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The eyes are a very bloody organ, and are easily affected when Pitta is aggravated.
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).
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...
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...
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...
Cloudy urine most likely results from a heat condition (Pitta) aggravating Kapha. Examples include infections of the bladder / kidneys.
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...
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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.
Sandwiches are generally a bad food combination, dry, heavy and cold. Sandwiches were invented by the earl of sandwich, a british lord who was also a compulsive gambler. He would gamble for many days and nights together without stopping to eat or...
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...
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...
Short bursts of energy may come from the liver's inability to regulate blood sugar levels, perhaps due to hyperthyroid. If you are Vata, your liver may be deficient, leading to erratic behavior. If you are Kapha, your energy may be stagnant and...
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.
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...
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...
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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).
Purpura, also known as blood spots, is a condition of purple or red spots on the skin. It occurs when small blood vessels under the skin burst and leak blood. It may indicate a blood clotting disorder, low platelet levels, or vascular weakness.
Oily in the T-zone only implies that heat/blood is moving upward into the head.
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.
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...
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Cat dander may cause allergies and infection with toxoplasma gondii.
Foods containing vitamin C (see Dietary Sources of vitamin C) also enhance non-heme iron absorption when eaten at the same meal.
Alcohol sensitivity could indicate liver weakness. Liver is weakened by the presence of chronic toxicity due to stress, intense emotions, infection, gas, or bloating.
Laxatives are substances that help encourage a bowel movement. They are generally used to relieve constipation and are intended for short-term use. However, many people can become dependent on the frequent use of laxatives to evacuate a stool....
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...
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...
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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...
Red dots on the tongue are blood filled bumps that indicate a heat condition in the internal organs, especially the digestive tracts.
Although most cases resolve spontaneously, bleeding from the GI tract can be scary. Blood in the stools (hematochezia) can come from hemorrhoids, diverticulum, inflammatory bowel diseases, impacted fecal matter, ulcers, angiodysplasia, polyps or cancer...
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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...
Tenderness in the breasts during menstruation may imply excess estrogen. It could also be a sign of lymphatic stagnation.
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.
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.
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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 focusing only 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 biocharaceristics (gunas)
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 imbalanced biocharacteristics.
By eating an optimal diet that balances your biocharacteristics, 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
To get started on your Ayurvedic journey, we first recommend that your find your body
type by taking our free quiz. In Ayurveda, every solution is based on your unique body type, so
by taking this quiz, you’ll get the best results.
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