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Water retention could imply poor circulation or low kidney function. Poor circulation may be due to thick, sweet Kapha blood, a heart condition, low metabolism, or other factors.
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...
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...
Sensitivity to bright lights, especially at night, indicates a Pitta disorder in the liver with Pitta toxins. These toxins tend to dilate blood vessels and the pupil of the eye. Could also be a deficiency in Riboflavin.
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...
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....
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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. Auto-immune...
Vegetarian foods often leave fewer residues than animal products after digestion and for some help increase vitality. A vegetarian lifestyle is more environmentally friendly, and can help a person advance on their...
Bronchitis eventually scars lung tissue, and can result in asthma, reduced immunity, and allergies to airborne allergens. Chronic lunch infections must be cleared once Kapha is pacified. The lungs may be affected by excessive cold, dryness &...
Liver and gall bladder distress can both make a person feel restless. Conflict may evoke shame or a sense of failure. If your ego is unable to bear this sense of shame or failure, you may react before you are able to fully discern the situation...
Depression is often related to excess sweet taste in Kapha individuals. Sweet or rich blood becomes thick and difficult to circulate, congesting the lungs and heart area. The lack of good circulation creates a subjective feeling of heaviness and...
A fast heartbeat could indicate stress, anxiety, dehydration, and heat. It is normally associated with Vata dosha and toxicity in the blood. If Kapha thick blood congests circulation too much, it could create panic attacks / anxiety related tachycardia.
Swollen joints may be a sign of toxicity, an auto-immune disorder, or arthritic degeneration in the joint.
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Hot weather makes a person sluggish in the morning (Pitta). Poor circulation, and rich, sweet blood makes a person feel heavy, sleepy and content (Kapha). A person who is exhausted (Vata) will have trouble waking up in the morning.
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.
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....
Irregular meal times create unstable blood sugar levels which can lead to binging on junk foods. Skipping meals aggravates Vata as well. If occaisonally you must eat off schedule, choose easy to digest, nourishing foods. For example, an almond milk,...
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...
Most people who have acid reflux have hypoacidity, or too little acid. Only a stomach acid test can confirm if you have too much or too little acid. Hyeracidity can result from stress, high Kapha, or high Pitta. Vata people rarely have hyperacidity.
An irregular heartbeat is also known as arrhythmia. It means your heart beat speeds up and slows down, skips an occasional beat, and feels significantly different throughout the day. Arrhythmia can indicate an irregularity in your heart. It is...
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Inspiration, creativity and imagination activate the crown chakra and an experience of your spiritual nature, reflecting the minds associative, relational nature. Although pleasant, it may be impossible to discern whether the spiritual experience is of...
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...
'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...
When an infant cries, one of your first impulses might be to soothe it with food or a warm bottle. Food is calming. Eating causes your blood sugar to rise, bringing you back to a state of balmy ease. Eating helps brings you down to earth, abating the...
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,...
Kapha people become cold when metabolism is low or circulation is poor (Kapha). Vata people are cold when the skin is too dry, there is a lack of adequate fat tissue in the skin, or blood sugar levels are low. Pitta people feel cold when they radiate...
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Tingling / numbness could result from a circulatory or other problems. Circulation may be blocked because of sweet, thick Kapha blood, bloating in the digestive tract, fat tissue, edematic swelling, and other factors.
Kapha people have watery lungs, and are more vulnerable to mold allergies.
Diabetes Type I, is a generally a Pitta disorder where the immune system attacks and destroys insulin producing cells of the pancreas. Diabetes type II, from insulin resistance, is generally a Kapha disorder.
Diabetes mellitus is characterized by...
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...
Kapha 'Light sleepers' are often sensitive to disturbance by light or noise. Vata 'Light sleepers' are often woken up by digestive distress, dreams, or a racing mind when stress hormones are activated between 4am-6am. Many people wake up to to the...
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
Beans are difficult to digest, high in soluble and insoluble fiber, and high in potassium (drying). They feel cold and heavy in the digestive tract. See more...
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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, 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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