Ayurveda has a unique way of understanding digestion and nutrition. It focuses on your body's reaction to food rather than the nutrients it contains. By focusing on experience rather than content, Ayurveda helps you interpret the medicinal compatibility o
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 t
Is Ayurveda really about your health? We say no. At Joyful Belly, we believe Ayurveda is about something greater than health. Ayurveda literally translates into "the science of life." As a practitioner, I have come to realize that Ayurveda's focus is exac
Recipes, as tasty as they are, also serve as herb formulas in Ayurveda. Food is medicine. Ayurvedic practitioners are adept at crafting tasty formulas (recipes) for the benefit of their clients. After tasting one of these delicious creations, you may be w
How exactly does the food you eat nourish your entire body? Ayurveda offers a unique understanding of this process. From the moment you eat a meal, the process of Ayurvedic nutrition takes a full 35 days to complete. At each step in the process a new tiss
Although our digestion can get used to some forbidden foods and combinations anything that aggravates doshas without expelling them is considered a bad food combination. Generally Vata has the most difficulty with poor food combining because they do not h
Ayurveda Travel Kit
Travel is fraught with uncertainty. Delayed plane flights, jet lag, and new environments disrupt our routine and rhythms. We may find ourselves choosing unhealthy fast foods when desperately hungry. The followin
Belly breathing is an easy and effective way to relax your mind, improve your digestion, and detoxify your body. You've probably heard the term before, but may be wondering - what is belly breathing, and what can it do for you?
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By the miracle of digestion, food that you eat becomes transformed into your living human body. This profound assimilation of food has the power to change your very identity. The fact is, food becomes blood. Your body feeds this blood to your brain. The b
Check your package for specific instructions on taking each herb. For most herbs, you will bring 1 cup of hot water to a boil on the stove. Place your herb in the bottom of a tea cup and pour the boiling water over t
Ayurveda seems to exude a certain ease, as if it were second nature. In a complex world, there's something simple and very personal about Ayurveda's approach to healing. You might even wonder where this ease of Ayurveda comes from. The answer is fundament
Kapha's digestion tends to be slow and sluggish, a condition called manda agni in Ayurveda. As a result, Kapha people tend to gain weight easily and store energy well. The dull, gooey nature of Kapha creates excess mucus in the stomach, which cover
Vata dosha generally has weak, dry, and cold digestion with a lot of variability. This type of digestion is called vishama agni in Ayurveda. A Vata's gut is the most unpredictable of all the body types. The digestive tract in general is an ever shi
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Routine is Vata's best lifestyle remedy. The minimum routine for healthy, happy, and successful living is 1) eating your meals at the same time daily and 2) getting into and out of bed at the same time daily. Changes in these two areas disrupt your bio-rh
Kapha individuals are naturally loving, supportive, and stable. Kapha can be compared to a swan or a tortoise. Kapha people make pleasant companions and loyal friends. They have an amazing ability to nurture.
Underneath their calm constitution, howe
Each day, you have a choice. You get to decide what food will nourish your body. Diet choices have a significant influence on how you think, feel, look and act. More often than not, in the midst of modern life, these choices become one of convenience rath
Every Recipe is a Pilgrimage
The recipe begins when we listen for God's wish, a wish for the creation of life. Creativity is the sign of nature, and a quest for its fruits. Through prayer the wish is purified. In this way our daily
Ayurveda is a profound way of seeing. Many begin by dabbling in Ayurveda and then quickly realize how potent it is. While it may be challenging to understand at first, exposure to Ayurveda reveals that there is something special hidden in its strange word
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Keep your skin soft, calm your mind, and warm up your body in the fall with an early morning oil massage. The practice of oil massage is called abhyanga in Ayurveda. The sensation of abhy
Ayurveda renames diseases as feelings, uses herbs as adjectives, and describes anatomy with the experiences you have of your body. In all of these examples, the uniting theme is that Ayurveda uses adjectives to describe diseases, treatments, the body, and
Nurture your body and keep warm in the fall by eating cooked meals. Ice, cold drinks and cold or raw food will make you feel cold from the inside out, effectively shutting down digestive function the moment you need it most. For this reason, cold foods ar
About Diets on Joyful Belly
Ayurvedic diets use dosha, guna, and taste to describe the types of foods that are healthy and unhealthy for a person. Newcomers to ayurveda have a hard time keeping track of all these qualities. And som
Ayurveda is the ideal do-it-yourself healthcare system. Practicing Ayurveda feels like a trip to Home Depot rather than a trip to the spa or beauty parlor.
If It Sounds Complicated, It's
Did you know that digestion takes up to 60% of your daily metabolism? Most of the energy and fluids used for digestion are supplied through your blood. Thus, digestion is only as strong as your blood and circulation to digestive organs. Work, emotion, str
Soon after learning about Ayurveda, you'll discover the many benefits of including Dahl into your diet. Dahl is a delicious soup made of lentils that is simple to make at home. It is the cornerstone to any Ayurvedic diet. Dahl is satisfying, yet light. I
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