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The Ayurvedic Approach to Balancing Blood Cholesterol

By |2019-04-16T15:57:51+01:00April 16th, 2019|Food, Heart, Heart, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Men's Health, Women's Health|

In this newsletter we talked to an expert on Ayurveda from The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians about the Ayurvedic approach to balancing cholesterol. Q: Can you begin by telling us about cholesterol from the perspective of Maharishi Ayurveda?...

Food, Mood and Digestion: The Mind-Body Connection

By |2019-03-12T13:58:03+01:00March 12th, 2019|Digestion, Emotions, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Vaidya|

How does food affect our moods? The food we eat has a significant influence on our minds and hearts. You could even say that the nature of our mind and feelings depends on the food we have eaten. And conversely, the state of our mind, emotions, intellect and senses — and our overall state of contentment — all these, in turn, affect the digestion, absorption and elimination of the food we have eaten. According to Maharishi Ayurveda, the digestive enzymes and metabolic processes are likened to a fire, called kaya agni in Sanskrit. How well we digest the food depends on the strength of our agni.

Healing Greens 101: An Ayurvedic Perspective

By |2019-03-08T15:26:36+01:00March 8th, 2019|Doshas, Food, Kapha, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Pitta, Vata|

No longer just a frilly garnish, kale is taking the culinary world by storm. Along with it, leafy greens like spinach, chard, and even collards and turnip greens are gracing plates everywhere from fine dining hotspots to fast food restaurants across the country. These nutrient-packed veggies have long played a starring role in Ayurvedic cooking, and with good reason. They’re hydrating, nutrient-rich, and when prepared while fresh, they contain prana, or life-supporting energy. Below, we’ll share both Ayurvedic and nutritional insights on leafy greens, along with tasty ways to incorporate them into your daily diet.

Ayurveda Diet, Food and Spices

By |2019-03-08T11:42:56+01:00March 8th, 2019|Digestion, Food, Kapha, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Pitta, Spices, Vata|

According to Ayurveda, intake of appropriate and nutritious food is the first step to good health. Food is seen as a prime preventive medicine. And this is not just eating the right foods, but also eating them in the correct combination and quantity. Nutritious food helps us maintain the internal balance of elements. Herbs too, could be grouped into foods. Once the properties of various foods and herbs are understood, Ayurvedic principles can be applied to your daily diet as well as on those occasions when you feel unwell.

Digestion Questions and Answers

By |2019-02-06T17:03:13+01:00February 6th, 2019|Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Men's Health, Women's Health|

Most diseases can be traced to an inadequate diet and improper eating. Proper diet and good digestion are considered by Ayurveda to be of prime importance for good health. Answers to the following questions about good dietary practice have been provided by two experienced Maharishi AyurVeda physicians.

The Ayurvedic Take on Paleo, Keto, Vegan, and Raw Diets

By |2019-01-30T15:58:56+01:00January 30th, 2019|Doshas, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs|

The caveman diet. Going keto. Eating raw foods and juicing. Does it seem like there’s a trendy new diet cropping up every time you turn around? If so, you might be wondering how to keep up—which one to choose and whether you can still follow your Ayurvedic diet.

Discover your Ayurvedic body-type

By |2019-01-29T15:04:46+01:00January 29th, 2019|Food, Kapha, Knowledge, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Men's Health, Pitta, Vata, Women's Health|

A Guide to the Doshas. Discover your individual body-type and which Dosha you need to balance most – Vata, Pitta or Kapha. Identify your individual health needs by reading our Dosha guide and test booklet.

Maharishi AyurVeda, Micronutrients and Nutrition

By |2019-01-28T15:03:39+01:00January 24th, 2019|Children's Health, Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Men's Health, Women's Health|

A micronutrient is a substance, such as a vitamin or mineral, that is essential in minute amounts for the proper growth and metabolism of a living organism. 40 micronutrients are essential for a balanced diet to maintain health. What does Maharishi AyurVeda recommend to obtain these nutrients?

The best tips for slimming New Year’s resolutions

By |2019-01-18T08:52:28+01:00January 17th, 2019|Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Men's Health, New Year, Obesity, Weightloss, Winter, Women's Health|

The best tips for slimming New Year's resolutions. by Dr Charlotte Bech - Maharishi Ayurveda Consultant. "With the start of the new year is a good idea to set out to introduce new slimming habits in daily life. Here are the best tips for slimming New Year's resolutions:"

A Window of Opportunity for Cleansing

By |2019-01-19T12:01:13+01:00January 10th, 2019|Detox, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Men's Health, Rejuvenation, Women's Health|

with the transition from summer to autumn, we are entering a gap between seasons (in Ayurveda known as Ritu Sandhi). This is a special time of the year where the body’s natural cleansing systems go up a gear. Now the heat and sour quality that may have accumulated during the unseasonably warm summer is being released into your bloodstream to be cleansed. Isn't our body amazing! As the seasons change you have a window of opportunity for cleansing.

