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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...
Trauma offers us the opportunity to understand and respond more deeply to all human suffering. Trauma can be transformed into blessing and gift. Among the various steps of moving beyond trauma, the willingness to become vulnerable again may be the most...
Our unique gifts should be shared with the community. The best way to share our gifts is with humility, empathy and patience. Self-consciousness makes it impossible to listen and empathize with others around us.
Eye twitching generally comes from toxicity or imbalance in electrolytes such as magnesium, potassium, or taurine.
Burning feet syndrome is characterized by severe burning and aching feet. There may also be pain, elevated skin temperature, and excessive sweating.Burning feet syndrome may be a symptom of another disease, such as hypothyroidism, diabetes,...
Strong body odor is a sign of toxicity. The toxicity may come from infection, a proliferation of normal gut bacteria, and other metabolic disorder. When at high levels, toxins in the blood are released through the skin and breath, giving an odor....
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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.
Kidney stones are the result of accumulation due to supersaturation of minerals, or low urine filtration in the kidney. Kidney stones can be composed of calcium, oxylates, or uric acid crystals. If you pass a kidney stone, have it tested for the...
Straining could results from hard, dry stools (Vata). Or, inflammation of the intestines (Pitta) and lack of muscle tone in the terminal colon. Excess mucus could prevent elimination of stool (Kapha).
Straining could cause prolapse of the rectum and...
Fasting between meals gives the digestive organs a chance to rest, and improves the ability of the body to digest fat, a stable source of energy. Although recommended by western medicine, frequent snacking causes blood sugar instability and leads to...
Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes, often due to infection, allergies, or exposure to other lung irritants such as smoking, or fumes. Bronchitis is considered chronic when a person has a productive cough for at least 3 months of 2...
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. Hyperacidity can result from stress, high Kapha, or high Pitta. Hyperacidity may result from bile or...
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...
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Thick cystic acne in the chin area could indicate a hormonal imbalance.
Swollen lymph nodes in the neck are a sign of chronic sinus, ear or upper respiratory infection. Swollen lymph nodes are a sign of blood stagnation andmay indicate sweet, thick, Kapha blood.
Cracks on the tongue often indicate tissue distress of the digestive tract, including inflammation, degenerative changes, toxicity of the colon, etc.
Nobody likes vomit. Especially other people's vomit. I remember the night my little sister vomited on me while I was sleeping. When my eyes came into focus, I found my sister had not only vomited, she had also passed out. Waking up in a puddle of vomit...
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...
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...
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Sharp intelligence, efficiency, and perfectionism are signs of the liver is stimulated and perhaps overworked. You may experience a sense of shame, frustration, or tension in the solar plexus area - a sign that the shame or self-criticism is too much...
Allergies may be a consequence of chronic underlying inflammation (of the skin, lungs, or digestive tract) that exposes the immune system to allergens. For example, a respiratory infection can cause the immune system to overreact to dust or other...
Low libido due to poor circulation and metabolism is a sign of Kapha sluggishness. Pungent herbs can help stimulate Kapha arousal. Low libido, dryness & premature ejaculation due to dryness, overstimulation and exhaustion is Vata. Restoring...
Muscles may be weak due to over-exertion, exposure to heat, under-use, or electrolyte imbalance. Sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium are essential for proper muscle function. Heat prostration may develop after a long period of sweating.
Bingeing is a common and serious symptom of bulimia and binge eating disorder. A binge involves a short period during which the binger consumes abnormally large amounts of food and feels a complete loss of control. This can be followed by a period of...
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...
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....
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An ulcer is an open wound or sore on the lining of the GI tract. If you have a stomach ulcer, you may experience a gnawing or scraping sensation in your upper abdomen, usually in the top center or slightly to the left.
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Some people skip meals because of a lack of routine. It's okay to skip a meal, however, if you aren't hungry. It is normal for Kapha people to skip breakfast, for example. Irregular mealtimes create metabolic instability, magnify food cravings, and...
Refined flours are heavy, gooey and cause congestion. Bread, although it looks crunchy, becomes a bowl of goo after it is chewed.
Why do we love nuts? Humans have a long history of eating nuts. Nuts were the primary source of fats and proteins prior to the agricultural revolution. Unfortunately, peanuts...
Gaining weight in the past was extremely adaptive when there were frequent shortages of food or famine. Famine is still a reality in developing countries. Those able to easily store and retain fat were the most likely to survive. In affluent societies,...
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.
Cramping generally comes from poor circulation, toxicity, or imbalance in electrolytes. Cholesterol medication can cause cramping as well. There is a colon marma or acupressure point where the two heads of the gastrocnemius muscle meet. This point may...
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)....
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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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