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DIGESTION
IMBALANCES QUIZ

Many doctors agree, better health starts in the digestive tract. Why? Because good digestion turns food into good blood, strengthening your immunity. Poor digestion creates weak blood. Since blood feeds your organs and your mind, poor digestion weakens your entire body and destabilizes your emotions. Matching your diet to your body type can help you improve the health of your digestive tract, overcome digestive problems, disorders and diseases, select the right digestive aids, and strengthen your digestive fire.

This free quiz can help you discover signs and symptoms of digestive imbalance. It includes an assessment of diet, appetite, stomach, small intestine, bowel elimination, and stools. When you are done you will be taken to a results page where you can view your imbalances. The results from this test will guide you to healthy food choices and recipes matching your body's unique digestive needs. This test will take approximately ten minutes to fill.


Page 1: Please choose the symptoms you've experienced on a regular basis, or that were significant in the past.

Check the boxes that best describe your 'Appetite'
Strong food cravings
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Strong food cravings
Kapha aggravating
Your body craves particular foods when in need, whether to fulfill nutritional needs, or to relieve physical or emotional discomfort. Interpreting your cravings and the meaning they communicate about your physical or emotional state, instead of...

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Strong hunger
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Strong hunger
Pitta aggravating
Both physical and emotional imbalances can masquerade as feelings of strong hunger, so there is no easy answer in Ayurveda. The most common causes for an excess appetite include a thick kapha blood, fiery pitta-type metabolism, malabsorption, and...

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Large portions
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Large portions
Pitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
You've probably heard the infamous phrase "your eyes are bigger than your stomach" and for those who struggle with large portions, this often rings true. There are diverse reasons for indulging in large portions, such as emotional eating, an...

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Quickly full / early satiety
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Quickly full / early satiety
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
The appetite is often small when there is insufficient acid production in the stomach.

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Irregular/small appetite
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Irregular/small appetite
Vata aggravating
The appetite is often small when there is Insufficient acid production in the stomach. This may be due to chronic dehydration. In that case, drink a glass of warm water with a pinch of salt and a wedge of lime a half hour before meals to rehydrate...

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Eat many small meals throughout the day
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Eat many small meals throughout the day
Vata 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, many small meals causes blood sugar instability and leads to...

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Anorexia, past or current
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Anorexia, past or current
Vata aggravating
Anorexia means a poor or irregular appetite. Anorexia nervosa refers to a psychological disorder where the appetite is suppressed. Anorexia has been associated with stress undereating, perhaps due to low agni and poor digestion. The root of anorexia...

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Stress under-eater
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Stress under-eater
Vata aggravating
Prevent stress from attacking the digestive tract with lower abomdinal exercises. This should help keep tension where it belongs - in the pelvic floor.

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Stress overeater
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Stress overeater
Vata aggravating
When an infant cries, one of your first impulses might be to soothe it with food or a warm bottle. Food is calming. Eating causes your blood sugar to rise, bringing you back to a state of balmy ease. Eating helps brings you down to earth, abating...

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Strong/frequently thirsty
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Strong/frequently thirsty
Pitta aggravating
Swelling, edema, and dehydration increase a person's thirst. Consider how your body is releasing the water. If the urine is clear, you may be over hydrated. According to Ayurveda, the urine should be a pale yellow, neither too dark nor too light. If...

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Emotional eating
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Emotional eating
Kapha aggravating
The kinds of food you crave indicate what's going on internally and can serve as a good guide...When you eat, are your...

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Rarely Thirsty
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Rarely Thirsty
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
It takes a strong digestion to get thirsty. Otherwise, water will feel heavy in the stomach. Vata individuals often forget to drink water, or fail to notice they are thirsty. Excess mucus and insufficient acids can also drown healthy thirst. Your...

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Salty cravings
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Salty cravings
Pitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
The body craves salt when it wishes to retain water. Swelling, inflammation, and edema draw fluids out of circulation and can actually increase salt cravings.

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Sour cravings
Craving Crunchy Foods
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Craving Crunchy Foods
Kapha aggravating
Kapha people naturally crave crunchy foods because of internal dampness. In nature, most crunchy foods are drying or astringent. Most processed, modern crunchy foods like chips and bread actually provoke more dampness in the body.

