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

By |2018-03-05T13:38:19+00:00February 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+00:00February 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+00:00July 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+00:00January 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+00:00December 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+00:00October 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+00:00October 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+00:00September 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, [...]

When fire turns to air: Autumn season advice

By |2017-10-24T07:44:19+01:00September 2nd, 2016|Autumn, Detox, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre, Spices|

We measure out each year by its seasonal changes – the cold sleep of nature during winter, it’s re-awakening during spring, its full splendour during summer and the fruits bearing seeds of nature’s renewal during autumn. As summer changes to autumn, the sap of each tree begins to draw inwards. Bright green leaves gradually dry and become yellow, orange, red and brown, then they [...]

Heather honey can beat harmful bacteria

By |2018-09-02T08:40:21+01:00May 27th, 2016|Detox, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs|

For thousands of years honey has been used medicinally and prized for its anti-bacterial properties. The healing effects of honey have been valued by Ayurveda in India and by the ancient Egyptians. Today it is widely used in veterinary medicine as a wound dressing. Manuka honey from New Zealand is probably the most well-know medical honey, though a new study, published in The [...]

Tridosha Kitchari: a meal to balance all three doshas

By |2017-11-07T15:34:39+00:00May 20th, 2016|Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Recipes, Spices|

At the heart of Ayurveda’s understanding of the human body is the principle of the three Doshas – Vata (movement), Pitta (transformation) and Kapha (structure).  Although all three Doshas are present in and fundamental to every part of our body, taken as a whole the balance of these Doshas varies from one person to another. This leads to the understanding of different [...]

Seven Maharishi AyurVeda tips to boost your mental potential

By |2018-01-29T09:57:19+00:00April 6th, 2016|Detox, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Mind, Sleep|

Are there times when you feel foggy and can’t think clearly, or feel distracted and lacking in focus? Perhaps you forget the name of someone you know well, or forget an important appointment. We depend so much on having a clear mind and good recall that even a temporary loss of this faculty can be upsetting. The following article describes a number of ways Maharishi AyurVeda can [...]

Chyavanprash: India’s most popular herbal tonic

By |2018-02-20T10:40:49+00:00January 9th, 2016|Detox, Food, Rasayanas, Rejuvenation|

Chyavanprash, sometimes called “the elixir of life”, is the most popular Rasayana (health tonic) in India. In the ancient epic called the Mahabharata, is a fascinating story of the rejuvenation of the elderly Vedic seer, Chyavana and of the origins of Chyavanprash. The ant-hill Rishi From birth Chyavana was said to be physically weak, but he had a strong spiritual drive [...]

8 Ayurvedic ways to boost your natural immunity

By |2018-03-04T21:54:47+00:00November 19th, 2015|Autumn, Detox, Digestion, Food, Immunity, Knowledge, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Spring|

The Ayurvedic theory of immunity is called Beej-bhumi, which literally translates as “seed and land”. The body is seen as the fertile land in which infections or harmful “bugs” can grow. If our body is out of balance, and full of Ama – the toxic by-products that result from incomplete digestion – viruses and harmful bacteria will find fertile soil for [...]

New research confirms Ayurvedic warning about eating late

By |2018-09-14T06:41:10+01:00May 11th, 2015|Detox, Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Sleep, Weightloss|

It often seems that the more modern science learns about food, digestion and how we are affected by natural cycles, the more it confirms the understanding of the ancient science of Ayurveda. The following article, written by Dr Allana Polo and published in GreenMedInfo, highlights a recent study, which suggests that eating late may have a detrimental effect on our health. Could late night snacks [...]

It’s a supplement! It’s a food! No, it’s Moringa, the super-herb

By |2017-09-05T13:50:32+01:00September 16th, 2014|Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Mind, Weightloss|

I was recently asked to create the above diagram to promote Moringa for Maharishi AyurVeda Products and have to admit that I had never previously heard of this herb. I did a Google search and was amazed, not only by the huge number and range of benefits it is supposed to have – from increasing mental clarity, to normalising blood pressure, to weight management, to improving libido – but also [...]

Doctor reverses husband’s Alzheimer symptoms by prescribing him coconut oil

By |2017-09-05T13:50:33+01:00May 31st, 2014|Detox, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Mind, Oils|

Steve Newport’s Alzheimer’s symptoms have slowed considerably, and some symptoms have even reversed, after his wife added coconut oil his diet. His wife, Dr Mary Newport, a physician who runs a neonatology ward at a Tampa, Fla., hospital, started him on this coconut oil regime after he failed the Alzheimer’s clock test, a test designed to measure a wide range of cognitive abilities. After two weeks of taking coconut oil, [...]

