The Musical Fruit
Beans could make your evening impolite. They are known as the "musical fruit" because they cause gas. A properly cooked bean, however, is easy to digest and less gaseous. Beans offer many nutritional and medicina
Kapha's digestion tends to be slow and sluggish, a condition called manda agni in Ayurveda. As a result, Kapha people tend to gain weight easily and store energy well. The dull, gooey nature of Kapha creates excess mucus in the stomach, which cover
It's no surprise that a number of women suffer from gut problems during their menstrual cycle. From heaviness to gas, diarrhea to constipation, pre-PMS to PMS, women walk into our digestive clinic each week, baffled trying to sort out what to eat for heal
Although our digestion can get used to some forbidden foods and combinations anything that aggravates doshas without expelling them is considered a bad food combination. Generally Vata has the most difficulty with poor food combining because they do not h
Grains are seeds from the grass or buckwheat family. Grains are sweet and heavy, but are generally less oily than nuts & seeds. Autumn and winter are the best time of year for grain consumption. Since most grains are gooey, they should be minimized durin
The gut is home to 1/3 of your nervous system. The nerves of your gut, your gut instincts, protect your sense of security and self care. Anxiety & fear can disrupt your sense of security. An 'uh-oh' feeling in your gut leaves tension and contraction in it
Before ice-cream and other heavy sweets were invented, sweet foods were a natural energy boost between meals. The pick-me-up was a necessary complement to your diet between meals. So, people craved sweets when they were feeling tired. In modern times,
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How Much Fried Food Can you Handle?
French fries & funnel cakes are a fun way to enjoy the local fair. Eat too much though, and you start to feel queasy. This is a sign you've hit your upper limit on fried foods. Uggh! The hot su
If you like being alert in the morning, you may want to think twice about that heavy, late dinner.
A heavy, late night meal will (more often than not) sit in your digestive tract throughout the night, stagnant and undigested, till the next morning.
Next time you are hungry, this ancient technique will help you decide how much to eat: Place your two hands together and make the shape of a bowl or cup. Limit your portion size to this volume, approximately 2/3's the size of your stomach. Ideally, you'd
What is Agni?
Literally, Agni means fire. In Ayurveda, Agni measures your strength, power and resilience, and may be compared to your metabolism. Agni gives your organs the strength to work well. In your mind, agni gives us emotion
Ayurveda offers you simple, practical ways manage your health. It can help you understand your body and how to prevent or minimize disease. Ayurveda helps you experience food, understand its effects on your body, and naturally crave and choose the foods t
Have you caught 'Spring Fever'?
By April spring fever is in full swing. You may have been hibernating indoors throughout March to avoid the tumultuous weather, but by the time April rolls around, the great outdoors is calling. Chil
Life comes to full bloom in May just in time for Mother's Day. A tree in flower fills the air with a sweet perfume. Bright yellow and pink flowers seem to capture the very essence of new life. The entire atmosphere of May is buzzing and alive with the sou
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Pitta tends toward hot, sharp, and quick digestion, a condition called tikshna agni in Ayurveda. Digestion is ruled by Pitta, so Pitta people often have a strong digestive fire. This means they have a strong appetite and need to eat quickly when hu
Vata dosha generally has weak, dry, and cold digestion with a lot of variability. This type of digestion is called vishama agni in Ayurveda. A Vata's gut is the most unpredictable of all the body types. The digestive tract in general is an ever shi
After eating, blood rushes to the stomach to supply stomach glands with fluids. The food is mixed with acids and slowly turns into a sauce. About fifteen minutes after eating, the food if fully hydrated and blood flow to the stomach relaxes somewhat. To e
Soups and sandwiches
Soups are warm, soft, supportive, hydrating, and generally easy to digest. That's why a grandma cooks soup for her grandchildren when they are sick. Soups are made with love and are a symbol of grandma's nurtur
Dairy is heavy, sweet, gooey, oily and difficult to digest. Autumn is the best time of year for dairy consumption.
Lactose Intolerances & Allergies
Intolerances to dairy must be carefully differentiated from allergies. The Kapha q
By the miracle of digestion, food that you eat becomes transformed into your living human body. This profound assimilation of food has the power to change your very identity. The fact is, food becomes blood. Your body feeds this blood to your brain. The b
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Eat the biggest meal of the day during lunch. Lunch is the warmest time of the day when digestion is strongest. Food eaten during lunch has a chance to get digested before bedtime. If you must cheat on your diet, cheat during l
About gut flora
The average, normal, healthy bowel contains an estimated 100 trillion microorganisms from over 500 different species. Normally, this ecosystem deters and displaces growth of harmful bacteria. When your gut ecosystem
There is no right or wrong answer to the raw versus cooked debate. The real answer to the debate depends on the digestive strength of the individual. Raw food offers nutritional benefits but is more difficult to digest, causing gas and bloating in those w
Soups are the fallback food. Whether under stress, ill, or recovering from illness or cleansing, soups give digestive organs a much needed rest. The recommended diet after pancha karma treatment is samsarjana karma, a progression of soups from light to he
Some things in life should be simple, like pooping. The joy of a complete bowel movement in your morning routine can be as gratifying as a sunrise. Many, however, struggle with nature's call. There are those who sit on the toilet for 20 min flipping thro
Your poop tells a story about your body. A single glance at your poop can tell you many things. For one, it is a window into your digestive tract and your diet. Are you eating the right foods for your body? Your poop reveals this. It is also an invaluable
Antacids are a multi-billion dollar industry. The trouble is, many people who take them could be making their heartburn worse. The reason is that most people don't actually have hyperacidity. If you suffer from acid reflux, it's more likely that your stom
You've decided to take the plunge and commit to a healthier lifestyle, but how do you get your family on board? What can you do to overcome resistance? Even when the family is supportive, how do you cook a meal for everyone when Ayurveda is tailored to th
Fourth of July fireworks initiate the celebratory feeling that runs throughout July. The fun of backyard barbecues, playful picnics, the excitement of summer vacation, and the thrill of road trips make this a month to look forward to. July is a time to re
In this interview with Michael Acanfora of Beyond Your Wildest Genes, John talks about some of the unique aspects of Ayurveda, especially in regards to digestive illness.
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Nurture your body and keep warm in the fall by eating cooked meals. Ice, cold drinks and cold or raw food will make you feel cold from the inside out, effectively shutting down digestive function the moment you need it most. For this reason, cold foods ar
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