School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion
Are you prone to a problem with 'Thalassemia Minor'?
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'Thalas' means sea in Greek while 'emia' means blood. Thalassemia thus means 'blood of the sea.' In Thalassemia, a genetic mutation makes red blood cells irregular. The mutation confers immunity to malaria, which is more prevalent near the coastline (hence the name). Unfortunately, the irregularity also leads to the early death of red blood cells. While normal red blood cells live an average of 120 days, those of a person with thalassemia minor die in 30 days.
Over time, high metabolism burns up oil and fat reserves (ojas) leading to a characteristic thin, lanky Vata appearance of those with thalassemia. Eventually, the high concentration of uncongugated bilirubin in bile crystallizes and may form gallstones of a jet black color (most gallstones are yellow), giving rise to the name 'Black Bile' in Greek medicine.
Individuals with liver stress are visually sensitive. They may be sensitive to bright light and sun. Liver stress can cause frequent migraines and a low pain threshold. On the other hand, individuals with liver stress love beauty & grace. Beauty, delicate smells & a cooling atmosphere may be soothing, such as sitting in a rose garden with fountains at night under the light of the cool moon.
As symptoms progress, you may notice pain in the right upper quadrant of your abdomen and eczema in your extremities, both signs that your liver may need to be decongested and/or nourished. Decongestion may be accomplished simply through twisting yoga poses, which can also provide immediate emotional relief from liver stress symptoms. Avoid harsh liver cleanses, which can further weaken your liver. Instead, focus on nurturing your liver (90%) and cleansing (10%).
The best way to nurture your liver is rest and stress reduction. Keep a good eating and sleeping routine. Avoid late nights. Get to bed on time. Take naps, especially in the afternoon.
Sweet, oily, cooling & sour foods nurture your liver. Bitter & sour foods cleanse the liver. Notice sour is on both lists. That's why many individuals with thalassemia will crave sour foods like vinegar, lemons & pickles. However, vinegar's harshness must be tempered with something sweet, like maple syrup. Strawberries & blueberries are perfectly packaged for relief from thalassemia. Naturally swet & tart, their deep red/blue hue is a sign of beta-carotene, which stimulates the liver. Applesauce is also wonderfully sweet and tart for thalassemia. Coconut oil is cold and oily. Recipes with mild cleansing action include the bitterness of kale tempered with coconut oil, coconut flakes, raisins & fennel.
Heat, spicy foods, rigorous exercise and anything that increases blood movement further weakens the spleen and liver. While moderate exposure to the sun aids the liver and reduces jaundice like symptoms, prolonged exposure to the strong heat of the afternoon summer sun aggravates thalassemia symptoms.
Disclaimer: Conditions such as 'Thalassemia Minor' that cause tissue changes could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.
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Are you wondering what Ayurveda is and how to use it for 'Thalassemia Minor' and health in general?
|GUNA||FOODS TO FAVOR||CONDITION IN YOUR BODY|
|OILY INGREDIENTS OILY RECIPES||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Oily' guna
|COLD INGREDIENTS COLD RECIPES|
|SWEET INGREDIENTS SWEET RECIPES||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Sweet' taste
|BITTER INGREDIENTS BITTER RECIPES||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Bitter' taste
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|Energy Vitality Strength|
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
|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.
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
REFRIGERANTAn herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
|Liver & Gall Bladder|
HEPATOPROTECTIVEAn herb that is capable of preventing liver damage.
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.
|Mind, Stress & Sleep|
NERVINEHerbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer?s, even chronic pain.
SEDATIVESedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.
LOWERS-THYROIDReduces thyroid function. Useful for people with hyperthyroid.
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 HOT FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE THALASSEMIA MINOR||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Hot' guna
|AVOID THESE DIFFICULT FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE THALASSEMIA MINOR||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you need to decrease Difficult to digest foods
|AVOID THESE COLD FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE THALASSEMIA MINOR|
|AVOID THESE SOUR FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE THALASSEMIA MINOR||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Sour' taste
|AVOID THESE PUNGENT FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE THALASSEMIA MINOR||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Pungent' 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.
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.