Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion School
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Since bile is responsible for the breakdown of fats, it is the main pathway for cholesterol metabolism. Eighty percent of all gallstones are cholesterol stones, formed when the bile has excess cholesterol or low concentration of bile salts. In addition to high cholesterol in general, unwanted excess cholesterol in the bile has also been linked to hypothyroid, weight gain, low metabolism and high cholesterol in general. A fat-rich diet leads to a fatty, congested liver, which, according to Ayurveda, predisposes one to a Kapha-Pitta conditions like gallstones. Low metabolism can lead to a sluggish gallbladder that fails to empty properly, increasing the likelihood that stones will form.
Visually, gallbladder stagnation appears as a slightly dark or greenish hue around the eye in a Kapha Pitta constitution. Low grade liver toxicity and gall bladder stagnation may be experienced as a mild discomfort under the right ribcage.
Find more diet & lifestyle information for preventing and reducing gallstones by purchasing this CD, "Help! The Doctor Wants My Gallbladder!". Since gall bladder disease can be serious, please check with your doctor before taking herbs or making any changes to your health and wellness plan.
|How should I take my herbs?
Follow these guidelines
Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Ayurveda helps you assess how you feel through the 20 main therapeutic feelings or qualities called gunas. Through the gunas you can articulate, experience and develop sensitivity to the signals your body sends you. Imbalanced gunas are the root of your imbalances. Every guna has an opposite which balances is (i.e. hot balances cold). You create balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite guna.
The 6 Tastes
Taste has meaning in Ayurveda, and brings physical and emotional changes to your body. Taste is experienced on the tongue and is your body's reaction to foods much in the same way that your emotions are mental reactions to experiences. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below? Food and herbs with the following tastes could aggravate your symptoms.
The Three Doshas / Body Types
Your body type shows how your strengths, as well as how your body typically goes out of balance. It also shows how your body responds to the environment. Your body type is comprised of certain qualities and affects every part of you - your physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. This is because your body type is based on how your body uses energy. Ayurveda has 3 body types (doshas), called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata spends energy. Pitta burns energy. Kapha stores energy. Vata people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Pitta people tend to be hot, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Kapha people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
AIRResembles air (vayu) in quality - highly mobile, drying, light, cold, subtle, rough.
AROMATICHerbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
PLASMAPlasma (Rasa Dhatu) includes plasma, white blood cells, and lymph.
RED-BLOODRed blood (Rakta Dhatu) includes red blood cells and blood vessels.
DOWNWARDDownward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
STIMULANT-LAXATIVEStimulant laxatives induce bowel movements by stimulating peristaltic movement (the contraction of smooth muscle in the intestines). They are effective when used on a short-term basis. On a long-term basis, they can create dependency.
|Heart & Circulation|
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
|Kidney & Urinary|
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
|Liver & Gall Bladder|
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LIVOTONICAn herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
HYPOLIPIDEMICScrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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