Ayurvedic Diet

Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion Made Easy

 

What's Your Diet?

Ayurvedic Family Taking this free quiz of your Diet can help you discover signs and symptoms of imbalance. When you are done you will be brought to a results page where you can view your imbalanced doshas & qualities from an ayurvedic perspective. The results from this test will guide you to healthy food choices and recipes matching your personal, individual ayurvedic diet. This test will take approximately ten minutes to fill.

Page 1: Please select the choices that best match your current eating habits.

Check the boxes that best describe your 'Diet'
Vegetarian
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Vegetarian
Vata aggravating
Vegetarian Diets Vegetarian foods often leave fewer residues than animal products after digestion and for some help increase vitality. A vegetarian lifestyle is more environmentally friendly, and can help a person advance on their spiritual journey....

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Meat every day
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Meat every day
Kapha aggravating
Meat is considered a supplement in Ayurveda rather than a daily food. Since our digestive tract is too long, an excess of meat tends to putrify in our gut.

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Red meat
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Red meat
Kapha aggravating
Red meat should be consumed in small quantities only. Red meat is heavy & hot. It can make a person domineering.

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Macrobiotic diet Protein Shakes
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Protein Shakes
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
The high convenience factor of protein shakes allows you to nearly skip the eating process altogether. Along the way, you can even forget your body's intimate connection with food - the cravings you were meant to feel and enjoy. Food is supposed to b...

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Raw Food / Salads
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Raw Food / Salads
Vata aggravating
There is no right or wrong answer to the raw versus cooked debate. The real answer to the debate depends on the digestive strength of the individual. Raw food offers nutritional benefits but is more difficult to digest, causing gas and bloating in th...

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Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage
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Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage
Vata aggravating
Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are cruciferous vegetables. They are all difficult to digest in a person with a dry or cold digestive tract.

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Brown Rice
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Brown Rice
Vata aggravating
Whole grains are more difficult to digest than husked, but have more fiber and are nutritionally superior. If your digestion is poor, however, you won't be able to absorb the nutrition benefits of whole grains.

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High fiber diet
Low fiber diet Few leafy greens
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Few leafy greens
Kapha aggravating
Our ancestors subsisted on a diet high in leafy greens and nuts. Bitter leaves such as endives stimulate digestion, restore proper food cravings, and cleanse the liver and the blood. Leaves are also high in fiber, minerals and vitamins. Eat at least ...

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Refined flours
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Refined flours
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Refined flours are heavy, gooey and cause congestion. Bread, although it looks crunchy, becomes a bowl of goo after it is chewed.

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Wheat
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Wheat
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Wheat is generally difficult to digest, very heavy, gums up the digestive tract, and causes mucus.

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Refined sugar
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Refined sugar
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Refined sugar consumption has increased exponentially. The average American consumes over 150x the amount of sugar eaten just 100 years ago. Refined sugar is highly processed, and, like a drug, wreaks havoc with our metabolism, causing a sugar high, ...

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Soda / corn syrup
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Soda / corn syrup
Kapha aggravating
Whereas 3-4 sodas with sugar would be nauseating, corn syrup bypasses our natural appetite suppressing hormones leading to weight gain and diabetes.

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Burgers/Hot Dogs
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Burgers/Hot Dogs
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Burgers and hot dogs combine meat and wheat, two difficult to digest ingredients. These heavy, gooey, difficult to digest ingredients often cause heaviness and stagnation in the stomach, and gas and bloating in the colon.

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Sandwiches
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Sandwiches
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Sandwiches are generally a bad food combination, dry, heavy and cold. Sandwiches were invented by the earl of sandwich, a british lord who was also a compulsive gambler. He would gamble for many days and nights together without stopping to eat or sle...

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Burritos
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Burritos
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Burritos are a bad food combination. They generally contain rice and wheat (two types of grains), beans and meat (two types of proteins), sour cream and cheese (two types of dairy), nightshades (tomatoes, chilis) and fatty avocados.

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Pizza
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Pizza
Pitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Let's face it: Pizza happens. Growing up, one of my favorite memories was when my dad would take my sisters and I to Brother's Four Pizzeria. We would have so much fun picking out toppings, watching the cheese become stringy as we pulled up a slice, ...

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Beans
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Beans
Vata aggravating
Beans are difficult to digest, high in soluble and insoluble fiber, and high in potassium (drying). They feel cold and heavy in the digestive tract. See more...

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Peanuts
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Peanuts
Vata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Why do we love nuts? Humans have a long history of eating nuts. Nuts were the primary source of fats and proteins prior to the agricultural revolution. Unfortunately, peanuts aren't nuts; they're beans.

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Tomatoes
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Tomatoes
Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Tomatoes aggravate Vata and Pitta. They are difficult to digest and acidic. Like most members of the nightshade plant family, they have a funkiness that irritates the liver.

