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Ayurvedic Support for Women going through Menopause

Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of menstruation for women. It typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 and is characterized by a decline in the production of estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle. While menopause is a natural transition, it can also bring a host of physical and emotional symptoms that can be challenging to manage.

The signs and symptoms of menopause can vary from woman to woman, but some common ones include:

Irregular periods: As menopause approaches, the menstrual cycle may become irregular, with periods becoming shorter or longer, heavier or lighter, or less frequent.

Hot flashes: Hot flashes are a sudden feeling of warmth that spreads throughout the body, often accompanied by sweating, palpitations, and feelings of anxiety.

Night sweats: Night sweats are similar to hot flashes but occur during sleep, often leading to disrupted sleep and feelings of fatigue.

Vaginal dryness: As estrogen levels decline, the tissues of the vagina may become thinner, drier, and less elastic, leading to discomfort and pain during sexual intercourse.

Mood changes: The hormonal changes of menopause can cause mood swings, irritability, anxiety, and depression.

Sleep disturbances: Menopause can also lead to sleep disturbances, such as insomnia, frequent waking, or daytime sleepiness.

Weight gain: Some women may experience weight gain or a change in body composition during menopause.

Fortunately, Ayurveda, a traditional Indian system of medicine, offers a range of natural remedies and lifestyle practices that can help women navigate this transition with greater ease and comfort. In this blog post, we’ll explore some Ayurvedic support for women going through menopause.

Ayurvedic Diet:

Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of a balanced diet for overall health and well-being, and this is especially true during menopause. A diet that is rich in whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, can help support hormonal balance and reduce symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and fatigue. Foods that are particularly beneficial during menopause include leafy greens, nuts and seeds, berries, and soy products.

Ayurvedic Herbs:

Ayurvedic herbs can be a powerful tool for supporting women during menopause. One of the most well-known herbs is Ashwagandha, which is known for its ability to help reduce stress and anxiety. Other herbs that may be beneficial include Shatavari, which supports hormonal balance, and Brahmi, which can help with mental clarity and focus.

Ayurvedic Lifestyle Practices:

Ayurveda places great emphasis on lifestyle practices as a way to support overall health and well-being. Some practices that may be beneficial for women going through menopause include daily exercise, such as yoga or walking, meditation, and deep breathing exercises. It’s also important to prioritize rest and relaxation and to minimize stress as much as possible.

Ayurvedic Massages:

Ayurvedic massages, such as Abhyanga, can help women going through menopause by promoting relaxation and reducing stress levels. These massages involve the use of warm oils and gentle strokes, which can help to soothe the nervous system and promote overall well-being.

In conclusion, menopause can be a challenging time for women, but Ayurveda offers a range of natural remedies and lifestyle practices that can help support women during this transition. By focusing on a balanced diet, incorporating Ayurvedic herbs, practicing lifestyle practices, and receiving Ayurvedic massages, women can find relief from the physical and emotional symptoms of menopause and improve their overall health and well-being. If you are experiencing menopause and are interested in exploring Ayurvedic support, it’s always a good idea to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner to develop a personalized plan that meets your unique needs.

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is a common condition that affects both men and women. There are several causes of hair loss, including genetics, hormonal changes, medications, stress, and certain medical conditions. Hair loss can be temporary or permanent, and the severity of the condition varies depending on the underlying cause. While some types of hair loss can be reversed or managed with medication or lifestyle changes, others may require more aggressive treatment options such as hair transplant surgery. Hair loss can be a significant source of distress for those who experience it, but there are many resources available to help manage the condition and restore confidence in one’s appearance.

Ayurvedic Diet for Hair Loss:

Ayurveda states that Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas can affect the health of our hair. To enhance hair health, Ayurveda recommends consuming foods such as moong beans, amla, cucumber, buttermilk, almonds, walnuts, and peanuts. Additionally, Ayurveda offers various remedies and treatments to improve and sustain healthy hair.

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, offers a holistic approach to health and wellness. One of the areas where Ayurveda is particularly effective is in the treatment of hair loss. Ayurvedic principles emphasize the importance of maintaining balance in the body, mind, and spirit, and this approach is also reflected in the Ayurvedic diet for hair loss. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key elements of an Ayurvedic diet that can help promote healthy hair growth and prevent hair loss.

  • Incorporate Foods Rich in Protein

Protein is a critical nutrient for healthy hair growth, and an Ayurvedic diet for hair loss emphasizes the importance of incorporating protein-rich foods such as lentils, beans, nuts, and seeds into your diet. These foods provide the building blocks for hair growth, including amino acids, which are the essential components of hair.

