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Tongue Scraping for Better Breath and a Healthier Mouth

Try Tongue Scraping for Better Breath and a Healthier Mouth

Do you ever wake up with that pasty, yucky, Morning Mouth feeling? Some days, brushing your teeth and gargling doesn’t seem to eliminate it, and you might even notice a yellowish or white coating on your tongue. Daily tongue scraping, or jihwa prakshalana, is a time-tested Ayurvedic practice that helps to remove bacteria and toxins (or ama) from the tongue. Modern science is catching on to this age-old practice; new dental research shows that tongue scraping is an effective way to remove bacteria from the tongue for fresher breath. […]

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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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The Gap Between Seasons: Foods for a Fall Cleanse

The change from summer to fall is a period of time called Ritu Sandhi in ayurveda. It refers to the gap between seasons. This is a delicate time for the digestion, because the doshas are fluctuating and digestive capacity can also waver. This time of fluctuation provides a natural opportunity to cleanse the body, and ayurveda suggests that we make good use of the natural tendency of the body to cleanse itself. Maharishi Ayurveda recommends favoring lighter, warmer foods and skipping heavier foods during the few weeks when one […]

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Focus on Fall Health

As the dog days of summer wind down and a hint of crisp fall weather cools the night air, you might find yourself suddenly looking forward to going back to school or picking up the pace at work after a lazier summer. The seasons affect us. A saying in Maharishi Ayurveda, “As is the macrocosm, so is the microcosm,” captures an important principle: the outer environment affects our inner state of mind and body. When the weather is hot and humid during Pitta season (July-October), those Pitta qualities of […]

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Boost Your Mind & Memory this Fall: 7 Ayurvedic Tips

Autumn’s just around the corner, and while that marks the end of summer, it’s also a time for exciting new beginnings. This September, you might be starting a new school year, a new career or project, or possibly even exploring post-retirement pursuits after decades in the workforce. Whatever new mental challenges lie ahead of you, Ayurveda can help you stay sharp, clear, and focused. Here are 7 Ayurvedic tips for boosting your mind and memory this fall. 1. Consider the Season As summer’s warmth yields to autumn, we enter […]

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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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