By definition, autoimmune is “relating to health concerns caused by antibodies or lymphocytes produced against substances naturally present in the body.” Autoimmunity occurs when the body’s immune system turns on itself and starts attacking healthy tissues of the body. In western medicine, when the immune system goes rogue, doctors will do everything possible to suppress
College can be one of the most challenging times to stay healthy. Suddenly, things like basic nutrition and sleep are taken for granted, resulting in sluggish immunity and making students susceptible to acne, hormonal issues, getting run-down, and more. With six kids, two in college and three college graduates, I have had firsthand experience keeping
The human body has evolved to protect itself from toxic exposure, opportunistic bacteria, fungi, viruses and other pathogens who are poised to take advantage of broken down or worn out immune barriers. Today, we dump 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals into the American environment each year and 72 million of them are cancer-causing. Monsanto’s
Average Reading Time: 5 minutes and 10 seconds As part of a series on perfecting digestion, I have shared important lifestyle and herbal tips to get your digestion in tip-top shape. In this article and video, I would like to shed light on the most potent foods I know of that can perfect your digestion.
Your dentist will tell you that the primary reason for regular brushing and flossing is to prevent cavities and maintain healthy gums, but what they often don’t tell you about is the direct link between poor gum health and cardiovascular health concerns. (1) With more than 75 percent of adults in America having poor gum
While we all look forward to a summer vacation, many folks dread the travel. From an Ayurvedic perspective, the vata dosha (or air energy) can easily become disturbed from flying or while traveling. A new branch of medicine called Circadian Medicine has measured the negative effect of travel stress (vata imbalance) on the nervous system.
Average Reading Time: 4 minutes and 29 seconds The lymphatic system is the largest circulatory system in the body and is uniquely susceptible to stress. In fact, according to Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology, chronic exposure to large surges of cortisol, the stress hormone, can literally cause the lymphoid tissue to atrophy. (1) Persistently high
Average Reading Time: 6 minutes and 28 seconds Choosing the right foods to eat has become extremely complex, controversial and confusing for most people. With promises coming from every angle of the food pyramid, from paleo to vegetarian to vegan to being gluten and dairy-free, making healthy food choices has become more confusing than ever!
In nature, the shift from winter (the end of the annual cycle) to spring (the beginning of the annual cycle) is perhaps the most important transition of the year. At this time, the weather, harvests, and microbes are making dramatic changes. For example, winter microbes that are geared for keeping the body warm and digesting
Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 56 seconds With spring right around the corner, there are a few precautions we can take to ensure a healthy and symptom-free spring and summer. You may have noticed the birds are back, scouting out where on your home they will lease nest space. The crocus, which are nature’s
Average Reading Time: 5 minutes, 17 seconds Sinus complaints are incredibly common at all times of the year. Poor air quality, winter dryness and pollens in the spring and fall leave few unaffected. Anyone who deals with sinus issues knows that it is incredibly uncomfortable, and it is very difficult to function normally when experiencing