Ayurveda Doshas

i posted this in 2016 but it’ still relevant.

Ayurveda is an holistic approach to healing I have looked to in the past couple of decades but in researching about it in the past year and a half I have learned about it in much more depth. In practicing it to regain my health it has become a natural part of my every day life with absolute essential health benefits that I will carry on using for the rest of my life. I find it quite interesting because I need balance in all aspects of my life, in learning how my body works and what type of person I am, in how I react and deal with life helps me understand how to keep myself balanced.

I use mindfulness, meditation, listening to my body and understanding the signs, reading myself and using the resources I have collected to bring myself back into balance. When I am losing balance my sleep is affected, I become cold in my feet, hands and in general. I figure out what the root cause is so I can correct it immediately like removing stress and by drinking warm or hot beverages, eating wet foods like avocados, ghee and the like along with making sure to keep warm with clothes and blankets when I am sleeping are a few thing I do to balance my body for optimal health.

WebMD.com ~ Ayurvedic medicine — also known as Ayurveda — is one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It was developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. But treatments may be recommended for specific health problems.

Adapting this philosophy requires an open mind, I can’t believe the amount of people that are closed minded and won’t even try something new or different even if it would help them heal and to live a healthy balanced life. If one thing isn’t working common sense tells me to try something new.  Look at different avenues to find what works best for you as a whole person along with your health issues. I can guarantee you will benefit from learning Ayurveda and how it relates to your whole being and especially when dealing with disease how it will bring you back to a healthy you or even better stay balanced so you won’t have to fight disease.

WebMD.com~Ayurveda Concepts-According to Ayurvedic theory, everything in the universe — living or not — is connected. Good health is achieved when your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe. A disruption of this harmony can lead to poor health and sickness. For followers of Ayurveda, anything that affects your physical, spiritual, or emotional well-being can cause you to be out of balance with the universe. How your body works to keep you healthy and your unique physical and psychological characteristics combine to form your body’s constitution, or prakriti. Your prakriti is believed to stay the same for your entire life. However, how you digest food and eliminate waste can influence it.

The 5 elements in the universe are earth, wind, fire, water and space and each of us have a combo of these elements.  The three life forces are called doshas, these are : Vata – space and air, Pitta – fire and water, and Kapha – water and earth.

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Vata dosha (space and air) is thought to be the most powerful of all three doshas. It controls very basic body functions, such as how cells divide. It also controls your: Mind, Breathing, Blood flow, Heart function, Ability to get rid of body waste through the intestines.  Things that can disrupt this dosha are: Eating dry fruit, Eating too soon after a previous meal, Fear, Grief, Staying up too late.  If vata dosha is your main life force, you are more likely to develop: Anxiety, Asthma, Heart disease, Nervous system disorders, Rheumatoid arthritis, Skin problems.

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Pitta Dosha

The pitta dosha (fire and water) controls: Digestion, Ability to break down foods (metabolism), Certain hormones linked to appetite.  Things that can disrupt this dosha are: Eating sour foods, Eating spicy foods, Fatigue, Spending too much time in the sun.
If pitta dosha is your main life force, you are more likely to develop: Anger and negative emotions, Crohn’s disease, Heart disease, Heartburn a few hours after eating, High blood pressure, Infections

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Kapha Dosha
The kapha dosha (water and earth) controls: Muscle growth, Body strength and stability, Weight, and Immune system. Things that can disrupt this dosha are: Daytime sleeping, Eating after your stomach is full, Eating or drinking items that have too much salt or water, Eating too many sweet foods and Greed.  If kapha dosha is your main life force, you are more likely to develop: Asthma and other breathing disorders, Cancer, Diabetes, Nausea after eating and Obesity.

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Ayurvedic Treatment

Treatment depends on your unique prakriti, your primary dosha, and the balance between all three of them.  A main goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to cleanse your body of undigested food called ama, which can stick to the inside of your body and make you sick. This cleansing process is called panchakarma. It is used to reduce any symptoms and reestablish harmony and balance.

