Ensure Health, Immunity, and Happiness with Body’s Natural Balance.

Using knowledge of your Constitution to ensure health, immunity, and happiness for graceful (stress and dis-ease free) living at any age by Jim Montrose, Ayurvedic Health Consultant.

True to your Dosha is the key to ensure health, immunity, and happiness. In this second part of our three part article on your body type we look at how our unique body type  or dosha, that we found in part one, is used  to achieve balance. Knowing your dosha and quickly countering any imbalances is the key to staying in your own personal point of dynamic balance, health, immunity, and harmonious thinking. We explore how to catch the imbalance at an early stage of disease development and then restore balance to your dosha with diet, herbs and lifestyle before it becomes hard to reverse (true early detection). If you master balance and live your body’s natural balance to ensure health, immunity, and happiness the essence of graceful living at any age.

I. Identify your Dosha

In part one (Your Unique Body Constitution) we did a self-identification test to identify your Prakruti your original body constitution (the dosha you are born with). Self-understanding greatly increases your ability to read your own book of life – psychological tendencies, strengths, weaknesses and physiological strengths and weaknesses. Reviewing the characteristics of your dosha aids in clarifying what is natural for you and what is not.

Your habits and tendencies are directly related to your dosha. For example: Erratic lifestyles and schedules indicate Vata; quick tempered (irascibility) represents Pitta; and laziness represents Kapha. On the physical side overweight is Kapha; ulcers are Pitta; and constipation is Vata. The tendency towards these symptoms and habits are inherent in how your mind-body system is designed.

The knowledge of your prakruti or innate dosha shows you the baseline you want to achieve for balance. It can also help you understand people in your life and have greater compassion and understanding why you are calm and non-reactive (Kapha) and your spouse is easily angered (Pitta) – for example. You can also become aware of the common illnesses you may have a tendency towards and take precautions to prevent them from occurring by adjusting lifestyle factors such as diet, daily routine, exercise type and amount, types of jobs, etc. When you know your dosha and do develop an imbalance you can determine your present doshic state (vikruti – obtained by taking the dosha quiz and answering with your current conditions) and that shows the way to restore balance to your true nature.

Remember balance does not mean equal amounts of Vata, Pitta and Kapha it means remaining in your Ayurvedic constitutions proportion of the three doshas. It also means that the current state (vikruti) and your innate Ayurvedic constitution (prakruti) are, roughly, the same. Last time we learned that everything in Ayurveda is based on the 5 elements which are the qualities and principles of the Universe in the Ayurveda model. All of us have the five elements and all of us have the 3 doshas; what changes is the percentage of each.

Space <-Vata->air            fire<-Pitta->water<-Kapha-> earth

Even if you are prominently one dosha you have the aspects of all three doshas.  Often an imbalance occurs as an increase in your primary dosha to an excessive (off-balance) amount. It can show up as an increase in one or both of the other doshas also. It is a dynamic equilibrium that must be constantly adjusted and renewed to ensure health, immunity, and happiness.

II. Knowing alignment and absence of my dosha to ensure health, immunity, and happiness.

 

  1. Feel your dosha

One of my teacher, Dr. Lad, tells us to “Feel” the doshas and relates an experiment to know them:

Vata: sit outside in a hilly or mountainous area in a quiet place (or imagine doing so) on a cool, dry, clear windy day like often occurs in the change of seasons from summer to winter during autumn before the first frosts or cold spells occur. Note you reaction to the environment and it qualities. It may feel light, clear, dry and expansive representing the normal or in-balance Vata. As you continue to stay in this Vata environment and you are exposed to wind your feelings may change to unsettled, ungrounded, vulnerable and exposed (Vata imbalanced). In your everyday environment your need for activity and movement is like the wind creating the feelings of unsettled imbalance (becoming ungrounded).

Pitta: sit or imagine being outside on a hot, muggy, partly overcast summer day. You probably feel ok and warm, moist, and surrounded at the beginning (Pitta in balance) and as it continues you feel hot or stuffy and want to move inside or somewhere cool. You might even feel irritable or angry (Pitta imbalance). In your everyday environment the heat of the environment may affect you or interactions and stress may emotionally heat you creating irritability and even anger.