  • Include Foods High in Iron

Iron is another critical nutrient for healthy hair growth, and a deficiency in iron can lead to hair loss. An Ayurvedic diet for hair loss includes foods that are rich in iron, such as leafy greens, beets, lentils, and red meat. Iron-rich foods help promote healthy blood flow to the scalp, which is essential for healthy hair growth.

  • Eat Foods High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for healthy hair growth, and an Ayurvedic diet for hair loss includes foods that are high in these beneficial fats. Foods such as fatty fish, nuts, and seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and can help improve hair density and thickness.

  • Avoid Processed Foods and Sugar

An Ayurvedic diet for hair loss also emphasizes the importance of avoiding processed foods and sugar. These foods can contribute to inflammation in the body, which can disrupt healthy hair growth. Instead, focus on whole, nutrient-dense foods that provide the vitamins and minerals your body needs to support healthy hair growth.

  • Incorporate Ayurvedic Herbs

In addition to dietary changes, Ayurvedic herbs can also be an effective way to support healthy hair growth. Herbs such as amla, brahmi, and bhringraj are traditionally used in Ayurveda to promote healthy hair growth and prevent hair loss. These herbs can be taken in supplement form or can be used in recipes.

Lifestyle Changes to Combat Hair Loss:

Hair loss can be a distressing experience for many people, and while there are several treatments available to combat it, lifestyle changes can also play a crucial role in preventing and reducing hair loss. Here are some lifestyle changes that can help combat hair loss:

Eat a healthy and balanced diet: A nutritious diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals is essential for healthy hair growth. Include foods that are high in protein, such as lean meats, eggs, and nuts, as well as foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables.

Manage stress: Stress can contribute to hair loss, so it’s essential to manage stress levels. Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises to help reduce stress.

Avoid harsh styling products and treatments: Certain styling products and treatments, such as straightening irons, hot rollers, and chemical treatments, can damage hair and contribute to hair loss. Try to avoid using these products or limit their use.

Avoid tight hairstyles: Tight hairstyles such as braids, ponytails, and cornrows can pull on the hair, causing it to break and contribute to hair loss. Opt for looser hairstyles or wear your hair down more often.

Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can contribute to stress and disrupt the body’s hormonal balance, leading to hair loss. Try getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night for good health and hair.

Stay hydrated: Drinking enough water is essential for overall health and can also promote healthy hair growth. Aim to drink around  eight glasses of water each day and be on the move, don’t just sit around all day doing nothing.

Quit smoking: Smoking can contribute to hair loss by reducing blood flow to the scalp and damaging hair follicles. Quitting smoking can help improve hair health.

In conclusion

Making lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, managing stress levels, avoiding harsh styling products and treatments, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, and quitting smoking can help combat hair loss and promote healthy hair growth.


While we cannot stop or control aging, we can slow the process with smart choices. Graceful aging is any women’s desire. Ayurveda understands that one’s nutritional and hydration requirements needs a boost when women enter their 40s. Kapha’s may face bloating, sluggish energy, weight gain or find it hard to lose weight due to slower metabolism, Pitta’s may experience hot flashes, skin flare ups or heart conditions and lastly, Vata’s may go through frequent constipation, anxiety, sleep deprivation and joint pain. Hormonal changes can imbalance the Doshas. Therefore, smart eating and making a few lifestyle changes will ease the transition into 40s.  

As women we are prone to decreased metabolic rate, lower estrogen levels, low vision, inelasticity in veins and blood vessels, mood swings, muscle loss (especially near the belly), the risk of heart conditions, cognitive decline, hair, and bone loss are higher.

If you are still not aware what your dosha is, then you can take the quiz here.

Eating Smart in your 40s:

  1. Eat half full: Do not be full after your meals or overeat. You must leave some room or eat half full to the stomach. Stop eating right away if you feel that your heart is beating faster than usual. Especially Kapha and Pitta dosha people should pay attention to the changing of their heart beats while eating.
  2. Eat mostly cooked: According to Ayurveda, cooked foods are best for digestive health. This is more so for Vata and Kapha dosha imbalances. Eat steamed, baked, boiled or sauteed 80% of the time. Additionally instead of deep frying, try the air fryer or ovens that come with an air frying feature.
  3. Eat a Variety of Colorful Vegetables: Eating seasonally and eating variety is highly recommended in Ayurveda. More colors add various kinds of antioxidants, fiber, and nutrients.
  4. Eat Fruits Consciously: Eat no more than 2 servings of fruits that are low in the glycemic index. Try to eat seasonally and ensure variety in your diet as much as possible.
  5. Eat Protein: Eat small amount of protein rich foods in each meal. Vegetarians can try eating beans (including soy), lentils, nuts, or seeds with their meals.
  6. Eat Fats: Add oils, nut/seed butters or fatty fruits such as, olives, avocados into your diet. Avoid any hydrogenated oils and choose virgin oils. Try adding olive oil in your salads. Kapha’s or if you are prone towards high estrogen or weight gain or even have had painful periods, then avoid dairy foods such as, milk, yogurt, cheese, ghee, butter, cream, or kefir. Usually dairy is ok for Vata or Pitta dosha.
  7. Avoid Factory Processed Foods: Do not to consume packaged, frozen, and dehydrated foods filled it hydrogenated oil, sugar, high salt, artificial-sugars, food color, fillers, additives, and chemicals. However, if you have a guilty pleasure do balance out with more water or a bit of fasting.
  8. You must try to eat calmly, not when stressed, depressed, anxious, multi-tasking or otherwise distracted.
  9. See a nutritionist occasionally to personalize your diet, especially if struggling to maintain good health. For a consultation with me check out this page.
  10. Avoid Caffeine: You must let go or reduce caffeine significantly as it dehydrates you and can cause hormonal imbalance. Drink water and herbal teas instead. In the west even medicinal mushroom beverages are also available.
  11. Practice Mindfulness: Ensure you eat well 80% of the time. However, when with friends and family enjoy and let go a little where you can.
  12. Avoid Sugar: Add honey (not for Pitta), jaggery or stevia instead of any white or brown sugar as well as any artificial sweetener. Sugar is particularly harmful for Kapha dosha imbalances.
  13. Less Salt: If you are cooking your own meals reduce salt intake by half. It will be painful initially however the pay off is very high If you like to snack then make them at home. Homemade potato chips (esp. air fried) will be much better in quality than store brought. Eat vegetables high in potassium so balance electrolytes.
  14. Hydration: There is no substitute for water. Filtered or spring water is preferred. Warm or room temperature water is best for Kapha and Vata while cold water is good for Pitta. Although hydration is important however, during meals, right before or after meals drink less water or avoid.
  15. Last but not the least – fast occasionally for 16-18 hours. Especially if you are a Kapha who is insulin resistance, overweight or have hormonal imbalances such as, low thyroid or estrogen excess.

To make full use of these tips, incorporate them 1 or 2 at a time in your lifestyle. When going out with friends and family be mindful but do not be too strict. Enjoy a little and let it go.

There are many benefits of the following the above tips. You can stay fit and light, reduce the chances of heart disease, if pregnant in your 40s then you must increase certain other nutrients. If you follow these tips, you also reduce the chances of diabetes and kidney disease.

Customize your Diet:

If you need a custom diet to combat your current health condition you can book a consult with me. Custom diets help to reduce inflammation, pain, identify food intolerance to improve digestion and balance hormones. Custom diet also combats nutrient deficiencies such as, iron, calcium, and D3. I have also designed diet plans for people who have cancer, diabetes, kidney disease or arthritis in their family to prevent the same through lifestyle and food choices. One of the best features of a custom diet it works with your current health and lifestyle. Choose package 2 from my health consultation packages for a nutritional protocol and a meal plan.

Benefits of a Healthy Diet in your 40s:

  1. Eating half full to the stomach gives you the ability to combat changes in metabolism such as, slow, sluggish metabolism and weight gain.
  2. The same also strengthens Agni or the digestive fire for better digestion.
  3. Adding probiotics and fats will improve brain function, mood, memory, and focus.
  4. Including nuts, seeds, and berries will build up immune system, bone density, and improve sleep.
  5. Adding dark leafy greens improves calcium and iron intake, B vitamins and chlorophyl in your diet.
  6. Reducing salt and sugar will improve metabolism, digestion, balance hormone, combat water retention, and contribute towards weight loss if required.
  7. A variety of fruits and vegetables will provide fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants. This will result in better liver and kidney function, stronger immune system, and glowing skin.
  8. Better nutrition also result in less anxiety, nervousness, and depression.

Try the Buddha Bowl recipe from my channel.

Eat Right for Your Body Type:

I wrote an e-course called 21-Day Eat Right for Your Body Type. This is an informative course that assists with decoding many health mysteries and wrong notions. If you are serious about your health and want to avoid fad diets and want to learn more about the science behind health and nutrition then the Eat Right for Your Body Type is the right E-Course for you! This 21-Day information filled course based on Ayurveda and Nutrition. It can help you combat chronic diseases, fatigue, insomnia, weight gain and depression. I cover everything from food sourcing, meal planning, herbal supplements, to emotional healing and reasons behind food cravings. This complete e-course will be administered solely through your email or in a PDF form. However, for deeper health challenges and custom design protocol and meal plan a consult with me would be more suitable.