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Sweet cravings
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Sweet cravings
Kapha aggravating
Sweet food is comforting. Anxiety, past trauma, and other insecurities can make you hungry, and contribute to emotional eating. Emotional eating can quickly become pathological. Exhaustion, stress, poor circulation and protein deficiencies also...

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Check the boxes that best describe your 'Mouth & Teeth'
Incomplete Chewing
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Incomplete Chewing
Vata aggravating
Chewing & Your Health 50% of digestion begins in the mouth. So if you have digestive problems, you can usually fix it with your teeth! The most powerful tools you have to digest and absorb nutrients well are your teeth. Your...

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Dry Mouth / Tongue
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Dry Mouth / Tongue
Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Salivary glands normally produce .75 - 1.5 liters of fluid per day. Xerostomia, or dry mouth is a subjective feeling that the mouth is too dry. The terms comes from the Greek: Xeros = dry and stoma = mouth. This condition is commonly called pasty...

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Limited sense of taste
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Limited sense of taste
Vata aggravating
Loss of taste and flavor makes it hard for you to choose the right foods for your body. Impaired taste can cause you to eat too little and lose weight, or it could make you eat too much and gain weight. Impaired taste can predispose you to using too...

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Bad breath
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Bad breath
Pitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
The body doesn't make foul odors. As blood sugar levels rise, saliva becomes sweet, feeding bacteria in the mouth. Thus, sweet foods cause bad breath. These bacteria produce waste products that have a foul odor. Bacteria will also feed on a thick...

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Sour Taste in Mouth
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Sour Taste in Mouth
Pitta aggravating
A sour taste in the mouth could indicate acid reflux.

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Foul taste on tongue
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Foul taste on tongue
Kapha aggravating
The body doesn't make foul odors. Sweet foods cause a foul taste on the tongue. As blood sugar levels rise, saliva becomes sweet, feeding bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria produce waste products that have a foul odor. Bacteria will also feed on...

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Sweet taste on tongue
Metallic Taste in Mouth
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Metallic Taste in Mouth
Pitta aggravating
Blood has a metallic taste. Bleeding gums, gastrointestinal bleeding and acid reflux may cause a metallic taste.

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Hoarse Voice
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Hoarse Voice
Vata aggravating
A hoarse voice could be a sign of acid reflux, smoking, stuffed nose, dry air, dry palette, overuse of the voice, and upper respiratory infection. The vagus nerve also affects the muscles and tension in the vocal chords.

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Popping/clicking/locking jaw
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Popping/clicking/locking jaw
Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
A popping or clicking jaw is generally related to stress making the jaw tense, poor alignment of the neck and spine. The jaw is related to the throat chakra issue - responsible for filtering as well as integrating thoughts, desires and moral...

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Sores inside mouth
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Sores inside mouth
Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Sores inside the mouth are often a sign of inflammation throughout the GI tract. Acidic foods like tomato or vinegar, irritating foods like coffee or chilis may aggravate intestinal mucosa, or flareups of intestinal bacteria may cause inflammation.

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Herpes - Mouth / Facial
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Herpes - Mouth / Facial
Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Herpes are aggravated by stress and other immune depressants.

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Gum inflammation
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Gum inflammation
Pitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Gum inflammation is often secondary to either toxicity (Vata or Pitta type), or sweet blood (Kapha Type). Sweet blood, or blood high in sugar, is attractive to the organisms that cause tooth decay.

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Receding gums
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Receding gums
Pitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Bacteria naturally proliferate when the blood is sweet or rich after sweet or rich foods. This is especially true for the gums, which are exposed to the outside air. Toxicity in the blood further irritates tissues, making them vulnerable to...

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Bleeding gums
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Bleeding gums
Pitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Bleeding gums may be a sign of infection in the gums, often due to inadequate flossing or food stuck between the teeth.

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Discolored Tooth
Yellow teeth
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Yellow teeth
Pitta aggravating
Yellow teeth could indicate high levels of bilirubin in the blood, and implies aggravated Pitta in the liver.

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Dental Surgery or Missing Teeth
Braces / Dentures
Gray teeth
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Gray teeth
Vata aggravating
Gray teeth indicates Vata type toxic buildup. The most common cause of Vata ama is constipation, gas and bloating.

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Frequent cavities
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Frequent cavities
Kapha aggravating
Bacteria love sweet blood. When the blood is sweet, bacteria proliferate even after brushing the teeth.