Other treatments may also be recommended to: Restore balance, Improve spiritual healing, Boost your immunity, Reduce symptoms. The treatments may include: Aromatherapy, Breathing exercises, Diet changes, Herbs, vitamins, minerals, and metals, Plant-based oils and spices, Lifestyle changes, Meditation, Stretching and Yoga

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I’m a VATA

I am a dominant Vata dosha. I had all the signs and symptoms that vata body types show when vata is not in balance. I had vitamin and mineral deficiency which causes anemia, malnutrition, low blood pressure, weight loss and muscle wasting. Protein deficiency that include symptoms of hair loss and fluid retention. Sugar imbalance having the symptoms of bloating, flatulence, and explosive diarrhea. And fat deficiency with typical symptoms of irregular bowel movements.  If only I had read deeper into Ayurveda sooner I may have recognized the imbalance as an issue and found homeopathy earlier. But I believe every thing happens for a reason and I know I learned a lot more than just about my failing health when I became so ill. Hindsight is 20/20! 😉

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To regain balance

Check out this amazing website, it has everything you need to learn about your body with the benefits of Ayurveda. Just click through on the links below!

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Now that I know what to do when I feel the slightest imbalance I can hop right back on the right path and avoid becoming unbalanced and never become as sick as I was again!

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~Andrea

Photos are from google

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The importance of sleep

Sleep

Sleep is as important as breathing and eating! If sleep is compromised the human body will be affected in many ways, one being possible health issues that could have been prevented. An individual should get at least 8 hours of sleep each night to be healthy and balanced. Someone who is ill or healing should get as much sleep as their bodies need. Sleep allows your body to rejuvenate and restore so that you are not pushing your body beyond it’s limits. Looking back I know I pushed myself beyond my limits for far too long which made my already existing health issues exacerbated.

When I quit my job I was sleeping 14 hours each night and that lasted for over 5 months.  I obviously needed it and I slept as much as I could because I couldn’t stay awake or wake to an alarm, I viewed it as my body was telling me that this much sleep is important during this healing process. I still on occasion will sleep 14 hours a night but mostly 10 hours a night and wake on my own and need a nap during the day sometimes for up to 3 hours. Not sure if 3 hours is considered a nap but I’m going to go with it.

It’s a proven fact that women need more sleep than men and I do notice this in many of the husband and wife relationships I hear about. Whether this pertains to you or not it is something to think about and consider a factor in your lifestyle that you may not have thought of before.  There are so many factors that can affect your nightly REM sleep and there are many factors that can aid in getting to sleep and staying asleep for those well deserved rejuvenating hours.

Beneficial:

  • biofeedback
  • meditation
  • yoga
  • bath
  • read
  • certain teas
  • deep breathing
  • diet ~ healthy
  • exercise
  • consistency/schedule
  • temperature
  • mattress/pillow
  • etc

Hindrances:

  • electronics
  • tv
  • pregnancy
  • menopause
  • brain injuries
  • worrying
  • stress
  • children (babies)
  • caffeine/alcohol
  • sleep apnea
  • diet ~ unhealthy
  • autoimmune diseases
  • sleep disorders
  • chronic pain
  • chronic illnesses
  • restless leg syndrome
  • etc

They are all self explanatory and loads of helpful information can be found online by professional sites for you to peruse to find which is best for your individual needs. WebMD and MayoClinic are my go to sites for trusted, accurate medical information provided by doctors only! There is always a solution to a problem, it is up to you to solve those issues because you know your body best! I knew I had to find the solution to my health issues but mine where complex, multi faceted and intertwined in a connected way that sleep or lack there of, was the least of my worries. When I quit my job, was when I found healing in sleep!

The body repairs itself while sleeping, the human body needs to restore and rejuvenate for proper brain function, hormone (cortisol), tissue and muscle repair, blood supply, and breathing are all affected in a healthy way when our bodies reach REM sleep.  It is important to reach all stages of the sleeping process in order to get the restorative benefits of sleep and it is just as important to avoid interrupted sleep. Quality is just as important as quantity! Below are three good articles for further reading on how sleep and IBD have a connection.

How Sleep Affects Crohn’s Disease and Digestion

Sleep and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Exploring the Relationship Between Sleep Disturbances and Inflammation

Sleep disturbances and inflammatory bowel disease: a potential trigger for disease flare?

Autoimmune Disorders and Sleep Problems