Be well nourished this Autumn

By |2019-01-09T14:48:30+01:00January 9th, 2019|Autumn, Digestion, Food, Immunity, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Men's Health, Winter, Women's Health|

Be well nourished this Autumn As the cooler weather is setting in, have you noticed that your eating choices are changing? As you walk about your local farmers market or food store are the fruit and vegetables choices available also changing?

Would you like a Xmas treat?

By |2018-12-20T15:09:23+01:00December 20th, 2018|Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Recipes, Winter|

Only a few more nights to Christmas day! Have you thought about what special culinary delights you would like to prepare or share this Christmas Day? It can be a challenge to find tasty and balancing options all in one. Tasty meals that include easy to find ingredients and incorporate seasonal produce while helping to promote balance in our mind and body too. Also as it is a special time you may want to do something a little different or try something new.

Autumn Recipe & Eating Tips

By |2018-12-19T15:21:48+01:00December 19th, 2018|Autumn, Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Recipes, Vata|

Autumn Recipe & Eating Tips What to cook that will be both tasty while also helping you to stay in balance? As the days settle into Autumn do you wonder what to cook that will be both tasty while also helping you to stay in balance?  I pondered his question while thinking about how I could best help you to enjoy greater balance this Autumn. The answer was to provide [...]

The Case for Choosing Organic food and Ayurveda

By |2018-12-18T14:52:22+01:00December 14th, 2018|Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Men's Health, Women's Health|

Ayurveda places nutrition at the heart of its methodologies for the optimization of life and longevity. If we are to take health seriously one of our first considerations should be our diet.

Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

By |2018-12-17T11:16:12+01:00December 13th, 2018|Detox, Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Recipes, Weightloss, Winter|

The Winter solstice on 22nd December is nearly here signalling the start of Winter. Over the next 3-4 weeks nature guides us to be aware of Ritu Sandhi - the cleansing gap between two seasons. Autumn seems to have flown by! With this change of season comes a special opportunity to move with the rhythms of nature in order to enjoy a healthy and happy winter season ahead. Here’s what you can do.

Dr. Bech’s Diet for Going Green

By |2018-12-18T15:00:32+01:00December 11th, 2018|Books, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre|

Don’t read this article if you want to continue eating red meat. But go ahead and read it, if you would like to: 1. Normalize your weight and stay slender, 2. Enjoy food more, and 3. Be happier and have more energy Then this new delicious and tasty Go Green diet is right for you.

Top Ayurveda diet and lifestyle tips for springtime

By |2018-03-30T09:17:28+01:00March 29th, 2018|Detox, Digestion, Fasting, Food, Immunity, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Natural cycles, Panchakarma, Spring|

In the environment, major changes occur when winter turns into spring. As the forces of nature change externally, those same forces present within your body are now ready and willing to help you both purify and renew. Cycling through the year and through your life The cycle of the year represents the cycle of life: January through to May is the Kapha [...]

Age wisely and healthily with Maharishi AyurVeda (video + transcript)

By |2018-03-05T13:38:19+01:00February 18th, 2018|Brain, Consciousness, Digestion, Dr Donn Brennan videos, Food, Meditation, Mind, Rasayanas, Rejuvenation|

Transcript of video by Dr Donn Brennan: The earliest signs of ageing are described quite beautifully in Sharngadhara, one of the old texts of Ayurveda. I'll read you the quote. It says, “With each passing decade, the body loses, one by one, childhood, growth, lustre and complexion, intelligence, skin health, strength of sight, virility, valour, discrimination, the use of the organs of action, the use of the [...]

Blissful sleep for better health with Ayurveda (video + transcript)

By |2019-02-05T15:01:12+01:00February 16th, 2018|Anxiety, Brain, Consciousness, Detox, Digestion, Dr Donn Brennan videos, Drinks, Emotions, Fatigue, Food, Heart, Kapha, Meditation, Mind, Obesity, Pitta, Sleep, Stress, Vata, Weightloss|

In truth, we need more sleep than we think we need. All the research is pointing to a minimum of eight hours sleep that people actually need for the work that the brain needs to do overnight to be accomplished. Less sleep leaves us less capable, even if we don’t know it. Even an hour’s lack of sleep [each night] over a 10-day period leaves us as incompetent and incapable cognitively, as if we had missed a whole night’s sleep for one night. The only difference is we don’t recognise it. We don’t know it.

Food Glorious Food

By |2017-09-05T13:51:42+01:00July 18th, 2017|Drinks, Food|

Your body is younger than you may think – a Carbon-14 study* found that our cells are mostly replaced every 7 to 10 years. And they renew themselves from the air we breathe, the liquids we drink and the foods we eat. So, to ensure your body stays in peak condition the quality of your air, drink and food is of utmost important. Maharishi AyurVeda Products are gradually building [...]

