Ayurveda is an ancient holistic health system originate over 5,000 years ago in India. Ayurveda is now widely practiced internationally. To understand the foundation tenets of Ayurveda is, the doshas must be mastered. Here are the dosha basics. There are three doshas that control physiology of the human body - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The health science of Ayurveda is also based on the Panchamahaboota theory. Panchamahaboota means 5 elements - Akasha (space), Vayu (wind), Agni (fire), Aap (water), Pritvi (earth). Each dosha is formed by a paring of these elements. Let's take a look at how these elements compose Vata, Pitta and Kapha to better understand Ayurvedic physiology.
Smoothies have been all the rage for quite some time now. The smoothie health craze has created a different way of obtaining nutrition, which at first glance seems "Oh so good". I remember the first time I walked into a popularized smoothie retailer and ordered a concoction that sounded like a really healthy meal. I … Continue reading Avoid smoothies that cause disease by following Ayurveda and Dr. Christie’s basic rules.
It is officially Spring! The vernal equinox signals the beginning of spring once the sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north. We will now be enjoying earlier sunrises, later sunset and beautiful blooms. This change in season also triggers a change in the doshas (biological energies) within our bodies. The ancient science of … Continue reading Ayurvedic Spring Health by Dr Christie Smirl
Do you ever wonder what to do with those big bundles of greens that are chopped off your carrot and beat tops? Don't trow them out! They can be turned into a life elixir in a cup.
Fennel is a delicious celery-like winter vegetable full of amazing health benefits. The white bulb, long green stalks, seeds, and leaves are all edible. Fennel is harvested in the fall and traditionally seen in fall or winter recipes. Fennel as a vegetable can be steamed, sautéed, chopped in salads, blended or juiced in health drinks … Continue reading Amazing Benefits of Fennel by Dr. Christie Smirl
Reduce Kapha stagnancy with this Garden Vegetable Bean Soup by Dr. Christie Smirl Ayurveda strongly suggests warming soups to reduce Kapha accumulation. Kapha's gunas (qualities) are guru (heavy), snigdha (unctuous), sheeta (cold), manda (slow), mrudu (soft), sthira (stable) and slaksna (jelatinous). If Kapha over accumulates in the body, these qualities create stagnancy and diseases related … Continue reading Kapha reducing Garden Vegetable Bean Soup
This is a delicious soup to that is filling, satisfying, high in protein, low sodium and easy to digest. INGREDIENTS 1.5 cup rinsed organic red lentils 3 cups diced organic green beans 4 cup cubed unpeeled organic sweet potatoes 2 cups cubed pears 1 can organic coconut milk 3 Tablespoons Ghee 2 teaspoons curry powder … Continue reading Coconut Green Bean Sweet Potato Soup
The pineal glad is referred to as the "Master Gland" that controls all other endocrine glands along with the hypothalamus. Let's first see a list of the hormones controlled by the pituitary gland controls so we can fully grasp why to do a pineal cleanse. Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH): stimulates the thyroid gland to release thyroid … Continue reading Pineal Gland Cleanse by Dr. Christie Smirl
Feeling toxic or sluggish? Try a detox. Bitter melon has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Bitter melon fruit contains triterpene lycosides, including mormordin and charantin, beta carotene, ascorbic acid, niacin, and thiamin, iron, iodine, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and fatty acids and insulin-like compounds. Bitter melon seeds contain the phenolics catechin and epicatechin, gallic, gentisic, and … Continue reading Bitter Melon Lemon Ginger Detox by Christie Smirl
TRIPHALA - Balancing Formula for Detoxification & Rejuvenation Triphala is one of the most recommended Ayurvedic formulation and has been used as a daily supplement for over 5,000 years to balance all three doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Triphala is translated as "Three Fruits" and is composed of dried and powdered amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki. … Continue reading Triphala to Detox & Rejuvinate by Christie Smirl