Photo courtesy of Amila Tennakoon/Ayurveda in Sri Lanka
Ayurveda is a system of preventative medicine and wellness that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago — and is winning over countless health and beauty enthusiasts who are only beginning to discover its incredible benefits. Whereas Western medicine focuses on pharmaceuticals and treating a health problem that has already reared its ugly head, ayurveda encourages the prevention of illness and a steady, attainable state of well-being using food and herbal remedies as medicine. Will I ever get to India to experience this, well maybe we will start locally
If this all sounds complicated, I assure you it's so beautifully simplistic you'll wonder why you haven't been following an ayurveda diet plan all along.
As a newbie researching the topic, one name continuously popped up on my radar: Dr. Pratima Raichur, a chemist, botanist and ayurveda physician who is also a skin care legend in New York and an inspiration to so many practit...
Give this shocking health tip a second look – and a third! We’re drinking and eating everything differently after this eye-opening tip from women’s health pro, Nicole Granato.
WE LOVE A SMOOTHIE. And an iced almond milk latte. And a stacked acai bowl. But there’s one thing all these snacks have in common. Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Nicole Granato, is filling us in about the negative effect cold foods and drinks can have on our systems!
Consider swapping out the frozen stuff for a few room temperature replacements – possible results include a happier belly, more balanced body and a chiller mood. The case for cutting down on cold foods and drinks is a compelling one.
In our smoothie-crazed health world, have we ever stopped to wonder if frozen drinks are really healthy for us? We’re ingesting an ice-cold drink while bundled up in socks and a sweater warming the outside of our bodies but freezing the inside.
Auyervedic medicine explains that every season is associated wit...
What you put in your mug each morning may have an impact on your lifespan. No, we’re not talking prune juice or some tasteless veggie concoction. These are common beverages that many people drink every morning (or afternoon). Drink these in moderation and you may just outlive the insurance table stats.
Research published in the Annals of Epidemiology suggests that green tea lowers the risk of heart disease and premature death. The study, conducted by Japan’s National Cancer Center, found that subjects in the study who drank five cups a day or more had the lowest risk of death from heart disease, stroke and respiratory diseases.
A separate study reported in News-Medical.net suggested that drinking tea reduces non-cardiovascular mortality by 24 percent compared to the control group. The study included 131,401 people aged 18 to 95 years. The antioxidants in tea may provide “survival benefits,” according to the researchers. Which tea...
We all love music, taking a bath or shower. But can sound and music actually play a role in healing?
WHY YES! By putting on your all time favorite genre of music. to the sounds of the tibetain bowls or the african drums it makes us tap a toe.
Let’s talk about the profound effects of music therapy.
WE’RE HAPPY TO see music and sound therapy popping up quite frequently lately at yoga studios and other events around L.A. As strange as the practice may seem, sound therapy is quickly gaining new devotees thanks to the undeniable effects experienced during a session or “sound bath.”
Sound therapy’s fundamentals are complex, but the experience is not. After all, haven’t we all felt the high of a great live concert, the soothing calm of a mother’s song, or felt the need to hum or sing in order to shift our own mood? Maybe we’re over-reaching on our definition of “sound therapy” here, but what we mean to say is that this un...
Drink eight 8 oz cups of Water: "Nothing makes skin look plumper and fresher. It helps skin turgor and keeps the elasticity at optimum levels to give skin a good 'bounce,' creating a healthy look."
One 8 oz of Green Juice With Kale: "Kale is an amazing multi-vitamin for skin. It has Vitamin A (also found in anti-aging creams such as retinol) and helps promote cell growth and healthy cell turnover, getting rid of the older dull skin. Then there's Vitamin C and copper, which are the foundation of collage, and keep skin strong and able to heal itself properly and efficiently."
One Latte Soy Milk: "The isoflavones in soy help protect collagen, something that keeps skin youthful, and studies have even shown that it can help defend against the formation of wrinkles due to sunlight. As a bonus, the minerals and proteins in soy milk can reduce the darkening and discoloration of skin."
One cup of Green Tea: "It's packed with antioxidants called catechins and polyphenols, which help protect skin...
“Detox” has a way of sounding like a daunting task. But, it’s an essential part of owning a human body: unhealthy things come in (despite our best efforts), so in order for us to stay healthy, they have to go out.
By taking small, consistent steps to shake off the bad stuff—pollution, toxins, less-than-wise food choices, stress—we free up our organs, systems and mind to better deal with the day-to-day. Plus, it makes doing a longer-term, extensive detox or cleanse less of a shock to the body if you do decide to go that route. Follow these 14 ways to detox daily, and see if you don’t just feel a little bit better.
1. Drink water
We know, you’ve heard this one a million times. There’s a reason for that: staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your body (and your sanity!). Not only does drinking enough water mean you’re flushing out toxins...
Sure, you could load up on pricey cleansers and moisturizers—or you could use a product that's practically free and probably already in your kitchen: milk. Natural-beauty expert Paige Padgett says the ingredient can help soften, tone, and exfoliate your skin—and more. Here, she shares her favorite beauty uses for the dairy product.
Have sensitive skin that seizes up at the thought of being touched by a traditional foamy cleanser? Padgett recommends trying out whole milk as your daily cleanser. "It's gentle, yet effective in removing excess oil and makeup," she says.
Milk contains lactic acid, which is a form of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), the same ingredient in upscale chemical exfoliants. AHAs work to red...
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YOU'LL AIR OUT YOUR HOO-HA
Jennifer Landa, MD, author ofThe Sex Drive Solution for Women, says that sleeping naked can be healthier for your vagina. While it's totally normal to have yeast and bacteria down there, the warm environment can sometimescause an overgrowth. One way to prevent infections is to "air it out" and go commando.
YOU'LL SLEEP BETTER
While you might like being cozy and warm at night, it's actually important to have a cooler environment when you sleep, says Lisa Shives, MD, who sits on the National Sleep Foundation's board of directors. "Your body temp progressively declines as you sleep, which is a natural tendency of the body, so being too warm with heavy PJs and blankets can disrupt that." Sleeping naked, she says, can help your body stay cool.
NEWSER: Pack away the flannel pajamas: A handful of studies and surveys show sleeping naked coul...
NUDE: devoid of a natural or conventional covering; especially: not covered by clothing or a drape - merriam-webster.com
My first artistic exposure to nudeness was a drawing class in college. But the really first perhaps was the National Geographic Magazines. But through out my life I have always enjoy the nude body that God created from a distance via painting or drawing and photography.
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Before last week, I’d never wondered if I needed a Brazilian wax before a workout.
I’ve never showered immediately before a workout either, but you want to be prepared before you do downward dog naked in a room full of strangers, no?
I didn’t have any expectations for my first naked yoga class. Truthfully, I didn’t know it was even a thing before I found a Manhattan studio called Bold & Naked Yoga.
Here’s the thing: I’d like to think I’m pretty comfortable with my naked body. I leave the lights on duri...