Ayurveda and our desire for sweets

By |2018-02-23T09:55:05+01:00July 9th, 2017|Diabetes, Digestion, Food, Heart, Obesity|

Why do we often crave the sweet taste? What effect does sugar have on our body and on our Doshas? Why is fructose such a baddie? What are the most natural ways to satisfy our desire for sweet things? Dr Donn Brennan gives an Ayurvedic perspective on sugar and other sweet foods. Peter Brown: There is a lot of sugar in the foods we eat. Can [...]

How to enjoy the hot weather

By |2018-09-13T08:54:24+01:00June 21st, 2017|Dr Donn Brennan videos, Fatigue, Food, Natural cycles, Pitta, Sleep, Summer|

Even during the summer, hot weather can come as a surprise to those of us in the UK. One day it can be overcast or raining and the next it can be clear skies and swelteringly hot. Below is a transcipt of the video Dr Donn Brennan has recently made on how to deal with hot weather, especially if you have a Pitta body-type. Following this are some [...]

Milk, a health goodie or baddie?

By |2017-09-13T09:10:20+01:00February 8th, 2017|Dairy, Food, Oils|

When I was growing up, cow’s milk was hailed as a complete food and essential for growing children. These days, milk allergies and lactose-intolerance have become a major issue; concerns are voiced about its saturated fat content; and many people cite ethical issues around how we treat dairy cows as a reason to avoid milk. Let me put my own cards on the table. Despite its potential problems, [...]

What oils are best to cook with?

By |2017-09-05T13:51:42+01:00January 20th, 2017|Digestion, Food, Heart, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Oils, Recipes|

I run courses on Maharishi AyurVeda, food and cooking and one frequently asked question is, “What’s the best oil to cook with?”. I respond that my favourite cooking oils are ghee, coconut oil and olive oil*, in that order. There is no controversy surrounding olive oil – after all, haven’t there been lots of TV ads implying that perpetual youth and vitality are almost guaranteed through consuming it? [...]

12 tips to build up your Bala-strength during January

By |2018-03-04T21:55:15+01:00January 4th, 2017|Detox, Digestion, Food, Immunity, Kapha, Rasayanas, Spring, Winter|

January heralds the start of the Kapha season, and its cold, dull, damp and heavy weather tends to increase Kapha within the body. We often think of winter as a time for Kapha-associated diseases, such as colds and flu, yet Ayurveda maintains that winter is not weakening but strengthening, and the best season to improve your immunity. Bala is the term Ayurveda uses for immunity and general strength, whether [...]

The wonders of Ginger: with Recipes and Video

By |2017-11-03T09:28:00+01:00December 7th, 2016|Detox, Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Maharishi Ayurveda Videos, Recipes|

Ginger Apple Crisp A tasty and easily digested desert. The recipe requires a 5 inch x 9 inch x 3 inch deep tray. If your own tray is either larger or smaller, proportionally adjust the quantity of each ingredient. 3 medium sized apples, peeled, seeded and chopped Fresh juice of 1 lemon or lime 1 tbsp of finely grated ginger 1 [...]

11 tips to avoid Ama over Christmas

By |2017-10-27T13:59:30+01:00November 21st, 2016|Detox, Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre, Panchakarma|

There are so many edible delights on offer over Christmas that it is hard not to over-indulge and accumulate Ama, the toxic waste-product of incomplete digestion. Festive meals and an abundance of tempting sweets can lead you to over-eat and snack at irregular times, and promote the build-up of Ama. If this process is left unchecked, your body can becomes clogged [...]

Energy and Vitality with Maharishi AyurVeda

By |2018-03-04T21:56:25+01:00October 17th, 2016|Detox, Digestion, Fatigue, Food, Immunity, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Rasayanas, Rejuvenation, Sleep|

“Maharishi AyurVeda would like us to express our innate source which is infinite vitality and energy” – Dr Donn BrennanHow much energy and vitality you have in your body and mind is closely linked to the strength of your immune system. When vitality is weak, immunity is correspondingly low. When energy levels are strong and free-flowing, illness has little chance of taking hold.The [...]

Why Raw Honey is Always Best

By |2019-02-07T10:02:17+01:00October 16th, 2016|Fatigue, Food, Heart, Knowledge, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre, Weightloss|

Enjoy one of nature’s finest gifts in its raw and organic form The unheated, unprocessed honey, supplied by Maharishi AyurVeda Products, is remarkably different from the honey you’ll find on supermarket shelves. Sourced from Antonio Simon’s apiaries in Northern Spain, the bees that create this honey gather nectar from areas free of pollutants. To preserve its health giving properties, and the unique flavour of this unadulterated natural honey, Antonio spins the [...]

Seedless grapes – seedless people?

By |2017-11-03T09:47:09+01:00September 4th, 2016|Autumn, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Men's Health, Reproduction|

On my recent visit to the Aatma Ayurveda Centre in Kerala, run by Vaidya (Dr) Ravi Mooss, the cooks supplied us with what were probably the most delicious grapes I have ever tasted. They were so intensely succulent and tasty that I wanted more and more. Fortunately, for the sake of my belly, they had one flaw – they came with pips, [...]