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You are your own gift in the world, which is hard to see when consumed by self-loathing. Feelings of self-disgust and loathing can blind you from your own unique gifts and keep you from declaring your authentic identity. It is easy to blame the size or...
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...
Clear urine can be a sign of adequate hydration, eating a diuretic, chronic cold, or that the kidneys are flushing toxins out of the blood. Chronic cold and toxicity may lead to frequent urination & chronic dehydration that cannot be remedied by...
Pale skin can come from anemia or other blood deficiencies (Vata), low basal body temperature, or poor circulation at the surface of the skin. Often, poor circulation is related to thick, rich blood (Kapha).
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...
Lumps and bumps could be lipomas, cancer, or other diseases. Lipomas indicate a problem with fat metabolism and lipid congestion of the lymphatic system.
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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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...
Fruits digest quickly. Other foods, such as yogurt, meat, peanuts and other heavy foods digest more slowly. While the body is trying to digest these other foods, bacteria quickly ferment the fruit, causing gas, bloating & toxic buildup. Fruits should...
When mucus is a yellow or green color, generally this means there is an excess of Pitta in the lungs and a possible sign of infection (Pitta is responsible for infection). The quality of this mucus is hot, sharp and penetrating. You will feel this...
The eyes may be bloodshot from a lack of sleep (Vata), irritation from contact lenses or debris (Vata), allergies (Pitta), a heat condition and even blood stagnation. Cucumbers on the eyes, cleansing the blood, and soothing the liver may help.
Many people smoke without thinking, leading to addiction. As a first step to quitting, Ayurveda recommends smoking slowly and with full attention.
Overuse of a tendon, as well as Pitta type toxins can irritate the tendons. In Chinese medicine, the tendons are controlled by the liver.
Tension in the eyes is a liver issue.
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Part of what makes loneliness unbearable is the aspect of mystery in it. When you are alone, you may not know how and where you can find human connection, and feel your self-esteem quickly wither before the enigma. When you feel like you are unloved or...
Tight muscles can be a sign of cold, poor circulation, toxicity, or tension.
No matter how much you love digestive enzymes for saving you from embarrassing gas or tummy discomfort, digestive enzymes could magnify the real root...
The body releases toxins through the digestion, urine, skin & lungs. Rashes may result when there are too many toxins, or the liver becomes otherwise aggravated. Some rashes may be infectious and require a visit to a medical doctor. All rashes are a...
A dry cough is a cough where lung tissue is void of mucus. The sound of a dry cough is raspy. Irritation of the upper respiratory tract, as well as inhalation of dust could create the urge to cough. Oddly, when a person relaxes or breathes slowly it...
Cracks on the tongue often indicate tissue distress of the digestive tract, including inflammation, degenerative changes, toxicity of the colon, etc.
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Glaucoma is a serious disease that can cause blindness characterized by increased pressure in the eye. Note there are two types of glaucoma: open angle and closed angle.
In Ayurveda, open angle glaucoma is considered to be an accumulation of...
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...
Amenorrhea may be caused by menopause, too much exercise, birth control pills, Vata type dryness, or low thyroid.
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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 yellow tongue indicates the liver is overwhelmed and excess bilirubin in the blood. It is often a sign of inflammation or infection somewhere in the body.
In Ayurveda, beliefs govern behavior. Behavior governs routine. Routine governs diet. Diet rules digestion. Digestion creates the blood. Blood rule the organs.
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...
Pneumonia may relate to infection, to poor circulation, or other factors. Breathing exercises, lung opener yoga poses, cleansing therapies, and herbs that are specific for the lungs and heart were traditionally Ayurvedic remedies for this condition.
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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...
Ayurveda traditionally recommended an ojas building diet and regular meal times and sleeping routine to pacify high Vata. Coconut oil specifically nourishes the thyroid and metabolism.
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.
If fat on your buttocks is proportional to weight gain in other areas of your body, you do need to give special consideration to fat in this area. If you gain weight disproportionately on the buttocks, it may indicate that circulation in this region is...
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.
A puffy face is one that looks more swollen than normal. It is caused by sluggish circulation and lymphatic congestion. It can appear worse in the morning as lymph tends to stagnate overnight when you are immobile.Sluggish circulation often occurs as...
Eating happens. Food calms you down when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or hazed, which can create an almost instinctive impulse to reach for a snack, even when you're calm, when life and your diet are going swimmingly well for you.
Pitta tends to create nearsightedness. Kapha tends to create farsightedness.
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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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by taking this quiz, you’ll get the best results.
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