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Mercury / Amalgam Fillings
Tooth ache
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Tooth ache
Vata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
A toothache can be a sign of a tooth infection, or cavity. Toothache may be more severe after a meal, especially sugary foods.

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Tooth Infection
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Tooth Infection
Pitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Sweet, thick Kapha blood is very attractive to microbes. Soon after brushing the teeth, these microbes proliferate in the mouth once again. Indigestion creates toxicity that is especially attractive to infectious diseases.

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Worn tops of teeth
Tooth Fractures
Tonsillolith
Tonsilectomy
Check the boxes that best describe your 'Stomach'
Indigestion / Upset stomach
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Indigestion / Upset stomach
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Indigestion is often the first warning sign of imbalance. The diet should be modified to avoid foods that are difficult to digest and that cause digestive upset. See

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Hyperacidity
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Hyperacidity
Pitta aggravating
Most people who have acid reflux have hypoacidity, or too little acid. Only a stomach acid test can confirm if you have too much or too little acid. Hyeracidity can result from stress, high Kapha, or high Pitta. Vata people rarely have hyperacidity.

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Gastritis
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Gastritis
Pitta aggravating
Are You So Hungry It Hurts? You Might Have Gastritis. Hunger isn't always a sign of a big appetite. Sometimes, it's a sign of inflammation. I once had a client that was 100 lbs overweight because she was always famished....

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Slow, heavy digestion
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Slow, heavy digestion
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Do You Have the Sluggish Digestion Blues? Friends don't let friends eat twinkies(TM). My neighbor's kids, astounded by my 15 year twinkie fast, somehow convinced me to eat one. Against my better Ayurvedic judgment, I indulged in this...

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Hiatal Hernia
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Hiatal Hernia
Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
A hernia is a protrusion of an organ through an opening. In this case, a hiatal hernia is a protrusion of the stomach through the diaphragm. The diaphragm is big dome-shaped muscle above stomach that separates the lungs and heart from the stomach ,...

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Tired after eating
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Tired after eating
Kapha aggravating
You return to work after a tasty lunch. A new project sits on your desk. Rather than feeling ready to tackle it, you feel ready to take a nap. You feel tired after filling your belly, and have zero umph or inspiration. With a cloudy head and lunch...

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Burping
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Burping
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
Normal Burping Where burping is considered impolite in western society, in China or India burping implies satisfaction and compliments the chef. In Ayurveda, belching during a meal is often an important sign that your stomach...

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Inguinal hernia
Acid Reflux
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Acid Reflux
Pitta aggravating
If heavy foods like cheeseburgers, burritos and ice cream trigger acid reflux, your stomach acid is probably too weak. Most acid reflux is triggered by insufficient acid production, not excess. When stomach acids are too weak, indigestion ensues and...

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Stomach Ulcer
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Stomach Ulcer
Pitta aggravating
See a medical doctor promptly if you suspect an ulcer. Ulcers can be caused by insufficient mucus in the stomach (Vata), infection, or too much acid (Pitta). Symptoms vary depending upon the location of the ulcer. In peptic ulcers, pain occurs...

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Frequent Nausea
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Frequent Nausea
Pitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Nobody likes vomit. Especially other people's vomit. I remember the night my little sister vomited on me while I was sleeping. When my eyes came into focus, I found my sister had not only vomited, she had also passed out. Waking up in a puddle of...

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Vomiting
Vomiting Blood
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Vomiting Blood
Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
The picture to the left shows blood that has been digested in the stomach. The oxidation of hemoglobin by stomach acids gives the vomit has a brown granular appearance similar to coffee grounds. Bleeding in the upper GI is usually due to an ulcer or...

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Morning Sickness
Bulimia, past or current
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Bulimia, past or current
Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
It's not about food Often with bulimia, we get caught in thinking that food is the problem; we think that if cookies, chips, and other junky "binge" foods didn't exist, we wouldn't have a problem. But, food is merely a...

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Hiccup
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Hiccup
Vata aggravating
Hiccup can result from overstimulation of the vagus nerve after eating hot or spicey foods. A 'burp' trapped by mucus can cause a hiccup as well.

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Stomach surgery
Food Poisoning
H pylori infection
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H pylori infection
Vata aggravatingPitta aggravating
Do You Have the #1 Gut Infection in the World? Flip a coin and that's the likelihood you are infected right now. Over 50% of the world's population battles this gutsy bug[1] , making it...

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