Ayurveda’s Outlook on the Cause of IBS (Grahani)

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I am continually amazed in to hear more and more people admitting they have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (a general “catch all term for bowel activity dysfunction) as well as the increasing amount of literature, research studies and discussion boards online relating to this topic. Lately, through after delving or rather wading through hordes of information of the net (much of it conflicting), I realized that the answer for this and all other forms of stress-related (which includes imbalanced intestinal bacteria) disease is to found in science of Ayurveda as it is the most holistic, encompassing a big picture treatment of our …

METAPHYSICAL CAUSES OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)

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February 17, 2013 by ravenstarshealingroom REPOST: *It’s only been recently discovered by Dr. Habba, that gallbladder problems could mimic the causes of IBS. People who experience violent diarrhea immediately after or during a meal, (especially fatty foods) may be suffering from Habba Syndrome caused by an ‘irritable’ gallbladder. Metaphysically, little annoyances, emotions or attitudes can irritate and create an imbalance in the gallbladder. People affected most are those who don’t like changes, especially to their daily habits and those who are overly stressed by tests and exams. You could say their great anxiety ‘wrenches’ their bowels. The liver is the …

Gut Health is at the Heart of Food Sensitivities

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As much coverage gut health and probiotics are receiving in the media and health newslines, I would think some might venture further to explore the link between probiotics and our current escalating food intolerances & sensitivities.  Upon some preliminary and followed by more detailed research, I managed to find some rather informative information that will help you understand how the two connect and what to do to create a happy healthy clean gut that ultimately might just allow you to eat those foods you became intolerant to.  It’s not something that happens overnight though and you might have setbacks as …

Symptoms of an Overly Acidic Diet & Inflammatory Foods

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Well, here I am on a Saturday night researching inflammatory diets which seem to manifest themselves through many symptoms undetected by the most casual citizen as well as many conventional doctors.  That adult acne you have that never seems to hibernate long enough, redness in the face from rosacea, rusty or cloudy colored urine, shallow breathing, your cracking knees & arthritis, sore joints, tooth enamel erosion, hair loss, digestive upsets, and overall pain, swelling and warmth are all indications of inflammation in your body.  In TCM it would be described as perhaps “excess heat.”  Although I have been aware of the …

Ballet: An Art Form or an Invitation for Eating Disorders & Foot Deformities

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As a whole, I very much appreciate the arts to include especially museum outings, historical sites, art galleries/museums, theatre productions, independent/foreign/documentary films, and orchestras/classical music, but for certain reasons, ballet nor opera have ever appealed to me.  Opera will be a whole other discussion with my preference showing for male opera singers over female soprano voices: might be related to my Highly Sensitive Nature (as an HSP) and dislike of high-pitched noises. In more than one study, it has been proven that pre-adolescent, adolescent and adult ballet dancers are chronically abusing their bodies in order to support their own perfectionist tendencies as …

Cupping, An Ancient form of Healing

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Wow!  Who knew.  I always say that I am continually learning about new ways to heal and maintain health naturally.  Yesterday, as I was visiting an Eastern Medicine herbalist whose father and grandfather both worked in the Chinese herbal medicine trade, the herbalist – Julianne, recommended trying cupping (the owner/cupping masseuse incidentally worked across the street – nothing like business partnerships) and I decided to give it a try after she expressed surprise I had not heard of this.  Of course, I do not watch TV and as she mentioned celebrities who had it done, I quickly realized that of …

Focus on Each Bite

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Do you ever wonder how that 5 or 10 pounds or so creeped up on you?  It could be that you are rushing through your food and not enjoying each bite.  Food, especially well-made food with quality ingredients, is meant to be savored, thought about in length, and thoroughly enjoyed.  Although I myself have been aware of this knowledge for quite some time, I still find myself sometimes slipping despite the fact that I love to prepare dishes/cook/chef etc.  It’s funny, because, although I’m in my head a lot, I very much appreciate and can tune into my senses when …

Do You Know What is in Your Toothpaste?

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I am willing to bet that most people have failed to contemplate what is actually in their toothpaste and simply buy the one that leads to the freshest breath or the whitest teeth.  Well, this is something that you might want to start paying attention to, especially if you’ve noticed a negative reaction in your mouth but cannot pinpoint what the cause is. In my case, I developed slightly swollen gums as well as acute tenderness over a period of three or so months.  Worse, twice overnight, I developed an extremely swollen lower lip the next day.  I thought, “What …

Malabsorption Issues & Lowered Immune System

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Have you ever noticed or wondered why the heck you are suddenly getting a cold or perhaps a cold sore and you have been resting well, de-stressing appropriately and eating (or what you think), healthfully?  You are doing everything you can to live holistically but you are still plagued with a lowered sense of vitality/energy as well as occasionally lowered (or chronic) immune system. Malabsorption Issues Well, the problem could be malabsorption into your gastrointestinal tract of all those wonderful uplifting benefits (minerals & vitamins) of eating those healthful foods.  There are host of reasons that can cause malabsorption such as …

Craving a Burger? Go for the Gourmet kind!

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Ah, if you try to eat healthy, you probably eat meat 4 times or less a week, eat mostly a plant based diet and rely on monosaturaed fats to keep you satiated.  Even if your diet involves a lot of healthy dark greens such as spinach, kale, mustard or Beat greens, there are times, especially if you are still lacking in iron or conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), that you just got to have a burger and not just any burger.  I mean a gourmet burger, maybe topped slices of brie cheese,  sautéed onions, sliced avocado, slice tomatoes, basil and home-made …