A few Extended Tips:

Try a New Grain:

Gluten free grains such as quinoa, teff and millet are packed with nutrition, protein. and fiber. Eating whole grains can lower the chances of belly fat than refined grains.

Up your Essential Fatty Acids:

If you are a vegetarian or vegan the best sources of Omega 3 fatty acids are from chia seeds, seaweeds, flax seeds, and hemp seed oil. Purchase a good quality plant-based Omega 3 fatty acid as well as have Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids to add to the diet. In a personal, one on one health consultation, I suggest both my male and female clients how best to add EFAs in their diet and what would be the best source for them.

Don’t forget Fiber:

One major part of carbohydrate rich food is its fiber. Fiber promotes digestion, lowers cholesterol, controls blood sugar, promotes healthy weight, and increase healthy gut bacteria. Although fruits, vegetables and grains contain fiber in various amounts, it is important to add extra fiber as you are in your 40s. Psyllium husk, flax seed and chia seeds are my top choices to add extra fiber. Apple, pear, avocado, artichoke, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, carrots, beet, and peas also carry good amount of fiber.

Please let me know which of the of the tips you will try first. What have you changed recently that improved your metabolism? And always speak with your primary health care professional before making any major change in your diet.

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Sunlight and D3 Benefits for all Ages

Sunlight is a vital source of energy for life on earth, providing essential light and heat for plants, animals, and humans. Sunlight is composed of different types of electromagnetic radiation, including ultraviolet (UV) radiation, visible light, and infrared radiation. UV radiation can cause skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer, but it also has some benefits, such as helping the body produce vitamin D, which is important for bone health.

Sunlight is also important for regulating the body’s circadian rhythm, or the internal biological clock. Exposure to sunlight during the day can help keep the body’s sleep-wake cycle on track, while exposure to artificial light at night can disrupt it.

While exposure to UV radiation can have harmful effects, it also has important benefits, and exposure to sunlight during the day can help regulate the body’s circadian rhythm and support overall health.

Sunlight and D3 Benefits for all Ages

In children and adolescents

Sunlight is an important source of Vitamin D3 for children, which is essential for their growth and development. Vitamin D3 helps the body absorb calcium, which is important for building strong bones. In children, a deficiency in Vitamin D3 can lead to a condition called rickets, which causes weak bones and deformities.

In children and adolescents, Vitamin D3 is essential for proper growth and development. A deficiency in Vitamin D3 can lead to rickets, a condition that causes weak bones and deformities.

Vitamin D3 is also important for a child’s immune system, as it helps the body fight off infections and diseases. Additionally, some studies have suggested that Vitamin D3 supplementation may help improve brain function and cognitive performance in children.

To ensure that children are getting enough Vitamin D3, it’s important for them to spend time outside in the sun, especially during the middle of the day when the sun is strongest. This can also be combined with a balanced diet that includes Vitamin D3-rich foods, such as eggs, fatty fish, and mushrooms.

In adults or old people

For adults, Vitamin D3 can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become fragile and more likely to break. Additionally, some studies have suggested that Vitamin D3 supplementation may help improve muscle strength and reduce the risk of falls in older adults.

In addition to supporting bone health, Vitamin D3 has also been linked to improved immune function and a reduced risk of certain types of cancer. Some studies have also suggested that Vitamin D3 supplementation may help improve muscle strength and reduce the risk of falls in older adults, which can improve their overall quality of life.

In addition to its effects on bones and muscles, Vitamin D3 has also been linked to a number of other health benefits, including improved immune function, reduced risk of certain types of cancer, and improved heart health.

Side Effects of Getting Too Much Sunlight

While sunlight provides important benefits, such as helping the body produce Vitamin D3, getting too much sun exposure can have negative effects on health. Some of the common side effects of getting too much sunlight include:

Sunburn: Over-exposure to UV radiation from the sun can cause sunburn, which is characterized by red, painful skin that is often peeling or blistered. Sunburn can increase the risk of skin cancer and other skin damage.

Dehydration: Spending too much time in the sun can lead to dehydration, which can cause headaches, fatigue, and other symptoms. It’s important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water when spending time in the sun.

Premature Aging: Over-exposure to UV radiation can cause premature aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. This can make skin look older and less youthful.

Eye Damage: The sun’s UV radiation can also cause damage to the eyes, including cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye problems. Wearing sunglasses and a hat can help protect the eyes from sun damage.

Therefore, while sunlight is important for health, getting too much sun exposure can have negative effects. To minimize the risks associated with sun exposure, it’s important to practice safe sun habits, such as wearing protective clothing, using sunblock, and limiting sun exposure during peak hours.

