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Volatile or unstable emotions are a sign of a blood imbalance and a distressed liver. Vata people may be distracted by the moment, and and susceptible to quick mood changes. Pitta people are highly sensitive, and may have strong reactions when slighted.
Thick cystic acne in the chin area could indicate a hormonal imbalance.
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.
Exhaustion, lack of food, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, calcium, potassium, sodium, or magnesium deficiencies, as well as other blood deficiencies can make the muscles heavy and tired.
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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.
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...
Sweets have a calming, sedating effect on the body and mind; they can serve to bring you comfort and ease when you're feeling stressed or ungrounded. Yet, if you are becoming distressed when sweet foods are unavailable, this is an indication of...
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Body dysmorphia is when you believe you are less attractive looking than you actually are. A classic example is an anorexic who believes they are overweight. More subtle examples include preoccupation with some trivial defect, such as acne.
Swollen lymph nodes are a sign of infection. In Ayurveda, tissues are most vulnerable to infection when the blood is too sweet and thick (an excess condition), and when there is toxic buildup. Traditional remedies include a light and mildly spicey diet...
Stool that is thick mud can imply that digestive organs are too weak to fully digest the food (Vata). Or, muddy stools can reflect a diet that is too rich. It may also be a sign of excess bile (Pitta). If the stool has a foul odor, it is a hot & sour...
When you have abdominal pain, the specific region will tell you a lot. Pain located in the lower left side of your abdomen frequently has to do with the sigmoid colon, which lies in the lower left quadrant. The sigmoid colon is the section after your...
Studies show over 1/5 of all eating happens in a car. The flavor curve of food changes with every bite. When you are distracted, you may not be aware of how the taste of food is changing. Distractions make it impossible to listen to your body's cues to...
Consuming food soon after a meal forces the stomach to process partially digested and undigested foods at the same time, disturbing the rhythm of digestion. Desserts especially challenge the stomach due to their heaviness. The stomach produces special...
Meat is considered a supplement in Ayurveda rather than a daily food. Since our digestive tract is too long, an excess of meat tends to putrify in our gut.
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Cancer is a disease characterized by the uncontrollable division of abnormal cells. This division can start in almost any part of the body, and may spread to surrounding areas via the blood (rakta vaha srotas) and lymph (rasa vaha srotas)....
Psychiatric disorders are considered to be a Vata disorder. Past trauma, unsupportive belief patterns, and imbalanced blood can affect neurons. Often, the blood is imbalanced by constipation and fermentation in the intestines, infectious processes,...
Mucus is very difficult to digest, buffers acids, and should not be swallowed. When excess mucus is swallowed, it causes nausea and vomiting.
Panic attacks are generally caused by sweet, thick, congested blood blocking circulation to the brain. They are provoked by heavy, rich foods such as ice-cream.
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...
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Tension in the eyes is a liver issue.
In this condition, fats are deposited in the lower body only. Fat is deposited on your hips, buttocks and thighs while you may even experience a loss of fat in the arms / breasts. This condition points to blocked circulatory issue in the lower abdomen,...
Fungi like warm, damp environments like the groin, armpits, vagina, and colon. They also tend to lodge in areas with poor circulation, including the toes and joints. Often a fungal infection in the foot is a sign of a deeper fungal infection in the...
You might be tempted to believe that self-control is the only answer to a compulsive relationship with food. However, most compulsions have a story to tell. Listening to them is usually a more effective means to unravel their power and help you regain...
Sensitivity to heat indicates various patterns of imbalance. Sometimes the body becomes hot when deficient (as in dry eczema, or yin-deficient heat of Chinese medicine). Otherwise, heat may come from some kind of internal inflammation. A fever is a...
Fat on the back of the arms or on the back is generally not as problematic: Ayurveda is more concerned with fat concentrated disproportionately in the hips, belly, and thighs. Unequal distribution of fat is a sign of circulatory problems. Often either...
Sores inside the mouth are often a sign of inflammation throughout the GI tract. Acidic foods like tomato or vinegar, irritating foods like coffee or chilis may aggravate intestinal mucosa, or flareups of intestinal bacteria may cause inflammation.
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The appetite is often small when there is Insufficient acid production in the stomach. This may be due to chronic dehydration. In that case, drink a glass of warm water with a pinch of salt and a wedge of lime a half hour before meals to rehydrate your...
Stool in pieces mixed with liquid should be differentiated from mud-like stool. Mud like stool is stool that has never formed into a solid. Mushy pieces imply the stool was formed, then mixed with liquids, perhaps implicating the colon. When the lining...
Amenorrhea may be caused by menopause, too much exercise, birth control pills, Vata type dryness, or low thyroid.
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...
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Often with bulimia, we get caught in thinking that food is the problem; we think that if cookies, chips, and other junky "binge" foods didn't exist, we wouldn't have a problem. But, food is merely a silk-screen...
A normal tongue has a very thin white coating in the back, which is a sign that the tongue is adequately nourished. If the tongue coating appears gray in color, it is a sign that ama (toxins) is present. The grayish color specifically indicates toxins...
In Ayurveda, beliefs govern behavior. Behavior governs routine. Routine governs diet. Diet rules digestion. Digestion creates the blood. Blood rule the organs.
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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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