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Balance My Excess Sweet
Get the 45 minute presentation 'Balance My Excess Sweet' given by Joyful Belly founder and director John Immel. This presentation will show you Ayurvedic essentials on fixing this imbalance, including diet, lifestyle, and herbal tips from Ayurveda. Price: $15.95
AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON SWEET
Sweet taste includes nourishing foods like carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Sweet taste doesn't necessarily mean sugary, but also includes anything that tastes nourishing (i.e. builds muscle or fat tissue). Before refined sugars, bread tasted naturally sweet. Sweet taste is life giving. It builds ojas because it nourishes the sap or blood plasma of the body.
Sweet taste is rare in nature, and desirable. We need sweet taste to survive. After the agricultural revolution, sweet taste became abundant. It dominates the modern grocery store, probably because this is the taste that humans are most attracted to.
Sweet Taste & CirculationExcess use of sweet taste, especially refined grains and refined sugars, thickens blood plasma. Thick, sticky blood plasma bogs circulation, causing stagnation and high blood pressure. Poor circulation also causes swelling in the hands and feet.
Sweet Taste in the SkinWhen circulation is excessively boggy, metabolic byproducts (cellular poop) get trapped in the lymphatic system, causing inflammation. To see this effect more clearly, make a thumbprint on your arm. A white thumbprint surrounded by red skin could mean the lymphatic system is stagnant and inflamed. Note: this effect is usually prominent on the arms and legs.
Sweet Taste, the Lungs, & the ThyroidHealthy lungs depend on good circulation to keep them hollow, otherwise, the lungs fill up with mucous and water. Excess sweet taste causes mucous buildup in the lungs and back of the throat. Boggy circulation and a thick layer of mucous covering the lungs reduces the circulation of oxygen (prana). The thyroid compensates by lowering metabolism. Many people have low thyroid activity without being aware of it. Symptoms of low thyroid include being overweight, cold body temperature, dry skin, and constipation.
Sweet Taste & the KidneysDense, gooey, sticky blood plasma causes water retention in the kidneys and may lead to edema. While Kapha types are prone and should discourage water retention, dry Vata types can use the sweet taste to help retain fluids.
Ayurvedic ClassificationsSweet taste is cooling, heavy, oily, and sticky. It brings softness and stability. Sweet taste coats the tongue and throat. It facilitates elimination of bowels. It is beneficial to children, the elderly, and in debilitated persons. Sweet taste alleviates thirst, pacifies Pitta and Vata, and nourishes the mind. Sweet taste helps in wound healing as long as the wound is not infected.
Remedies for Excess Sweet TasteAvoid refined sugar, candy, soda, ice-cream, and other processed foods with sugars. These foods confuse your 'appestat' - your body's natural appetite control mechanisms. Honey and fruits may be a safe way to satisfy your sweet cravings without weight gain, and are also much less addictive. Raw honey is a great natural fat metabolizer and stabilizes blood sugar, and its warming quality boosts your energy. Raw honey is known to help reduce the toxins off of the intestinal wall. You can also try date sugar, bananas, or raisins as sugar substitutes in your cooking.
Bitters like kale and dandelion leaves directly oppose sweet taste. They are drying, regulate blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol, and thin the blood. Pungent taste, including black pepper and ginger, stimulates circulation and heat.
HELPFUL FOR*'Sweet' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
Blood and CirculationAnemia, Clear / absent tongue coating, General Inflammation, Heart Palpitations, Iron deficiency, Liver Degeneration, Liver Sore, Many cracks on tongue, Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), Thalassemia Minor, Yellow eyes / sclera, Yellow tongue coating
BonesThick, wavy hair
LifestyleAvoids heat, Compulsive exercising, Exercising 6+ times per week, Exercising after eating too much, Exercising as punishment, Exercising more than 1 hour a day, Exercising without eating, Frequent travel
Mind Stress SleepAnxiety, fear, uncertainty, At odds with church / religion, At odds with family, At odds with local community, At odds with nationality / culture, Difficulty falling asleep, Easily insulted / sensitive, Epilepsy, Frequent Stress, Insomnia, Judgmental, Light sleeper, Migraines, Mood changes quickly, Overwhelmed by responsibilities, Self Critical, Talks quickly
Reproductive HealthMiscarriage (Past), Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps, Post Menopausal, Small breasts, Vaginal dryness
CONTRAINDICATIONS / AGGRAVATES / IS AGGRAVATED BY*'Sweet' may aggravate, or be aggravated by, these symptoms and causes below.