Kapha: sit outdoors during the spring (protected if necessary) on a cool non-windy rainy day when new vegetation is sprouting. You may feel initially cool and moist, calm and content and that may make you want to rest or sleep (Kapha in balance) but as it continues you may feel heavy, stagnant and resistance making you unable to move or accomplish anything (Kapha imbalance). Your senses and thinking may become cloudy and heavy. In your everyday environment too much inactivity (lack of exercise), sleeping late, eating heavy foods may make you sluggish and heavy.

III. Know the imbalances and catch early to ensure health, immunity, and happiness.

  1. Prakruti and Vikruti – a dynamic balance

In a dance of constant balance, knowledge of your prakruti or original dosha shows you the baseline you want to achieve for balance. Your current imbalances (vikruti  obtained by taking the quiz answering with current conditions)  give you a clue in how to restore balance using the food charts, yoga postures, herbs, exercise, breathing exercises, mental practices  and so forth. For example:  if your current condition (vikruti) is Pitta and you prakruti is Vata or Kapha we would use the Pitta pacifying guidelines to reduce this Pitta imbalance. If prakruti and vikruti are about the same we would follow guidelines for strongest dosha in our constitution (prakruti).

  1. Detecting early stage imbalances

Learning to anticipate illnesses and recognize imbalances at early stages allows you to take steps to prevent illness by adjusting lifestyle, daily routine, diet, amount or type of exercise and so on to keep your balance your dosha to ensure health, immunity, and happiness. Ayurveda recognizes six steps in disease (accumulation, aggravation, spreading from origin, relocation to another weak area, manifestation, and destruction of tissue). We can easily self-control or restore balance in first two stages of disease creation (accumulation and aggravation) with the simple application of the principle of opposites to reduce the aggravated dosha  using simple home remedies by oneself.  In the third stage (spreading) it gets harder and we must remove ama (toxins) which requires more specialized knowledge and assistance usually from trained Ayurvedic help.

Stage 1 (Accumulation) happens when the dosha begins to accumulate in its respective sites (Vata-colon, Pitta-intestines and Kapha in stomach). Stage 1 makes itself known when we have an aversion to something (its cause) and a craving for the opposite quality. Ex: we eat ice cream 3 days in a row (Kapha is building up) and it is no longer appealing and we crave spicy food (to burn up Kapha and counteract it). Vata imbalance may show up as feeling cold craving warm in food and environment. Pitta may crave coolness in environment and food. Listening to the body’s wisdom and avoiding increasing the cause is the quick fix and is easy at this stage if we can become aware.

Stage 2 (Aggravation) happens as the dosha overflows from the site of accumulation and moves (Kapha to lungs, Pitta to stomach and gallbladder, Vata to our flanks and side of hips).  You can feel state 2 when you eat too much (heavy) Kapha food one day and then continue eating heavy the next day (ignoring the feeling you should go light)  perhaps pigging out at the buffet and next day feeling congestion in the lungs or a cough ( Kapha moves to lungs stage 2). Excess Pitta in second stage may cause heart burn or acid indigestion even nausea. Vata rising may cause pain in the flanks or mid back or breathlessness.   It is time to take action and bring your body back into balance. We do this for our buffet example by eating an anti-Kapha diet which would be a light diet until we feel balance return.

Applied kinesiology or pulse testing from certain doctors and counselors trained in these techniques can also detect these early imbalances and provide additional insight on creating balance. See Dr. Rivene’s blog this month for a complete description of “Reading the Bodies Healing Wisdom” which explains how muscle testing and pulse diagnosis gives you true early detection (as early as stage 1 and 2 long before standard medical tests detect it at stage 4 and later) and can even help guide your recovery.

The more you become aware of your constitution and the moment to moment choices you can make to maintain health, the less opportunity you create for becoming sick. Conditions are constantly changing that are potential causes of illness or imbalance, choosing to avoid these un-balancing conditions, and the application of opposites of the causal factors (like heat if cold imbalances you) and diet and lifestyle recommendations will suit you well for graceful living at all ages to ensure health, immunity, and happiness.

Knowing our previous history and tendencies to imbalance and avoiding them is a key to living harmoniously.  For example if we know garbanzos cause stomach ache for us and there is nothing to eat but garbanzo’s we can add cumin powder, ghee and mustard to antidote them. This counters the garbanzo’s dry and light (Vata increasing) effects by adding moist oily ghee and warming spices to make them more anti-Vata.  Ayurvedic pharmacy is in large part the Ayurvedic art of cooking which can render forbidden foods eatable for your dosha.

