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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...
Adventure and excitement are useful in moderation. They can help you find a more authentic version of yourself. Sometimes you have to break ties to find your true home. However inspiration, adventure, and awe are addictive. Constant dreaming feeds the...
Dog dander may cause allergies.
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.
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.
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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...
Vomiting is the forceful expulsion of stomach contents through the mouth. Often, contents of the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine, are also discharged. Vomiting is caused by irritants and harmful agents, such as viruses, bacteria, strong...
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.
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.
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...
Red dots on the tongue are blood filled bumps that indicate a heat condition in the internal organs, especially the digestive tracts.
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...
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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...
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...
There are several types of ovarian cysts. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a Kapha condition that may lead to depression, weight gain, and facial hair.
Kidney infections primarily affect Kapha individuals. The kidney has to work extra hard to filter sweet, thick Kapha blood. Ayurveda traditionally recommended avoiding heavy, rich, or difficult to digest foods when there is an infection. Drinking water...
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...
Pain below the belly button represents lower GI problems including stagnation of the small intestine or colon. A guided enema cleanse is highly useful in many of these cases. All pain symptoms should be checked by a qualified medical doctor.
A sour taste in the mouth could indicate acid reflux.
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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.
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.
Laryngitis may follow an upper respiratory infection & swelling, excessive use of the voice, acid reflux, or other causes.
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...
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A classic Vata trait and often a sign of parasites, malabsorption or poor digestion leading to weight loss.
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...
Kapha individuals have to work up enough umphh to be excited. This is why many Kapha individuals like stimulating activities, especially music. The calmer the individual, the more intense the music.
After eating late at night, especially heavy foods, many people report difficulty waking up early the next day. This heaviness is due to blood stagnation.
A vata disorder in Ayurveda. Related to heat in the heart in Chinese medicine.
A popping or clicking jaw is generally related to stress making the jaw tense, poor alignment of the neck and spine. The jaw is related to the throat chakra issue - responsible for filtering as well as integrating thoughts, desires and moral...
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...
Spicy food stimulates digestion, blood flow and sweat. Spicey food liquefies mucus in the digestive tract, lungs, and anywhere mucus is found. Spices can irritate the digestive tract.
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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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