Vitamin D Identified as the “Survival Nutrient” Against COVID-19

All across the globe, over the last 3-4 months, there has been a scramble to find a cure for the coronavirus pandemic that has taken over everywhere. There have been many theories on what may help, or what to do vs. not to do, but now researchers may have discovered that vitamin D can help cut the mortality rate in half.

(Natural News) For three months, we’ve been urging our readers to pursue sensible nutritional strategies to boost immune function and protect against infections. Now a study carried out by Northwestern University has found that higher vitamin D levels result in lower mortality rates from covid-19 infections. Vitamin D deficiency, according to the study, was significantly…




Social Distancing Until 2022?

While the world reels from the COVID-19 pandemic, there are so many questions that continue to be brought up, including when the pandemic may end, and how long social distancing needs to go on for. Although it is understood many things will change after the pandemic does end, new research suggest social distancing may need to last until 2022

(Natural News) Americans may need to continue practicing social distancing measures until 2022 to prevent large outbreaks of the coronavirus. The unsettling prediction came from researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health after they created computer models to simulate how the SARS-CoV-2 virus might spread over the next five years. The models explored various scenarios that demonstrated how…




Foods to Help Fight Inflammation

Inflammation is a widespread issue for many people, and the pains and everyday hindering it can cause can stop people from doing many things they love. There are many different remedies to help fight it, but you are certainly going to want to check out these five nutritious foods that can help you get through.

(Natural News) Superfoods offer many health benefits, from strengthening your immunity to boosting your nutrient intake. Eating certain foods, like blueberries and cherry tomatoes, can also help prevent inflammation. The role of inflammation in your health When your body is exposed to anything foreign, like chemicals, microbes or plant pollen, your immune system is activated. This usually…




A Healthy Body Starts With A Healthy Gut

There are plenty of ways to have a healthier body, and many of us know them. Exercise, get enough rest, drink water, don’t over indulge on certain things. We all know to eat the right foods, but it’s more than that. The makeup of your stomach can go a long way to determining if you have a healthy body or not.

(Natural News) The gut microbiota has been a topic of numerous research over the past few decades. The word “microbiota” refers to a collection of microorganisms that live in an established environment. Your gut contains billions of microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, and even fungi. Many studies have observed how microbiota interacts with aspects of human life and linked…



Monsoon Season: Ayurvedic Hair Care Tips

If you live in Arizona, you know what time of year it is: Monsoon Season!

When dust and wind combine, it is not always a great factor when discussing haircare. In the words of Ayurveda, most professionals recommend ditching the chemicals and going for more natural remedies.

For helpful haircare tips for monsoon season, keep on reading:

Adopt the Ayurvedic approach: Ayurveda believes that hair derives its nourishment from Astha Dhatu i.e. bones, and healthy bones ensure healthy hair, informs Rajni Ohri, founder of an Ayurveda firm. To tackle hair fall, she recommends a diet rich in calcium, iron, Vitamin C, E, and B12. “The Ayurvedic approach is very holistic,” explains Ohri as she adds, “People with fine, soft and thin hair usually have a Pitta constitution so, oils to prevent hair fall must be cooling and nourishing like cold-pressed coconut oil. People with Vata dosha usually have coarse, brittle hair that breaks due to excessive dryness. This can be nourished with cold-pressed sesame oil. Those with Kapha dosha usually have thick, wavy hair that is prone to dandruff. They can use Neem and Karanj-based natural oils to nourish the scalp and further strengthen roots.”

Most experts advise you to ditch the chemicals and go for natural shampoos and conditioners that should be applied from root to tip. Beauty expert and co-founder of a natural brand, Simrita Singh, vouches for scalp massage with chemical-free oil and essential oils that can promote hair re-growth. “Essential oils are nature’s medicine and should be used carefully or in a readymade blended hair formulation. Rosemary and peppermint essential oils are amazing. However, people with high blood pressure should not use rosemary,” she cautions.

“Brush your hair every morning with a naturally bristled brush, which can stimulate your hair follicles. Take high-quality multi-vitamin with anti-oxidants and omega 3s in the form of fish or flaxseed oil, and at least two 500 mg capsules of borage or evening primrose oil,” Simrita suggests.

Choose the right oil: Regardless of the season, the hair strands and roots always need their dose of oil nourishment. Natural oils are best to pamper the roots of your hair as they boost the moisture, revitalise dry strands and offer deep conditioning too. Supriya Arora Malik, founder of a brands, recommends plant-based pure cold-pressed oils but adds a word of warning, “Oiling your hair on a dirty scalp is the worst thing you can do to your hair. It only adds to the damage rather than benefiting the hair. Use the oils on a clean scalp the day you shampoo your hair, let it sit for two-three hours and then wash your hair the same day.”

