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1-2 bowel movements a day is ideal. Stool should be like a banana in size, shape, and consistency with a medium brown color. The surface should be smooth but not slimy.
Many people are allergic to pet dander.
Unless a person eats a large amount of fiber, Ayurveda suggests that normally a person will have 1-2 bowel movements per day. 3 or more bowel movements per day could be a sign of malabsorption of nutrients from food resulting from weak digestion....
Ayurveda promotes fertility and the creation of life. However, multiple children depletes kidney energy and can create metabolic problems. That's why Ayurveda recommends a supportive diet and lifestyle for pregnant and post-partum mothers. If your...
Eating stimulates the digestive organs to secrete fluids. It also stimulates peristalsis, propelling previous meals through the GI tract. The enzymatic action and movement can be abrasive for sensitive irritated tissues.
Abdominal swelling during menstruation may be due to swelling of the uterus with water or uterine congestion of menstrual blood. Bloating due to gas is a digestive issue.
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The psychological effects of abortion can be lifelong. Loss of life is always tragic. Parents may have long term feelings of guilt over the death of their child. They may wonder what their baby...
Ayurveda classifies pain into several types - inflammatory, tension related, and ama related (toxins), although the underlying cause of pain could be virtually any injury, disease or sickness. General aches & pains are often a sign of ama or toxic...
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Tension in the jaw area is a sign of struggle. Attempts to "toughen up" or "grin & bear it" tend to cause tension and soreness in the jaw. Pain in this area may also indicate infection and abscess of a tooth. This condition should be checked by a dentist...
Painful acne is often deep seated and cystic. Cystic acne may form in a person with a watery kapha constitution has a clogged pore, their body may form a cysts around the irritant.
A whitehead may also be painful. All painful whiteheads are due to...
A whitehead may also be painful. All painful whiteheads are due to a localized infection. Whiteheads can result from excessively sweet Kapha blood, or blood that is too high in sugar or fat content mixing with fiery Pitta toxins. The fiery toxins...
Albinism is a rare genetic condition in which a person lacks pigment of the skin and hair. The skin is generally very pale, and the eyes can appear pink in color. It is a congenital disorder, meaning it is present from birth.
Albinism occurs when a...
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Alcohol is also a medicine when used in the right dose. Alcohol is recommended in Ayurveda during winter months as a remedy to blood stagnation. Two (2) tablespoons of wine represent a daily medicinal dose of alcohol during the month of January and...
Alternating diarrhea and constipation is often simply constipation that eventually irritates the colon. Diarrhea dries out the colon, causing constipation. Constipation irritates the colon, causing diarrhea. This is symptomatic of 'low agni' (digestive...
Another name for Alzheimers in Pre-senile Dementia. It can begin with changes in mood swings, communication difficulty and personality. Causes may be hereditary.
Anal itching implies irritation or inflammation near the anus. This is often due to candida, or hemorrhoids, but may indicate parasites as well.
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Sweet foods may aggravate candida symptoms and parasites in...
Spasm in the anus, and muscle spasms in general, are caused by any of toxicity, electrolyte imbalance, tension, irritation, and blockage. Anal spasms may be caused by anxiety or nervousness as well.
Anemic blood is weaker than non-anemic. Blood that lacks umphh may leave you feeling cold, your skin pale, and your digestion weak. In fact, all blood intensive activities may be affected.
Some of the types of anemia include iron-deficiency,...
Anger from DeficiencyVata anger comes from deficiency. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) can provoke a Vata type of irritability, when the liver becomes desperate for food.
Anger from ToxinsToxins can...
Allergies in the lungs may reflect some underlying weakness in the lungs itself. Allergies are also a sign that the immune system is on high alert, a sign of aggravated liver.
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Anorexia means a poor or irregular appetite. Anorexia nervosa refers to a psychological disorder where the appetite is suppressed. Anorexia has been associated with stress undereating, perhaps due to low agni and poor digestion. The root of anorexia may...
The appendix is an important organ for boosting immunity of the digestive tract. If your appendix has been removed, your immunity may be compromised. In that case, Ayurveda suggests foods that are easy to digest.
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For 100 years, we've grown up believing the appendix had no purpose. Its odd wormy shape, earning it the name 'vermiform appendix' has long perplexed scientists....
The first step in alleviating body shame is to develop a gentler and more loving relationship with your body. Your body is an important part of your identity in life and should be treated with the care and respect that you would show a spouse or best...
There are many types of asthma, including excess mucus in the lungs (Kapha), inflammation causing constriction of the bronchial tubes (Pitta), and spasm of the bronchial tubes (Vata). In Vata type asthma, address adrenal exhaustion and employ...
Ayurveda cultivates tolerance for the beliefs of others. This places us in the best position to learn and receive from those around us, especially those with different world views. It also brings greater opportunity for reconciliation and participation....
Our family is our inheritance and identity. We experience obstacles, deprivation and our personal flaws more poignantly around family members. We may be reminded of old behavior patterns, deeply embedded in our families, that actively prevent our...
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Human nature is fundamentally flawed. Once the full significance of these flaws has been realized, it creates an opportunity to grieve. The grieving process brings us into loving acceptance of those around us and the reality of human suffering. When we...
Bitterness wells up whenever we refuse to accept the world as it is, challenging us to re-examine the phrase, "God made the world and saw that it was good." The rejection of any race or culture, especially your own, stems from the ego refusing to face...
Atherosclerosis is a condition where plaque accumulates inside the arteries, causing them to harden and narrow. Arteries carry oxygen rich blood throughout the body, and when they become obstructed, it can lead to serious medical complications including...
A Vata person feels cold due to stress, light clothing or deficiency - anemia, skipping meals, low blood sugar levels, high metabolism, excessively light foods, etc. A Kapha person feels cold due to depressed metabolism, low heart rate, and lethargy,...
The liver, heart, brain, and genitals are most sensitive to heat. Heat also aggravates a rash, or any inflammation in the body.
Kapha people tend to store excess water. They avoid humidity and anything soggy, including soggy foods because it resembles the way they feel: congested, clammy and heavy. Since Kapha people crave heavy foods without sogginess, they are seduced by...
The body stores between 2-5mg of vitamin B12, about 3-5 years worth. Most of this vitamin B12 is stored in the liver (approx 50%). Some vitamin B12 is secreted by the liver each day in bile, and then reabsorbed in the small intestines. Approximately .1%...
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HOW AYURVEDA WORKS
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WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?
Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic,
systemic approach, instead of myopically focusing on the disorder in question. Ayurveda
shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them
using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't
take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you.
Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an
exceptional focus on digestion.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?
Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type
which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths).
It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders.
Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder.
It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of gunas / qualities
For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc.
This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (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
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