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?
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.
According to Ayurveda, there is a special substance in the body that governs aging, immunity, radiant skin, vigor, mood, sleep, digestion, spirituality, and physical strength. This substance is called ojas (OH-jas). In Sanskrit, ojas has two prominent meanings. In the context of physical health and vitality, it means “vigor, virility, and vitality.” In the context […]
Are you worried about what you’ve done to your brain over the years? For decades, our understanding of brain chemistry was that we are all gifted with a certain number of brain cells at birth and if you kill them with, say, too much alcohol or drugs, you can never grow them back. That understanding […]
That cup of hot milk your grandmother gave you before bed has been shown to deliver special peptides that support health, energy, virility, and natural sleep cycles.1-3 Researchers have found that when milk is taken before bed, the milk’s bio-active peptides support: deep healthy sleep1 restorative sleep1 relaxation needed for sleep2 healthy stress response2 healthy […]
While raising our six children, I experimented with every type of immune-boosting concoction you could imagine to keep our kids healthy. One report suggested that kids get sick 6-8 times a year on average.13 With six kids and each cold lasting a couple of weeks, I did the math: six kids x six colds per […]
Choosing the right foods to eat has become extremely complex, controversial and confusing for most people. With promises coming from every angle of the food pyramid, from paleo to vegetarian to vegan to being gluten and dairy-free, making healthy food choices has become more confusing than ever! In this article, I will describe the very […]
In Ayurveda, one of the primary investigative tools of practitioners for determining the state of one’s health is tongue diagnosis or evaluation of the tongue. The tongue is the very beginning of the digestive tract, which lumbers on for another 30 feet or so. Since we cannot see much beyond the mouth without some invasive […]
According to a report in the Alternative Medicine Review, an estimated 75-90 percent of primary care visits may be related to stress. (1) Stress has been linked to a host of health concerns involving immunity, cardiovascular system, sleep, mood, bone, brain and cognitive function, breathing, muscle tension, circulation, fatigue, metabolic concerns such as blood sugar […]
Fatigue and a feeling of tiredness are extremely common here in the US. Without realizing it, many of us go through our days self-medicating our adrenal exhaustion with caffeine, nicotine from cigarettes or vaping, sugar, energy drinks, or other stimulants. Stimulants like these often overtly attempt to drive the adrenals to make energy that they […]
According to Ayurveda, herbal formulations can be “activated” in certain ways to boost their bio-availability and effectiveness. Herbal formulas using whole, organically-grown herbs of good quality, combined with other herbs to enhance their intelligence, and taken in-season can provide a combination of nutritional benefit, probiotic support, and a needed therapeutic impact. In this article, I […]
More and more parents are asking, “What can I do preventatively now to keep my family healthy this year?” Over the years, I have streamlined 5 basic lifestyle tips based on the five-thousand-year-old, time-tested medical system of Ayurveda. These are all outlined in my book, Perfect Health for Kids, and I have summarized them here. […]