digestive health ayurveda

Why You Shouldn't Suppress Your Natural Urges

Angela Glaz

Ayurvedic Specialist & 500 Hour E-RYT


According to Ayurveda,  when we hold our natural urges, we are subtly aggravating the Vata Dosha.  While this may start out as a subtle aggravation, consistently suppressing our urges can lead to other and more serious diseases.

In total, there are 13 natural urges. In this post, we will take a look at each urge, how it plays a role in the rhythm of our body and the imbalances it can cause by not allowing it to do it’s part.  

13 Natural Urges


When suppressed, gas can either create bloating or increase bloating causing pain in the abdomen as well as constipation.

Bowel Movements and Urination

Ayurveda believes that poor digestive health is one of the main culprits of disease. This means when we are either unable to or don’t allow ourselves a bowel movement, we are creating an upward movement of apana (one of the sub doshas of vata), which creates the build up of ama (toxins).


Belching is another way to  help relieve excess vata from the body. However, too much belching is not good, as it can be a sign of indigestion or issues with the liver or gallbladder.


When held back, can produce headaches and neck tension.


Thirst is how our body tells us that it needs to be hydrated. When the body is dehydrated we can experience fatigue, dry skin, hair, and nails, as well as issues with our kidneys.


While fasting and dieting might seem like a good idea for weight loss, unless it is done under the supervision of an expert, we can do more harm than good. Food (whole and unprocessed foods) is necessary to keep our bodies and minds functioning efficiently.


We need sleep to help us mentally digest our thoughts and experiences and to physically reboot the body.  When we don’t properly digest, physically or mentally, ama (toxins) begin to accumulate, which can then lead to disease.


Another way for the body to remove the build up of ama (toxins).


Yawning allows the body to take in more oxygen, waking it up. Suppressing yawns can lead to headaches, earaches, light-headedness and other symptoms of vata aggravation.


Coughing allows the body to break up and remove excess Kapha aka phlegm from the lungs and airways of the body. If not removed, it can create the build up of ama (toxins) in body.


Crying is natural. It doesn’t mean your weak or sensitive, it means your body knows how to release emotions. Just like a good night of sleep allows us to process or digest our mental experiences, crying is another way for us to release emotional ama (toxins) so that it does not continue to build up creating disease.

Sex or Ejaculation

According to Ayurveda, this release is very important as when done, not in excess, improves our ojas (life force) and it supports the 7 dhatus (tissues) of the body, which organize all of our metabolic functions.

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