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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...
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.
Chronic vaginal discharge may be due to fungal infection, sweet, rich Kapha blood, or other factors.
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...
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,...
Fine, straight, or reddish hair tends to be thin and light in texture. It can be fair in color, like a strawberry blonde, or a bright, vibrant red. This hair type is characteristic of a
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The speed of speech is directly correlated with population density. Talking and walking quickly are also a sign of hyperactivity. A person may become hyperactive when the blood is toxic, the liver is overstimulated, if there is physical discomfort, and...
Have you ever seen air bubbles in your poop? Aerated stools may imply fermentation of food in the gut. Fermentation releases carbon dioxide, which creates bubbles and ultimately gas. Fermentation is a sign of sourness and toxicity. Fermented foods such...
PCOS appears as a Kapha disorder along with hypothyroid, low metabolism, and thick bodily fluids.
A person may flush easily when they are overheated, experience intense emotions, due to toxicity or hormone fluctuations, or after indulging in Pitta aggravating foods or lifestyle. Intense emotions can trigger an increase in the heart rate or...
Heat generally aggravates inflammation, including rashes. High metabolism, peri-menopause, and obesity are other common causes of overheating.
Nail health is related to bone, hair and teeth health in Ayurveda. Thin brittle nails may imply a nutrient deficiency, a metabolic deficiency, or malabsorption.
Difficulty expressing desires points to obstruction in the throat chakra, responsible for mediating communication between the rational mind, the heart, and base level desires. You may feel a lump in the throat during situations that provoke your...
Your diet is the 'religion' of your body. It's what your body believes will help it survive. In many ways, because of deep subconscious patterns, it's easier to change your religion than to change your diet.
Medical studies show that 90% of people...
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Urine becomes smelly when it ferments due to bacteria in the bladder, or after eating certain foods such as asparagus.
Fermentation in the bladder happens due to an infection, inflammation, or because the urine is sitting in the bladder for too...
All tension originates from the pelvic floor. To help release neck pain, learn proper hip alignment and release tension in the lower abdomen.
The neck is sensitive to the cold. For most cases, keep your neck warm to reduce neck...
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...
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.
Yellow teeth could indicate high levels of bilirubin in the blood, and implies aggravated Pitta in the liver.
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...
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.
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Pain should be checked by a medical doctor. Pain above the abdomen involves upper GI organs such as the stomach, duodenum, pancreas and liver. It can point to an ulcer, H. pylori infestation, or other upper GI issues. If stomach, pancreatic, or liver...
The appetite is often small when there is insufficient acid production in the stomach.
Refined flours are heavy, gooey and cause congestion. Bread, although it looks crunchy, becomes a bowl of goo after it is chewed.
Thin lips are constitutionally natural for Vata. Since light Vata constitutions tend to have thin skin, they often frequently have thin lips. However, thin lips may also be a sign of deficient ojas (nourishment), especially if your constitution is...
Edematic swelling can result from stagnant circulation or low osmotic pressure in the blood compared to cells. Circulation becomes stagnant in Kapha dosha when the blood is too thick and sweet. "Sweet" blood means blood that is rich in sugars, fats,...
High triglycerides indicate high fat content of the blood. Often, the best way to deal with fatty foods cravings is to find a satisfying substitute. Sweet potatoes, beans and sunflower seeds provide heaviness but won't aggravate triglyceride levels as...
Heart attacks are often fatal. Eating heart healthy foods and other preventative techniques are recommended if you are in a high risk group.
Heart attacks related to obesity, rather than stress, are common in Spring, starting mid-February, as the...
Insulin resistance is one cause of abnormally high blood sugar levels. A kapha pacifying diet and reducing sweets / high glycemic foods in your diet will help.
Exercises, and even breathing exercises (pranayama) can improve insulin uptake by...
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A whitehead may also be painful. All painful whiteheads are due to a localized infection. Whiteheads can result from excessively sweet Kapha blood, or blood that is too high in sugar or fat content mixing with fiery Pitta toxins. The fiery toxins...
Our body redirects blood flow to digest a meal, when thinking, to fight an infection, or when exposed to the cold. If you are chronically cold, suspect either deficiency of ojas or fungal/pathogenic infection (a heat condition).
Puffy skin implies lymphatic stagnation, inflammation, and edema, overall a Kapha condition in Ayurveda and dampness in Chinese medicine. Possible causes include poor circulation, an allergen, and toxins.
Kapha lymph is naturally thick & gooey. This...
The emotion that spearates humans for all other animals is shame. Shame brings us the ability to be self-conscious. We experience shame as a raw psychological pain. Our knee-jerk reaction is to escape the experience of our own unworthiness as quickly...
Dandruff is the excessive shedding of dead skin from the scalp. It is generally harmless, but can make a person feel uncomfortable or self-conscious. It may also be an indication of an inflammatory or infectious scalp condition.
Dandruff can occur...
Muscle cramps are sometimes a sign of poor circulation, poor electrolyte balance, or use of anti-cholesterol pharmaceuticals.
Swollen lymph nodes indicate infection and blood stagnation. In the hip and shoulder joints, it may indicate a fungal infection. Sweet, thick Kapha blood or Vata toxicity that becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus.
If you lead a hectic lifestyle and find yourself always running from place to place, it can be hard to switch gears and slow yourself down. The first step might be in planning, long before the meal. Have you carved out enough time in your schedule to...
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HOW AYURVEDA WORKS
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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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