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“Health is not mere absence of disease. It is the dynamic expression of life”

 – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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What is Chronic Stress?

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), stress may be defined as any uncomfortable “emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical, physiological and behavioral changes.” Stress can produce and contribute to negative health and quality-of-life outcomes. Prolonged or chronic stress can be particularly detrimental and has been linked to serious illness and disease. The Mayo Clinic has …

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Recipe: Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

Broccoli is chock full of beta-carotene, selenium, and zinc, which makes it a powerful immune system booster that helps protect the body against illness. This broccoli soup is one of our favorite vegetarian recipes. It’s a creamy, indulgent, and healthy comfort food that requires very little prep time. Even better—it’s gluten- and dairy-free!  Ingredients 2 …

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Sleep Better With Ayurveda

Ever wondered how to sleep better? Ask just about anyone if they get enough sleep, and the answer you are likely to get is “no.” According to the CDC, a estimated 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder. Not only is the quality of sleep we get not up to snuff, we are …

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Natural and Holistic Treatments for Anxiety, Depression, and Chronic Stress

Almost all of us know someone who struggles with some form of mental illness, be it anxiety, depression, or chronic stress. In fact, 46.6 million people in the United States suffer from some kind of mental health issue. Unfortunately, despite how widespread such conditions are, modern treatments fail to help 40% of people recover from …

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Ayurveda: An Ancient Healing System

Ayurveda: An Overview of One of the World’s Most Ancient Healing Systems

Together with the high costs of conventional medicine, this oversight is increasingly driving people towards alternative health care. One such practice is Ayurvedic medicine, a complete healthcare system that originated in ancient India. In general, rather than focusing on curing an illness, like Western medicine, Ayurveda takes a preventative approach, prescribing diets and activities that …

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What Causes Anxiety, Depression, and Chronic Stress? An Ayurvedic Explanation

Ayurveda, India’s ancient system of health care, has been addressing many of the diseases that we still deal with today for thousands of years, including diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis. However, Ayurvedic medicine doesn’t only deal with issues of the body, but also the mind and spirit. For that reason, it has an excellent perspective to …

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Know Yourself: Your Ayurvedic Body Type

Your Ayurvedic body type, or constitution, is at the heart of Ayurveda’s approach to well-being. Knowing your constitution allows you to maximize your quality of life, health and happiness by following the recommendations for food and lifestyle for each constitution. An Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis with an expert is the best way to recognize one’s constitution. …

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The Causes of Anxiety, Depression, and Chronic Stress

Did you know that in the 46.6 million people in the United States suffer from mental illness? That’s one in every five Americans. Furthermore, despite Western medicine’s best efforts, cases of severe mental illness have been on the rise since the early 1990s. To stop this growing epidemic, it’s clear that we need a new …

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Parsley Endive Pear Boats

Ayurveda tells us that fall is a time to rid the body of excess heat and toxins accumulated from summer. Even though fall is a the precursor to winter and we want to stay warm in winter, we still need to clear out excess heat from summer because it is drying. Being dry going into …

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Ayurvedic Recipes: Summer Green Bean Salad

Warm late-summer days are perfect for enjoying the bounty of the season. A fresh summer salad is a great way to take advantage of the wonderful flavor and nutritional value of in-season vegetables, including an Ayurvedic favorite—green beans. Regardless of your body type, or dosha, this salad is a delicious delight that will help you balance …

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