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Stress and Immunity: The Microbiome Connection

An interview with Gut Crisis co-author Robert Keith Wallace, Ph.D. Life has its ups and downs, and stress is a natural part of human existence. These days, though, American stress levels are at a record high, according to the American Psychological Association. We discussed the stress-microbiome connection with Robert Keith Wallace, Ph.D., who—along with his wife and co-author Samantha Wallace—wrote Gut Crisis: How Diet, Probiotics, and Friendly Bacteria Help You Lose Weight and Heal Your Body and Mind. Dr. Wallace is a pioneering researcher on the physiology of consciousness and the mind/body connection as […]

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7 Easy Ways to Recharge Your Gut in 2018

With all the glorious excesses of the holidays behind us — pastries, parties, and New Year’s Eve celebrations, oh my — you might be feeling a bit worn out. Fatigue, brain fog, and a few extra pounds around your middle are all signs that your digestive system could use a little tune-up. No time for a big cleanse? No worries. We’ve got your back — and some easy, age-old Ayurvedic tips to gently purify and strengthen your digestion. Here are seven of our favorite (and simple!) strategies for restoring […]

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Ten Tips to Avert Ama Build-Up Over the Holidays

Ama, the toxic waste-product of inefficient digestion, can accumulate at any time of the year. During the holidays, we’re particularly susceptible to it. The bounty of festive meals and lots of sweets tempts us to overeat and eat at irregular times, and these are all triggers for the build-up of ama. If left unchecked, our body can become clogged and our immune system weakened by the accumulation of ama. Do you experience lack of appetite, stiffness in the joints, occasional constipation, respiratory issues, allergen reactions, or weight gain? Ama […]

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Food, Mood and Digestion: The Mind-Body Connection

Vaidya Manohar Palakurthi is a highly respected Ayurvedic expert in the western world and India. He has been practicing Ayurveda for 33 years. Linda Egenes interviews Vaidya Manohar Palakurthi on November 16, 2016 Here, he talks about the relationship between food, mood, and digestion. Q: How does food affect our moods? Vaidya Manohar: The food we eat has a significant influence on our minds and hearts. You could even say that the nature of our mind and feelings depends on the food we have eaten. And conversely, the state […]

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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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