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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
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Greens are the most common taste in nature. Sweet taste was rare before farms and grocery stores. What
Stay GroundedMushrooms have an earthy taste like the dark, rich loamy soil itself. This earthiness is a sign of mushrooms' ability to keep you grounded and calm your nervous system. They are considered tamasic in Ayurveda meaning th
Proteins & Food Cravings
Sugar cravings are often a masked craving for proteins. Increasing protein intake can reduce sugar cravings. January and February are the easiest times of year to be
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
Did you know that digestion takes up to 60% of your daily metabolism? Most of the energy and fluids used for digestion are supplied through your blood. Thus, digestion is only as strong as your blood and circulation to digestive organs. Work, emotion, str
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
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It's tempting to think that a list of foods for your dosha will solve your health problems. While dosha food lists are a good starting point for experimenting with foods, eating from a list, any list, often does more harm than good. Remember Ayurveda is u
Modern varieties of wheat, after centuries of breeding, contains much more gluten than their ancient counterparts. This predisposes many of us to wheat intolerances and allergies.
Intolerances to wheat must be carefully differentiated from allergies
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No matter how much you love digestive enzymes for saving you from embarrassing gas or tummy discomfort, digestive enzymes could magnify
All foods that are difficult to digest must be chewed with care. Insufficient chewing of food forces stomachs to break down larger chunks by acids. While an easy task for a toot
Find Happiness in Healthy Digestion
Looking for a sure-fire way to improve your mood? Start by assessing your gut health. In Ayurveda, the digestive system is root of many emotional imbalances. If it's off kilter, your physical,
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
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
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Poor digestion is an epidemic. If you have gas or bloating, or if your stomach feels heavy like a brick after a meal, your digestion may be sluggish. Poor digestion also makes you feel tired after eating. Conversely, good digestion helps you feel vibrant,
Warm water boosts your metabolism, improves your circulation, and stimulates healthy elimination of the bowels. A glass or two of warm water before meals improves acid and enzyme production, stimulating healthy digestion. Sipping hot water between meals k
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A common assumption is that Ayurveda is a vegetarian system. That is simply not the case. In Ayurveda, a little of anything is considered medicine and too much is considered poison. This rule stands for meat as well. In the ancient texts of Ayurveda,
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
Ayurveda recommends concentration on the taste of food while eating. Paying attention improves your intuitive eating skills. Did you know that the flavor of food changes with every ten bites. By actually tasting the food, you enjoy it more. Plus, it keeps
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One of the quickest ways to deliver nutrients to these important organs in one simple recipe is through freshly prepared vegetable juices. Your juicer acts like mechanical teeth, breaking down the cell walls of the vegetables, allowing the nutrients 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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Fruits are generally sweet and high in fiber. They have a laxative and thus a cleansing effect. Vata people should not attempt fruit fasts because they require more substantial food.
Early summer is the best time of year for berry consumption. Late
Nuts and seeds are rich in proteins, fats and fiber (ojas). They are a great alternative to grains, which are often too carbohydrate rich but deficient in other nutrients. Our ancestors ate a diet rich in nuts and greens. Nuts may be too rich for someone
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
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Next time you feel your stomach is about 5 bites empty, drink water. A little water can give you the pleasurable sensation of fullness. The water helps curb your appetite, so you can control portions and stop eating before you're stuffed. The ideal portio
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Peristalsis is a wavelike contraction of smooth muscle tissue that guides food down through the digestive tract. It continues all the way through the small intestine and colon. This video of an endoscopy procedure shows a healthy, strong peristaltic wave
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The modern sandwich is a newfangled invention by the Earl of Sandwich, a British lord named John Montagu, who was also a pathological gambler. John invented the sandwich while gambling away the long hours of the night. All he needed to survive was bread,