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Can drinking coffee extend your life?

Can drinking coffee extend your life?

Research recently published by the American College of Physicians reports that if you are drinking regular coffee, expresso, latte or decaffeinated coffee you are reducing your chances of stroke, heart disease and liver disease. And the research indicates that three cups reduces your risk even more than one cup.

 

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Irresistibly summer: Tomatoes!

Irresistibly summer: Tomatoes!

It's tomato time again! This re-post from last summer will help you utilize all the gorgeous largesse. If you haven't yet tried slow-roasting tomatoes, you MUST! This caramelizes and intensifies the flavor, creating an unparalleled summer treat!

 

On my countertop right now I have a collection of tomatoes. It looks like they’re having babies! We’re at the pinnacle of tomato season, when they’re the juiciest, the most flavorful, the most irresistible. I can’t THINK of anything I don’t want to incorporate them into!

 

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Your Best Foot Forward: Ayurvedic Foot Care

Your Best Foot Forward: Ayurvedic Foot Care

If there is one part of your body that works hard for you, it is your feet. Every day, walking and other activities bring the weight of your entire body to bear on your feet. And that workload may come with a cost — your feet are the area of your body most subject to injury.

 

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Marketing Cosmetic Surgery to Youth

Marketing Cosmetic Surgery to Youth

An ethical debate is starting around cosmetic surgery. It revolves around the promotion by the medical community of elective procedures to youth under 18 years of age. Physicians are using social media, apps and advertising aimed at youth to convey the message that elective cosmetic surgery is desirable, adding pressure to youth to conform to an ideal of beauty when they are particularly susceptible to peer pressure.

 

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Chronic fatigue helped by exercise

Chronic fatigue helped by exercise

The Lancet reports that researchers have confirmed that chronic fatigue is significantly improved by exercise that was both guided and graded. Fatigue was lessened and physical function improved. In the tests physio-therapists guided patients through a self-help booklet of graded exercise one time in person and then followed up 3 times on the phone. The patient was then on his/her own for the 12 week trial.

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Slow-Cooked Anasazi Beans

Anasazi-Beans

Dating back to 130 A.D, The Anasazi Indians lived in the four corners area ( now Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico) and are recognized for their architectural achievements known today as "cliff dwellings"."Anasazi" is a Navajo word perhaps best translated as "the ancient ones".

Anasazi Beans were one of the few crops cultivated by the Anasazi. These heirloom beans are most commonly used in Latin, Mexican and Southwestern cuisine; they turn pink when cooked and are used in refried beans, chilis and hearty stews. Packed with protein, fiber and healthy starch like all beans, Anasazis are also rich in potassium, iron and folate. 

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7 Ways to Protect Your Skin from Aging

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 nourishes the skin. It's the best source of Vitamin D, which is necessary for calcium absorption and healthy bones. Doctors today recommend 15 minutes of direct exposure to the sun on the hands and face to absorb the minimum daily requirement of Vitamin D. Overprotecting from the sun is not a good idea. The challenge is to maximize the benefit from the sun and at the same time protect the skin from damage.

 

While people with Caucasian skin definitely should avoid direct exposure to the midday sun, short periods of exposure to the early morning sun is soothing and mild on the skin, and allows even very sensitive skin to absorb necessary Vitamin D. The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians recommends avoiding long exposure to the sun whenever you are angry, hungry or emotionally upset, as these factors increase heat in the body and make the skin more sensitive to sun damage. At these times it's important to protect yourself by wearing a hat and sunglasses. People with more Pitta in their body should always take care to protect themselves from the midday sun. It's also a good idea to cool the body from the inside if your skin is very photosensitive. Eating green leafy vegetables and fruits such as raisins, pears, apples, and pomegranates, for instance, will help nourish and restore balance to the skin.

 

Amla Berry, available as a supplement called Organic Premium Amla Berry and also contained in Amrit, is also an excellent antioxidant and rasayana for the skin. Cooking your food with a skin-protecting spice mixture to stimulate digestion but not overheat your skin helps. Sauté equal parts turmeric, coriander, fennel and cumin in ghee and add it to your vegetables and grains. Even in winter, people with photosensitive skin should avoid eating too much ginger, garlic, aesofetida (hing), red chilies or any types of hot peppers if you are sensitive to the sun.

