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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...
It may take several years for hormones to stabilize during menopause. A more relaxed lifestyle and stress reduction techniques help make the transition smoother.
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...
Menstrual cramps before the period may be due to colic, or asynchronous contractions of the uterus and cervix. Menstrual cramps during the period may be due to clotting. Anxiety, indigestion, constipation, bloating, and the presence of Candida or other...
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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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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.
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.
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...
Good hip alignment is the foundation of good posture and emotional equanimity. Hips should be back with the tail-bone downward, and devoid of tension.
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...
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...
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.
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No matter how much you love digestive enzymes for saving you from embarrassing gas or tummy discomfort, digestive enzymes could magnify the real root...
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.
Nightime urination may be due to toxicity in the blood, which gets filtered by the kidneys. Alternatively, night-time urination can indicate diabetes, especially if the urine is cloudy.
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).
Lumps and bumps could be lipomas, cancer, or other diseases. Lipomas indicate a problem with fat metabolism and lipid congestion of the lymphatic system.
Amenorrhea may be caused by menopause, too much exercise, birth control pills, Vata type dryness, or low thyroid.
Chronic vaginal discharge may be due to fungal infection, sweet, rich Kapha blood, or other factors.
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The symptoms of Crohn's are pain in the lower right side of the abdomen with diarrhea, fever and weight loss. Crohn's in the ileum presents with abdominal pain above the pubic bone. Crohn's starts with inflammation around Peyer's patches that spreads...
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.
The liver is located near to the right upper abdomen. You may experience aching in that area when the liver is inflamed or enlarged. Congested fecal matter in the colon may present as pain in the upper right side.
The appetite is often small when there is insufficient acid production in the stomach.
The body doesn't make foul odors. Sweet foods cause a foul taste on the tongue. As blood sugar levels rise, saliva becomes sweet, feeding bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria produce waste products that have a foul odor. Bacteria will also feed on a...
PCOS appears as a Kapha disorder along with hypothyroid, low metabolism, and thick bodily fluids.
Allergies in the lungs may reflect some underlying weakness in the lungs itself. Allergies are also a sign that the immune system is on high alert, a sign of aggravated liver.
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...
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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...
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 stimulates the vagus nerve, which could ellicit a cough. Stimulation of the ears sometimes leads...
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...
Yellow teeth could indicate high levels of bilirubin in the blood, and implies aggravated Pitta in the liver.
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...
Normally, the intestines contract in a wave-like motion called peristalsis, propelling the food or fecal matter smoothly through the intestinal tract. Sometimes, the intestines contract in an irregular way leading to colicky pain and cramping. This...
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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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