Cold Biocharacteristic (Guna) Foods & Herbs List: An Ayurveda Perspective
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Balance My Coldness (Cold Guna)
Get the 45 minute presentation 'Balance My Coldness (Cold Guna)' 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 COLD
Is every part of your body warm and cozy? Imagine you are lying on a couch in front of a fire under your fluffiest down comforter while watching your favorite movie and sipping hot cocoa. If you're any colder than that, chances are a body part or two could use some nurturing. Don't wait until you are shivering and purple lipped; get warm and cozy right now. Make your winters like the dog days of summer!
Winter, High Heeled Shoes, & AgingIt takes work to keep your body warm. We all work hard to reduce drafts in our homes during the winter. Under-dressing for winter leaks your vital energy. Something as simple as toeless high heels could create a big 'draft' in the body, sapping your strength. A cold body temperature stresses your organs and leads to early aging. The best way to stay young is to keep your vitality intact.
Blood in HibernationSome people get cold feet even with two pairs of socks. When your body is cold, it constricts blood vessels and pulls blood into core. Even socks can't coax the blood out of hibernation. The solution to cold feet is warming your core and oiling your skin. Oiling your skin helps hold the heat in, as long as you wipe off all the excess before going outside. A pinch of turmeric keeps circulation strong.
Cold restricts all fluid motion, slowing the body's digestive juices and drying up sweat glands. Contact with a very cold temperature, such as ice cubes, constricts blood flow even to the point of numbness. Cold stiffens muscles, condenses, and compacts. Cold stimulates the nervous system. The cold weather in autumn stimulates fat storage and creates a protective layer of fat in the skin. Animals like polar bears are large to help them retain heat.
Effects of Cold Food & Drinks on DigestionSince cold restricts circulation, drinking or eating cold foods such as ice cream or ice water effectively shuts down digestive function the moment we need it most. If your stomach is cold it will feel heavy. For this reason, cold foods are contraindicated for all three doshas.
When you eat cooling foods your eyes will feel refreshed, your forehead will feel cool, and your emotions will feel calm.
Kapha & Vata ColdKapha gets cold from slow metabolism. Vata cold comes from the core, deficiency, and exhaustion. When the core is deficient, even digestion gets cold. Vata people with cold digestion may forget to eat meals. Pitta is usually warm all year round!
Cold Blood PressureCold causes a slow heartbeat and pale skin. Cold causes constriction of blood vessels, hampering circulation and causing obstruction and toxic buildup. Constricted vessels then lead to a rise in blood pressure. The kidneys compensate by filtering water from the blood which causes dryness, a process called cold diuresis in Western medicine. Cold also causes weakness and loss of coordination, shivering, goosebumps, and slurred speech.
Stuffy Noses & Common ColdsViruses thrive in colder temperatures. Since breathing through the nose makes the sinuses cool, the body stuffs up the sinuses to keep them warm whenever it is threatened by infection or cold temperatures. Many diseases in Ayurveda are named after patterns, like the aforementioned example of the common cold.
Causes of ColdCold can be caused by improper clothing, insufficient food, climate, dryness, lack of fat tissue, lack of exercise, anemia, slow metabolism, blood stagnation, and drinking cold water.
Treatment of ColdNourishment, warm spices (like cloves and turmeric), ghee, extra layers of clothing, and exercise all help warm the body. Hot showers heat the skin but are insufficient to heat the core of the body. One of the best home remedies for cold is giving yourself a warm oil massage followed by a hot bath.
OTHER HERB ACTIONS AFFECTING HEART-CIRCULATION-BLOOD
HELPFUL FOR*'Cold' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
Blood and CirculationAutoimmune Disorders, Bloodshot Eyes, Blurry Vision, Bright red lips, face or palms, Bruise easily, Drug/penicillin allergy, Easily hot, General Inflammation, Herpes - Genital, Herpes - Mouth / Facial, High Blood Pressure, Jaundice, Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), My fevers tend to be high (above 103F, 39.4C), Puffy under eyes / Bags, Stinging Eyes, Sweat often, Thalassemia Minor, Varicose Veins, Yellow eyes / sclera, Yellow tongue coating, Yellowish skin
DigestionAnal Itching, Bad breath, Burning abdominal pain, Crohn's Disease, Food allergy, Gastritis, H pylori infection, Hyperacidity, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Pain above belly button, Receding gums, Sores inside mouth, Strong food cravings, Strong hunger, Strong/frequently thirsty, Ulcerative Colitis, Vomiting Blood, Yellow teeth
Kidney Bladder UrinaryBladder / Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), Blood in urine, Interstitial Cystitis
Mind Stress SleepAnger, irritable, ambitious, analytical, Conflict makes me angry, irritable, Dizzy / Light-headed, Easily insulted / sensitive, Judgmental, Migraines, Preoccupied with sex / lust, Vertex Headache (top of the head)
Poop3+ bowel movements a day, Bloody stools, Explosive elimination, Frothy Stool / with Bubbles, Soft Stool, Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces, Stool in mushy pieces mixed with liquid, Stool thick mud, Tarry black stools, Yellow stool
Reproductive HealthHeavy Period
SkinAcne - general, Acne - painful, Cold sores, Heat aggravates my skin, Hives, Itchy skin, Oily t-zone only, Rashes, Red/flushed skin, Scaly / flaky skin, Sensitive to Poison Ivy, Skin problems on neck, Skin sensitivity to chemicals, Sun damage/burn, Sun sensitivity, Warm & rosy skin
CONTRAINDICATIONS / AGGRAVATES / IS AGGRAVATED BY*'Cold' may aggravate, or be aggravated by, these symptoms and causes below.
