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The body stores between 2-5mg of vitamin B12, about 3-5 years worth. Most of this vitamin B12 is stored in the liver (approx 50%). Some vitamin B12 is secreted by the liver each day in bile, and then reabsorbed in the small intestines. Approximately...
The body doesn't make foul odors. As blood sugar levels rise, saliva becomes sweet, feeding bacteria in the mouth. Thus, sweet foods cause bad breath. These bacteria produce waste products that have a foul odor. Bacteria will also feed on a thick...
Many new moms report they do not have enough time or space to bathe frequently. Yet, bathing is an important part of feeling fresh every day.
Beans are difficult to digest, high in soluble and insoluble fiber, and high in potassium (drying). They feel cold and heavy in the digestive tract. See more...
Bingeing is a common and serious symptom of bulimia and binge eating disorder. A binge involves a short period during which the binger consumes abnormally large amounts of food and feels a complete loss of control. This can be followed by a period of...
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....
Bladder infection arises from stagnant urine in the bladder, blood that is too sweet, or auto-immune disorders like interstitial cystitis. Infections are generally a sign of 'sweet, toxicity, heat, and stagnation.'
Sweetness of the blood feeds the...
Bladder cancer is generally asymptomatic until advanced. For this reason it generally has a poor prognosis. Routine urine tests for occult blood may provide earlier detection.
Avoid hair dyes, food dyes, environmental toxins, nitrates, coffee, and...
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Favor antispasmodics such as Kava Kava, and Wild Yam.
Avoid purines, including caffeine in coffee, chocolate, green and black tea, as they increase muscle contractility. Caffeine also 1) stimulates adrenaline, which leads to contraction of smooth...
Blastocystis hominis is a protozoan bacteria. Billions of people have Blastocystis hominis have no symptoms. Blasto was not even considered a 'bad bacteria' by most doctors until the 2000s. Even if you have Blasto, look for other potential root causes...
Bleeding less than other people can be a good thing - it means you won't lose as much blood if you cut or injure yourself. If pathological, it could be due to either thick, viscous blood with sluggish circulation
Bleeding gums may be a sign of infection in the gums, often due to inadequate flossing or food stuck between the teeth.
Bloating and distension can come from trapped gas, stagnant stools, uterine swelling during menstruation, or other causes. The gas becomes trapped if the muscles of the abdomen are too tense, if bowel tone is too lax, if peristalsis is asynchronous, or...
Dark blood is stagnant blood dur to poor circulation or thick, sweet Kapha blood.
Thick blood and poor circulation congests the lymphatic system. The most obvious sign of lymphatic congestion is puffy skin. As lymphatic congestion progresses, buildup of cellular metabolic waste products cause general inflammation. When this happens,...
The eyes may be bloodshot from a lack of sleep (Vata), irritation from contact lenses or debris (Vata), allergies (Pitta), a heat condition and even blood stagnation. Cucumbers on the eyes, cleansing the blood, and soothing the liver may help.
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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...
A bluish / purple tongue indicates internal blood stagnation (Kapha) or cold quality (Vata).
Bluish nail-beds signify stagnant blood, which may be due to poor circulation or low blood pressure.
Bluish skin is a sign of blood stagnation due to coldness or dryness.
Blurry vision may happens when the iris is dilated due to blood toxicity, or when the muscles that regulate the lens are weakened due to strain, starting a computer screen, etc.
Body dysmorphia is when you believe you are less attractive looking than you actually are. A classic example is an anorexic who believes they are overweight. More subtle examples include preoccupation with some trivial defect, such as acne.
People who are easily bored find life and the world generally insufficient for their ambitions. This in some sense is a rejection of the way things are naturally. So a bored person feels the need to make life more exciting than it is. Boredom amounts...
Braces are used to straighten and reposition misaligned teeth. Dentures are prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth. The need for braces has become more common in recent years due to a diet of highly processed foods, especially sugar. In...
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A sign of aggravated / inflamed blood (rakta) in Ayurveda.
Bright red blood signifies freshly released blood. Dark, clotted blood is older.
A bright red tongue can indicate heart heat or blood stagnation.
A heart shaped face is a face that is wider at the top than the bottom.
A broad large chest is a sign of Kapha dosha. When Kapha individuals are balanced, a man's chest will appear like superman, and a women's curvy. The muscles on the chest reflect earth element. The size of the breast reflects the amount of sweet taste...
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Bronchitis eventually scars lung tissue, and can result in asthma, reduced immunity, and allergies to airborne allergens. Chronic lunch infections must be cleared once Kapha is pacified. The lungs may be affected by excessive cold, dryness &...
Whole grains are more difficult to digest than husked, but have more fiber and are nutritionally superior. If your digestion is poor, however, you won't be able to absorb the nutrition benefits of whole grains.
A bruise is a sign of subcutaneous bleeding. To resolve, blood must be dispersed.
Bruising easily is a sign of high Pitta in Ayurveda. Capillary beds may be dilated due to a heat condition in heart or liver, general inflammation, or irritating toxins in the blood. Platelet count may be low. Malabsorption of vitamins C and K may be a...
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Often with bulimia, we get caught in thinking that food is the problem; we think that if cookies, chips, and other junky "binge" foods didn't exist, we wouldn't have a problem. But, food is merely a silk-screen...
Burgers and hot dogs combine meat and wheat, two difficult to digest ingredients. These heavy, gooey, difficult to digest ingredients often cause heaviness and stagnation in the stomach, and gas and bloating in the colon.
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...
Painful urination can be a sign of infection, kidney / bladder stones (calculi), or allergic or other irritation. Males with enlarged prostates may suffer from candida infections due to urinary obstruction. Females may have burning urination due to...
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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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