Fan Your Digestive Fire: Just Add Water

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One of the no-no’s of Ayurveda is drinking water with meals. Sipping room temperature water with a meal is helpful, but drinking water in quantity during meals is not allowed. Sadly, this mandate has obscured a very important practice linking drinking water with better digestion and weight loss. A new […]

Top 10 Weight Loss Tips

10 Tips for Weight Loss

With spring upon us, this is the time to reset our ability to burn fat. Each season and its harvest has an important role in maintaining good health. Winter stores fat, proteins, vitamins and minerals to rebuild and insulate. Spring, as illustrated by its low fat harvest and austere menu, […]

Smile! This Sugar Helps Your Teeth

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While xylitol is one of the more popular sugar alcohols used as a sugar substitute, it is also found naturally in fruits and vegetables. Surprisingly, it is also produced by the body during carbohydrate metabolism. The average adult actually makes up to 15 grams of xylitol per day. (1) Xylitol […]

What’s Missing in Your “Healthy” Diet? Part II: Why More Fats


For the past 30 years, we have been told that fats are bad for the body. But groundbreaking new research has shown that high cholesterol has incorrectly been labeled “public enemy number one” for the heart. For example, in one study people with higher levels of cholesterol had better heart […]

Ten Ayurvedic Pregnancy Tips

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According to Ayurveda, pregnancy and delivery can be the most rejuvenating experience of a women’s life, during which every cell of the mother’s body can be transformed. Unfortunately, in the west we did not get that memo and mothers often pay dearly with health concerns after a pregnancy. During pregnancy, […]

What’s Missing in Your “Healthy” Diet? Part I


Average Reading Time: 8 minutes, 23 seconds Lately, I have been fascinated by the eating habits of the relatively disease-free ancient humans compared to the diet of today’s modern humans. And while the subject of how many proteins versus carbohydrates we should eat is highly debated, many experts believe that […]

Dr. John’s Favorite Olive Oil

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes, 34 seconds Not all olive oils are created equal, according to a recent NPR report. It turns out that olive oil is commonly adulterated, mixed and/or diluted to pass off not-so-quality olive oils as the premium first-press extra virgin oil. Luckily, there is a sure-fire way […]