A person with vishama agni may have acute hunger, but suddenly feel full after very little food. This is because they lack enough enzymes to eat a hearty meal. On other days, a Vata person may forget to eat altogether. Some days they have three bowel movements, other days they have none. Some days their digestion is great, other days it's terrible.
SymptomsVata makes its home in the colon, and therefore, Vata people are more prone to colon disorders. Vata people commonly get indigestion, gas, bloating, constipation, and abdominal distension. Due to the mobile nature of Vata, Vata people may find that pains in their digestive tract move around a lot. They may experience colic, which is an asynchronous movement of the intestines, and/or weak peristalsis because of an imbalance in the mobile quality.
Vata tends to have enzyme deficiencies because of dry and cold qualities. This may cause poor absorption of nutrients and undigested food in the stool. Lack of absorption is part of the reason they are often hungry and underweight. They may eat a lot of food, but their body doesn't get much nourishment from it.
To improve digestion, Vata should add spices to warm up their digestion, such as ginger. They should keep hydrated with plenty of fluids and electrolytes and a pinch of sour taste. Hingvastak churna is an ayurvedic herbal formula specifically designed for Vata digestion. Digestive Comfort & Support Tea is a nurturing blend designed to heal and nourish a Vata gut.
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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. 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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