According to a report in the Alternative Medicine Review, an estimated 75-90 percent of primary care visits may be related to stress. (1) Stress has been linked to a host of health concerns involving immunity, cardiovascular system, sleep, mood, bone, brain and cognitive function, breathing, muscle tension, circulation, fatigue, metabolic concerns such as blood sugar
Fatigue and a feeling of tiredness are extremely common here in the US. Without realizing it, many of us go through our days self-medicating our adrenal exhaustion with caffeine, nicotine from cigarettes or vaping, sugar, energy drinks, or other stimulants. Stimulants like these often overtly attempt to drive the adrenals to make energy that they
According to Ayurveda, herbal formulations can be “activated” in certain ways to boost their bio-availability and effectiveness. Herbal formulas using whole, organically-grown herbs of good quality, combined with other herbs to enhance their intelligence, and taken in-season can provide a combination of nutritional benefit, probiotic support, and a needed therapeutic impact. In this article, I
More and more parents are asking, “What can I do preventatively now to keep my family healthy this year?” Over the years, I have streamlined 5 basic lifestyle tips based on the five-thousand-year-old, time-tested medical system of Ayurveda. These are all outlined in my book, Perfect Health for Kids, and I have summarized them here.
Ashwagandha is Ayurveda’s premier adaptogenic herb for stress and longevity. It has a special classification as a rasayana herb. Rasayana herbs are believed to promote longevity, induce nourishment, and prevent the effects of aging. New studies have found that ashwagandha can mimic the bio-chemical effect of calorie restriction—a dietary regimen at the forefront of emerging
Recently, I competed in a sprint triathlon with my family here in Colorado. With only a couple of weeks to train for this event, we incorporated a few Ayurvedic training techniques and successfully used them for this triathlon. The Personal Scoop Originally, my 24-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son were going to join me for this
Many of us look forward to our travels plans all year, but all too often we find ourselves needing a vacation after the vacation! Travel-related circadian stress can take a major toll on the body, revealing physiological weak links that creep to the surface. Sleep issues often rear their ugly head, and digestion often slows
One of the tenets of all traditional systems of medicine is best represented by an old saying we have all heard, “Early to bed makes you healthy, wealthy and wise.” While I cannot speak directly to the “wealthy and wise” part, there is ample evidence to suggest that getting to bed early will change your
Introducing our newest mini-eBook… This easy-to-read, colorful guide will become your go-to, bedside resource for getting the best sleep of your life. Those of us who struggle with getting a good night’s rest will try just about anything. Sedatives, be they herbal or pharmaceutical, may only be sedating an already sedated or exhausted person—offering short-term,
Menstruation falls under the general Ayurvedic heading of Yonivyapad. Ayurveda uses the word Yoni to describe the female genitalia and reproductive organs, and vyapad to describe disorders or diseases. The Charaka Samhita, a comprehensive text on the ancient Indian medicinal system of Ayurveda, describes around 20 different gynecological disorders. The premise of Ayurveda is not
Shilajit may be one of the world’s most unique substances. It is formed by the compression of organic material between layers of rock over hundreds or thousands of years. During the summer months, this biomass literally exudes out of deep fissures in the rocks of the Himalayas. Here are the top 10 reasons why everyone
I invite you to take some time today to reflect on what you can do to achieve the goal of becoming an incredibly powerful source of love. These activities can be done solo or with a partner. Start the morning with yoga. The sun salutation is a complete Ayurvedic exercise also known as Surya Namaskara.