What are biofilms? Biofilms are naturally-occurring bacterial colonies in both humans and the environment. They are basically slimy, glue-like, protective sheaths that bacterial organisms form around themselves. There’s good and bad biofilm. By being proactive with your diet, you can make great strides in ensuring gut and immune health by empowering your natural defenses against
The latest in a slurry of no-grain bestsellers is The Plant Paradox by cardiologist Steven Gundry, MD. While I do have some issues with his premise, the book has a lot of merit and his research is clearly taking him in the right direction. For example, his upcoming book will be about the importance of
When shopping for herbal supplements, few people realize the differences from one brand to the next. New evidence provides deep insight into the differences between herbal extracts and naturally dried whole-herb products. In fact, while extracts have been considered a more concentrated, and therefore more potent, bang for your buck, it has now been shown
Chyawanprash is Ayurveda’s premier superfood, containing over forty herbal constituents that have worked synergistically since early in the first millennium BCE, when the formula was first documented in Ayurveda’s major treatise, Caraka Samhita.
We’ve all been there . . . one of the most irritating things to deal with is a cough that just won’t quit. Nagging coughs tend to make their appearance during the seasonal change from winter to spring.
According to Ayurveda, there is a special substance in the body that governs aging, immunity, radiant skin, vigor, mood, sleep, digestion, spirituality, and physical strength. This substance is called ojas (OH-jas). In Sanskrit, ojas has two prominent meanings. In the context of physical health and vitality, it means “vigor, virility, and vitality.” In the context
In 1986, I arrived in India and remember watching a man bathe in a public fountain—something we don’t typically see in the West. Upon closer inspection, while he was quite intent on rubbing every inch of his body, he was not using soap. He was massaging oil on his body—everywhere—and then, he appeared to drink
That cup of hot milk your grandmother gave you before bed has been shown to deliver special peptides that support health, energy, virility, and natural sleep cycles.1-3 Researchers have found that when milk is taken before bed, the milk’s bio-active peptides support: deep healthy sleep1 restorative sleep1 relaxation needed for sleep2 healthy stress response2 healthy
While raising our six children, I experimented with every type of immune-boosting concoction you could imagine to keep our kids healthy. One report suggested that kids get sick 6-8 times a year on average.13 With six kids and each cold lasting a couple of weeks, I did the math: six kids x six colds per
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
The seventh sense, as proposed by Jonathan Kipnis, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Virginia, may be our most important sense—as it may be the one keeping us alive! (1) We all know about the five senses, taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight. The sixth sense is said to govern movement, position in
Many different cultures around the world have used cold bathing for health and longevity purposes, and the practice has recently gained some scientific support! When I lived in India studying Ayurveda, I was instructed to start every day with a cold shower as a part of my yoga practice. While Ayurveda always suggests gradual temperature