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7 Ways to Protect Your Skin from Aging

Each year, Americans spend billions of dollars on beauty products to prevent their skin from aging. Yet keeping your skin youthful takes much more than applying a moisturizer. Knowing your skin type, eating the right diet, and daily cleansing are essential for fresh and young-looking skin. Protect yourself from the sun In our world of ozone holes and 30+ sunscreens, many people have come to think of the sun as an enemy to the skin. Yet the sun, besides being the source of energy for mind and body, also […]

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Top Tips for Balancing Fiery Emotions An interview with Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D.

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy — except when those fiery Pitta emotions flare up as a result of too much heat. Fortunately, Ayurveda offers easy, natural remedies to keep you cool as a cucumber this summer. In the interview below, we delve into the topic with top integrative physician and Ayurvedic expert, Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D. Dr. Lonsdorf was named “one of the nation’s most prominent Ayurvedic doctors” by The Chicago Tribune. vpk: Could you explain why, from the perspective of Ayurveda, we might tend to feel more irritable or short-tempered […]

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Priming Your Microbiome for a Healthier, Happier Life: An Interview with Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary

People often say, “go with your gut.” But if the microorganisms that live in your intestines are out of whack, it might lead you to make unhealthy choices, according to integrative neurologist Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D. A pioneer in integrative neurology and the author of The Prime, Dr. Chaudhary draws from both Ayurvedic knowledge and Western medicine to treat her patients. In this interview, we talk with Dr. Chaudhary about the microbiome and how it affects our mind, body, and emotions. vpk: The microbiome seems to be making quite the […]

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Taking Ayurveda on the Road: Grounding Vata When You Are on the Move

Travel stimulates new ideas, creativity, and personal growth. A change of routine and surroundings brings a sense of freshness to our life and relationships. However, a change of routine also causes irregularity in the body and mind. Due to Vata’s inherent mobile quality, travel tends to aggravate the Vata dosha. Made up of the air and space elements, Vata governs all movement in the body. It’s responsible for movement of the muscles, respiration, heart rate, and the flow of thoughts and emotions. These functions have a natural, regular cycle. […]

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Top 10 Ayurvedic Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

It turns out there’s something to the old adage: early to bed and early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy, and wise. According to Ayurveda, getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do to promote good health, happiness, and overall well-being — life’s ultimate riches. If you tend to toss and turn at night, don’t worry: you’re not alone. Fortunately, Ayurveda offers some easy, all-natural solutions that can improve the quality of your sleep. 1. Make Lunch Your Biggest Meal If […]

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Ayurvedic Spring Detox

The shift to springtime weather and energy has begun. Fickle, changing hot-and-cold days send mixed signals to the body. This natural weather flux demands more flexibility in the body, because the body senses the shift of seasons on a cellular level and begins a natural detox. Many of us experience that, during the cold weather, we tend to eat more. Eating more then is natural, as it is Vata-pacifying (Vata is the mind-body operating principle that governs movement and is associated with fall and winter). The extra weight naturally […]

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An Ayurvedic Path to Heartbreak Recovery

Heartbreak and Healing A devastating breakup clouded my days, which stretched to months and longer. The stressful situation couldn’t be avoided – I was spending the summer working in the same small company with my ex’s new partner. I skirted deep sadness for months and kept working hard, then exercising harder to stay sane. On most weekdays, I woke early for a short, brisk walk, returned home for a full, fresh lunch and a light cardio workout. After work, yoga classes helped release the day’s struggles. What I didn’t […]

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Seven Common Sense Ayurvedic Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

The statistics are frightening: Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. Every 20 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. One in four Americans has some form of heart disease. Every 34 seconds someone in the United States dies of heart disease. Heart disease takes more lives than the next seven leading causes of death combined. Yet, both modern medicine and ayurveda concur that there are things you can do every day to keep your heart healthy. […]

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