Constipation and incomplete bowel movements can be one of the most frustrating experiences imaginable. Luckily, one of Ayurveda’s primary areas of focus is digestion.
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.
Have you ever wondered how and why our bodies store toxins? Actually, we are all designed to continuously and naturally remove toxins from our bodies, but sometimes this natural process is interrupted and needs a reset. Types of Toxins Water-soluble toxins are easily flushed out via the blood and kidneys. Fat-soluble toxins (such as heavy
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
In a recent Scientific American article, researchers discovered that the expression of up to 82% of our genes turn on or off at specific times of day—that is 16,400 of our 20,000 human genes (and counting).1 The science of circadian medicine may soon determine when you should take a medication or why you get sick
A recent review of scientific literature looked at the state of modern digestion and elimination. Researchers found reports of sluggish elimination common, but inconsistent from country to country. Americans, in particular, seem unsure how to classify their bathroom habits, with survey results ranging from 2% all the way up to 27% of the population. (1)
In Ayurveda, one of the primary investigative tools of practitioners for determining the state of one’s health is tongue diagnosis or evaluation of the tongue. The tongue is the very beginning of the digestive tract, which lumbers on for another 30 feet or so. Since we cannot see much beyond the mouth without some invasive
There are two common kinds of intestinal overgrowth of undesirable bugs. The first most common, Candidiasis, is when the fungus, candida—which naturally occurs in the intestines—decides to overgrow and overtake populations of beneficial bacteria. The second most common type of overgrowth is called Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO. This is when bacteria from the
In this article, I’ll discuss the best way to troubleshoot the digestive system and help you identify the best herbs for your digestive symptoms, with the ultimate goal of restoring balance. With 74% of the American population experiencing digestive distress, (1) I write this with a touch of urgency. Assess Your Elimination You should have
The United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched the Human Microbiome Project in 2007 with the aim of better understanding the roles that microbes play in human health, longevity, and disease. Since the project launched, microbiome research is advancing quickly and thousands of studies have been published. The human gut is made up of
While weight loss strategies dress the covers of magazines and best-selling books, little is written in an effort to help people gain weight. According to Ayurveda, it all starts with being aware of two things: Your body type or constitution (prakruti) Whether your body type is in or out of balance (vikruti) Vata body types