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 […]
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 […]
You’ve probably heard that grass-fed is better than grain-fed when it comes to meat and dairy products. Well, the differences might amaze you! Cows grazing in grass pastures with no supplemental feed had a whopping 500% more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in their milk fat than cows fed typical dairy diets.4 When ghee is organic […]
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 […]
Relax and Eat The first and most surprising weight loss strategy is as simple as changing how you eat. While doing things like eating quickly, mindlessly, in the car, standing up, or distracted by the TV may seem benign, new research may make you think twice before you pull into your next drive-thru. The trillions […]
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors slept mostly in caves that were cool, chilly, and cold as the seasons changed. Caves, which were common sleeping quarters, rarely, if ever, get hot. Is it possible that we have genetically evolved to thrive when we sleep in a cold room versus a warm or hot room? This bit of ancient […]
Most people think we lose weight by converting body fat into energy, creating heat, and by sweating off the pounds during vigorous workouts, but the way the body actually rids itself of fat may surprise you. In a study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers investigated where the fat goes when one loses weight […]
For a couple of decades now, as a faculty member for two of the best Ayurvedic Colleges in the states, I’ve told my students that I spent the first 20 years of my practice telling my patients to eat a big lunch. This wasn’t just a side suggestion – it was one of the major recommendations […]