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Skin may appear gray and lifeless when ama (toxins) is present. The grayish color specifically indicates toxins from the colon, often due to constipation.
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.
Dog dander may cause allergies.
Cat dander may cause allergies and infection with toxoplasma gondii.
Dandruff is the excessive shedding of dead skin from the scalp. It is generally harmless, but can make a person feel uncomfortable or self-conscious. It may also be an indication of an inflammatory or infectious scalp condition.
Dandruff can occur...
Dark menstrual blood could indicate blood stagnation, and cold congestion in the uterus.
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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 in the neck are a sign of chronic sinus, ear or upper respiratory infection. Swollen lymph nodes are a sign of blood stagnation andmay indicate sweet, thick, Kapha blood.
Food creates an illusion of security. An abundance of food can represent opulence, wealth, and well-being, while a scarcity of food can mean poverty, instability, and unsatisfied hunger. A history of yo-yo dieting, eating nutrient deficient foods,...
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...
Lactose intolerance primarily affects Kapha individuals, although all constitutions can have lactose intolerance. Clearing excess mucus from the stomach should assist in the digestion of milk. Many lactose intolerant clients report that they can eat...
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.
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Glaucoma is a serious disease that can cause blindness characterized by increased pressure in the eye. Note there are two types of glaucoma: open angle and closed angle.
In Ayurveda, open angle glaucoma is considered to be an accumulation of...
Irritation, inflammation and osmotic laxatives can often cause stools to completely liquefy. This condition quickly depletes the body of fluids and electrolytes, causing weight loss and dehydration. The loss of electrolytes can lead to muscle cramps...
Red dots on the tongue are blood filled bumps that indicate a heat condition in the internal organs, especially the digestive tracts.
Hiccup or hiccoughs can result from overstimulation of the vagus nerve after eating hot or spicy foods. A 'burp' trapped by mucus can cause a hiccup as well.
Tenderness in the breasts during menstruation may imply excess estrogen. It could also be a sign of lymphatic stagnation.
The intestines may be lumpy when cramped, or when fecal matter is stuck in the colon.
Celiac disease is an allergy to wheat. Wheat intolerance (the inability to digest wheat) and wheat allergies are different even though the symptoms may be similar. In celiac disease, the immune system attacks the gluten. The symptoms are generally...
A clear or absent tongue coating could indicate excess heat or high metabolism, especially if the tongue is also bright red - a pitta condition. A "well-oiled" individual with adequate nourishment will have a slight, very thin coating on the back of...
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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 sharp pain in the abdomen could indicate colic. Colic is an uncoordinated spasm of the digestive tract. It may feel like a ripping or tearing of the intestines. In contrast, a burning pain feels indicates irritation and inflammation of the digestive...
A sour taste in the mouth could indicate acid reflux.
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.
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....
Canned, frozen food may be nutrient deficient, and lack taste. Taste is important to help the body choose the best foods for the season.
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.
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.
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Many people unconsciously lose weight because they follow advertising that promotes a certain type of food deemed healthy and good for us. Yet the target market for these ads are people who are overweight so it is important to listen to your body and...
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.
A Vata person feels cold due to stress, light clothing or deficiency - anemia, skipping meals, low blood sugar levels, high metabolism, excessively light foods, etc. A Kapha person feels cold due to depressed metabolism, low heart rate, and lethargy,...
Routine is the first pillar of health. It creates structure and the ability to monitor and plan, putting you in the driver's seat of your health. An irregular meal schedule scrambles your biological clock. Your digestive organs may not be ready for...
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. Fermented foods like sauerkraut are intensely sour, and a similar process...
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...
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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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