Light Biocharacteristic (Guna) (Laghu) Foods & Herbs List: An Ayurveda Perspective
Natural Biocharacteristics: Light
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Balance My Excess Lightness (Light Guna)
Get the 45 minute presentation 'Balance My Excess Lightness (Light 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 LIGHT
Light & Many MeaningsIn the body, lightness creates agility and swiftness. It is the opposite of heartiness. Lightness of mind is associated with clarity and alertness. Lightness is inspiring: it improves oxygen levels and creativity. Lightness of being can also mean frivolous behavior, a lack of appropriate seriousness. It is the opposite of heavy drama. Mental lightness can create spaciness, ungroundedness, and distraction. Pathological lightness creates emaciation and weakness. Discomfort and pain are very light.
Light, Cleansing, & LongevityFoods that are light aid weight loss. Examples of light foods include popcorn (without butter and salt), salads, and black pepper. They also convince the body to scavenge for food, and this metabolizes residues in the blood, cleanses all fluids, and aids the healing of wounds. For this reason, Lightness is associated with purity. Light quality reduces viscosity of the blood.
Eating lightly, including gentle fasting and smaller portions, directly increases lifespan in laboratory studies. Fasting in general is an ancient cleansing practice to create lightness and lose weight, however it is often too harsh. Pathological lightness creates dryness and can aggravate Vata. Osteoporosis is lightness in the bones.
Treatments for Excess LightnessAlthough the mind enjoys lightness, it can aggravate Vata to the point of emaciation if unchecked. The body prefers stability to freedom. Sleep, rest, routine, and reducing stress are the most important ways to gain weight and become grounded and centered. Ojas building foods, such as a teaspoon of ghee with meals, helps nourish the body and bring heaviness. Ashwagandha ghee is a medicated ghee that helps ground the nervous system while nourishing Vata. Licorice root and salt help retain and rebuild fluids. Daily oil massages soothe and nourish Vata.
OTHER HERB ACTIONS AFFECTING WEIGHT-LOSS
HELPFUL FOR*'Light' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
Blood and CirculationBlood thick / Congested lymph, Chronic Fungus infection, Chronic Infection, Gallbladder Removed, Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure, High Blood Sugar, High Triglycerides, Insulin Resistance, Low energy, Puffy face
Cleanse and DetoxGeneral Malaise
Mind Stress SleepConfusion / Cloudy Mind, Difficulty waking up, Excessive sleep, Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up, Sleep during the day, Tired in morning
Respiratory HealthShortness of Breath
Weight LossAngry when someone eats my food, Eat when lonely / depressed, Emotional eating, Fat back of arms, Fat on back, Fat on buttocks, Fat on thighs, Feel overweight, Overeat more than 2x/week, Spending all day in the kitchen, Trips to food stores daily, Trying to lose weight, Uneasy when food unavailable
CONTRAINDICATIONS / AGGRAVATES / IS AGGRAVATED BY*'Light' may aggravate, or be aggravated by, these symptoms and causes below.
Blood and CirculationAnemia, Cold extremities, Easily cold, Heart Palpitations, High Blood Sugar, Hypoglycemic, Iron deficiency, Sunken, small, active, dark eyes
BonesBones brittle / break easily, Dry, dark, frizzy hair, Hair loss / Balding, Lean muscles, Osteoporosis / Osteopenia, Slender, thin hips, Thin bones, Thin hair, Thin, brittle nails, Thin, lanky, slim with thin muscles, Weak muscles
DietAnorexia, past or current, Drink coffee 3+ times a week, High fiber diet, Irregular meal times, Irregular schedule / eating times, Macrobiotic diet, Preoccupied with healthy eating, Raw Food / Salads, Restricting Food Intake, Skip meals more than 2x/week, Vegetarian
DigestionColon Cancer, Intestinal Worms / Parasites / Protozoa / Bacteria, Irregular/small appetite, Malabsorption, Stress under-eater, Traveler's Diarrhea
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
Lifestyle3+ Address changes 10 years, Avoids cold, Compulsive exercising, Divorced, Exercise aggravates symptoms, Exercising 6+ times per week, Exercising after eating too much, Exercising as punishment, Exercising more than 1 hour a day, Exercising without eating, No job security
Mind Stress SleepAnxiety, fear, uncertainty, Conflict makes me restless, Difficulty falling asleep, Dizzy / Light-headed, Excessive thinking, Fainting, Forgetful / spacey / distracted, Frequent Stress, Hyperactive, quick, Impulsive / extroverted, Insomnia, Irregular sleep schedule, Light sleeper, Like constant adventure / excitement, Make and change friends often, Manic / giddy, Racing thoughts, Waking up middle of night
Poop3+ bowel movements a day, Alternating Diarrhea / Constipation, Diarrhea, Light brown stool, Use laxatives frequently
Reproductive HealthDry / light period, No period, Pale menstrual blood, Semen discharge in urine, Small breasts, Vaginal dryness
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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