Power Packed Ketogenic Vegetarian Chocolate Smoothie by Dr. Christie Smirl

To maintain a successful ketogenic nutrition plan it is important to have easy, healthy, nutritious go to meals. This ketogenic vegetarian chocolate smoothie recipe is delicious and packed with power boosting and anti-aging ingredients such as matcha powder, MCT oil and cacao. Here are a few things to know about matcha green tea powder.  Packed…

Ketogenic Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps by Dr. Christie Smirl

With busy schedules it is easy to just grab convenient food that is not necessarily healthy. I’m always trying to create meals that are full of balanced nutrition, flavor and freshness.  Here’s a great recipe for Ketogenic Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps I designed.

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. 

Kapha Pacifying Khichdi with Dr. Christie Smirl

Khichdi, also known as kitchari, is an ancient yogi meal that balances the dhatus (tissues) and doshas (physiological forces). Khichdi is often prescribed to be consumed for 30 days to balance the doshas vata, pitta and kapha to detoxify the body. In India I enjoyed the availability of this nourishing, filling meal anytime of the…

Muladhara Chakra Therapy by Dr. Christie

The first of the primary 7 chakras is the muladhara chakra. In English it is referred to as the root chakra. In Sanskrit, muladhara is divided into two terms: mula meaning root and adhara meaning the basis or foundation. This chakra is symbolized by four red petals representing the four compass directions of north, south,…

Introduction to Ayurveda: Doshas 101 by Dr. Christie Smirl

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. 

Ahimsa in Kali Yuga by Dr. Christie Smirl

Ahimsa in Kali Yuga by Dr. Christie Smirl Ahimsa is a concept that has been promoted by Jesus, Buddha, Patanjali, Gandhi and is a core value in most forms of spirituality. The word ahimsa embraces the concept of not-violence and compassion. Ahimsa was written about extensively in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Ahimsa is the first of […]

Puruṣārthas – The Four Aims of Life by Dr. Christie Smirl

In yoga philosophy there are four aims of human life called the Puruṣārthas.  Puruṣārtha means an “object of human pursuit”. The four puruṣārthas are dharma (duties), artha (prosperity), kāma (pleasure) and mokṣa (liberation). The puruṣārthas are important to evaluate and measure to live a balanced life. If these four aims are looked at like a…

Avoid smoothies that cause disease by following Ayurvedic principles. 

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…

Amazing Benefits of Fennel by Dr. Christie Smirl

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…

CHAKRAS – Your Subtle Body by Dr. Christie Smirl

Higher levels of health and wellness can be obtained when we realize that we are so much more than just a brain and physical biochemical body. For thousands of years, Ancient scholars and physicians from civilizations across the globe knew about the subtle energy systems and that are integral to our existence and health.

Aroma Therapy for Mental Health by Dr. Christie Smirl

Aromatherapy is the ancient practice of using plant oils for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. The use of aromatherapy is an ancient health practice traced thousands of years back to Greek, Egyptian, Chinese, Persian and Indian cultures. The mechanism of action takes only 8 molecules of aromatic substance to trigger the sense of smell…

Mantras in Medicine by Dr. Christie Smirl

Mantras have become a key therapeutic in my Integrative Medical practice. Most of my clients experience some degree of mental discomfort in the form of anxiety, fear, worry, chronic physical pain, depression, grief or anger. In an attempt to reduce the number of prescriptions for pain and psychiatric medications, I started giving my patients prescriptions for mantra.

Kapha reducing 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 (jelly like). If kapha over accumulates in the body, these qualities create stagnancy and diseases related to blocked srotas (channels) such as obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and abnormal…

Sweet Potato Lentil Salad by Dr. Christie Smirl 

This salad has become one of my favorite meals to make because it is fast, easy, packed full of nutrients, high protein, high fiber and low calorie. Sweet potato is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, copper, potassium, biotin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6 and phosphorus.  Lentils are rich…

Eliminate Aluminium – STINK SCRUB by Christie Smirl 

Aluminium is a source of heavy metal toxicity due to commonly used household items. Unlike other trace elements, the human body does not need aluminium. We consume low levels of aluminium in foods, but when we are exposed to repeated higher quantities the body begins to store it. Higher doses of aluminium builds up in…

Coconut Green Bean Sweet Potato Soup by Dr. Christie Smirl

This is a delicious soup 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 1…

Sage for Smudging and Wellness by Dr. Christie Smirl

Sage (Salvia apiana) is a perennial shrub that is native to the southwestern United Sates and northwestern Mexico. Sage belongs to the mint family with rosemary, oregano, lavendar, thyme and basil. Native Americans call sage qaashil in Luiseno, shihtaay or palhtaay in Kumeyaay , kasilile in Tongva, we’wey in Chumash, qas’ily in Chahuilla, shaliai in…

Triphala to Detox & Rejuvenate by Dr. 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…

Hingvashtak for Healthy Digestion by Christie Smirl

Hingvashtak is a classical Ayurvedic blend of vata-soothing herbs that support the entire digestive system. Vata is cold, light and dry, qualities that in excess can inhibit proper digestive function creating gas, bloating and inflammation. Hingvashtak contains herbs that are warming and grounding to effectively counter balance numerous digestive imbalances. Hingvashtak kindles the digestive fire,…