This can also be applied to psychological factors – you find violent movies give you nightmares disturbing your doshic balance by provoking anxiety and fear (Vata). Just say no to the movie or if you do see it, do some meditation or light calming poses and alternate nostril breathing, which calms and balance the right and left brain, before sleep to reduce anxiety and fear. Don’t overlook this simple technique, it is powerful and effective but requires awareness and action.  A symptom is simply a signal you are out of balance and a call for early action from you, the only one who can actually change it in its early development, before it becomes a crisis.

  1. Ensure good digestion for good health

In Ayurveda, the digestion is considered one of the most important processes for disease control as all disease originates from improper digestion of food or life experience. In a normal healthy body we should eat and have a bowel movement for every solid meal (2-3 a day) and we should urinate regularly. If it becomes irregular (whether constipation or diarrhea) we have an imbalance in the digestion force of the body (Agni or fire). When the digestive power is seriously impaired and the fire is too low we get improper or incomplete digestion and the left-over food becomes a toxin (Ama) and is often seen as a white coating on the tongue. Ayurveda usually counters this by using herbs like triphala and condiments like pepper and pungent spices to increase digestion.  If the digestive fire is too high we start to impair and deplete bodily tissues (literally burn them up). Overactive digestion is countered by increasing cooling foods like raw vegetables and salads and cooling herbs.

Another important aspect of maintaining digestive integrity is giving our-selves proper time to digest and eliminate wastes. This requires that food is eaten at the proper times and that the body is given time without further food input to digest and detoxify. That is why warm lemon and water is often prescribed first thing in the morning, a lighter breakfast after the morning routine is completed, the largest meal at noon when digestive power is highest and a light evening meal prior to 6 or 7PM at the latest with no snacking. The body can then extract the nutrients and properly eliminate the toxins during the early morning.

  1. Your Typical Imbalances learn to recognize them early to avoid disease.
Dosha Typical Imbalances
Vata Desire for warm food, warm environment, and warm clothing.

Physical symptoms of constipation, lack of energy, loss of sleep, fatigue, emaciation, abdominal swelling with gas, blackish discoloration of feces and urine, too much energy, too much stimulation and impaired sensory response (sight, hearing, taste, smell or touch).

Psychological symptoms of fear, anxiety, insecurity, confusion, too many thoughts and aimless talking.

Pitta Desire for cooling foods, cool environment and cool clothing.

Physical symptoms are excessive hunger and thirst, and burning sensations in the skin, eyes, or hands. Hypersensitivity may develop as rashes, fevers, or giddiness. A yellowish discoloration may appear in the skin, eyes, urine, and feces.  Too much working and thinking all factors of too much fire in life.

Psychological factors include anger, rage, judgment, hatred, and jealousy increasing.

Infectious and inflammatory diseases may occur or problems with the blood or

liver.

Kapha Digestive disorders like loss of appetite, nausea, and possible vomiting with heaviness in stomach may appear. A general heaviness will arise in the whole body with skin pallor, cold hands and feet and possible swollen joints. Mucus will increase and coughs, congestion and swollen glands will occur. May find yourself suffering from excessive sleep, lethargy, and lack of concentration. Too little movement and often weight and pain increases. Mentally you can feel dull, emotionally heavy and depressed with decreased sensory acuity.

IV.  Actions to take to ensure health, immunity, and happiness.

  1. Managing The doshic imbalance
Dosha Actions to balance the dosha
Vata Using patience and consistency over the long haul is required to treat the Vata imbalance.

The first step is to instigate a routine, reduce stimulation and movement and introduce a simpler diet like a kitchiri monodiet. Treatment depends on whether the cause is tissue deficiency (indicated by low body weight) or obstruction of channels (indicated by pain). For tissue deficiency an anti-Vata tonifying (building) diet is used after making certain that agni (digestive fire) is strong enough to handle the heavy foods). Agni increasing herbs are used to restore digestion like dry ginger, cayenne or black pepper. Light massage is given with warming oils (sesame) and mild steam therapy if available. Tonic herbs like ashwagandha and bala and seated yoga postures with silent meditation are prescribed. For channel obstruction detoxifying and stimulating herbs like dry ginger or fennel are taken. Oil massage is recommended. Sometimes special herbs are used to open channels that an Ayurvedic specialist or herbalist can recommend and a course of mild laxatives like triphala and decoction (dashmula) enemas are taken to flush the toxins out of the system.  Once the system is clean, anti Vata tonifying diets are followed.

