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Lumps and bumps could be lipomas, cancer, or other diseases. Lipomas indicate a problem with fat metabolism and lipid congestion of the lymphatic system.
Ear infections are generally from due to Kapha. Much of the inner ear is fluid filled. You might notice additional pressure in your ear after eating sugar or rich fatty meal, as this fluid becomes congested. Sinus congestion may also travel up the...
Yellow teeth could indicate high levels of bilirubin in the blood, and implies aggravated Pitta in the liver.
Pitta tends to create nearsightedness. Kapha tends to create farsightedness.
A hoarse voice could be a sign of acid reflux, smoking, stuffed nose, dry air, dry palate, overuse of the voice, and upper respiratory infection. The vagus nerve also affects the muscles and tension in the vocal chords.
Gas and watery stools together make the elimination explosive. Explosive elimination is often a sign of both irritated and weakened intestines. It may be a sign of colic, or irritable bowel syndrome. This condition should be addressed as quickly as...
Although most cases resolve spontaneously, bleeding from the GI tract can be scary. Most bleeding comes from hemorrhoids, diverticulum, inflammatory bowel diseases, impacted fecal matter, ulcers, angiodysplasia, polyps or cancer. Mortality and...
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The picture to the left shows blood that has been digested in the stomach. The oxidation of hemoglobin by stomach acids gives the vomit has a brown granular appearance similar to coffee grounds. Bleeding in the upper GI is usually due to an ulcer or...
The cecum or 'second stomach' marks the beginning of the colon in the lower right abdomen. Pain in this area is usually due to stagnant digestion. The cecum may feel bloated or full. Eventually, a painful cecum could lead to appendicitis. This area...
High fat content may cause stools to float. Stools will appear yellow in this case. Stools may float if the fiber in the stool is high, generally appearing bulky. Stools also float when fermentation aerates the stools.
Sinking stool is a sign of a rich, heavy diet. Ice cream often makes the stool sink. When food sits in the bowels too long, the stool may become hard and dense. Easy to digest food, mild digestives and fiber should be used to clear the digestive tract.
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...
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Laryngitis may follow an upper respiratory infection & swelling, excessive use of the voice, acid reflux, or other causes.
In hepatitis or liver inflammation, liver enzyme levels in the blood are elevated because of ruptured liver cells which contain high contents of liver enzymes. Many people with hepatitis are unable to digest wheat, broccoli, beans, and other difficult...
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,...
Thin, dry, cold skin is characteristic of malabsorption and indigestion in underweight Vata individuals. Thin skin has a tendency to develop wrinkles earlier. Thin skin can make you feel cold, especially when swimming. Vata people can protect and...
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...
Sitting in a chair for long periods can cause lymphatic congestion and sluggish circulation. Throughout the day, your organs depend on good circulation to stay fresh and clean. A sedentary lifestyle means that your organs aren't getting cleaned...
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,...
A vata disorder in Ayurveda. Related to heat in the heart in Chinese medicine.
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PCOS appears as a Kapha disorder along with hypothyroid, low metabolism, and thick bodily fluids.
Some, but not all, Western pharmaceuticals weaken the kidney and liver, leading to a buildup in toxicity. Use of pharmaceuticals to treat acute conditions, short term generally fits well in the Ayurvedic model. Check with your physician before making...
Numerous moles may be a sign of liver stress.
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...
Skin may appear gray and lifeless when ama (toxins) is present. The grayish color specifically indicates toxins from the colon, often due to constipation.
There is no right or wrong answer to the raw versus cooked debate. The real answer to the debate depends on the digestive strength of the individual. Raw food offers nutritional benefits but is more difficult to digest, causing gas and bloating in...
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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...
Dog dander may cause allergies.
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...
The birth control pill is a contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. Some forms increase progesterone and estrogen to trick your body into thinking it is pregnant when it does not. Others are abortifascent, preventing implantation of a fertilized egg....
Food creates an illusion of security. An abundance of food can represent opulence, wealth, and well-being, while a scarcity of food can mean poverty, instability, and unsatisfied hunger. A history of yo-yo dieting, eating nutrient deficient foods,...
Lactose intolerance primarily affects Kapha individuals, although all constitutions can have lactose intolerance. Clearing excess mucus from the stomach should assist in the digestion of milk. Many lactose intolerant clients report that they can eat...
Sleep in the eye is a sign of sweet, thick, rich Kapha blood. When the blood plasma is thick and rich, it tends to coagulate in the eyes.
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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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