Written by John Immel,
A heavy, late night meal will (more often than not) sit in your digestive tract throughout the night, stagnant and undigested, till the next morning. When this happens you may wake up to find your stomach feels like a throbbing brick weighing you down. This is actually not far from the truth.
Even worse, when Kapha is high the gooey mass of undigested food will be coated with a thick layer of mucus making it even more difficult to digest. If the food sits too long in the gut, it begins to rot, becoming toxic. As it rots, gases are released and can cause embarrassing belching and flatulence.
Digestive organs demand a large blood supply until the gooey mass (of pizza or leftovers) is fully digested, blood that is borrowed from other vital organs. With less blood available for your active brain, you will feel as if your brain is functioning in slow motion, a condition popularly known as food coma.
Groggy MorningsAs last night's food is digested and makes its way through your blood stream, the same qualities of the food that made you feel heavy literally make your blood heavy-- and heavy blood leads to sluggish circulation. You might wake up feeling tired and groggy the morning after a heavy meal. While a food coma can pass in a couple hours, it may take a month or more of a Kapha pacifying diet to clear sluggish blood. Mint Belly Bliss and Radiant Glow Circulation Tonic can help.
Effects on OrgansSluggish circulation should be avoided because it has detrimental effects throughout your body. Thick, slow-moving blood can cause build up of mucus and fluid in the lungs, for instance, as well as thick, cool skin. Also, metabolism becomes slower, causing weight gain. Poor circulation in the brain increases the likelihood for anxiety and panic attacks. Overall, as the condition progresses your heart will try to compensate by pumping harder, thus raising your blood pressure.
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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. 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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it makes sense now , how some mornings we feels so dull and some mornings are full of energy. Its about what and when we had dinner.
This makes all kinds of sense!!!
Excellent information. The more I learn of Ayurveda the more I realize how best to live. John is very insightful and helpful.