 

Avoid Chemicals

Harsh chemicals in your shampoo, skin products, or soaps irritate the skin. They cause Bhrajaka Pitta, the subdosha of Pitta that governs absorption and enzymatic changes of the skin, to become overworked and overheated. A strong preservative or antibacterial agent in skin-care products, for instance, kills harmful bacteria but at the same time destroys enzymes that trigger absorption and lubrication. The result might be permanent dry patches, oversensitive skin, or susceptibility to sun damage. Even synthetic aromas in skin products can be irritating because they affect your emotions. For this reason, all skin care products and soaps made by Maharishi Ayurveda Products International are free of sodium laurel sulfate, which dries and irritates the hair and skin; and are also free of other chemicals which can be carcinogenic, or cause skin rashes and other allergic reactions. Maharishi Ayurveda products contain all-natural ingredients and are designed to balance and nourish all seven layers of the skin.

 

It's also essential to avoid eating chemicals in your food — buy organic foods whenever possible. Eat fresh, organic, unprocessed, unpackaged foods for the healthiest skin. Chemicals, preservatives, and additives in foods accumulate in the liver and kidneys, and many of them mix with sweat and are released through the skin. When sweat mixes with the toxic chemicals in foods, it creates foul or strong body odor. Another source of harsh chemicals can be your water. If your water is chlorinated or contains pesticides and chemical fertilizers from nearby farms, it can cause imbalance in all the layers of the skin and result in irritation and drying. It's worth investing in a reverse osmosis water filter for drinking and a shower unit for bathing, to hydrate your skin with the purest water.

 

Eat for your skin type

To figure out which foods are best for your skin, first determine your skin type. Vata skin is dryer, thinner, small-pored, delicate, and cool to the touch. Vata skin may age faster, and tends to be dry, rough and flaky when out of balance. Or your skin may be more Pitta — fair, sensitive, soft, warm, and of medium thickness. When out of balance, Pitta skin can flare up in rashes, rosacea, acne, or sun spots. Kapha skin tends to age slower and form less wrinkles than the other two types. It is thick, oily, pale, soft and cool. Kapha skin types may struggle with dull complexion, enlarged pores, excessive oil, blackheads, pimples, moist types of eczema and water retention.

 

Once you determine which kind of skin you have, you can follow the VataPitta, or Kapha-pacifying dietary guidelines to keep your skin balanced, healthy and youthful. Vata skin types, for instance, will want to eat more warm, unctuous foods to counteract the cool dryness. While eating all six tastes is important for everyone, favoring the sweet, sour and salty tastes will balance the dry, rough, moving Vata dosha. Eat plenty of cooked, leafy green vegetables spiced with cumin, coriander and turmeric. If you have Pitta skin, you will thrive on sweet, bitter and astringent tastes, as found in sweet, juicy fruits, Organic Rose Petal Spread, and cooked greens. You'll need to favor cooling spices such as cumin, coriander, fennel and licorice. Avoid hot, spicy foods. The oiliness of Kapha-type skin calls for a diet that is warmer, lighter, less oily, and free of heavy, hard-to-digest foods. Eating more bitter, astringent and pungent tastes helps stimulate digestion and balance Kapha skin. Flavor your food with ginger, black pepper, turmeric, cumin and coriander.

 

Soothe Away Stress

There are three types of stress, and all three impact the skin in different ways. Mental stress starts a chain reaction that ends in the drying out of Shleshaka Kapha, the subdosha of Kapha that governs moisture balance in the skin. The drying of Shleshaka Kapha causes skin to become thin and age earlier. If the stress is not brought into balance, the shrotas (microchannels) that carry nutritive fluid to the skin also start to shrink, resulting in wrinkles and stress lines. Emotional stress also affects the skin — just notice how anger or embarrassment can make your face turn red. This shows the connection between Sadhaka Pitta, the subdosha of Pitta that governs the emotions, and Bhrajaka Pitta, which governs the skin. If emotional stress becomes chronic, then Bhrajaka Pitta will burn Shleshaka Kapha. The result is acne, sun sensitivity, and other Pitta-based problems. Physical stress is caused by exercising too much, working too much or straining the body over a period of time. Like mental stress, this causes the drying out of skin moisture resulting in rough, aged skin.

 

To counteract mental stress, try Worry Free TeaTablets, and Aroma Oil. Maintain a Vata-pacifying diet and daily routine. To bring emotional stress into balance, follow a Pitta-pacifying diet and routine and try Blissful Joy tablets and Blissful Heart Aroma Oil. Stop whatever work or exercise is causing the strain. In Maharishi Ayurveda, too much work or exercise means anything more than fifty percent of your physical stamina. And for all types of stress, practice the Transcendental Meditation® program, which has been shown by hundreds of scientific studies to be the most effective technique to alleviate mental, emotional and physical stress.

