¾ of USA Living with Digestive Discomfort A recent survey found that 74% of Americans are regularly experiencing gas, bloating, altered bowel function, and abdominal discomfort.1 According to the Mayo Clinic, if you’re in this group, medications are often prescribed to slow bowel function and relax digestion, antidepressants are suggested to calm the nervous system,
While researchers and scientists are not known for taking herbal or nutritional supplements, a group of journalists from Inverse queried six scientists to see what supplements, if any, they take on a regular basis.1 Five very important supplements were on top of their lists. TURMERIC The most common supplement taken by scientists is the Ayurvedic
Turmeric + Stem Cells If you follow LifeSpa, you probably know some of the amazing benefits of turmeric, one of Ayurveda’s favorite herbs. But there is some new research indicating that, alongside its other benefits, turmeric can also increase production of stem cells! Turmeric has been well documented to increase production of a brain and
Importance of Oral Health The health impact of our mouths is pervasive, according to Ayurveda. New science regularly validates the value of some ancient Ayurvedic oral health techniques, such as oil pulling, tongue scraping, tooth powders, neem sticks for brushing, and much more.10 The mouth acts as the first line of defense against undesirable bacteria,
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
What should we eat? In my search to answer what should be a very simple question, I have interviewed best-selling diet authors David Perlmutter, MD, author of Grain Brain, John McDougall, MD, author of The Starch Solution, Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones, and this week’s podcast is with fitness and longevity expert Ben
For years, dermatologists pooh-poohed the idea of vegetable oil on skin, claiming that skin was unable to absorb these oils, and therefore unable to derive any real moisturizing benefits. In Ayurveda, certain oils have been emphasized for thousands of years as crucial nourishment for the skin—just one of the many Ayurvedic beauty secrets that result
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
Most Americans have turned their clocks back every fall and ahead every spring since 1966 with little pushback . . . until recently. Mounting evidence suggests that changing clocks to accommodate daylight savings time is linked to increased accidents and health concerns.
Do you ever notice that you feel differently in the summer and winter? That you crave different foods, have different sleeping patterns, or experience different moods? Well, we are circadian beings, which means our ability to survive and thrive as a species depends on our connection to the rhythms of nature.
Are you the kind of person who eats the same thing day after day, month after month, year after year? According to Ayurveda, there are circadian cycles that we must pay attention to in order to maintain good health. Based on these daily, seasonal, and life cycles, there is mounting evidence that our diet should