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Dairy/milk/cheese/ice-cream
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Dairy/milk/cheese/ice-cream
Kapha aggravating
Dairy creates heaviness, cloudy thoughts, bloating and constipation for many. It provokes weight gain, mucus and Kapha dosha. Although adult humans have adapted to milk, it was originally intended for babies. Lactose intolerance may be quite natural.

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Alcohol
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Alcohol
Pitta aggravating
Alcohol is also a medicine when used in the right dose. Alcohol is recommended in Ayurveda during winter months as a remedy to blood stagnation. Two (2) tablespoons of wine represent a daily medicinal dose of alcohol during the month of January and F...

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Coffee
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Coffee
Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Coffee is like a metabolic credit card. By suppressing exhaustion, coffee prevents you from learning how to build and restore vitality naturally. It enables people to live at a superhuman pace for years, and by stimulating the mind can even prevent e...

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Chocolate
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Chocolate
Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Chocolate is difficult to digest and hot. Bitter chocolate is Kapha pacifying. Since chocolate is often mixed with sugar and cream, it aggravates all three doshas. Chocolate stimulates the reproductive organs in women, which explains why chocolate ca...

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Candy
Tobacco Cigarette Smoker (Current)
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Tobacco Cigarette Smoker (Current)
Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Many people smoke without thinking, leading to addiction. As a first step to quitting, Ayurveda recommends smoking slowly and with full attention.

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Drink lots of water
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Drink lots of water
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Everyone should monitor their water intake. The first sign of dehydration is a dry palate. If the palate is already adequately moistened, additional water could create heaviness and indigestion.

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Water after meals
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Water after meals
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Water before the meal is nectar. Proper hydration improves digestive function up to 24%. Water during the meal is honey if taken in small sips. Water after meals dilutes the acids in our stomach, and leads to digestive problems.

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Fruits with meals/yogurt
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Fruits with meals/yogurt
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Fruits digest quickly. Other foods, such as yogurt, meat, peanuts and other heavy foods digest more slowly. While the body is trying to digest these other foods, bacteria quickly ferment the fruit, causing gas, bloating & toxic buildup. Fruits should...

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Dessert after meals
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Dessert after meals
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Consuming food soon after a meal forces the stomach to process partially digested and undigested foods at the same time, disturbing the rhythm of digestion. Desserts especially challenge the stomach due to their heaviness. The stomach produces specia...

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Artificial sweeteners
Iced/cold drinks
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Iced/cold drinks
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Digestion demands alot of blood to function properly. Cold drinks cause blood vessels in the stomach to shrink. A warm drink expands blood vessels in the stomach, much like the cheeks become red and flushed on a hot July afternoon.

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Canned/frozen food
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Canned/frozen food
Vata aggravating
Canned, frozen food may be nutrient deficient, and lack taste. Taste is important to help the body choose the best foods for the season.

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Fatty fried food
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Fatty fried food
Pitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
French fries & funnel cakes are a fun way to enjoy the local fair. Eat too much though, and you start to feel queasy. This is a sign you've hit your upper limit on fried foods. Uggh! The hot sun continues to beat down on you as the food churns in you...

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Frequent Leftovers
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Frequent Leftovers
Vata aggravating
A Fresh Look At Leftovers It's undeniable - fresh food has a "je ne sais quoi" about it - something special even if you can't detect the difference in a lab. There's something bright, juicy and colorful about fresh food. Classical Ayurveda recommend...

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Fast food more than 2x/week
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Fast food more than 2x/week
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Fast food isn't all that fast in the digestive tract. We've had clients burp up the flavor of a big mac more than 48hrs after consumption. If you have acid reflux, bloating, feel tired, or your thoughts become cloudy after eating, the fast food has o...

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Spicy food
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Spicy food
Pitta aggravating
Spicy food stimulates digestion, blood flow and sweat. Spicey food liquefies mucus in the digestive tract, lungs, and anywhere mucus is found. Spices can irritate the digestive tract.

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Taking 3+ Supplements
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Taking 3+ Supplements
Vata aggravating
Supplements include herbs, extracts, vitamins, minerals, and any other item you ingest as an addition to your everyday meal. Occasional use of supplements may be beneficial - during a busy week, when you are pregnant or having so other short term...

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Taking Enzyme Supplements
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Taking Enzyme Supplements
Vata aggravating
No matter how much you love digestive enzymes for saving you from embarrassing gas or tummy discomfort, digestive enzymes could magnify the real root of your belly problems. The truth is that gas, pain, and bloating are important indicators that you...

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Check the boxes that best describe your 'Eating Habits'
Poor diet
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Poor diet
In Ayurveda, beliefs govern behavior. Behavior governs routine. Routine governs diet. Diet rules digestion. Digestion creates the blood. Blood rule the organs.

