We all love chocolate. But is it good for us? Let’s explore. Chocolate, like coffee and tea, is loaded with over 300 powerful chemicals and antioxidants that deliver numerous health benefits (when consumed without milk and sugar).
It’s easy to get into a routine: eating, working, and exercising in the same ways day after day. But did you know that microbes in the air change from one season to the next? Did you know that microbes in your gut should be changing from one season to the next? Did you know that receptors in your brain for mood hormones also change seasonally?
Have you ever wondered why your mucus membranes become more irritated, productive, or dry each winter? In a perfect world, we would live in harmony with the seasonal harvest, and nature would provide protection of the body’s mucous membranes.
Do you ever notice that you feel differently in the summer and winter? That you crave different foods, have different sleeping patterns, or experience different moods? Well, we are circadian beings, which means our ability to survive and thrive as a species depends on our connection to the rhythms of nature.
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.
March 4, 2019 | 58 minutes, 24 seconds Download Reset Your Digestive + Detox Clock This Spring At LifeSpa, we have three Ayurvedic cleanses available this spring: Short Home Cleanse is an easy 4-day ghee and kitchari cleanse and digestive reset. Download the free eBook here. Guided Colorado Cleanse is a 14-day Ayurvedic ghee and […]
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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 […]
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 […]
Are you the kind of person who eats the same thing day after day, month after month, year after year? According to Ayurveda, there are circadian cycles that we must pay attention to in order to maintain good health. Based on these daily, seasonal, and life cycles, there is mounting evidence that our diet should […]
When we think of vitamin C, we think of citrus fruits that are generally not available during the northern winter months. Nuts and seeds are the main fare for most northern winter-philic mammals. This means many of us are getting a lot of vitamin E with very little vitamin C during the winter—which may be […]
Have you heard of the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain? In it, Dr. David Perlmutter argues that wheat, carbs, and sugar are the brain’s “silent killers.” He recommends going completely gluten-free and using fat as your main fuel source. 1.5 million people have read his book, and while it has made quite a […]