For 26 years, I administered Ayurvedic panchakarma detox retreats, guiding thousands of patients through the mental and emotional transformation that Ayurveda requires for optimal health and longevity, giving us the capacity to live a content, joyful life with the freedom to love, give, and care for others fully. To take this knowledge to the next
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
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.
Have you ever wondered why so many religions have fasting holidays in the spring? While Lent, Ramadan, and Passover encourage fasting or calorie restriction, Mother Nature is encouraging the same. When we look outside and see what’s being harvested, the choices are austere.
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.
Brahmi (gotu kola or Centella asiatica) is touted as the most rejuvenating herb in Ayurveda. It has been used for thousands of years as the main herb for revitalizing nerve and brain cells.
Above all other Indian meals, kitchari is considered beneficial for spiritual growth, intestinal repair, and rejuvenation. It’s an Ayurvedic detox food, but in my house, as in many around the world, it’s consumed regularly as a staple throughout the year. Kitchari, pronounced kich-ah-ree and sometimes spelled khichadi or khichdi, has long been used to nourish
The most powerful cycle in nature is the seasons, which motivate birds to fly south, whales to migrate and leaves to fall. Each time the season changes is an opportunity to reset digestion and detoxify, which are easily bogged down by stress, toxins, and bad food. Ayurvedic doctors designed seasonal rejuvenation and cleansing strategies that turn on digestive fire and cleanse the liver and gall bladder, while flushing lymphatic toxins and strengthening the protective lining of the digestive system.
How much difference does going organic really make? In a pilot study by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute, scientists set out to discover the effects of eating only organic food. They wanted to measure the amount of pesticide that accumulates in the body from conventional foods, and if that residue would change when eating organic
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
Every spring, nature makes some dramatic shifts as part of its New Year strategy for optimal health. After a long winter of heavy, hard-to-digest proteins and fats, we have likely packed on some needed winter insulation. Come spring, the insulation has got to go! If kept on too long, this extra fat can congest lymphatics
Did you know that your brain has its own lymphatic system (called glymphatics) and that there are easy ways to keep it running smoothly? I have written numerous articles on the newly discovered lymphatic vessels that drain toxins from the brain while you sleep (three pounds per year!). But this is just the tip of