Golden Turmeric Milk: A delicious drink to improve your health

By |2017-09-05T13:50:33+01:00May 27th, 2014|Detox, Food, Recipes|

Once of the main ingredients in this milky drink is turmeric. The primary active component in Turmeric is curcumin, a polyphenol that has over 150 potentially therapeutic properties, which include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Modern science, as quoted in The Answer to Cancer by Hari Sharma MD, has found that curcumin: enhances digestion is more protective of DNA than lipoate, vitamin E or beta carotene (anti-oxidents) stimulates glutathione S-transferase, a detoxifying, [...]

Get Hale by eating Kale (Crisps)

By |2017-09-05T13:50:33+01:00May 18th, 2014|Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Recipes|

When you have the munchies for something crunchy, Kale Crisps may fit the bill. Kale Crisps are a refreshing treat to wake up your taste buds and satisfy your craving for a snack that is both light and crunchy. The secret to this Kale dish is in its preparation. With a little salt and coconut oil, ghee or olive oil for garnish, this alternative to potato crisps offers both satisfaction [...]

A Taste of Honey

By |2017-09-05T13:50:33+01:00May 15th, 2014|Detox, Digestion, Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs|

How do you satisfy that craving for the sweet taste without resorting to something sugar-based? That desire for sweetness means there is something missing. Perhaps we need more of the Earth and Water elements that sweet foods can supply. Perhaps our blood-sugar is low and we need a boost of energy. Perhaps we feel emotionally low and we crave that external sweetness as a substitute for our lack of inner [...]

Ayurvedic Popcorn to help balance springtime Kapha

By |2017-09-05T13:50:33+01:00May 2nd, 2014|Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Natural cycles, Spring|

When you crave the crunchy feeling, that foods such as popcorn can give you, your body is signalling a need to balance Kapha Dosha. Celery, parsley, raw apples and popcorn all having a crunchy quality. But they also have a good deal of astringency in their taste. The roughening crunchy quality and the drying astringent taste of popcorn helps balance the unctuousness and wetness of Kapha Dosha, that can accumulate [...]

Seven ways to boost digestion as Spring moves into Summer

By |2017-09-05T13:50:33+01:00April 25th, 2014|Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Natural cycles|

Now that warmer weather is on its way, you may find that your digestive fire decreases. To balance the increasing heat that affects us, as spring moves into summer, the body pushes our inner heat sources (mostly found in our digestive areas) out to the body's surface. This heat then dissipates in the form of moisture and sweat. The consequence is that we cool down. Another consequence is that we [...]

Forget about Turmeric – Kalonji or Black Seed is the new miracle spice

By |2017-09-05T13:50:33+01:00April 25th, 2014|Food, Recipes, Spices|

Kalonji or Black Seed (Nigella sativa) seems to be taking over the scientific limelight from turmeric. Numerous studies have found it highly effective, and safer than modern drugs, in treating many modern chronic ailments, such as colon cancer, type two diabetes, hypertension, and many more ailments. Kalonji has been shown to carry the following properties: Analgesic (Pain-Killing) Anti-Bacterial Anti-Inflammatory Anti-Ulcer Anti-Cholinergic Anti-Fungal Anti-Hypertensive Antioxidant Antispasmodic Antiviral Bronchodilator Gluconeogenesis Inhibitor (Anti-Diabetic) [...]

Why does Ayurveda love Basmati Rice?

By |2017-09-05T13:50:33+01:00April 15th, 2014|Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Recipes|

Cooking basmati rice Place the desired amount of rice in a large bowl, cover it with water and strain out the water – do this at least three times. Place the rice on a medium pan and add 2½ parts of water to 1 part of rice. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat for a light boil. Keep cooking until rice becomes puffy and a small amount of [...]

How to make your own Ghee

By |2018-09-14T06:42:39+01:00November 19th, 2013|Food, Maharishi Ayurveda Blogs, Oils, Recipes|

Ghee is used in many Indian recipes and is one of the best cooking fats you can find. It does not oxidise when heated, as do most vegetable oils (oxidisation can lead to free-radicals floating round your body – not exactly desirable). Ghee has marvellous properties and is highly regarded, both as a nutrient and as a preservative for foods and [...]