In conclusion, sunlight is a crucial source of energy and light for life on earth. From supporting strong bones to improving immune function and reducing the risk of falls, Vitamin D3 is an essential nutrient for everybody’s overall health and well-being.

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Deep Sleep, Darkness and New Research on Melatonin


Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain, which helps regulate the body’s circadian rhythm, or the internal biological clock. It is commonly known as the “sleep hormone” because it helps control the natural sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin is naturally produced in the body in response to darkness and is involved in the regulation of sleep and wakefulness.

The levels of melatonin in the body vary throughout the day and are highest at night, signaling to the body that it is time to sleep. When the body senses light, melatonin production decreases, allowing the person to stay awake. In addition to its role in regulating sleep, melatonin has also been shown to have potential benefits for other health conditions, such as reducing symptoms of jet lag, depression, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

While melatonin is naturally produced by the body, it can also be taken as a supplement to help with sleep disorders, insomnia, and other sleep-related problems. Melatonin supplements are available in various forms, including pills, liquids, and gummies, and are often taken 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. It is important to note that while melatonin is generally considered safe, it may interact with certain medications, such as blood thinners, and may not be suitable for everyone.

Research on Melatonin

Melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating sleep, has been the subject of much research in recent years, with new studies uncovering new insights into its effects on the body and potential therapeutic applications.

One area of research is exploring the role of melatonin in cognitive function and brain health. Some studies have suggested that melatonin supplementation can improve memory and cognitive function in older adults, while others have found that melatonin may have neuroprotective effects, helping to reduce the risk of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Another area of research is focused on the use of melatonin for managing anxiety and depression. Some studies have found that melatonin supplementation can help alleviate symptoms of these conditions, particularly in people with sleep disturbances. However, more research is needed to fully understand the effects of melatonin on mental health and to determine the optimal dosages for therapeutic use.

In addition to its effects on the brain and mental health, melatonin has also been found to have a number of potential benefits for physical health. For example, recent studies have explored the use of melatonin for managing conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. In these cases, melatonin has been found to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, helping to reduce the risk of these conditions and improve overall health.

Finally, research is also being conducted on the effects of melatonin on the immune system. Some studies have found that melatonin can help regulate the immune response, helping to improve overall health and reduce the risk of illness.

In conclusion, new research on melatonin continues to uncover new insights into this hormone and its effects on the body. From cognitive function and mental health, to physical health and the immune system, melatonin is proving to be a promising target for therapeutic intervention, and further research is needed to fully understand its effects and potential applications.

What Affects Melatonin Production

While the body produces melatonin naturally, there are a number of factors that can affect its production and impact the body’s sleep-wake cycle.

One major factor that affects melatonin production is exposure to light. Melatonin production is highest at night when the body is in a state of darkness, and decreases when exposed to light. This is why exposure to artificial light, such as from electronic devices or bright lights, can have a negative impact on melatonin production and disrupt the body’s sleep-wake cycle.

Another factor that affects melatonin production is age. As people get older, their bodies naturally produce less melatonin, which can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Stress and anxiety can also affect melatonin production, as the body’s stress response can interfere with the normal production of melatonin. Additionally, certain medications, such as antidepressants, can also affect melatonin production, as well as the body’s response to melatonin.

Diet and lifestyle habits can also have an impact on melatonin production. For example, consuming caffeine and alcohol, especially in the evenings, can disrupt the body’s sleep-wake cycle and reduce melatonin production. In contrast, a diet rich in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables, can help improve melatonin production and support overall sleep health.

In conclusion, there are many factors that can affect melatonin production and impact the body’s sleep-wake cycle. From exposure to light and age, to stress, medication, and lifestyle habits, understanding the factors that affect melatonin production can help people take steps to improve their sleep and overall health.

By understanding the role of melatonin, people can take steps to improve their sleep patterns and overall quality of life.


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Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle practices for Epilepsy


Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine that originated in India and is based on the belief that imbalances in the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) can lead to health problems.

In Ayurveda, it is believed that imbalances in the doshas can lead to health problems, including epilepsy.

There is limited research on the effectiveness of ayurvedic treatments for epilepsy. However, some ayurvedic lifestyle practices and dietary recommendations may potentially help to manage epilepsy symptoms.

Ayurvedic Diet for Epilepsy:

One of the key principles of Ayurveda is the importance of a balanced diet. Eating a diet that is tailored to your individual dosha can help to maintain overall health and potentially help manage epilepsy symptoms.

