Yoghurt

Manage your channel blockers

Some things are easy to digest and some things are difficult.  And then there are some which are very difficult (abhishyandi). Knowledge of these makes a huge difference to how well you digest, absorb and assimilate nutrients and thus how healthy you are.  Foods that are heavy to digest are Read more…

quick purge

Cool inflammation with the ‘quick purge’

Chronic inflammation, skin diseases, digestive and liver disorders, arthritis, long term poisoning[1]. Stubborn conditions for which there is often no conventional cure.  For these, Ayurveda offers the highly effective virechana (medicated purging) and its speedier relative, the quick purge. Medicated purging is one of the 5 panchakarma procedures, which together Read more…

Kichari (rice-mung stew)

Kichari, rice-mung stew (or porridge), is wonderfully light on digestion yet tasty and satisfying. It is often given to people who are ill or recovering from illness, like an Ayurvedic ‘chicken-soup’. If you’d like a follow along video to make this, here is me demonstrating how to make it at Read more…

Quench the flames of pitta this summer

I love the summer.  Being a vata-predominant, not-well-covered body type, I find myself cold for 90% of the year in the UK.  So come summer, my whole body relaxes and I feel like a basking lizard absorbing all the warmth and sunlight to keep me going for the rest of Read more…

travel hot air balloon

To travel is to live – but don’t let it cost your health

Many of us love to travel and find that a change of scene, a rest or an expanse of mind all help to boost our health.  The travelling itself can take its toll, however, and has long been documented in Ayurveda as something to watch out for.  All the principle Read more…

5 adaptogens

Conquer stress with my five favourite adaptogens

Stress is getting to most of us Do I need to describe stress to you?  I doubt it.  In my consultations, I routinely ask my clients to rate their stress levels out of 10 and nearly everyone answers above 5. Here’s how adaptogens can help. Familiar effects of ongoing stress Read more…

You’re not what you eat, you’re what you digest

Not all woods burn the same in a fire, do they?  The same can be said about foods we put in our ‘digestive fire’.  Some burn (or digest) easily, some are more difficult.  This important aspect of food often gets overlooked.  What you’re eating may on paper be very nutritious Read more…

Natural Cycle

Women, love your cycle (and men, it REALLY helps to know)

Women have an amazing aid to living a healthy and happy life. The menstrual cycle. Now, if you are man, please don’t stop reading here as likely as not, you know a woman. She would likely be very impressed and grateful for any glimmer of understanding of this topic and Read more…

Spices

Add spices, add flavour, improve nutrition

You can put the most nutritious food into your mouth but to get the goodness out of it, it needs to be well digested.   There is one simple way to make sure this happens; add herbs and spices to your food. Plus, bonus, they make the food taste amazing. Herbs Read more…

sugar cravings

4 causes of sugar cravings and how to banish them

Sugar cravings can be very powerful and you don’t need me to tell you that sugar isn’t great or that we are having too much of it.  Most of us are aware it causes weight gain and diabetes if we eat too much.  What is less obvious is that it Read more…