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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...
Dark yellow urine implies the urine has a lower concentration of water than normal. This may be due to dehydration, a high sodium diet, electrolyte imbalance, or weak kidneys. Generally, urine should be straw colored, or light yellow. There are many...
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.
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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....
Tenderness in the breasts during menstruation may imply excess estrogen. It could also be a sign of lymphatic stagnation.
Gray teeth indicates Vata type toxic buildup. The most common cause of Vata ama is constipation, gas and bloating.
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Unintended loss of weight could indicate a serious condition, including parasites, cancer, etc. Even intended, rapid weight loss could create health problems. The best way to lose weight is slowly and steadily.
Burritos are a bad food combination. They generally contain rice and wheat (two types of grains), beans and meat (two types of proteins), sour cream and cheese (two types of dairy), nightshades (tomatoes, chilis) and fatty avocados.
The body craves salt when it wishes to retain water. Swelling, inflammation, and edema draw fluids out of circulation and can actually increase salt cravings.
Dry, dark, frizzy hair appears unruly with frayed and split ends. It tends to be a trait of Vata type individuals.
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Thick, wavy hair looks healthy, glossy, and lustrous. It is usually characteristic of a Kapha type individual.
Thick, oily hair tends to be a sign...
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 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.
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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...
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Diarrhea is a serious condition that should be reviewed by a medical doctor. Diarrhea quickly after eating may imply irritation in the intestines, an overactive gastro-colic reflex, or IBS.
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...
Cat dander may cause allergies and infection with toxoplasma gondii.
Alcohol sensitivity could indicate liver weakness. Liver is weakened by the presence of chronic toxicity due to stress, intense emotions, infection, gas, or bloating.
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....
This type of stool indicates a healthy, well-formed stool. The ideal poop is like a banana in size, shape and consistency with a medium brown color and no cracks on the surface. The bowels should eliminate 1-2x daily, with the first movement in the...
Many people smoke without thinking, leading to addiction. As a first step to quitting, Ayurveda recommends smoking slowly and with full attention.
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Cooking your own food is the first step towards knowing the relationship between food and your body. Cooking is an essential first step in Ayurveda.
Gum inflammation is often secondary to either toxicity (Vata or Pitta type), or sweet blood (Kapha Type). Sweet blood, or blood high in sugar, is attractive to the organisms that cause tooth decay.
The heart is sensitive to changes in blood chemistry, including hormones and toxicity. Heart palpitations and murmurs are aggravated by fermentation in the digestive tract. Regular, gentle extercise also strengthens the herat and circulation.
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.
Red dots on the tongue are blood filled bumps that indicate a heat condition in the internal organs, especially the digestive tracts.
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The pancrease, stomach, spleen, and splenic flexure of the colon are in the left upper abdomen. If the pain is under the rib cage, it may be the stomach or spleen.
Pain should always be checked by a medical doctor. Burning abdominal pain may be a sign a wounded or inflamed area of the GI tract (khavaigunya). When this area is irritated it may lead to diarrhea or 'confused type' constipation. In confused...
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.
Digestion demands alot of blood to function properly. Cold drinks cause blood vessels in the stomach to shrink. A warm drink expands blood vessels in the stomach, much like the cheeks become red and flushed on a hot July afternoon.
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...
Shame and self criticism underlies goal oriented behavior, liver and gall bladder disorders. The liver and gall bladder and the general and strategist of the body, according to Chinese medicine. Goals lead to wealth and worldly success, but falls short...
Sharp language indicates anger, aggression, focused attention, intelligence, or analysis. Sharp language is concentrated and penetrating. It implies frustration with an obstacle, and motivation to overcome, fix, or move beyond it. Focused thought tends...
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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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