It is also important for people with epilepsy to avoid triggers that may cause seizures. Some common triggers include certain foods or substances, stress, and lack of sleep. Keeping a seizure diary can be helpful in identifying any potential triggers and avoiding them as much as possible.

Antioxidants are believed to be important in the management of epilepsy, as oxidative stress is thought to play a role in the development of seizures. Incorporating foods that are high in antioxidants, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, into your diet may help to manage epilepsy symptoms.

In addition to dietary changes, incorporating stress-reducing practices into your daily routine may also be helpful in managing epilepsy. This can include activities which includes yoga, meditation, or deep breathing.

While these recommendations may be helpful in managing epilepsy symptoms, it is important to note that they should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.


Lifestyle Practices for Epilepsy:

Here are a few lifestyle recommendations that may be helpful for managing epilepsy:

  • Eat a balanced diet: In Ayurveda, it is believed that imbalances in the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) can lead to health problems, including epilepsy. Eating a balanced diet that is tailored to your individual dosha can help to maintain overall health and potentially help manage epilepsy symptoms.


  • Avoid triggers: Some people with epilepsy may find that certain foods or substances trigger seizures. It may be helpful to keep a seizure diary to help identify any potential triggers and avoid them as much as possible.


  • Eat a diet rich in antioxidants: Antioxidants can help to protect against oxidative stress, which is thought to play a role in the development of epilepsy. Foods that are high in antioxidants include fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.


  • Incorporate stress-reducing practices: Stress can be a trigger for seizures in some people with epilepsy. Incorporating stress-reducing practices such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing into your daily routine may help to manage epilepsy symptoms.

It is important to note that these recommendations are not a substitute for medical treatment, and you should always consult with a healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.

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Pollen as superfood:

Pollen is collected by bees and other insects. Pollen has many health benefits because it is a rich source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Some of the health benefits of pollen include: improved heart health, relief from allergies, relief from anxiety and depression, and improved mental clarity.

Pollen is also sometimes consumed by humans as a natural supplement or superfood, although it is not a necessary part of the human diet.

There are several potential health benefits associated with consuming pollen. Some people claim that it can boost energy levels, improve immune function, and support digestion. Pollen is also a source of nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, and minerals. It is also high in antioxidants, which can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

There are many types of pollen, and each has its own unique health benefits. There are bee pollen, pine pollen, lotus pollen, date pollen, grass pollen, wildflower pollen, tree pollen and few others.

1. Bee pollen:

Bee pollen is the pollen of the honeybee. It’s the type of pollen that’s most well-known to us because bees collect it to feed to their young. Bee pollen is a good source of protein, fiber, iron, and other nutrients. One tablespoon of bee pollen contains about 20 grams of protein. It’s also a source of antioxidants and phytonutrients.

2. Pine pollen:

Pine pollen is the pollen of the pine tree. It’s the type of pollen that’s most often found on the forest floor. It is major allergens and can cause respiratory problems in people who are sensitive to it.

Pine pollen is composed of more than 20 different amino acids, 14 vitamins (including vitamin D3) and 24 minerals (including iron, phosphorus, sulphur, selenium, potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, and copper) alongside 18 natural enzymes & plant hormones.

• Has Anti-aging properties
• Known to boosts testosterone levels
• Has impact on mood, energy, stamina and endurance
• Supports and strengthens immune health
• Balanced hormone levels (men+women)
• Tightens and improves skin health
• Cardiovascular health
• Has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

3. Lotus pollen:

Lotus pollen is the pollen of the lotus plant. It’s the type of pollen that’s most often found in water. Lotus pollen is made up of microscopic pollens that are released by the lotus flower. The lotus flower is a water plant that grows in marshy areas. The lotus flower has a long stem that reaches up to six feet tall. The lotus flower is pollinated by bees.

Lotus flower is very important in both Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine. It is rich in antioxidant and has medicinal properties such as, antipyretic, antiviral, anti cancer and hepato protective/ It is used in treating diabetes, pulmonary fibrosis; restenosis, atherosclerosis;and in the treatment for erectile dysfunction.

• This pollen has Anti-inflammatory Activity.
• Like the other pollen it too has anti-aging properties.
• It is also notes for its anti-arrhythmia support
• Supports weight loss
• Boosts the immune system

4. Date pollen:

Date pollen is a type of pollen that falls from the stamen of a flower, and is composed of the male reproductive cells. Date pollen is collected by beekeepers and used in the production of honey. Date pollen can also be used as a natural food additive.

Date pollen is often used in baking recipes. Date pollen as traditional remedy has been used for its antidiabetic, antihypertensive, anti-hemolytic, and hypercholesterolemic activities.