 

Cleanse and gently exfoliate

Every skin type needs cleansing, but Kapha skin needs it the most. This is because people with Kapha skin often have low agni. Consequently ama collects in the body, clogs the channels of the skin and causes oil to collect on the surface. Many people with Kapha skin try to counteract the oiliness by using products that are too drying. This is not really necessary. What is necessary is to cleanse the pores and channels so the skin's own balance can be restored, and the skin can be nourished from the inside. But of course the Kapha person should be really careful not to clog their pores by using greasy creams, exposing their skin to freezing weather, or by eating heavy, sweet, oily foods.

 

Keep the pores and channels open by taking warm baths and cleansing with Youthful Skin Herbal Soap. Vata skin types should avoid any products that are too drying. The Youthful Skin Herbal Soap is especially formulated to cleanse dry skin without disturbing its moisture balance. Pitta types should avoid products that are too abrasive or heating. The Youthful Skin Herbal Soap also works well for cleansing Pitta skin.

 

Rehydrate from the inside and outside

First of all, it's important to moisturize your skin from the inside to provide necessary nutrients and to keep the inner layers of the skin from drying out. Drink lots of water, but add some spices to the water to help the water get absorbed and transported to the skin. Kapha skin types should steep 2 thin slices of fresh ginger root, 2 basil leaves, 2 whole cloves, 1/2 teaspoon of whole cumin seeds and 2 pinches licorice powder in hot water and sip hot through the day. For Pitta types The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians recommends steeping 2 pinches of Indian sarsaparilla powder, 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds, 2 pinches of licorice powder, 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds and 1/2 teaspoon of coriander seeds in hot water, to be drunk at body temperature throughout the day. And Vata types will benefit from a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds, 1/2 teaspoon whole coriander seeds, 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, 3 pinches of ashwagandha root powder and 1 pinch whole root licorice powder in hot water, to be drunk warm as needed through the day.

 

In cold weather, most people benefit from drinking hot water, as it opens the channels and helps clear away toxins. If you have sensitive, Pitta-based skin you will want to stick to room-temperature water. Including plenty of vegetables and sweet, juicy fruits in your diet also helps moisturize the skin. Be sure to eat moderate amounts of healthy oils, such as ghee and olive oil, to provide additional lubrication. To moisturize from the outside, use Youthful Skin Cream on your face, and use Youthful Skin Massage Oil for Men or Women for your body. Youthful Skin Cream contains a blend of essential oils that are extremely effective in restoring elasticity, moisture, and nutrition to the skin. No harsh chemical solvents or preservatives are included, as these would destroy the holistic effect of the herbs. An independent study showed that after just three months of using Youthful Skin Cream twice daily, there were significant improvements in moisture, color, tone, clarity, and thickness. Skin moisture improved an average of 47% and reduced wrinkles an average of 39%.

 

To really moisturize the skin, the skin cream must be comprised of molecules that are smaller than the pores of the skin, so they can slip into the pores and nourish the deeper layers.

 

Massaging your body skin on a daily basis is also essential to keep the skin young and healthy, and The Council recommends Youthful Skin Massage Oil for Men or Women, to rejuvenate and nourish the skin. This powerful blend of over two dozen restorative herbs and essential oils keeps the skin supple and youthful. By design it absorbs easier than any other herbal oil, penetrating and nourishing the deeper levels of the skin rather than just staying on the surface. For best results, massage your whole body before your bath or shower.

 

Nourish your skin

Besides following the diet for your skin type, these foods are terrific skin-enhancers: leafy green vegetables; easily-digested proteins such as panir, milk, tofu, sunflower seeds; foods high in zinc such as quinoa; and beta carotene-rich foods such as carrots and sweet cherries. Almonds and walnuts support the skin with their protein and lubricating fat content. Some skin-friendly spices include turmeric, which nurtures the different layers of the skin; cumin, which rids the body of ama; black pepper to cleanse the channels; and fennel to balance the transformational ability of the skin. All antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, such as pomegranate, apple, pear, and bitter, green leafy vegetables are also excellent for the skin.

 

Eat only intelligent foods, which are fresh foods and preferably organic. Stay away from packaged, canned, frozen, processed, and packaged foods. Leftovers are also a no-no. Some nutritional supplements that are nourishing for the skin are Organic Premium Amla Berry, which is rich in Vitamin C, and Radiant Skin tablets, which are targeted to enhance the radiance of skin and keep it clear.


Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.

 

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85% of the worlds Population is allergic to this plant

85% of the worlds Population is allergic to this plant
Can you name one plant that causes allergic reactions to over 85% of the worlds population when coming into contact with it?  Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, & Poison Sumac are poisonous plants that dwell in most parts of the United States and can camouflage itself in your garden.  Without knowing its whereabouts or its defining characteristics, this can certainly ruin a weekend if infected--over 50 million Americas fall victim to these plants each year. 
 
