Calorie Restriction is Natural Each Spring Every spring, our ancestors would be challenged to feed their families as Mother Nature delivers us from an abundance of food in the fall to an austere diet of greens, plump roots, and a scarcity of berries in the spring. Our gut microbes change from a predominance of carbohydrate-consuming
A healthy immune system isn’t always in high gear: it has the ability to go up and down in intensity in order to properly respond to an immune event. The balanced production of natural immunostimulants and immunosuppressants is called immunomodulation in Western medicine.
I thought to share this important debate on how we should pee now in hopes of offering some light relief form the 24-hours news cycle covering COVID-19. Do Real Men Stand or Sit to Pee? Recently, I was having breakfast with a brilliant Ayurvedic practitioner and friend, Kashaypa Fisher, and somehow we got on the
What Should We Eat? Diet wars keep raging as we humans try to solve one of our most controversial issues: what should we eat? In a recent study, a diet strikingly similar to what is suggested in Ayurveda has been found to dramatically lower risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, the second leading cause of
How does Ayurveda think about viruses? According to Ayurveda, viruses fall into the category of krimi. Krimi are further categorized as raktaja krimi, which are carried in the circulatory system (lymph, veins, arteries), and purisaja krimi, which reside in the lower gut.1 So how did Ayurveda deal with krimi? Strategies aimed at addressing infestations of
In Ayurveda, cooking with copper, drinking overnight first morning water out of copper cups, and scraping the tongue with copper tongue scrapers are daily practices that date back thousands of years. Copper for Infection Risk: Ancient Wisdom with Profound Science A recent study in the Journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology followed 650
Does Brahmi Cause Liver Damage? I have received numerous emails about the safety of an herb called brahmi (Centella asiatica), aka gotu kola. This herb is not to be confused with the south Indian herb bacopa (Bacopa monnieri), also sometimes called brahmi. Let me assure you that brahmi (Centella asiatica) is perfectly safe. Read on
Breath Retention / Intermittent Hypoxia Breath retention, called kumbhaka in Ayurveda and yoga, is considered the most important aspect of pranayama or yogic breathing techniques.2 While it’s a practice that takes time to learn, research shows intermittent hypoxia (aka not having enough oxygen for short periods of time) has numerous side benefits, including neuroplasticity, stem
Join Dr. John at Kripalu February 28–March 1, 2020, Friday-Sunday: 2 nights. Learn more and register here. Would you like to finish your day feeling the same energy you started out with—without craving sweets or stimulants? John Douillard offers diet, herbal, exercise, and lifestyle tools for your Ayurvedic type, to help reset your fat burners,
Detox Physical + Mental Ama Sadly, a recent survey found 74% of Americans experience digestive health concerns.1 Are you one of them? Digestive concerns may be more important that you think. Ayurveda says 85% of health concerns originate as digestive imbalance. Analyze + Treat Physical Ama According to Ayurveda, the result of poor digestion is
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome? Leaky gut syndrome is not a diagnosis taught in medical schools or recognized as a disease by the FDA. That said, a leaky gut has become associated with a handful of health concerns, including digestive gas, bloat, fatigue, food sensitivities, aches, brain fog, indigestion, and much more.1 Our intestinal tract
Superhuman Effect of Breath Retention Who would think it possible that a simple breathing practice could induce your body to produce regenerative stem cells, nitric oxide (the Nobel Prize-winning “panacea molecule”), and EPO (the performance-enhancing molecule that carried Lance Armstrong to seven Tour de France victories)?! Modern science backing these ancient breathing techniques is in.