Mood & Stress


Weight Management Questionnaire 2010

Metabolic Syndrome

Metagenics Health appraisal questionnaire [use my practitioner number 4900]



Ama is the sticky waste product of digestion that builds up in the digestive tract when your digestion is either weak or overloaded with the wrong foods.

If Ama is not cleared from the body and continues to build up, eventually it can leave the digestive tract and start circulating through the body.

Look at your tongue. Does it have a thick white or yellow coating on it? That is Ama. Imagine that thick sticky coating is coating all of your oesophagus, your stomach lining, your small intestines and all the villi and your large intestine. Then it enters your body and can eventually can coat all your cells. Cell function is difficult and your energy will be low.

Signs that you may have high AMA levels are;

Heavy or sluggishness feeling in your body

Joints are stiff,

Tongue is coated when you wake up in the morning

Uunpleasant body odour

Dull and sleepy after eating

Mind is dull, foggy or depressed



Low immunity, frequent bouts of colds and flu

Ama clogs the channels of circulation in the body, preventing the unrestricted flow of nutrients to the cells and organs and can clog the channels that carry waste from the cells and tissues, resulting in a toxic buildup.

Ama is the waste product of incomplete digestion, so any dietary or lifestyle habits that disrupt digestion can cause Ama.

If you eat foods that are too heavy to digest, such as fried foods, hard cheeses, meats, leftovers, junk foods, processed foods, and rich desserts, these can overload your digestion and cause Ama to form.

Cold foods and drinks such as ice cream, ice-cold water and foods straight from the refrigerator are hard to digest, since cold temperatures put out the digestive fire [metabolism].

How much food and the type of food you can easily digest depends on your digestive capacity. Digestion can be weak, strong, or irregular, depending on your body type or imbalances

If your digestion is weak or dull (Kapha), and you eat too much food or food that is too heavy for your digestive system, you’ll form Ama

Someone with a strong digestion (Pitta) will be able to eat larger quantities and richer foods without forming Ama.

A person with an irregular digestion (Vata) will find that their appetite and digestive ability fluctuates. Sometimes it is strong and sometimes weak.

Digestion can also be weakened by poor eating habits. Skipping meals or eating between meals can all throw the digestion out of balance.

Mental, emotional and physical stress is another cause of incomplete digestion and Ama. Avoid eating when you are busy, stressed or in front of TV or computer.