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Dairy creates heaviness, cloudy thoughts, bloating and constipation for many. It provokes weight gain, mucus and Kapha dosha. Although adult humans have adapted to milk, it was originally intended for babies. Lactose intolerance may be quite natural.
Malabsorption is the inability to absorb nutrients from food. The problem may be general, or specific to a certain nutrient. Some common types include fat, carbohydrate, protein, fructose, bile, iron, vitamin A, D, B12 or vitamin K...
Menstruation is a sacred time of cleansing and rejuvenation in a women's reproductive cycle. However, for many women, menstruation comes with fatigue, cramping, and irritability.
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The body doesn't make foul odors. Odorous stool implies food is rotting and fermenting in the gut. Poop starts to rot when it sits too long in the gut (constipation). When you cannot absorb the nutrients from your food (malabsorption, Vata), the...
There are many types of asthma, including excess mucus in the lungs (Kapha), inflammation causing constriction of the bronchial tubes (Pitta), and spasm of the bronchial tubes (Vata). In Vata type asthma, address adrenal exhaustion and employ...
After 10pm you might notice a 'second wind' of energy that lasts until 1am. Many people use their second wind energy for working late, reading, and otherwise keeping the mind or body active. The second wind is actually for cleansing your organs, and is...
Sweet food is comforting. Anxiety, past trauma, and other insecurities can make you hungry, and contribute to emotional eating. Emotional eating can quickly become pathological. Exhaustion, stress, poor circulation and protein deficiencies also create...
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A thick coating on the tongue is a sign of ama - toxins accumulating in the body. It may be a sign of thick blood and aggravated Kapha, or aggravated Vata with constipation.
The coating is formed by action of bacteria on the tongue. The presence...
When you experience a "nervous stomach," a looming sense of uneasiness overwhelms your abdomen, right to the pit of your gut. You get that familiar "uh-oh" feeling, even in situations where the threat is minimal, or...
Confusion & cloudy thoughts are related to excess sweet taste in Kapha individuals. Sweet or rich blood becomes thick and difficult to circulate, congesting the lungs and heart area. The lack of good circulation creates a subjective feeling of...
Hemorrhoids are engorged veins in rectum. During evacuation these veins swell to provide extra padding to protect the colon and the anal sphincter. these veins remain 15-20% swollen between bowel movements. Pressure from the veins helps keep the anal...
Alcohol is also a medicine when used in the right dose. Alcohol is recommended in Ayurveda during winter months as a remedy to blood stagnation. Two (2) tablespoons of wine represent a daily medicinal dose of alcohol during the month of January and...
Both physical and emotional imbalances can masquerade as feelings of strong hunger, so there is no easy answer in Ayurveda. The most common causes for an excess appetite include a thick kapha blood, fiery pitta-type metabolism, malabsorption, and...
Are You So Hungry It Hurts? You Might Have Gastritis.
Hunger isn't always a sign of a big appetite. Sometimes, it's a sign of inflammation. I once had a client that was 100 lbs overweight because she was always famished. After...
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Thick mucus is a sign of Kapha. Thin mucus is a sign of Vata. Mucus is increased by cold. Thin or clear mucus is often a sign of cold sinuses, or irritation of the sinus membranes due to toxicity. It is typical of a common cold due to deficiency in...
Crying, saddness and depression are often related to excess sweet taste in Kapha individuals. Sweet or rich blood becomes thick and hard to circulate, congesting the lungs and heart area. The lack of good circulation creates a subjective feeling of...
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...
Indigestion is often the first warning sign of imbalance. The diet should be modified to avoid foods that are difficult to digest and that cause digestive upset. See
An irregular sleep schedule aggravates the liver and creates emotional instability. Although the mind loves freedom, the body loves stability. Regular mealtimes and bed schedule is the foundation of a healthy routine. There are many causes of poor...
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Proper alignment from studying yoga can help protect your knees from arthritis and pain. A significant cause of knee pain is carrying heavy objects, or gaining too much weight. Age can also cause arthritis in the knees.
Dreams are a sign of physical or psychological 'ama' or toxicity. The images are often symbolic of challenges you are facing. The emotions, more than the images, you experience in the dream, may signify emotions you are trying to resolve in your waking...
Stagnant stool sitting in the digestive tract may begin to putrefy, releasing irritating toxins. Moving the bowels flushes the toxicity. Mild or intermittent constipation can cause a buildup of toxins, making you anxious or emotionally unstable....
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Hot flashes are generally a sign of Vata pushing Pitta in Ayurveda, or deficient yin heat in Chinese Medicine. This means that over-exertion or other factors have dried up fluids or nutrients. The circulation becomes stimulated to overcompensate for...
Food Restrictions Lead to Overeating
Deprivation often leads to a lack of control around food. If you feel like you cannot stop eating once you start, observe your daily habits. Are you eating regularly throughout the day? Often...
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General malaise is a general feeling that you are unwell. You may feel like you are coming down with a cold or a fever. In the absence of an infection, general malaise is usually a sign of toxic buildup. You simply might not feel like yourself anymore....
Heart palpitations are defined as undue awareness of one's heartbeat. If you are sitting in the car or walking down the street, and suddenly feel your heart beating in your chest, you are experiencing heart palpitations.
Your heart may feel fast,...
Feeling tired in the morning is one of the early signs of high Kapha and poor circulation.
Kapha people become cold when metabolism is low or circulation is poor (Kapha). Vata people are cold when the skin is too dry, there is a lack of adequate fat tissue in the skin, or blood sugar levels are low. Pitta people feel cold when they radiate...
Tight muscles can be a sign of cold, poor circulation, toxicity, or tension. Keep muscles warm and blood flowing through the muscle to encouraging the muscle to relax. Stretch the muscle gently while massaging it. Don't overstretch the muscle since...
Why is your poop yellow? There are two main causes of this anomaly of the bowels. The most common is when stools are moving too quickly through the intestines, called a fast bowel transit time. This rapid elimination of stools is usually from...
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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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