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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)...
Pitta tends to create nearsightedness. Kapha tends to create farsightedness.
Fissures can result from intestinal surgery, stagnant fecal matter in the intestines, inflammatory bowel diseases, and difficulty in elimination. Ayurveda has advanced surgical techniques for dealing with fissures that are only available in India....
Fatty poop, greasy stools, steatorrhea, or whatever you'd like to call it, one thing is certain: oily stool indicates dysfunctional fat absorption. Fatty stools can manifest in different ways. You may see oil floating in the toilet with stool, light...
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...
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 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...
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...
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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...
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...
Limited sense of smell could come from various causes. Toxins in the body reduce the sensitivity of the nose. Sinus inflammation or sinus infection could reduce sensitivity. Acid reflux may affect smell. Injury or trauma to the septum, or sphenoid bone...
Yellowish skin can be a sign of liver distress and excess bilirubin in the blood. This may come from Vata deficiency, or an infectious process (Pitta). If the skin becomes very yellow, it is a sign of jaundice and should be treated immediately.
Numerous moles may be a sign of liver stress.
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).
The moons on nails are called lunula. Small or non-existent moons on nails indicate weak metabolism.
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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....
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...
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.
Pencil stool often indicates inflammation in the digestive tract narrowing the lumen, especially if the anus feels itchy or irritated. This type of inflammation can obstruct the movement of stools. It can also be a simple sign of loose stools that...
Ear wax helps protect against bacteria and has antifungal properties. However, too much of it can cause problems. Ear wax can affect balance. It can become impacted in the ear. Ear wax is called karna mala in Ayurveda.
A diet high in meats...
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 appetite is often small when there is insufficient acid production in the stomach.
Dry, dark, frizzy hair appears unruly with frayed and split ends. It tends to be a trait of Vata type individuals.
The health of the hair reflects...
Swelling, edema, and dehydration increase a person's thirst. Consider how your body is releasing the water. If the urine is clear, you may be over hydrated. According to Ayurveda, the urine should be a pale yellow, neither too dark nor too light. If...
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...
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The eyes generally sting one hour after a meal, during the sour phase of digestion. In this phase, acid production in the stomach cause an 'alkaline tide' in the blood. Stinging eyes are a sign of these changes in blood chemistry.
The eyes may also...
Sensitivity to chemicals imply that the liver is overwhelmed, often due to leaky gut syndrome or chronic indigestion.
Oily in the T-zone only implies that heat/blood is moving upward into the head.
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...
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.
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.
Cat dander may cause allergies and infection with toxoplasma gondii.
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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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