Pitta An anti-Pitta diet is taken (sweet, bitter and astringent predominant tastes). It may include dairy (milk, butter and ghee), mung beans, basmati rice, wheat, sweet fruit, and cool spices like coriander, turmeric and cloves. Bath or swim in cool water followed with light cool oil massage (coconut or sunflower). Sweet fragrances like rose essence, sandalwood, and rose water are good on head and nose. Purgation (strong laxatives like castor oil) is used in serious cases.  For Pitta caused tissue depletion shatavari, amalaki, and chyavanprash (which contains amalaki) are used for tonics. Moderation should be introduced in all aspects, work, food, exercise.
Kapha Reduction of Kapha imbalance requires strong exercise to your capacity. A new hobby may provide the mental stimuli to break the slow pattern of this imbalance.  Deep massage with light and drying oil (mustard oil or drying powders) are necessarily to break up old patterns and toxins. Saunas should be taken to encourage sweating. An anti-Kapha diet with dry and hot foods (pungent, bitter and astringent predominant tastes) with light eating and possible fasting. Use hot spices to increase digestion like ginger, black pepper and turmeric.  Therapeutic vomiting is used in severe cases usually under supervision.

2. Self-care to support your natural balance to ensure health, immunity, and happiness.

Ayurveda defines the health of a person as:

The person’s doshas are in a state of equilibrium,

Who has balanced digestion and metabolism,

Whose tissues and waste materials are normal,

Who has acuity of senses,

And possesses a happy state of being is a truly healthy individual!

Ayurveda recommends three health regimes to encourage balanced living and specifies the characteristics of longevity and strong immunity that encourage long disease free life.

  1. Daily Routine

Ayurveda recommends a consistent daily routine to balance the body consisting of:

Waking time

Wake one to two hours before sunrise to enjoy the most energy, use the toilet and drink water or lemon and water to assist detoxification. Meditate and do some light exercise daily based on your dosha.

Care of teeth, tongue, mouth, face, eyes and nose

Teeth must be cleaned to taste your food and maintain alkaline pH.

Scrap tongue with a flexible strip of metal or wood every day.

Gargle with ¼ cup warm water and a little sesame oil.

Every morning wash face and eyes with cool water.

Rinse eyes  using cool water every day to remove dirt and dust, and strain.

Snuffle water to clear nose and add a little oil to keep healthy

Exercise

Light exercise should be performed every day. This helps the body grow, become and maintain proportionate shape and increase muscular strength so the body can withstand exertion, fatigue, heat, and cold. It also improves appetite and is critical for retaining health and having a strong immune system as well as assisting the body’s natural detoxification. Ayurveda recommends only exercise to the point of sweat and then stop. Too much exercise can cause illness.

Bathing

After oil massage and proper exercise, one should take a warm bath or shower. A bath removes fatigue, increases strength, cleans the body, improves appetite and imparts a pleasant sensation to body and mind.

Rest and Sleep

Proper rest and sleep are two important components of retaining health and vigor. Practice meditation and examine your conduct of the day to prepare for restful sleep. Six to seven hours of restful sleep usually gives sufficient rest for both body and mind. Kapha needs less, Vata may need more. Increasing sleep too much especially sleep after sunrise increase Ama (toxins).

Oil Massage

Massage is an important daily or weekly practice. A self abbhyanga, massage, is an important Ayurvedic treatment and a lovely way to rest and honor the body. It removes fatigue, increases muscular tone, flexibility of joints, alleviates Vata, improves circulation, eliminates waste products, stimulates the nervous system and increases longevity. Ayurveda recommends specific oils to match your dosha and uses sesame oil for Vata, sunflower or coconut for Pitta and Kapha should use mustard oil or olive oil.

