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Itchy skin may be secondary to dryness (Vata pushing Pitta). Skin may be itchy due to cyst formation (Pitta/Kapha type). Skin may feel itchy when sweating, or when heat (Pitta) is trapped in the body. When wounds are healing, the skin is...
Thick mucus is a sign of Kapha. Thin mucus is a sign of Vata. Mucus is increased by cold. Thin or clear mucus is often a sign of cold sinuses, or irritation of the sinus membranes due to toxicity. It is typical of a common cold due to deficiency in...
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Whole grains are more difficult to digest than husked, but have more fiber and are nutritionally superior. If your digestion is poor, however, you won't be able to absorb the nutrition benefits of whole grains.
Heart palpitations are defined as undue awareness of one's heartbeat. If you are sitting in the car or walking down the street, and suddenly feel your heart beating in your chest, you are experiencing heart palpitations.
Your heart may feel fast,...
A thick coating on the tongue is a sign of ama - toxins accumulating in the body. It may be a sign of thick blood and aggravated Kapha, or aggravated Vata with constipation.
The coating is formed by action of bacteria on the tongue. The presence...
When you experience a "nervous stomach," a looming sense of uneasiness overwhelms your abdomen, right to the pit of your gut. You get that familiar "uh-oh" feeling, even in situations where the threat is minimal, or...
Bruising easily is a sign of high Pitta in Ayurveda. Capillary beds may be dilated due to a heat condition in heart or liver, general inflammation, or irritating toxins in the blood. Platelet count may be low. Malabsorption of vitamins C and K may be a...
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Tight muscles can be a sign of cold, poor circulation, toxicity, or tension. Keep muscles warm and blood flowing through the muscle to encouraging the muscle to relax. Stretch the muscle gently while massaging it. Don't overstretch the muscle since...
Stagnant stool sitting in the digestive tract may begin to putrefy, releasing irritating toxins. Moving the bowels flushes the toxicity. Mild or intermittent constipation can cause a buildup of toxins, making you anxious or emotionally unstable....
Why is your poop yellow? There are two main causes of this anomaly of the bowels. The most common is when stools are moving too quickly through the intestines, called a fast bowel transit time. This rapid elimination of stools is usually from...
Origins & IntroductionWhether due to past trauma, digestive disorders, or habitual lifestlye of change, some people have never experienced true 'comfort' in their gut. Anxiety, from an Ayurvedic perspective, attacks the gut and...
In Ayurveda, beliefs govern behavior. Behavior governs routine. Routine governs diet. Diet rules digestion. Digestion creates the blood. Blood rule the organs.
Mucus is generally a sign of "sweet blood". Blood that is high in sugar, fats, or proteins is sweet blood. Sweet blood is thicker than dry blood and causes mucus. Sweet blood causes thick mucus while toxicity generally creates thin, clear mucus.
Thick blood and poor circulation congests the lymphatic system. The most obvious sign of lymphatic congestion is puffy skin. As lymphatic congestion progresses, buildup of cellular metabolic waste products cause general inflammation. When this happens,...
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Feeling tired in the afternoon is often due to adrenal exhaustion. 3pm is naturally a Vata time where the body is fatigued from the long day.
This symptom describes a feeling of fullness, bloating, or pressure in the center of the body below the belly button, often caused by stagnant decal matter in the lower GI (ileum or rectum). It is easiest to experience while belly breathing, or a...
Even though flowers release pollen all summer long, many people are more sensitive to pollen in the springtime. The body releases winter fats in the springtime, making the blood rich and sweet. When the blood is rich, any single grain of pollen...
Arthritis (osteoarthritis) is considered to be a Vata disorder. Generally, circulation is poor in the joints. Toxins (mostly from poor digestion) tend to buildup in these areas of poor circulation, causing local inflammation and degeneration....
Our ancestors subsisted on a diet high in leafy greens and nuts. Bitter leaves such as endives stimulate digestion, restore proper food cravings, and cleanse the liver and the blood. Leaves are also high in fiber, minerals and vitamins. Eat at least...
Tomatoes aggravate Vata and Pitta. They are difficult to digest and acidic. Like most members of the nightshade plant family, they have a funkiness that irritates the liver.
Chapped lips is a sign of inadequate circulation to the lips, dehydration, or overexposure to cold. Chronic candida and toxicity can also dry out the lips.
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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...
Normally, you cannot feel your liver. However, when the liver is inflamed, you may notice soreness in the area. A liver abcess, such as Amebic liver abcess, can cause dull pain on right side of the body just above the abdomen and behind the right rib...
Food Restrictions Lead to Overeating
Deprivation often leads to a lack of control around food. If you feel like you cannot stop eating once you start, observe your daily habits. Are you eating regularly throughout the day? Often...
General malaise is a general feeling that you are unwell. You may feel like you are coming down with a cold or a fever. In the absence of an infection, general malaise is usually a sign of toxic buildup. You simply might not feel like yourself anymore....
A sore throat may due to acid reflux, dryness, or 'sweet blood'. Sweet blood encourages proliferation of bacteria that irritate the throat.
A bowl of double dark chocolate ice-cream before bed comforts the soul, but could also lead to a gallbladder jammed with stones. About 1/2 a million people...
If you have diverticulosis disease, it means you have small, marble-sized pockets in the walls of your colon called diverticuli. Nobody knows why these pockets form, but doctors suspect chronic constipation, gas and bloating as the primary contributing...
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Discomfort in the abdomen may be a sign of irritation and inflammation in the intestines, constipation, gas and bloating or tension in the belly due to nervousness, trauma, or shame. Discomfort in the abdomen creates cravings for comfort foods, warmth....
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Poor muscle tone and weak ligaments may result from sweet thick, Kapha blood, lack of exercise, hypothyroid, lymphatic congestion, and liver or gall bladder congestion
Bacteria naturally proliferate when the blood is sweet or rich after sweet or rich foods. This is especially true for the gums, which are exposed to the outside air. Toxicity in the blood further irritates tissues, making them vulnerable to infectious...
Ulcerative colitis is a kind of eczema of the colon, often associated with blood stagnation in the lower half of the body, and is Pitta Kapha in nature. Excess bile acids, fermentation of fecal matter can also irritate the colon.
Red meat should be consumed in small quantities only. Red meat is heavy & hot. It can make a person domineering.
When thick blood blocks circulation to the brain, a person may be more prone to panic attacks. Heavy, rich foods such as ice-cream make the blood thick.
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HOW AYURVEDA WORKS
ARE YOU WONDERING HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP YOU?
WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?
Ayurveda strengthens the body while opposing disorders. It takes a holistic,
systemic approach that looks at the whole body. Ayurveda
shows how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them
using diet, lifestyle adjustments, and herbs. It shows a person how to 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.
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 biocharaceristics (gunas)
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 imbalanced biocharacteristics.
By eating an optimal diet that balances your biocharacteristics, 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
To get started on your Ayurvedic journey, we first recommend that your find your body
type by taking our free quiz. In Ayurveda, every solution is based on your unique body type, so
by taking this quiz, you’ll get the best results.
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