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Tips for Healthy Living

Simple Spring Detox

The sun is shining, there are more hours of daylight now, but does your body still feel like it’s hibernating? Cold winter months spent eating comforting foods make winter a little cozier but can also slow down your digestion and leave you feeling heavy, lethargic, and foggy. Spring is a natural time to cleanse and renew.

Three Ways to Simplify Your Life and Help the Environment

April 22 is Earth Day, a day that we can reevaluate the impact we’re having on the planet both as individuals and as a society. Mahatma Gandhi said, “The earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need but not every man's greed.” It is not difficult to take for granted how the earth sustains us with water, air, food, energy, and shelter. Sometimes we forget that the resources of the earth are finite. Gandhi’s point is that there is a difference between our needs and our wants.

Why and How to Get Your Omega-3's

Good fats, bad fats, it can all get a little confusing—especially with “essential” fatty acids. If they are essential, does that mean they are always good for you? Not in the case of Omega-6. While Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats are both essential to good health and serve important functions, the key is striking the right balance or ratio.

Is Alcohol Actually Good for You?

Alcohol is probably the most socially acceptable intoxicant in our society. In 2012 almost 90% of Americans, aged 18 and over, said they had used alcohol at some point in their lifetime. Nearly 60% of adults in America have used alcohol in the past month.

Most people understand that too much alcohol, especially an addiction to alcohol, is unhealthy. But research indicating there may be some health benefits from light to moderate alcohol consumption may confuse the issue.

Over-Exercising: Who’s at Risk?

Exercising is one of the most beneficial activities you can engage in for your mental and physical well-being. Yet modern science has confirmed what has been taught in the holistic science of Ayurveda for thousands of years: too much exercise can actually be harmful to your health.

In moderation, physical activity can reduce stress, improve your sleep, tone your muscles, increase cardiovascular health, ward off disease, improve blood sugar, lower blood pressure, boost mood and cognitive health, and reduce excess body fat.

The Basics of Ayurveda

Ayurveda comes from two Sanskrit words, “veda” meaning study, and “ayur”, which means life. So literally “ayurveda” means the study of life. The science of Ayurveda has been studied and practiced for millennia. Ayurveda is a holistic form of medicine that considers diet, lifestyle, and mindset all as integral parts of your health. It is based on the idea that we each have a unique constitution, or prakriti, from birth, and that constitution is influenced by our lifestyle, diet, emotions, and environmental factors.