Go Outside for Melatonin + Circadian Rhythms In a study at the University of Colorado in Boulder, researchers evaluated circadian rhythms of a group of healthy Boulder residents. What they found was surprising. Instead of melatonin levels rising only during nighttime hours, about two hours after waking, melatonin levels would surge, causing significant daytime drowsiness.
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.
Breathing, called Pranayama in Sanskrit, can be a balancing way to start and end each day. Follow this breathing technique for 5-10 minutes at least once per day, and ideally twice per day. You can do the breathing practices anytime of the day that works best for you. Use the following breathing meditation techniques to
Average Reading Time: 3 minutes and 23 seconds The human microbiome is made up of trillions of bacteria, but are largely made up of two basic bacterial phyla, Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes. Many of you may have had your microbiome evaluated and were told you are doomed to weight gain because you have too many Firmicutes.
How Does Ayurveda Treat the Nervous System? According to Ayurveda, soothing the nervous system is a requirement for maintenance and balancing of one’s health. There are numerous time-tested strategies to calm the nervous system. Stress of all kinds, whether it is mental, emotional, physical, or even spiritual can have a negative impact on one’s health.
A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine evaluated the effectiveness of a non-drug therapy for sleep, called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Western medicine has focused on drug or sedative therapy for all forms of insomnia for years with limited success. While drugs like Ambien are the gold standard for helping people sleep, they
Average Reading Time: 1 minute and 49 seconds Perhaps the most concise way to describe Ayurveda, meditation and yoga is to call them self-awareness techniques. All three are forms of mindfulness therapies that naturally increase the self-awareness of the body, mind and emotions. These tools allow us to be aware of our problems and then