Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting by Dr. Christie Smirl

Intermittent fasting means of voluntary abstinence from food and nutritive drink for a set period of time. This type of nutrition planning has been shown to reduce the risk for several diseases. One way to intermittently fast is to only eat during a few hour window each day or set days. For example only eating during a short window of time such as noon and 4 pm, then refraining from food for 20 hours. Let us take a look at the benefits.

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Spring Equinox Health – Ayurvedic Seasonal Routine by Dr Christie Smirl

The vernal equinox signals the beginning of spring once the sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north. After the spring equinox we will enjoying earlier sunrises, later sunsets and beautiful blooms. This change in season also triggers a change in the doshas (Ayurvedic biological energies) within our bodies. The ancient science of Ayurveda …

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Turmeric Ginger Spice Tea by Dr. Christie Smirl

During the cold and flu seasons many clients and friends are seeking natural ways to recover. Turmeric ginger spice tea is a blend of ingredients that Ayurvedic medicine uses to reduce symptoms related to the common cold and influenza. Symptoms such as fatigue, malaise, indigestion, aches and pains and congestion in the head, neck and chest region are related to accumulation of kapha and vata doshas.

Aama – Metabolic Toxicity by Dr. Christie Smirl

Ayurveda understands clearly the process of metabolic toxicity. When the body undergoes improper metabolism of food in the gastro-intestinal system, a toxic substance called aama may develop. Initially, this toxic aama will be isolated in the gut and may be excreted through the feces, but if aama continues to accumulate through abnormal diet and digestion, it will spread through the rasa (plasma) and travel to a weakened dhatus (body tissues). Aama creates the substrate for disease. For this reason, Ayurveda always targets the elimination of aama from the body during any panchakarma (detoxification) or rasayana (rejuvenation) protocol. 

Avoid smoothies that cause disease by following Ayurveda and Dr. Christie’s basic rules. 

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 …

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