or to say it another way, Sh*T Well! If you don’t fully eliminate your wastes each day you could be vulnerable to many disorders of “Vata Dosha”, the arrangement of Air and Space (Vayu and Akasha) elements in the body which governs movement not only of body parts but of fluids, solids, and energy. Vata Dosha naturally accumulates during Vata times of day, during Vata time of year, and during Vata time of life.

When Vata becomes blocked, when it increases too much, when it becomes weak or depleted, or when it moves incorrectly diseases of Vata occur: constipation or diarrhea, hemorrhoids, excess gas, and many more (the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita says that most diseases are of Vata, 88 plus…). Things may start out merely annoying or embarrassing but left unchecked can become quite nasty as Vata can “push” the other Doshas into your tissues: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, cancerous polyps, and other life-threatening problems.

Sometimes the fix is simple, change your position when you eliminate! Squatting instead of sitting helps Vata Dosha do its job with less effort and less risk of injuries due to straining. You can also change how you think about your food – food should not only taste good, it should help keep you healthy and disease free for your entire life. Learn more about the Ayurvedic approach to food as medicine by watching this simple recording of a recent workshop I presented.

If you need more in-depth help, consulting with a natural health practitioner will help you get started: an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor can look over your current diet and lifestyle, making simple recommendations for aligning your life with your Nature (Prakriti, arrangement of the Five Great Elements from birth) and your Current State (Vikruti, showing which Elements are out of balance now). If you simply want to learn more, there are many books, cookbooks, and dvds available to teach you at your own pace how to live naturally well.

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