  1. Seasonal variations affect the body and mind.

As the seasons change, changes in the dosha cause accumulation, aggravation, and reduction. If diet, lifestyle and routine are not adjusted to accommodate the season the doshas may go out of equilibrium and disease may creep in. For temperate areas of the world there are primarily four seasonal changes that we are concerned with spring, summer, fall and winter. The three doshas are most affected by spring (Kapha), summer (Pitta), and fall (Vata).  The principle of hot and cold are the pre-dominating factors in the disturbance of the doshas and they create two periods through the year: accumulation where cold and dryness weakens health and plants become dormant from the autumn equinox to the spring equinox (March 21 to September 21 southern hemisphere) and a release period where increasing heat and moisture brings growth and development from spring equinox to autumn equinox (September 21 to March 21).  The doshas are disturbed within the seasons as follows: Kapha is disturbed in spring by the moisture prominent in spring rains (adjust to the rainy season if you are in a summer rain area), Pitta is disturbed by the scorching heat of summer, and Vata is disturbed by the prevailing dry (from heat) and wind of late autumn.

When the dosha is disturbed the use of characteristics that are opposite of the season of disturbance are introduced into one’s diet, exercise and lifestyle. See my articles on seasonal balancing for springsummer  and look for autumn seasonal balancing next month and winter seasonal balancing in June. For serious disturbances and imbalance or as a precautionary step with a milder course of treatment the standard purification treatment is therapeutic vomiting for Kapha (generally spring under supervision), purgation (laxatives) for Pitta in summer, and enemas for Vata in late fall. A seasonal cleanse can ensure health, immunity, and happiness.

  1. Precautionary or ethical

Ayurveda has defined a set of ethical and precautionary rules that are similar to cultural norms around the world that are helpful in living harmoniously and achieving success, happiness and health (some are particularly important for health like control of the senses and passion and avoiding addictions – for people raised in the modern era of permissiveness some seem restrictive but they all the promotion of health and more success that we often don’t see(or even understand) until we try ignoring them. Some of the more important ones from a health care point of view are: Avoid addiction to sensory pleasures, Meditate daily for tranquility of mind, Observe self-control physically and mentally, and Control your senses (be the master of your senses rather than letting them control you with cravings).

Ayurveda suggests following general rules of conduct that are useful for everyone because they indirectly help mental health, self-confidence and physical health to ensure health, immunity, and happiness. Join us for the in-depth on-line learning balance course available soon (contact Jim to be on the list for the first course).

  1. Longevity and Immunity

Ayurveda recognizes certain factors of longevity with the most important being prakruti your inborn body constitution as individuals of either Kapha or balanced dosha (tri-dosha) tend to live longer followed closely by anyone who can manage their constitution well who will have good longevity (the importance of constant vigilance and balance). If the individual in addition has good Ojas (vital energy) and tissue excellence they can live to one hundred and twenty to one hundred and forty years. Ojas and tissue excellence can be cultivated and managed by yogic and Ayurvedic practices and procedures including rejuvenation using rasayana (rejuvenating herbs).  The three proceeding routines (daily, seasonal and ethical) are important to follow to reach full longevity.

Immunity is the power of the body to prevent development of a disease or to resist a disease that has already started. Many body conditions reduce immunity and should be avoided:

Being overweight, flaccid or fat weakens the immune systems.

Being too lean or thin, with blood, bone or muscles that are not well developed, who take an unbalanced diet, or who are weak or nervous have lower power to resist disease.

The opposite characteristics increase immunity and must be sought after:

Normal body weight, good digestion, and emotional stability are able to resist disease.

Ayurveda encourages an individual to keep their body healthy and maintain their strength in order to reduce the chance of falling ill even to very contagious diseases. The strength of the body is based on physical strength and on resistance to disease. Similar to the factors of longevity the strength is related to good quality tissues and good Ojas (vital energy).  Resistance to disease is based on natural (inborn) resistance, temporal (based on season and person’s age) and the resistance developed through right actions like food, rest, reproductive health and rejuvenative therapy (contact Jim or call 071 959 0786 for more information)  in conjunction with the above three health regimes (daily, seasonal, ethical) and the pillars of life in the next section. The doshas must also be adjusted to meet the shifting equilibrium of ever changing environmental conditions and even transient disturbances must be noticed and acted on to ensure health, immunity, and happiness.

Try the kitchari rebalancing monodiet for a short re-boot to health, contact Jim for a copy of the recipe and how to do your own mini re-boot.