Blood and CirculationAnemia, Bleed less than other people, Blood light in color, Blood thick / Congested lymph, Bluish / Purple Tongue, Bluish nail-beds, Bluish Skin, Cardiac Insufficiency, Chest Pain, Cold extremities, Cold to touch, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Cramping back of leg, Easily cold, Heart Murmur, Heaviness in heart area, Iron deficiency, Low blood pressure, Low energy, Pale Tongue, Pins and Needles Hands and Feet, Poor circulation, Poor discernment of temperature, Raynauld's Syndrome, Shadow under eyes, Sickle Cell Anemia, Slow Heartbeat, Sweat rarely, Thalassemia Minor, Thick coating tongue, Tingling/Numbness
BonesCold aggravates pain, Dry, dark, frizzy hair, Foot cramps, Hair loss / Balding, Hip pain, Morning joint pain, Muscle cramps, Osteoarthritis, Pale nail-beds, Popping/Cracking Joints, Thin, lanky, slim with thin muscles, Tight muscles, Weak muscles
Cleanse and DetoxGeneral Malaise
DietAnorexia, past or current, Beans, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Bulimia, past or current, Dairy/milk/cheese/ice-cream, Drink lots of water, Iced/cold drinks, Raw Food / Salads, Restricting Food Intake, Skip meals more than 2x/week, Taking Enzyme Supplements, Wheat
DigestionFoul taste on tongue, Frequent Hiccup, Fruits Cause Gas, Gas, irregular digestion, Gray teeth, Intestinal colic / spasm / cramping, Intestine lumpy / like a rope, Irregular/small appetite, Nervous stomach / butterflies, Pain lower back, Pain relieved by heat, Palpable Mass in Abdomen, Pancreatic Insufficiency, Quickly full / early satiety, Rarely Thirsty, Slow, heavy digestion
Disordered EatingDrinking coffee to replace food, Eating vegetables to suppress hunger, Fasting during daytime hours / bingeing at night, Omitting Food Groups, Pretend Eating / Playing with Food
Kidney Bladder UrinaryFrequent Urination, Kidney / Bladder Stones, Kidney Infection, Night-time Urination
Lifestyle3+ Address changes 10 years, Avoids cold, House cold, Lack of exercise, Love warm climates, Thermostat set below 64, Underdressed for cold weather
Mind Stress SleepAnxiety, fear, uncertainty, Bored easily, Calm, greedy, stagnant, Caring, calm, patient, Conflict makes me depressed, lazy, Depressed, Depressed when stressed, Difficulty waking up, Dizzy / Light-headed, Excessive sleep, Lacking love/affection, Seizures, Self Mutilation, Shaky / Jitters, Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up, Sleep during the day, Tired in morning, Weakness / Debility
PoopConstipation, Gray Stool, Sausage shape stool with cracks on surface, Sinking stool, Soft Stool, Undigested food in stool, Use laxatives frequently
Reproductive HealthClots in menstrual blood, Dry / light period, Hysterectomy, Insufficient Breast Milk, Low libido, Miscarriage (Past), No period, Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps, Pale menstrual blood, Post Menopausal, Vaginal dryness
Respiratory HealthAsthma, Bronchitis, Chronic cough, Clear mucus, Cough with mucus / wet cough, Cystic-Fibrosis, Difficulty expectorating, Dry cough, Dry Nasal Passages, Dryness aggravates nasal passages, Dust allergy, Ear pain/infection, Emphysema, Hoarse Voice, Large amounts of mucus, Limited sense of smell, Lungs Irritated / Inflamed, Mucus Congestion, Mucus/congestion in mornings, Pneumonia, Post nasal drip, Pressure / popping ears, Ringing ears, Runny nose, Sinus Headache (Pain in forehead), Sinus Infection, Sinus pain around eyes, Sinus pain in cheeks, Sore throat, Stuffed nose (can't breathe), Swallowing mucus, Thick mucus, Thin mucus, White mucus
SkinCellulite, Chapped lips, Cold aggravates my skin, Dry skin, Gray skin/lacking lustre, Pale lips, Pale Skin, Purple/blue lips, Thick skin, Thin lips, Thin skin
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.
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