My very first patient when I was studying Ayurvedic medicine in India in 1986 was a middle-aged woman with crippling pain all over her body, compounded by obesity, lethargy, and cardiovascular issues. Both Ayurvedic and medical doctors were stumped by the vast and seemingly unrelated symptoms—until a blood test revealed severe vitamin D deficiency. Within
While not all humans are equipped to digest milk sugars, we all have the ability to break down whey protein, the main protein in mother’s milk. In fact, whey protein has recently been found to provide a handful of health benefits as we age. Whey has been shown to support healthy muscle mass and building,
Turmeric has been time-tested and well-studied (boasting over 5600 scientific citations!) to be a powerful agent for optimal health. It is perhaps most well-known for its support of the liver, and as the liver has its hand in nearly every function of the body, turmeric has been found to wear many hats. As a result
How quickly do you eat your meals? If you don’t think that’s an important question for your health and weight, read on! In my article comparing an Ayurvedic lifestyle with the lifestyles of the longest-lived centenarians around the world, there are some important eating rules now linked to obesity, weight gain, and healthy weight loss.1
Do you crave a sweet, chip, or caffeinated beverage at least once a day? Do you eat snacks between meals to prevent a blood sugar crash? Do you carry extra weight around your belly, hips, or thighs? Do you experience more and more “senior moments” with uncharacteristic brain fog? All of the above are early
A 2004 study found that early life influences may have a more potent impact on adult behavior than previously thought. The study compared a neglectful environment to a nurturing environment. Nurture took a commanding lead in the nature-vs-nurture debate! It turns out life experiences and environment, especially during early years, can turn genes on or
A slew of health concerns can be caused by blood sugar levels. Educating yourself about the ways in which blood sugar affects you is crucial to balancing these levels. Conditions associated with chronically high blood sugar levels include weight gain, cardiovascular and cognitive health, as well as a host of degenerative conditions. Even blood sugars
Ayurveda starts with circadian medicine for good reason. Fixing your daily routine (dinacharya) and seasonal routine (ritchucharya) is step one to healthy energy levels, blood pressure, balanced weight, and more.
According to Ayurveda, spring (March-June) is kapha season. Kapha literally means “to stick together.” It’s a muddy, wet, rainy time of year, where the earth is holding onto more water—nature’s response to a long dry winter.
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.
While spring is a great time to lose those extra holiday pounds, it is also a time that we can easily gain weight. Let me explain so that we can all become successful springtime fat burners.
All year long, and especially each winter, I find myself treating an inordinate number of patients with a subclinical protein deficiency. Most of them are quite health-aware and have made conscious decisions as to what to include—and not include—in their diets. But somehow, despite the best intentions, they find themselves crashing due to a significant