Understanding Your Body According to Ayurveda, taking care of your digestion might just be the most important step you can take for your health. And not just your physical health, but your emotional and mental health, too! Strong evidence suggests psychological stress has a marked impact on gastrointestinal health and digestion. Stress is processed through the
Healthy Alternatives to Laxatives Do you know how your elimination is doing? 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
A healthy immune system isn’t always in high gear: it has the ability to go up and down in intensity in order to properly respond to an immune event. The balanced production of natural immunostimulants and immunosuppressants is called immunomodulation in Western medicine.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome? Leaky gut syndrome is not a diagnosis taught in medical schools or recognized as a disease by the FDA. That said, a leaky gut has become associated with a handful of health concerns, including digestive gas, bloat, fatigue, food sensitivities, aches, brain fog, indigestion, and much more.1 Our intestinal tract
Our Ancestors: Fruit + Famine Once upon a time, about 26 million years ago, apes in Africa lived in a flourishing tropical garden, where their next meal, likely some ancient version of a banana, was just a few feet away. They were mostly fruitarians, and they had a special enzyme that helped metabolize fruit as
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,
Ever experienced a migraine? It can be a debilitating experience, and, frustratingly, sometimes its onset a total mystery. I have investigated the Western science and the Ayurvedic perspective to get some insight into this painful phenomena. Migraines are pressure headaches, much different than tension headaches. They come as a result of vasodilation of cerebral arteries,
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.
How often do you resist the impulse to pass gas, burp, yawn, or sleep? Or suppress the desire to pee, poo, or shed a tear? Habitually and often unconsciously, we commonly find ourselves suppressing natural urges such as these, thinking nothing of it. According to Vāgbhata (one of the most influential classical writers of Ayurveda),
Traditional Ayurvedic Tongue Reading 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 beginning of the digestive tract, which lumbers on for another 30 feet or so. Since we cannot see much beyond the mouth
As summer winds down, a common question I get from my patients is, “How do I avoid gaining weight during the fall and winter?” Each fall, our ancestors would greatly increase their fruit, grain, nut, and seed intake. This intake of excess calories would accomplish winter insulation and energy storage—as the famine of winter and