End-of-Summer Weight Gain Have you noticed yourself starting to gain a few pounds of winter weight already? At summer’s end, nature dishes out a series of influences best described as a perfect storm for gaining weight. Let’s dissect this storm and look at some strategies to safely navigate unwanted pounds. Nature’s making a concerted effort […]
Pranayama, Nitric Oxide + Stress Reduction As rising levels of stress are linked to ever-rising levels of chronic disease, researchers look to time-tested stress reducing techniques to break this cycle. Recently, more and more studies are published on the science of breathing, also called pranayama. The word prana means life force and ayama means to […]
Did you know that the number one cause of gallbladder disease is a low-to-no-fat diet? Considering gallbladder removal is the number one abdominal surgery in the US, I think this is worth talking about!
Ayurveda + Modern Science for Healthy Pregnancy According to Ayurveda, preparing for pregnancy is as important as getting pregnant, being pregnant, staying pregnant, and delivering a healthy child. Today, understanding these ancient principles is more important than ever. But it is important to understand modern pregnancy risks as well. In this article, I discuss some […]
Quantum Big Bang Since the days of Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Nikola Tesla, Niels Bohr, and others who introduced quantum physics, scientists have explored the origins of the universe through that lens. The result is a new paradigm replacing the notion that the world consists of bits of matter randomly colliding in space, materializing after […]
Did you know there are two time-tested amazing fruits with the ability to maintain digestive health, lymphatic drainage, arterial walls, and your entire cardiovascular system?1,2 Not only are they powerful healers, they’re also delicious! Below I will provide the science of their healing abilities, plus some easy recipes you can try at home. The fruit of […]
Do you have irritating symptoms around your monthly menstrual cycle? Often, we are told this is just a part of being a woman, but according to Western science and Ayurvedic wisdom, there is both a logical reason for the imbalance and a way to address it, so you can enjoy the healthy natural rhythms of […]
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 […]
Overactive histamine responses can be miserable. With change of seasons upon us, it’s important to support the immune system before the first surge of environmental irritants hits. What you may not know is that the root cause of your congestion may not be environmental, but digestive! According to Ayurveda, hypersensitive immune responses are caused by […]
A few years ago, I wrote a book called The Encyclopedia of Ayurvedic Massage, which details the many Ayurvedic massage techniques. Each requires a unique oil and has very specific stroke patterns. But not all Ayurvedic massage techniques require oil. One of the most popular and most loved is garshana. Garshana is a dry, lymphatic, […]
Yoga nidra has become a popular and effective relaxation tool common in many yoga studios. But it is not always practiced with an understanding of its original purpose. Yogarupa Rod Stryker has taught yoga nidra for 40 years and has a book coming out called Enlightened Sleep. I’m very excited to bring him onto the podcast, where we dive deep into yoga nidra.
Did you know that high levels of arsenic have been found in rice and apple juice? Arsenic, a silent killer, has become a heavy metal concern as of late. While arsenic contamination of soil and water is largely due to volcanic eruptions and soil erosion, arsenic is also used in many insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, […]