How to survive UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections)

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(Collage by me, Joy Boardman)

In Ayurveda, kapha rules the water in your system so it makes sense that Kapha body types might have troubles with their Urinary tracts.
If this happens to you, follow these instructions to get your body back in balance:

First of all: Add 1/2 tsp baking soda in a glass of water as soon as you see the first symptoms of urinary tract infection.

*Drink: (liquids are MOST important)
**WATER- as much water as possible, preferably warm (not hot) (&with lemon=delicious.)
**Cranberry and pomegranate juice!!
Orange juice
Pineapple juice
Fresh lemon juice
Carrot juice
Coconut water
Marshmallow Root–brew a tea containing marshmallow root. The herb has powerful antiseptic qualities to clean out the urethra and kill bacteria.

Eat lots of:
Apples
Grapes
Peaches
Plums

Herbs: *Coriander* and cilantro, cumin and fennel

Supplements:
*Echinacea and *Goldenseal are very good to increase your vitality and fight against infection and are some of the best home remedies for urinary tract infection.

Yoga:
Cobra
Bridge
Bow
Cows face pose
Cooling breath 10x (curl your tongue, or purse lips like you are sucking through a straw, breathe in through mouth, close mouth, breath out through nose, repeat)

Massage:
Do complete body massage with sesame oil daily. Sesame oil is great!

No no NO:
Avoid intake of hot, oily, spicy, sour, salty, and bitter foods• Avoid alcohol and cigarettes, carbonated drinks like beer, soda or any other drink with fizz.
All these foods and drinks promote growth of bacteria. Gross.

Keep in mind:
Go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge & empty your bladder completely when you pass urine.
Avoid tampons.

Do not give bacteria a chance to grow!!

*things with stars are most important*

(This article was originally posted October 12, 2012

Joy Boardman

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Improving and Stimulating Digestion for Kapha 

Kapha is cold and wet which dampens digestive fire referred to in Ayurveda as “Agni“. Low digestive fire is a big problem. Agni is the fire of transformation, the mechanism of digestion and understanding in our mind and body. In Ayurveda strong Agni builds wellness and opportunity.

Sama Agni means “Strong Even Digestion” 

Stoke your Digestive Fire with your food choices:

  1. Redefine satisfied. No food coma or discomfort at all. On a scale of 1 being starving and 10  aim for 5 to 7.
  2. Find a way to feel deeper hunger once in awhile and befriend it. Historically it was normal to feel hunger and be hungry. Every so often my body needs to burn accumulated fat, not just carbohydrates. Consider doing a fast or juice fast one day a month or so.
  3. Lighten up on the starches and add growing green stuff to your plate.
  4. Probiotics are living foods. 70 to 80% of your immune system lives in your gut. Probiotic organisms in your gut biome are the front line Agni decision makers.

Detox for stronger Agni:

  1. Sweat. Sweating through the skin is often a completely underutilized detox pathway. Get moving every day as your muscle movement pumps moves toxins out of your lymphatic system.
  2. Breathe with awareness. They don’t say take a deep cleansing breath for nothing you know. Every exhale releases ama we don’t want or need.
  3. Drink clean water. Sip it regularly over the course of your day. Water is the medium for communication and transportation in the body. Water saturates and flushes tissues and releases toxins for disposal out through the kidneys.
  4. Add Antioxidants. The key antioxidants; Vitamin C, E, Co Q 10 and Glutathione give your body a detox boost. A plant rich diet full of color gives all the nutrients you need to stoke your fire.

Add essential oils and spices to your life:

When your digestion gets sluggish you can use essential oils like Thieves, juniper, eucalyptus, ginger, and clove. Always make sure you use 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. 

And you can also add ginger and clove spices to your dishes. 

With a little support your Agni can be sturdy and resilient. Healthy Agni means you can eat and assimilate a wider variety of information and foods. 

Malady Monday: Mucus in Your Colon

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First things first, is it mucus or mucous? I’m going with mucus….

Mucus is basically dampness in your large intestine. Forms as a defense against excessive dryness. (The body is constantly trying to achieve balance)

Even intestinal rumblings are caused by dampness in intestines.

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Usually a sign that spleen is impaired. (What is the spleen anyway?! Find out HERE.)

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What causes dampness in the large intestine?
Worry, pensiveness, and overwork
An excess of kapha and ama
*Incomplete digestion (when food stays in the intestine it ROTS….mucus=host of putrefaction. YUCKY!!!!)

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Fun Fact: Metabolism of female hormones takes place in the intestines. Imbalanced hormones occur when hormones are not broken down effectively (usually due to antibiotics usage).

What should I avoid??
Too many sweet, sour, and salty foods and drinks.

**Also try to avoid fat, milk, cheese, sugar, white flour, bread, pastries especially in the EVENING.

What can help??
Drying, astringent, and pungent foods, drinks, and herbs.

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Foods:
Quinoa, buckwheat, bulgar, pears, APPLES, cranberries, pomegranates, figs

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If intestinal mucus is a big problem for you, one day a week try to eat only vegetable soup.

Spices:
Ginger, pepper, cayenne, tumeric, fennel (very cleansing)

Drink: (drink between meals instead of with them….strengthens digestion)
Plenty of water
Warm water with cayenne, lemon, and honey
Buttermilk
Teas made from the following helpful herbs

Helpful Herbs:
Rhubarb
Senna
Chamomile
Slippery elm
Dandelion
Mint

Also Helpful:
Bentonite clay (very useful for cleansing)
Triphala
Aloe
PROBIOTICS

Helpful Acupressure Points:
ST 36, ST 40, ST 44, LI 4

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(LI 4…. BONUS: Also treats headaches)

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(Leave a comment if you find this helpful or if you have anything to add!)