Raise your hand if you’re familiar with any of the following…
- Feeling tired, sluggish, lethargic,
- Trouble concentrating and staying focused,
- Joint pain,
- Catching colds easy,
- Trouble sleeping,
- Bad breath
- Unpleasant body odor
- Frequent gas, bloating or indigestion
- Allergies and/or food sensitivities
- Skin problems like acne, psoriasis, eczema
- Constipation and other gastrointestinal irregularities
- Recurrent respiratory problems
- Back pain
- Mood changes
- Sinus congestion
This folks is just a short list of the kinds of issues that characterize an imbalance in the world of Ayurveda (and in your world). It starts when one or more of the doshas ends up out of whack, and the next thing you know you’re falling apart.
So how about this next list…, you ever experience any of these beauties?
- Bloating, gas, mild nausea
- Brain fog/lack of concentration
- Anxiety/ anxiousness
- General over all feeling of yuckiness that you just can’t put your finger on
Be honest… cause if you’re anything like me you’re a little more familiar with this list… to the tune of experiencing say at least one or two of those every week (yikes!).
But don’t worry (too much). Because this little list is soon to become your health’s best friend.
This is a list of signals that your body gives to tip you off that something’s not quite right. They’re the “Slow Down” or “Speed Hump” sign that you see before you hit whatever it is that’s going to wipe out the underside of your car (whether it be a dip or bump). So pay attention because these (and a few others) are the signs that you’re accumulating toxins.
So what exactly is a toxin you might be asking (well you know I’m going to tell you!). The Ayurvedic term for toxins is “ama”, which is a pretty small word for something that’s got big implications. Because you see ama is basically at the root of nearly all health issues.
And ama is a pretty nasty character. It’s the by-product of a faulty digestive system. It’s a whitish yellow, sticky, stinky gunk that lodges itself to your insides and does it’s dirty work. And as it accumulates it clogs things and pretty much gums up the healthy workings of the body.
Want to know what it looks like (I know you do)?
Okay, stick out your tongue… if you see a whitish coating on your tongue, you, my friend are observing ama in all it accumulative splendor. Now try scraping the back of your tongue (with a metal tongue scraper is best). Whatever goo you’ve managed to gather… that’s ama. Not pretty is it…But that’s okay cause you’ve got Ayurveda! And ama is Ayurveda’s enemy number one.
Many of the cleansing, treatment and prevention measures that are part of the Ayurvedic way of living are designed to keep ama at bay. And because ama is created when your digestive system goes on the fritz (or should I say ceases optimal functioning), you’ll want to pay close attention to how you’re digesting everything from the food you eat to the sights, sounds, textures, thoughts and emotions that make up your daily experience of living. Because it all has some nourishing or depleting effect, and the presence of ama is your sign that somewhere along the line, something’s a little off.
So how toxic are you? Wondering what your ama levels might be? I just happen to have a handy little quiz that you can take to find out! You can download it HERE.
Next week we’ll dive a little further into this subject in “Let’s Talk Toxins Part Deux”.
Stay tuned and let me know your questions in the comments (or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org)
And tell me…What makes you feel toxic? Oh yeah I wanna know it all!