The Ayurvedic Way Of Balancing and Regaining Energy During The Highest Vata Period

Hello Vata my old friend, I’ve come to be with you again…. Oh boy, we are getting closer and closer to the climax of vata! Every time period of the year of a specific dosha exhibits an increasing amount of their characteristic attributes by the end of that period. Summer, the pitta period, is at…

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The Two Best Ayurvedic Energy Hacks

Ayurveda offers a nice range of daily routines to make the best of our lives. Some of these are known to everyone like adequate sleep or brushing the teeth. Some recommended daily routines seem quite exotic like gargling oil. Others, at first impression, seem even toxic like inhaling herbal smoke. The recommendations of daily routines…

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The essence of Ayurveda

I am an Ayurvedic practitioner. This means that for work I help people to find balance in their lives through diet, lifestyle, herbs, relaxing treatments and detoxing. For me, the principles for finding balance are clear and simple. However, the main challenge I find in this profession is that I have to fight against prejudices…

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Small intermittent fasting

There is a growing interest in the world of science on the gut function, considering the latest discoveries of the importance of our diet and lifestyle on health. Microbiology, with the study of gut biology and how bacteria, viruses and even so called parasites interact to create good digestion and better health is one of…

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Detoxing is not a myth

Last year an article came out in The Guardian heavily criticising the detox craze and the detox market in general. It was good reading since the market has indeed gone bonkers selling everything under the sky as good for detoxing. Consumers are faced with a dilemma on what products to choose and which detox program to go…

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Super soup

My sister was very excited about a soup with leeks and asparagus but we never got to make it together. Recently,  when I got home after work, I realised I had the necessary ingredients in the fridge and got to cooking because it sounded like a very quick thing to make. And what a wonderful surprise…

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Empiricism in Ayurveda

I was engaged once in an interesting conversation on herbs and their medicinal properties with someone who had just retired after a long career in a well-known pharmaceutical company. Although quite skeptical of alternative healing methods he was still curious to hear what ayurveda had to offer. One of the things he asked me was…

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Ayurveda for addiction: The serotonin factor

Ayurveda has recognised the deep connection that exists between the brain and the gut for thousands of years. But what is the connection? The answer lies in serotonin, the “feel good” hormone. In Ayurveda addiction is called madatya and the three different body types (vata, pitta and kapha) are all susceptible. Each body type is…

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Sprouts : Spring food “par excellence”

Is there anything that takes my fancy more than sprouts in spring? No, there isn’t, or maybe, but I cannot figure it out now. I am so excited about the first sprouting year after year. It brings such joy and delight to see life expressing itself so vitally. The transformation that goes on in these…

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Healthy food is good… but it can also be your undoing

I just ate a slice of wonderful Finnish cabbage pie I baked modifying my mum’s recipe ever so slightly towards my Italian culinary preferences. A bit of parmesan won’t hurt any dish. Or maybe a fish dish… oh no, I do put it there as well sometimes!! Flexibility is one of the requirements of good…

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Benefits of eating seasonally

The wonder of nature is that once we start following its rotation and synchronize our activities to the different energetic periods of various cycles, our lives start flowing with effortless ease. Once we collaborate with nature it will grant us great boons. CRAVINGS Cravings can be good and bad, rising when the brain and the…

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