Blood and CirculationAlcoholism, Atherosclerosis, Avoids humidity, Blood dark in color, Blood thick / Congested lymph, Cancer, Candida / Yeast Infection / Thrush, Chronic Fungus infection, Chronic Infection, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Cramping back of leg, Diabetes (Adult Onset Type II), Excess saliva, Fatty Liver, Feet or Ankles Swelling, Fever (Current), Floaters in eye, Gallbladder Inflammation, Gallbladder Removed, Gallstones / Attack, Glaucoma, Heart Attack, Heaviness in heart area, High Blood Pressure, High Blood Sugar, High Cholesterol, High Triglycerides, Insulin Resistance, Jock Itch, Low energy, Non-healing sore / ulcer, Pins and Needles Hands and Feet, Poor circulation, Puffy hands, Puffy under eyes / Bags, Smooth patches on tongue surface, Sour sweat, Staph infection, Sticky saliva, Swollen lymph nodes, Swollen lymph nodes - arm pits, Swollen lymph nodes - hips, Swollen lymph nodes - neck, Thick coating tongue, Tingling/Numbness, Tongue frothy on edges, Varicose Veins, Wake up with sleep in eye, Water Retention, Watery Eyes, White tongue coating
BonesBroad, large chest, Bulky muscles, Dislocated shoulder / ribs / etc, Flabby muscles / Poor tone, Nail / Toe Fungus, Wide, Heavy Hips
Cleanse and DetoxGeneral Malaise
DietBurgers/Hot Dogs, Candy, Dairy/milk/cheese/ice-cream, Dessert after meals, Eating after 8pm, Fast food 2+ times / week, Fatty fried food, Few leafy greens, Frequent snacking, Meat every day, Peanuts, Pizza, Protein Shakes, Red meat, Refined flours, Refined sugar, Soda / corn syrup, Sweet cravings, Wheat
DigestionBad breath, Dry Mouth / Tongue, Foul taste on tongue, Frequent Burping, Frequent cavities, Frequent Nausea, Gum inflammation, Intestinal Worms / Parasites / Protozoa / Bacteria, Large portions, Limited sense of taste, Lumps on Surface of Belly, Receding gums, Slow, heavy digestion, Steady, moderate appetite, Sweet taste on tongue, Tired after eating, Tooth ache, Tooth Infection, Vomiting, Vomiting Mucus
Kidney Bladder UrinaryBladder / Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), Burning/painful urination, Dark Yellow Urine, Kidney / Bladder Stones, Kidney Infection, Night-time Urination
Mind Stress SleepCalm, greedy, stagnant, Caring, calm, patient, Conflict makes me depressed, lazy, Confusion / Cloudy Mind, Cry easily, Depressed, Depressed when stressed, Difficulty waking up, Excessive sleep, Fatigue / tired, Feel pain less than other people, Friendships are long lasting, sincere, Homesick, Panic Attacks / Anxiety Attack, Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up, Sleep during the day, Slow, monotonous speech, Steady emotions, Tired in morning
Reproductive HealthBreasts Lumpy, Clogged Milk Duct / Breast Infection, Clots in menstrual blood, Insufficient Breast Milk, Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Tender breasts near menses, Uterine Fibroids, Vaginal discharge, Vaginal Inflammation, White vaginal discharge, Yellow vaginal discharge
Respiratory HealthAsthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), Clear mucus, Cough with mucus / wet cough, Croup, Cystic-Fibrosis, Difficulty expectorating, Ear pain/infection, Emphysema, Green mucus, Large amounts of mucus, Laryngitis, Mold allergy, Mucus Congestion, Mucus/congestion in mornings, Pneumonia, Post nasal drip, Pressure / popping ears, Seasonal allergies, Shortness of Breath, Sinus Headache (Pain in forehead), Sinus Infection, Sinus pain around eyes, Sinus pain in cheeks, Sore throat, Strep Throat, Stuffed nose (can't breathe), Swallowing mucus, Thick mucus, Tightness in Chest when Breathing, Waxy clogged ears, Wheezing, White mucus, Yellow mucus
SkinAcne - cystic, Athlete's foot, Cellulite, Clammy Skin, Humidity aggravates my skin, Large pores, Oily Skin, Pliable / elastic skin, Puffy / swollen skin, Rosaceae, Skin tags numerous, Stretch marks, Thick skin
Weight LossAngry when someone eats my food, Binging more than 1x monthly, Can't stop eating once I start, Distress when sweets unavailable, Eat when lonely / depressed, Eating without realizing it, Emotional eating, Fat back of arms, Fat on back, Fat on buttocks, Fat on thighs, Feel overweight, Frequent baking, Gain weight easily, Hypothyroid, Low basal body temperature, Low metabolism, Pear shape, Spending all day in the kitchen, Stomach fat, Trauma-induced overeating, Trips to food stores daily, Trying to lose weight, Uncontrollable compulsion to eat, Uneasy when food unavailable
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as 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. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
Get Ayurveda's approach to food cravings & emotional eating for balanced weight and health.