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Ayurvedic Routines: Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is the process of swishing oil in your mouth to promote oral hygiene and overall health. Using oil to cleanse the mouth reduces bacteria which helps to improve the breath, protect the gums, prevent tooth decay and cavities. It may also whiten the teeth, especially if coconut oil is used. Ayurveda recommends incorporating the practice of oil pulling …

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Ayurvedic Routines: Tongue Scraping

When I was little, I learned to brush my teeth morning and night with an action figure tooth brush and candy flavored toothpaste. It became a right-of-passage to do so on my own. Yet, although I brushed flossed, and rinsed, I was skipping an important step in cleaning my entire mouth: tongue scraping. I first learned about tongue scraping from …

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Three Yoga Poses for Bloating

Everyone can relate to feeling bloated from time-to-time. Poor diet, not properly chewing our food during rushed meals, lack of exercise, busy lifestyles, and stress all compromise the digestive system. For many of us, being bloated isn’t an occasional occurrence; it is a daily discomfort. Yoga is useful for connecting the breath and the body. By slowing down the mind …

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Spotlight on Ashwaghanda

Maybe you’ve heard of ashwaghanda before; maybe it is a staple in your diet; or maybe, like a large majority, you’re not even sure how to pronounce it. Ashwaganda and other adaptogenic herbs and medicinal mushrooms have gained attention in recent years, and for good reason. Despite what the dusts, potions, and tonics across your social media feed may lead …

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The Warming Ayurvedic Diet in the Summer Months

Maintaining a Warming Diet in the Warming Months While the Ayurveda approach to diet varies with the body types – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha – one feature remains consistent: Ayurveda, as a whole, encourages consuming warming foods. Spicy turmeric lattes trump vibrant green juice and grounding kitchari and soups are advocated over cold, raw salads. Although these suggestions may sound …

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What is Candida and How Can Ayurveda Help?

According to Ayurveda, the Indian system of medicine and nutrition, you are not what you eat; you are what you digest. Essential to the process of digestion are the fungi in the mouth and intestine. These fungi, including the fungi Candida, are necessary to break down food and help the body absorb nutrients. However, there is a delicate balance when …

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Beating Sugar

When I found out my husband was a Faithless Bastard after three decades of marriage, it was sugar, beautiful sugar, that pulled me through. I felt sad all the time, but an entire container of Talenti gelato made me feel instantly better, and conveniently replaced my need for love and sex. “You deserve this,” it comforted me. I could feel …

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How to Transform Your Life Through Gratitude

Ellen Newhouse’s childhood was shaped by a charming yet abusive father, and a mentally ill mother who not only didn’t stick up for her, but told her she didn’t love her. Phil Greenblatt was immobilized for three years with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and emotionally scarred by a subsequent traumatic divorce. Lisa Files survived breast cancer, only to cruelly lose her beloved …

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The Secret to Good Health Lies in Your Gut

Last summer, Kathleen Stoeger was so weak because of two back-to-back urinary tract infections she couldn’t stand up. She was put on two different antibiotics because the first one didn’t work, but she kept waking up coughing. “One night, it got so bad I couldn’t breathe. I thought I was literally going to die. I thought it was my heart, …