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Eats quickly
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Eats quickly
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
If you lead a hectic lifestyle and find yourself always running from place to place, it can be hard to switch gears and slow yourself down. The first step might be in planning, long before the meal. Have you carved out enough time in your schedule to...

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Eating while driving/TV/hurrying
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Eating while driving/TV/hurrying
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Studies show over 1/5 of all eating happens in a car. The flavor curve of food changes with every bite. When you are distracted, you may not be aware of how the taste of food is changing. Distractions make it impossible to listen to your body's cues ...

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Stress affects my digestion Frequent snacking
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Frequent snacking
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Fasting between meals gives the digestive organs a chance to rest, and improves the ability of the body to digest fat, a stable source of energy. Although recommended by western medicine, frequent snacking causes blood sugar instability and leads to ...

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Skip meals more than 2x/week
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Skip meals more than 2x/week
Vata aggravating
Some people skip meals because of a lack of routine. It's okay to skip a meal, however, if you aren't hungry. It is normal for Kapha people to skip breakfast, for example. Irregular mealtimes create metabolic instability, magnify food cravings, and l...

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Irregular meal times
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Irregular meal times
Vata aggravating
Irregular meal times create unstable blood sugar levels which can lead to binging on junk foods. Skipping meals aggravates Vata as well. If occaisonally you must eat off schedule, choose easy to digest, nourishing foods. For example, an almond milk, ...

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Restricting Food Intake Eating after 8pm
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Eating after 8pm
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Eating late at night provokes Kapha. When a person goes to bed with undigested food in the stomach, the food tends to stagnate both in the intestines and the blood, leading to weight gain. Sumo wrestlers in Japan gain weight by eating late at night. ...

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Eating after midnight
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Eating after midnight
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Eating late at night provokes Kapha. When a person goes to bed with undigested food in the stomach, the food tends to stagnate both in the intestines and the blood, leading to weight gain. Sumo wrestlers in Japan gain weight by eating late at night. ...

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Currently/recently on a diet
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Currently/recently on a diet
Vata aggravating
Your diet is the 'religion' of your body. It's what your body believes will help it survive. In many ways, because of deep subconscious patterns, it's easier to change your religion than to change your diet. Medical studies show that 90% of people...

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Trying to lose weight
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Trying to lose weight
Kapha aggravating
Trying to lose or control your weight is exhausting and often empty process. Let your body decide what weight to be and focus instead on establishing balance in your body and your life. When you desire or try to be a weight that is unhealthy for your...

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Feel underweight
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Feel underweight
Vata aggravating
A low body weight may cause an unsettling sense of lightness, ungroundedness, or weakness. It is important to determine the cause of weight loss. Unexplained weight loss can be serious - please see a doctor if you have chronic weight loss issues. ...

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Rarely cook
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Rarely cook
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Cooking your own food is the first step towards knowing the relationship between food and your body. Cooking is an essential first step in Ayurveda.

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Feel overweight
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Feel overweight
Kapha aggravating
Overweight is not a feeling. In Ayurveda, excess weight is considered a symptom, not a problem. You might feel physically heavy, puffy, or sluggish; perhaps there is a feeling of discomfort in overly tight clothing or a shame about the number on the ...

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No time to cook Don't know how to cook Don't enjoy cooking
Restaurants 3+ per week
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Restaurants 3+ per week
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Restaurant food is prepare to entice and seduce the consumer. Salt, fat, sugar, and animal proteins are irresistibly employed for your delight. At least 80% home cooked meals are essential to establishing a healthy lifestyle.

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Eat out socially Eat out on work days
Eat out when traveling Variety in food is fun Food is a necessary distraction
Food is comfort Food builds strength & endurance Food is romantic / passionate
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Food is romantic / passionate
Pitta aggravating
Food is a sensual experience. When you eat, you are touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, and perhaps even hearing your food. It engages your whole body with each of your senses, on a visceral level. There is something about the act of eating that is...

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Food exists for health
Check the boxes that best describe your 'Routine'
Irregular sleep schedule
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Irregular sleep schedule
Vata aggravating
An irregular sleep schedule aggravates the liver and creates emotional instability. Although the mind loves freedom, the body loves stability. Regular mealtimes and bed schedule is the foundation of a healthy routine.

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Staying up late
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Staying up late
Vata aggravating
After 10pm you might notice a 'second wind' of energy that lasts until 1am. Many people use their second wind energy for working late, reading, and otherwise keeping the mind or body active. The second wind is actually for cleansing your organs, and ...

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Insomnia
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Insomnia
Vata aggravating
Insomnia is generally associated with dry Vata constitution. When fluids are depleted, the heart, which houses the mind in Chinese Medicine, becomes deficient and beats rapidly. It can no longer ground the mind and thus the mind "wanders homeless at...

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Childcare draining Frequent travel

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