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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...
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.
Judgement implies an individual is confident in their analysis of another's behavior. This confidence may mask an underlying inability to empathize with an individual. Judgement may be unnecessary to decide consequences, or you reaction to another's...
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.
Eating late at night provokes Kapha. When a person goes to bed with undigested food in the stomach, the food tends to stagnate both in the intestines and the blood, leading to weight gain. Sumo wrestlers in Japan gain weight by eating late at night. If...
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Fasting from dairy for several months can lead to lactose intolerance,
as your body no longer produces dairy digesting enzymes. Many lactose intolerant clients report that they can eat ghee without symptoms.
A wheat intolerance is an inability to digest wheat. A gluten allergy is slightly different. Gluten is a protein molecule found in wheat and some other grass family foods (such as barley). A gluten allergy means that your immune system attacks the...
Skin may be flushed due to an internal heat condition (Pitta). This internal heat may be due to toxins from inflammatory processes, infection, or fermentation in the intestines.
Skin may be flushed due to blood stagnation from thick blood (Kapha)...
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.
Blood has a metallic taste. Bleeding gums, gastrointestinal bleeding and acid reflux may cause a metallic taste.
Sweating rarely may indicate chronic dehydration, electrolyte imbalance such as magnesium deficiency, or other factors. Drinking inadequate amounts of water, urinating or passing too much liquid in the feces will reduce the amount of sweating. The...
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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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The psychological effects of abortion can be lifelong. Loss of life is always tragic. Parents may have long term feelings of guilt over the death of their child. They may wonder what their baby...
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...
A low body weight may cause an unsettling sense of lightness, ungroundedness, or weakness. It is important to determine the cause of weight loss. Unexplained weight loss can be serious - please see a doctor if you have chronic weight loss issues....
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...
Cysts are a sign of aggravated Kapha. When Kapha is aggravated, the body has trouble detoxifying irritants. Instead, Kapha surrounds the irritant with fluid to neutralize it.
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...
Restlessness and hyperactivity are characteristic mobile quality of Vata dosha. Vata people tend to 'give up' their energy too quickly, confidently diving into experimental lifestyles, spontaneous acts of charity, and exciting social activities. These...
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Pain should always be checked by a medical doctor. Angina is chest pain that gets worse during stress of exercise. It is due to insufficient blood supply (ischemia) to the heart muscle and can be dangerous because it is a warning sign of a future heart...
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...
Numerous moles may be a sign of liver stress.
Sensitivity to chemicals imply that the liver is overwhelmed, often due to leaky gut syndrome or chronic indigestion.
Dry, small lips imply a Vata imbalance. Cold sores imply a Vata imbalance (stress diminishing immunity) which aggravates Pitta (inflammation).
Oily in the T-zone only implies that heat/blood is moving upward into the head.
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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...
The moons on nails are called lunula. Small or non-existent moons on nails indicate weak metabolism.
The constituents of some plants are used for their psyco-tropic qualities. Ultimately, these powerful herbs leave toxicity in their wake, particularly affecting liver function.
Sour sweat is a sign of a Pitta Kapha condition with ama (damp-heat in Chinese medicine). Circulation may be blocked or stagnant. This condition typically occurs alongside red-puffy skin and well developed muscles.
Fructose malabsorption affects up to 30% of the population in western countries. A healthy individual can digest between 25g-50g of fructose per meal. Poor fructose digestion results in gas & bloating, as the fructose is quickly fermented by bacteria...
Supplements include herbs, extracts, vitamins, minerals, and any other item you ingest as an addition to your everyday meal.
Occasional use of supplements may be beneficial - during a busy week, when you are pregnant or having so other short term,...
The upper back supports the neck, rib cage, sternum, lungs, and heart. Pain in any one of these areas can masquerade as an upper back ache.
Abnormal posture, such as hunching the shoulders, a sunken sternum, as well as scoliosis, can create...
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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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