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The 6 mindful ways to lose 5 pounds

The 6 mindful ways to lose 5 pounds

When you approach weight loss with mindfulness then resistance and struggle are transformed into an easeful approach to well-being. Here are 6 simple ways to gently allow you to regulate weight.

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Nourish and Nurture Your Heart — The Secret of Ojas

Nourish and Nurture Your Heart — The Secret of Ojas

According Maharishi Ayurveda, the heart is the seat of ojas — and ojas is the substance that maintains life and promotes bliss and longevity. Cardio Support helps protect your heart by increasing ojas and improving your resistance to emotional and physical stress. But it also provides targeted nutrition for normal and clear arterial walls, by boosting digestion and supporting balanced fat metabolism. Finally, it nourishes the blood, muscles and functioning of the heart, to help keep your heart healthy as you age. An authentic ayurvedic formulation of herbs, Cardio Support will especially help people who smoke, are overweight, eat a fatty diet, or have irregular sleep patterns or daily routines.

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Soups… for summer!

Soups… for summer!

Soup is not just for winter! 

 

The last thing people think of when it’s boiling hot outside is soup! We have this notion that soup is a warm, nourishing hug. So true! But it’s even more. Soup can also be that deliciously chilled, tastebud-thrilling tonic we need in midsummer. It’s like that quick dive into the swimming pool — bracing, flavor-packed, nutrition-full. 

 

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What makes Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg successful?

What makes Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg successful?

Using IBM’s Watson super-computer. Paysa job search analyzed the attributes that made Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk and Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg successful.

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Is your toothpaste making you infertile?

Is your toothpaste making you infertile?

There are several anti-microbial agents, triclocarbon and triclosan, that are in many of the products we use daily. Last year the USDA ordered them removed from soaps, but they remain in toothpaste, carpeting, detergent, paint, and plastics (including children’s toys).

 

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My Vedic Kitchen - Osteoporosis and Maharishi Ayurveda

My Vedic Kitchen - Osteoporosis and Maharishi Ayurveda

Osteoporosis means, on a simple level, the thinning of bones or bone mass, so that fractures and bone deformations become more frequent.

Ayurvedically, this is a Vata disorder. In order to help this condition with an ayurvedic diet, then, it makes sense to eat foods that balance Vata dosha and are also rich in calcium.

 

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Salads sublime!

Salads sublime!

What, I ask you, could be more sublime for summer than salads?

I have a history with salads. When I was growing up, my father was called the Condiment King, because he manufactured salad dressings and mayonnaise. Our fridge was always filled with sample jars of the latest dressings, so we were very on trend salad-wise. My father truly loved salads. He had his Sunday salad, his Thursday salad, his Saturday salad, and they were all different. In other words, salad was a BIG thing in our house!

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The Purpose and Intention of Yoga

The Purpose and Intention of Yoga

In the west yoga has become exercise and stretching. But the true meaning of yoga is to experience and understand your true nature. This means that the foundational reason you are here is to realize and re-unite with your essential, highest Self. This requires shifting your identity from a created Self to your authentic Self, moving from separation, disconnection and dissatisfaction to unity, peace and fulfillment.

 

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30% of the world now overweight

30% of the world now overweight

Nearly 2,200,000,000 or almost 30% of the people on earth are now overweight and many are obese, creating a global health crises according to the New England Journal of Medicine and the World Health Organization. Each year over 4,000,000 people die of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain cancers that are associated to being overweight. In the past 15 years deaths linked to being overweight have risen 28%.

 

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3 Ways To Feel Happier via Better Digestion

3 Ways To Feel Happier via Better Digestion

Each and every one of us knows from personal experience, that anxiety, nervousness, and even heartache, can create a physical pain in the gut, or a feeling of ‘butterflies’. The fact that these sensations frequently occur together is no coincidence.

 

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

Top Tips for Balancing Fiery Emotions

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.

 

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Strawberry, Fennel and Arugula Salad

Strawberry, Fennel and Arugula Salad

Variety isn’t just the spice of life; it will also keep you from falling into a food rut. People often tell me that they love salad but get bored with the same old version they always make. This disenchantment can lead folks away from the greens their bodies really need. If that sounds like you, let this salad serve as a springboard for endless seasonal variations. Eating with the seasons isn’t just a catch phrase. Each season brings new foods just hitting their peak; in this case, strawberries and arugula, some of the welcome early harbingers of the spring. In addition to having an incredibly sweet taste, strawberries have anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, when combined with mint and a lemony balsamic vinaigrette, they make for a salad that feels like Pop Rocks going off in your mouth.

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