Date pollen has been used to combat infertility in folk medicine. It contains amino acids, fatty acids, flavonoids, saponins, and sterols as well as B Vitamins, phosphorus, calcium, iron, vitamin C, E and beta carotene. It also contains Isotron hormone that activates the female ovaries.

Some known benefits are:
• Positive impact on the nervous system and brain function.
• Contains anti-aging properties.
• Used in treatment of infertility in both men and women. Also useful during pregnancy and breast feeding. The calcium and iron help with that.
• Reduces the development of benign and malignant tumors.
• Known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol if combined with high fiber and low salt diet.
• Improves gastro intestinal health.

5. Grass pollen:

Grass pollen is a type of pollen that is produced by a number of different plants. Grass pollen can be a nuisance for people who suffer from allergies, as it can cause sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy eyes. Additionally, grass pollen can also cause respiratory problems in people who are sensitive to it.

6. Wild Flower pollen:

Wild flower pollen is a type of pollen that comes from flowers that are not normally grown in areas near the Earth’s equator. Pollen from these flowers is often considered to be more exotic, and therefore more desirable, because it contains more of the chemicals that make flowers attractive to pollinators.

7. Tree pollen:

Tree pollen is a type of pollen that is produced by a variety of trees. Tree pollen can be a nuisance to people because it can cause allergies or asthma in some people. Tree pollen can also cause other health problems if it gets into the air.

8. Weed pollen:

Weed pollen is made up of tiny particles that are composed of a variety of different chemicals. These chemicals can include THC, CBD, etc. Weed pollen is a common constituent of the air we breathe. In fact, it’s estimated that weed pollen makes up approximately 20% of the air we breathe!

Caution About Pollen: Store tightly closed in a cool, dry place/ Protect from sunlight and moisture Store in a glass container and keep out of reach of children.

Ask your doctor if you are on prescription drugs for contraindication. If you are trying to conceive or pregnant or lactating please make an informed decision after taking to your doctor.

Benefits of Shiitake Mushroom

Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinula edodes)

A culinary medicinal mushroom with tremendous health benefits. Usually seen on Oak trees. Mushroom cultivators also grow them on logs. Shiitake is a delicious, meaty, earthy and often used in Asian cuisine as a strengthening and restoring food. Shiitake in native to Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Korea and China. Often grow on fallen logs shiitake has a large cap and stem. The name Shiitake is derived from Shii for Castanopsis cuspidata, the hardwood tree species that the mushrooms grow on, and take, the Japanese word for mushroom.

Shiitake mushrooms are rich in polysaccharides (long chain sugar) like lentinans and other beta-glucans. These compounds protect against cell damage and boosts white blood cell production for fighting off microbes (immune system).

I personally use them in my miso soup or vegetable stir fry. I love making stir fry using shiitake and bok choy or shiitake and asparagus.

Herbal Properties: 

Adaptogen, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-microbial, Anti-viral, Antioxidant, Cardioprotective, Immune Boosting, and Hepatic.

Nutritional Profile: 

Vitamin D, B, Selenium and Copper.


  1. Shiitake mushrooms are powerful anti-viral and has immune stimulating properties.
  2. It is also known to inhibit HIV and benefits AIDS patients.
  3. The Beta-Glucan in Shiitake, is a soluble fiber in the mushroom that have fat reducing ability. It increases satiety which aid in weight loss.
  4. Shiitake is also a liver protector. Shiitake mushrooms helps patients with chronic Hepatitis.
  5. One of the known benefits of Shiitake is it speeds up the degeneration of tumor cells.  Current research shows positive impact of breast cancer.  
  6. A 100 grams of Shiitake mushrooms contain 5.7 mg of selenium that can improve blow flow, boost immunity, act as an antioxidant and defend the body from cancer.
  7. Shiitake mushroom can be taken as food or medicine and provide Vitamin D to the body.
  8. The B Vitamins in Shiitake mushroom can reduce stress and balance hormone naturally.
  9. Shiitake mushrooms contain phytonutrients that help keep cells in the body from sticking to blood vessel walls and forming plaque buildup, which maintains healthy blood pressure and improves circulation.
  10. The antimicrobial properties in Shiitake mushroom have shown to improve conditions such as gingivitis.


Benefits of Reishi Mushroom

Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)

Very popular in Chinese, Japanese and Western Herbal Medicine Reishi is a mushroom of the Ganodermataceae family. Botanical name for Ganoderma, native Japanese term is mannentake and Chinese name lingzhi — meaning “miraculous mushroom.” The beautiful mushroom grows on hardwood (such as oak tree) especially in tropical regions. I saw a few Reishi mushrooms in Caledon area in Ontario this June (2020). In North America the Reishi mostly grows on Hemlock trees. Even though Reishi grows in many parts of the world their medicinal properties are similar.

