School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion
Are you prone to a problem with 'Malabsorption'?
Find your imbalances and create a diet for your Digestion by taking the free digestion quiz.
Malabsorption is the inability to absorb nutrients from food. The problem may be general, or specific to a certain nutrient. Some common types include fat, carbohydrate, protein, fructose, bile, iron, vitamin A, D, B12 or vitamin K malabsorption.
Malabsorption may be caused by many different diseases affecting the digestive tract.
|Main Sites of Absorption|
|Stomach||The stomach absorbs water, some simple sugars and alcohol.|
|Small Intestine||Most nutrients are absorbed through the "villi" of the small intestine. Iron absorption occurs predominantly in the duodenum and upper jejunum by a process that remains a mystery despite intensive investigation. The terminal ileum of the small intestine absorbs bile and vitamin B12.|
|Colon||The colon absorbs water, sodium and some fat soluble vitamins.|
In Ayurveda, you can improve your digestion, absorption, and assimilation by eating a diet that balances the doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and the gunas (hot, cold, etc). Here are some general guidelines:
|Bone & Joint|
BONE-TONICAn herb that strengthens the bones and joints.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestive.
SIALOGOGUEA sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents
|Cleanse and Detox|
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
|Energy Vitality Strength|
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
TONICA tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
|Heart & Circulation|
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
REBUILDS-FLUIDSHerbs or substances that create moisture in the body and increase fluids.
STYPTICA herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used to stop bleeding.
ANTIMICROBIALAn agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
CONSTIPATIVEAn herb that binds stools / stops diarrhea. When used in excess, these herbs and foods can cause constipation.
Symptoms Tell A StoryThe first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances, showing you where your body is weak. Specifically, they reveal the doshas & qualities that may have become aggravated. If you notice a quality or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
|GUNA||FOODS TO AVOID||DO YOU HAVE THIS IMBALANCE?|
|AVOID THESE TOXIC FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE MALABSORPTION||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Toxic' guna
|AVOID THESE LIGHT FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE MALABSORPTION||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Light' guna
|AVOID THESE DRY FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE MALABSORPTION||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Dry' guna
|AVOID THESE DIFFICULT FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE MALABSORPTION||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you need to decrease Difficult to digest foods
|AVOID THESE CLEAR FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE MALABSORPTION||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Clear' guna
|AVOID THESE BITTER FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE MALABSORPTION||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Bitter' taste
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On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food in relation to qualities (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
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Weak Digestion Type
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his 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.