V. Three Pillars of Life help ensure health, immunity, and happiness.

  1. Food

Ayurveda provides perhaps the most comprehensive natural system of dietetics in the world and gives you a wonderful way to explore what works for you and promotes your health and well-being to ensure health, immunity,  and happiness. All Ayurvedic therapies start with attention to the right diet for your individualized constitution.  Food is the main pillar of our external physical existence; the wrong food will create an imbalance and cause disease if left unbalanced. Without changing our diet herbs and exercise and most therapies will not work. We will explore this subject more deeply in part three in April,  keep your eyes open for it then. To receive your individualized food plan now, make an appointment for Ayurvedic balancing with Jim.

  1. Sleep

As a person becomes tired due to an increase of Tamas (the slowing mental aspect of our natures) the mind turns away from the senses and we fall asleep. The most important external and partially internal factor for our health and rejuvenation each day is deep restful sleep and provides renewal of body and mind and restoration of our vital energies to ensure health, immunity, and happiness.  Without proper sleep we do not have the energy to properly carry on life it is a vital form of nourishment as important as food and air. Our psychological state is dependent on proper sleep affecting happiness or misery, obesity or leanness, strength or weakness, sexual vitality or impotence, consciousness or sensory weakness, even life and death.

Make sleep a priority, prepare yourself for sleep by winding down an hour or so before bed, avoiding lights in the bedroom, TV before bed, Computer and so on. Practice alternative nostril breathing to balance right and left brains and slow the mind; and meditate to calm yourself and ease the transition from active thought to sleep. Oil massage particularly to scalp and feet can help along with a warm bath to promote sleep. Eating a little heavy food like sweets or rice with milk and ghee can help. A pleasant environment, fragrances, soothing music, sandalwood paste and essence on forehead are useful. See a specialist if you have chronic insomnia as remaining awake aggravates Pitta and Vata, but may be advantageous to reduce Kapha. It is caused by anxiety, worry, grief, anger, fear, accumulation of stress and strain, work pressures, Vata imbalance, excessive exercise, too much rajasic (action) and/or too little tamasic (slowing) characteristics in the mind.

  1. Conservation of Energy

Ayurveda, as well as many modern studies, caution us about depleting energy. A major concern is the overindulgence of sexual activity which has an life energy draining or depleting aspects especially for males that not only affects longevity but also immunity, mental stability and disease resistance. The sexual impulse is an important and healthy response that should not be denied in moderation. Ayurveda recommends several techniques for restoring energy after sex with tonifying foods(almond milk, sweet rice) and rasayana’s (rejuvenating herbs like ashwaganda, ghee and milk, kapikacchu and shatavari ) and even has safe herbal aphrodisiacs. It also specifies the right exercise, types of work to match the dosha so energy is conserved and available.

VI. Ensure health, immunity, and happiness with these action steps.

You can be the master of your own health by learning to truly balance your dosha and live harmoniously to ensure health, immunity, and happiness. The major steps are:

1)      Know your unique body constitution (dosha).

2)      Understand your dosha both in –balance and out of balance, section II above.

3)      Take action to manage the imbalance, section III above.

In part 3 (May) we will go into more depth of how to balance your dosha with food and household spices. In the mean time explore the above recommendations and the general food guidelines already presented to learn your own bodies balance. Take notice when a particular food makes you feel bad, sick or mildly irritated. Try it at another time and see if it still does – if it does you may want to exclude it from your diet or have it only rarely. This is the path to self-knowledge about achieving your unique balance which will help you ensure health, immunity, and happiness.

Until part 3 turn this information into true knowledge and wisdom to ensure health, immunity, and happiness by experiencing it for yourself. Learning to recognize your imbalances and the steps you can take to turn them around to maintain equilibrium. Do the daily routines for a month and see how you feel. Try the seasonal routine (look for it in the April blog) as we end summer and move to fall and the three health regimens and the three pillars of life to understand yourself in greater detail and create your doshic equilibrium. Gracious living at any age for you and your loved ones,

Jim Montrose

www.drzaidarivene.co.za/jimmontrose

071 959 0786

P.S. Develop a unique and individualized vision for yourself to truly recreate your body using the age-old tested methods of Ayurveda and modern research to identify your unique body constitution, understand what your bodies signal are telling you, and respond with self-care actions to balance your life, diet, exercise and lifestyle to stay in natural harmony with your body to ensure health, immunity, and happiness. Get a body constitution evaluation with Jim to learn your detailed individual recommendations – email “constitution analysis” to organize an appointment or call 071 959 0786 now).

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