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Many people smoke without thinking, leading to addiction. As a first step to quitting, Ayurveda recommends smoking slowly and with full attention.
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.
Fructose malabsorption affects up to 30% of the population in western countries. A healthy individual can digest between 25g-50g of fructose per meal. Poor fructose digestion results in gas & bloating, as the fructose is quickly fermented by bacteria...
Supplements include herbs, extracts, vitamins, minerals, and any other item you ingest as an addition to your everyday meal.
Occasional use of supplements may be beneficial - during a busy week, when you are pregnant or having so other short term,...
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.
Blood has a metallic taste. Bleeding gums, gastrointestinal bleeding and acid reflux may cause a metallic taste.
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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.
Tenderness in the breasts during menstruation may imply excess estrogen. It could also be a sign of lymphatic stagnation.
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 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...
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...
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.
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.
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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....
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.
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...
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...
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...
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A vata disorder in Ayurveda. Related to heat in the heart in Chinese medicine.
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...
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...
Sensitivity to chemicals imply that the liver is overwhelmed, often due to leaky gut syndrome or chronic indigestion.
Skin may appear gray and lifeless when ama (toxins) is present. The grayish color specifically indicates toxins from the colon, often due to constipation.
Oily in the T-zone only implies that heat/blood is moving upward into the head.
Every time you engage in sexual intimacy, you use up magic in the relationship. To create magic in a relationship, channel sexual urges into emotional intimacy. Take your partner on a date, or make a gift for him/her. If you don't have a partner, use...
Dog dander may cause allergies.
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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...
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.
When the blood and urine are 'sweet', or when urine is stagnant for too long bacteria overgrowth may occur. It is common for males to suffer from candida infections of prostate, and females of the vagina. Both of these conditions can lead to painful...
Dry Nasal Passages Heating systems, especially air heat, tend to dry out the air, creating dryness in the nasal passages. Apply sesame oil and ghee to the nose with the pinky finger. Humidifiers can help.
A bluish / purple tongue indicates internal blood stagnation (Kapha) or cold quality (Vata).
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.
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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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