Herbal Properties: 

In the Herbal Medicine world Reishi is known as an adaptogen, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antioxidant and anti-tumor Medicinal Mushroom. It also has immune-modulating properties meaning, it can either stimulate or down regulate the immune system, depending on what your body requires.

In North America the Reishi found is known as |Ganoderma Tsugae. It grows on hard wood or Hemlock in tree. You can see Reishi around June-July and in fall (October-November).                   


  1. Reduces stress and anxiety. It has a calming effect on your body and mind.
  2. Reishi sharpens mental acuity and improves sleep. Has shown to improve Alzheimer’s condition.
  3. Significantly improves energy. Research shows its helps women suffering with fibromyalgia.
  4. Strengthens the body’s immune system or down regulates over active immune system.
  5. Known to reduce side effects from chemotherapy.
  6. Significantly combats symptoms of type 2 diabetes when taken along with dietary changes.
  7. Have positive impact on people with blood pressure and blood cholesterol.
  8. Beneficial for auto-immune condition
  9. Research in 2015 shows that a certain compound called triterpenoids, can be effective against allergies. It is known to supress histamine release.
  10. Researched in using against some cancers such as, leukemia, colorectal, breast and liver cancer.
  11. Reishi also helps with high altitude sickness.
  12. Christopher Hobb mentions on his website that Reishi has shown to improve Retinitis Pigmentosa – a condition I personally suffer from.


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What Causes Calcium Deficiency and Ways to Combat

Calcium Deficiency:

Calcium Deficiency known as Hypocalcemia happens when blood contains low levels of calcium. Calcium deficiency is caused by a lack of vitamin D in the body. Through this, a person is also unable to use calcium effectively and ultimately ends up with a deficiency.

Causes of Calcium Deficiency:

Calcium is a mineral that serves as a building block for bones, teeth and muscles. Calcium deficiency may be due to following reasons:

  • Poorly intake of calcium for a long time
  • medications that decrease calcium absorption
  • dietary intolerance to foods contain calcium
  • hormonal changes in women
  • certain genetic factors

Ways to Combat Calcium Deficiency:

  • Eat a well-balanced diet.

A well-balanced diet helps you to get the nutrients you need, but it is also important to keep in mind that a well-balanced diet is not just about getting enough calories and protein. It’s about get the right nutrients in every mealtime. Some of the food that has enough calcium and vitamin D are as follow

  • dairy products
  • nuts
  • beans
  • broccoli
  • greens such as spinach
  • oranges
  • Get more vitamin D.

Vitamin D is also important for bone health, so if you’re not getting enough on your own, talk to your doctor about taking supplements or eating foods high in vitamin D (like salmon). Consult with doctor how much vitamin Dis required. The foodstuffs that contain vitamin D include:

  • fatty fish
  • fortified orange juice
  • fortified milk
  • mushrooms
  • eggs

Sunlight activates your body to produce vitamin D, so getting regular sunbath can also help boost vitamin D levels.

  • Try other forms of exercise.

Being active can help keep your bones strong as they grow through adulthood, but if you want to boost bone health even more, consider taking up some form of aerobic activity (like running).

When it is about to building and maintaining strong bones, exercise is vital, especially weight-bearing activities such as walking, dancing, jogging, etc.

  • Ask your doctor about calcium supplements.

Calcium supplement use to add calcium in diet. Calcium carbonate and calcium citrate are most commonly used calcium supplements. They can be found through antacid medicines. They should take with food in order to work well.

There is also the side effect of Calcium supplements. You may practice constipation, gas etc. So always use supplements according the doctor’s recommendations.

  • Quit smoking.

The nicotine in cigarettes binds to calcium in the small intestine. Moreover, the tar and other chemicals can damage the intestine, leading to a deficiency in calcium.

Quite smoking is an effective way to deal with calcium deficiency. If you don’t smoke, you’ll be able to better absorb the calcium in your diet.

  • Reach and maintain a healthy weight.

If you’re overweight or obese, you will put extra stress on your bones and can lead to a decrease in calcium absorption from the intestines. Obesity also increases the risk of falls and fractures, which can lead to further bone damage. Weight loss can help to improve calcium deficiency and reduce the risk of bone disease.

  • You can make sure that you get enough calcium in your diet by cutting out bad things like alcohol, tobacco and excess salt

Alcohol and tobacco smoke contain toxins. One of these toxins is salt. In a salt deficiency, body can’t create enough of its own salt and needs to get it from food. This can lead to an imbalance in the levels of minerals and can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb calcium.

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