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 […]
We all know that we inherit genes from mom and dad, but did you know that we also collect and incorporate genetic material from the microbes we come into contact with every day? In very exciting new research, as we continue to prove the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with modern science, it turns out that […]
Do you suffer from occasional constipation, loose stools, mucus in the stool, or heartburn? Or are you interested in rebooting your precious gut microbiome? Read on for a combination of Ayurveda, Western science, and my favorite tea to address all these issues and more. The Gut-Brain Axis The gut-brain axis is the relationship between microbes […]
We have all experienced the power of fear, whether it be watching a thriller on TV or walking into a dark basement or attic when you were a kid. That fear has been shown to not only paralyze your nerves and muscles—“scared stiff”—but it may also change the ground you walk on! That’s right, fear […]
Is European Bread Better? Why does European wheat seem to digest better than American wheat? I work with many patients to reintroduce wheat into their diet. Many of them report that when they go to Europe, they can eat bread without difficulties, but when they consume bread stateside, they have digestive-related symptoms. Why might this […]
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. […]