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Ask Ayurveda: How can I get Turmeric into my Daily Diet?

turmeric2Dear Ask Ayurveda:

“I have been hearing a lot about turmeric lately and all of its amazing health benefits.  I have acne and liver issues and I have read that turmeric may be useful for these conditions (among many others).  I do not typically use many spices in my meals and never cook Indian dishes.  Do you have any suggestions on how I can get turmeric into my daily diet?  I do not have any experience cooking with it, but it sounds like it would be really beneficial for me so I would love to find some ways to sneak it in.”  Turmeric Novice Continue reading »

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Ask Ayurveda: What is the Best Type of Ayurvedic Detox for Vata Types?

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“I am curious about detoxing and Ayurveda.  I try to do a cleanse at least twice a year, and in the past I have typically done either juice fasts or even water fasts.  I recently saw an Ayurvedic practitioner in my area and they assessed that I was a Vata type.  I have since read more on Vata body-types and it seems like raw juice and fasting is not recommended for me.  I guess it makes sense since I get really spacey, lethargic, gassy and constipated during the fasts.  It  is great that I learned this information, but now I am looking to do a cleanse in the near future.  What is the best Ayurvedic cleanse for Vata types?  I work a lot, so I hopefully can sustain my energy during the cleanse as much as possible!”  Detox Dilemma Continue reading »

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Ask Ayurveda: Why is Food Combining so Important?

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I have been learning about Ayurveda for a year or so now.  I think I am a Vata type.  I have learned a lot about eating for my constitution, along with other healthy Ayurvedic practices that I try to follow.  I have suffered from a weak digestion for many years, although the changes I have made through Ayurveda have helped me dramatically so far!  I have recently heard that Ayurveda puts a lot of emphasis on Food Combining.  I have tried to incorporate the little I know about this, but I am still confused and left a bit flustered.  Continue reading »

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Ask Ayurveda: How do you Treat Chronic Constipation?

Big dark pink Lotus Flower photoDear Ask Ayurveda:

I am a relatively healthy man in my early 40’s.  I eat well, hold an active job and overall feel pretty good most of the time.  Although I am fairly health conscious, I have been dealing with this issue of constipation for as long as I can remember.  I began to improve my diet in my mid 30’s but the irregularity still continues.  It has gotten to the point that I typically miss 2-3 days each week.   The days that I can go to the bathroom, it is a lot of work with little reward.  I rarely ever feel “complete” after having a bowel movement.  The constipation is the worst of it, but about 5 years ago I also began to get gas, bloating and cramping that will occur a couple times a week and seems to keep getting worse.  It is really embarrassing and causes me anxiety.  It has even gotten to the point that I chose not to date as much as I would like to (I am 5 years divorced). Continue reading »

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Ask Ayurveda: How do you increase the digestion without increasing heat in the body?

Big dark pink Lotus Flower photoDear Ask Ayurveda:

“I am a busy mom from New York.  Last summer, I had struggled to try to stay in balance but I seemed to become very irritable (ask my kids!), as my inner “fire” seemed to get a bit out of control due to the hot weather.  Despite the excessive heat and irritation, I also suffer from having a low digestive fire and slow metabolism.  How can I go about increasing my digestive fire without adding a lot of heat to my body during these hot summer months?   Do you have any recommendations or products for increasing the digestion in a cooling way?  Also, are there some Ayurvedic remedies to keep the heat balanced during the summer months?  Thanks for your help!!”  Hot and Irritable in New York Continue reading »

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Ask Ayurveda: Healthy Cravings Vs Unhealthy Cravings

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“When someone has an aggravated Dosha (or an imbalance in the body), why do they still have no urges or cravings toward changing behavior or diet in order to pacify the dominant Dosha (or imbalance), relieve the condition and return to Balance? Namaste” Craving Conundrum Continue reading »

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Ask Ayurveda: How do I get rid of the white coating on my tongue?

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“I am a 34 year old female from the Mid-West.  Since reading your “Ayurvedic Tongue Analysis” article, I have been examining my tongue each morning.  I seem to have a thick, white coating on my tongue which gets worse in the back area (although it is partially coated all over).  According to the article, the coating is due to a build-up of toxins in my body.  I am happy to have discovered this issue, but now I am left confused since I do not know how to get rid of the coating and remove these toxins. If it helps, I am 5’4, 145 pounds and have been told I am a PittaKapha body type.  My energy is fairly low at this time and I tend to gain weight easily.  I typically feel very sleepy after a meal and crave sweets often.  Please help me Ayurveda!” Continue reading »

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