Peristalsis by DoshaIdeally, peristaltic contractions move liquefied food known as chyme through your small intestine gently and consistently so that you can absorb nutrients and have comfortable, regular bowel movements. Different imbalances of peristalsis are connected to the three doshas. Knowing the doshic "type" of digestion your body is expressing will guide you on how to feel better!
Colicky & Erratic Peristalsis - VataWhen Vata influences your peristalsis, the wavelike motion of your intestinal muscles becomes inconsistent as the wind. It is erratic, unpredictable and changes quickly. When peristalsis becomes scattered due to windy vata dosha, it loses its characteristic wavelike motion and food gets stuck in the intestines. Then, all of a sudden, the wind picks up and sends you running to the bathroom. You may experience this as a few days of constipation followed by a few days of loose stools.
Sluggish Peristalsis - KaphaKapha type peristalsis is sluggish and weak due to poor muscle tone. Elimination is generally regular, but slow. Kapha people are often in the bathroom for a while, but are quite productive! This slow, weak peristalsis creates a sensation of heaviness in the gut after eating which may last for several hours.
Fast & Irritated Peristalsis - PittaPitta type peristalsis is rhythmic, quick and forceful. Their food moves fast, so pitta people are always hungry! Pittas tend to be in and out of the bathroom quickly, as their eliminative peristalsis is like a racehorse. It is common for pitta type people to have 2 or 3 bowel movements a day and describe their digestion as "food goes right through me." Due to speedy peristalsis, pitta people may feel under-nourished even though the eat a large quantity of food throughout the day.
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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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