The American diet is unbalanced.  It consists of predominantly sweet and sour foods according to MAPI, the Ayurveda health center in Iowa.  As a result, our bodies are unbalanced and we often feel sluggish and unwell. Bitter foods promote a natural cleansing of the body.  By including some of the bitter taste in our diet,…

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Neem is a wonder herb for immune health. Neem has been used by the people of southeast Asia and India for thousands of years because of its benefits as an all-purpose support for the body.  Neem is a medicinal product derived from the neem tree which grows in hot climates.  In India, neem is considered…

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Subtle energies are what you notice when you are in stillness. Subtle energies are precious information. Subtle energies have truth in them, but they don’t scream and yell their message. They are there to be discerned. They are where highly sensitive people live. A Lost Skill A subtle energy requires good listening skills. Somewhere in…

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Do you think your immune system is taking adequate care of you? Do you fall prey to seasonal illnesses or illnesses that get passed around: colds, flu, etc? Are sick more often than others around you? If you are answering yes to the last two questions, then your immune system may not be protecting you adequately.…

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The nervous system is governed by the vata dosha according to Ayurveda. Doshas are the bioenergetic systems of the body and vata is one of three doshas which make up the human system: vata controls movement, pitta governs metabolism, and kapha governs tissue, bones and lubrication of the body. Of course, it is actually not that…

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Would you like to have great skin? Do you invest in your skin care and still feel dissatisfied with how your skin looks? Many people waste a lot of money on their skin to look and feel better.  They do not understand their skin problems and reach for magic bullet solutions, sometimes making the problem…

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Have you ever wondered what causes addiction? Does it seem sometimes that all around us is one form of addiction or another? Entertainment, shopping, work, the internet, sex, food, drugs, alcohol? The Cause Of Addiction Stress and addiction are actually “cause and effect” according to Yogi Amrit Desai, founder of Kripalu Yoga. His thinking is…

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Ayurvedic practices are a comprehensive system of health techniques and information which asserts that we need to take into account 10 key health factors in order to enjoy good health.  These factors are foundational understandings about how we create health. Too often in Western society, we have a restricted and limited view of the factors that…

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Highly sensitive people can benefit from one of the best health practices in Ayurveda: oil massage called abhyanga. Abhyanga is the practice of pouring herbal oil on the body and massaging the  oil into the body to help restore and maintain balance. Abhyanga is a daily massage practice for promoting general health or it can…

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One of the most important factors in health is time but perhaps not in the way you may think. In Western society, we think of one minute as the same as the next, and although we recognize the changes of season, we are often insulated from them, in our homes, offices and cars. Time is…

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