There are 100 million neurons embedded in the wall of the large intestine. Because of this, it is referred to as the second brain. There are trillions of microbes in the gut that manufacture 95% of the dopamine, serotonin and other brain chemicals and literally control our mood, mind and emotions. The microbiome – or
Have you ever heard of a fecal transplant? It’s exactly what it sounds like – the fecal matter from one individual gets transplanted into the intestinal tract of another. The question is, why? There is mounting evidence that replacing the flora of your gut with a healthy and more diverse strain of microbes can have
In the near future, instead of antibiotics your doctor might present you with a vial of a specific strain of good bacteria which you are lacking that directly targets your particular health concern. In the meantime, generally repopulating a healthy environment of benevolent bugs in your system is an important start. New research has genetically
After several decades of working with thousands of patients, writing and researching articles, and deepening my understanding of Ayurveda, it has become clear to me that the pith of optimal health and longevity lies in restoring the digestive strength and healthy microbiology. I believe everyone should have a working knowledge of how to troubleshoot different
If you do take a digestive enzyme formula, please check the ingredients and make sure it doesn’t contain enzymes for digestion commonly listed as Amylases. The bad news is that most of them do. In fact, they play a leading role in most digestive enzyme formulas. Amylases are enzymes produced in the pancreas that are
In Part 1 of this series I discussed the many causes of heartburn and how to effectively treat those using Ayurvedic principles, foods and herbs. However, in some cases, heartburn is caused by a mechanical issue that can lead to hiatal hernia. A hiatal hernia is when a small part of the stomach herniates or
In India, ginger is called the “universal spice” because of its many health benefits, and because it balances all body types. Ginger was used medicinally in ancient China, India, and Rome. As the demand for ginger grew, it was soon being cultivated all over the world. In Ayurveda, ginger was most commonly used to support
You know you should be eating your vegetables, but do you know why? Did you know, for instance, that eating more vegetables can help you reduce stress, increase attentiveness, reduce cravings, and lose weight? The truth is, while most of us know we should be eating plenty of vegetables, few of us actually eat enough.