offers much more than freedom from disease, but total well-being. Functional Ayurveda looks at the whole person when assessing health, rather than the parts alone. Functional Ayurveda believes that a highly personalized approach brings the best results possible. To achieve its results, Ayurveda uses a classification system which we've automated on this website.

As you start your journey in Functional Ayurveda, you'll love how great Functional Ayurveda makes you feel, and the balance it brings to your life. Ayurveda was the primary form of medicine in India for thousands of years. This functional core of Ayurveda is still the easiest and most effective way to maintain health & wellness from home. To get started, we recommend finding your body type first.



Here are just some of the reasons why Ayurveda is highly relevant to your health and well-being:
1You can do it from home. Ayurveda shows you how to interpret signs and address symptoms of imbalance on your own. You can use it at home to optimize your health on a continual basis. You can't take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you. The simplicity of Ayurveda will be there for you every time to you open the fridge, or turn on the stove. Ayruveda doesn't replace the doctor, but it gives you tools for health and wellness between visits to your qualified medical doctor.
2Ayurveda's tools not only prevent and fight disease, they also strengthen your body, even if you have an incurable or difficult condition.
3No other health approach offers such a detailed, individualized model showing the relationship between habits and health, diet & disease. Ayurveda shows you which food, lifestyle habits, and herbs are good for you, uniquely.
4Instead of using an across the board statistical approach, Ayurveda identifies lifestyle and dietary habits that are uniquely matched to your body - and therefore fit your health powerfully like a hand and glove.
5Instead of focusing on the disorder in question only, Ayurveda shows how your symptoms are interrelated to one another. By giving you perspective instead of a piecemeal approach, Ayurveda greatly simplifies your health and wellness plan.
6Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an exceptional prognosis on digestion, skin care, aging well, reproductive health, and quality of life care.


Ayurveda recommends diet and lifestyle habits, as well as herbs using a highly detailed classification system. This classification system includes your body type, your imbalances (gunas, tastes, elements, etc.), your digestive strength (agni), and toxicity (ama). Using this classification system, Ayurveda can identify diet, lifestyle and herbs that may be beneficial to you.

You don't have to learn this system, you can let our website do the guesswork for you by taking your quizzes. Afterwards, study your results and review them with your doctor or practitioner to determine if your recommendations are right for you.

By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas and fits with your body type, your whole body is strengthened, quality of life is improved, and you become more resilient to disease as well. The above methods lead to greater body awareness, and understanding of how your diet & lifestyle choices affect your body personally.

On Joyful Belly, we've created a system to help you assess your imbalances from an Ayurvedic point of view, to learn about your imbalances through our extensive articles, and to discover remedies for your imbalances so you can feel better.



Below is a general list of our top products for all body types. Use them to start your journey to health & wellness. Check the ones you want then click 'add to my cart' below.


Say goodbye to confusion about food and health with the print version your personal Ayurveda body book, individually and custom formulated for your body. Learn more.

Move from confusion to confidence in your food choices. Cooking tasty food will be a breeze with the print version of Your 'Personal' Recipe Book, individually formulated for your unique body type. You'll shine with these healthy, vital, easy to prepare Learn more.

Finding your trouble spots and getting answers will be a breeze when you have a complete map of your imbalances, the development of your imbalances, and top matching recommendations for restoring balance. Learn more.


Learn all the fundamentals of your unique body type & diet with this self-guided eCourse. Make healthy lifestyle choices. This package contains the course & presentations for all 3 body types, Vata, Pitta & Kapha. Learn more.


Scraping your tongue each morning with this tongue scraper to remove toxins, bacteria and foul odors. This practices not only ensures fresh breath, it also cleanses your palate so that you enjoy the full flavor of your food. Learn more.

Chayavanprash is Ayurveda's most popular immune tonic, suitable for all body types. It prevents seasonal colds and flus, stimulates metabolism, and enkindles the digestive fire. Chyvanprash strengthens your body against the effects of a stressful lifesty Learn more.

Ghee is one of the most important medicines in Ayurveda because it is easy to digest and builds excellent tissue. Ghee is lighter, improves fat metabolism and has much less cholesterol than butter. Learn more.

Breathe freely with Ayurveda's classic formula for clearing the sinuses, supporting respiratory health, and invigorating your mind. Nasya Oil contains an energizing blend of sesame oil, herbs and essential oils. Learn more.

What is Joyful Belly?

Browse recipes and hundreds of other ingredients on this extensive educational website. Joyful Belly helps people confidently choose food that restores their healthy glow, using the ancient technique of Ayurveda. Our extensive collection of online recipes, ingredients, and articles makes health easy. To get started, take the free dosha quiz to find your Ayurvedic body type.

What is Ayurveda?

Learn about Ayurveda from the author of this article and founder of Joyful Belly,
John Immel.

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