She too recommends options depending on your hair type. “Argan oil protects hair against damage from UV rays and heat. It is ideal for dry, brittle, frizzy or coarse hair that is frequently styled and exposed to heat. Jojoba oil moisturises hair, prevents dandruff and dry scalp and makes hair soft and shiny. It is ideal for dry, damaged or dull hair and those with dandruff and dry scalp issues. Grapeseed oil moisturises and conditions hair. It is helpful in fighting dandruff and reduces scalp inflammation in those who suffer from dermatitis. In addition, it blocks the production of DHT, a hormone that causes hair loss. An excellent anti-bacterial oil that prevents dandruff is that of Neem, which prevents dehydration-induced frizz, breakage and split ends. The advent of the monsoon also sees lice breakouts in children, which can be prevented by using Neem oil too. Essential oils such as Lavender also contain antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, which prevent a dry and itchy scalp. Apart from these, Geranium oil, Onion Seed oil and Clay Sage oil work excellent for hair during monsoons and all year round,” informs Supriya.

Choose the right hair products: If your scalp is extremely oily, chances are that your scalp may be producing excessive sebum because it is extremely dry and dehydrated. Cheat your scalp by providing it the nourishment it requires, using oils and scalp conditioners. Beauty expert Sukoon Rajani, suggests, “Oil your hair but massage gently to avoid breakage. Shampoo your hair two-three times a week to keep your sticky and sweaty scalp healthy and wash off the rainwater that is loaded with pollutants. Accessorise with a scarf or hairband to protect your hair from losing excessive moisture.”

Be careful about the hairstyle that you choose during the monsoon season as it would have an impact on the health of the hair. One has to choose a very sensible hairstyle and it is always better to choose one which can bounce back into its original place easily after it gets wet. Hair expert Dr Apoorva Shah, recommends a simple head oil massage of 10 minutes for active circulation in the scalp and advises against using too many hair products at this time of the year.

“The high level of humidity in the atmosphere can make your hair go limp. Therefore, avoid hairstyles which require your hair to be straightened, crimped or curled. Stay away from gels and sprays as much as possible, as they will make your hair and scalp sticky and oily and lead to dandruff. Make sure that your hair stays dry and use a towel as and when needed. Allowing your hair to remain wet for a long time can be damaging to it,” sums up Dr Apoorva.


Natural Muscle Relaxers

Our muscles are constantly working. They have a full-time job throughout our bodies. Muscle aches can be extremely uncomfortable but are a common occurrence post-excersize and physical activity. There are many different options when trying to heal or prevent muscle aches. Here are 12 natural remedies to relax your muscles.

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10 Reasons To Unlock The Door To Ayurveda

There are many different aspects that play into Ayurveda. Some people think that your dosha types are the only main parts when in reality there are many different areas that can provide health benefits and wisdom to your personal circumstance. Whether you are looking to find a healthier lifestyle or are trying to create a better routine, here are 10 areas of Ayurveda that you might not have known about!

by Geeta Vara, the founder of Geeta Vara Ayurveda



If you’ve heard of Ayurveda, you probably think of vata, pitta and kapha – your dosha type. Doshas are central to the personalised approach to wellness in Ayurveda, but there are also so many nuggets of wellness wisdom to benefit from.

Here are 10 reasons why I think it’s time to unlock the door to Ayurveda:

One size does not fit all

Ayurveda takes a totally personalised approach to health and wellness. Ayurveda is a person-centred and not a disease-centred system of health. Each person is born with a unique constitution (dosha type) and the aim is to stay as closely in balance to this as possible.

Herbs are not substitutes for pharmaceutical drugs

Ayurveda uses herbs as an integral part of a holistic approach to wellness alongside diet, nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, yoga, meditation, breathing, cleansing and rejuvenation processes.

Your body tells no lies

An Ayurvedic practitioner is a health detective looking for all the visible and invisible signs and symptoms of what’s going on inside your body. Your body leaves many imprints – in your eyes, pulse, skin, tongue, nails etc. and by recognising imbalances, we can prevent health issues from arising.

Be your own doctor

Ayurveda is totally practical in its application. By understanding the impact of the taste and qualities of every substance, you can make choices about what foods, herbs and spices can heal you and what can imbalance your doshas. I really encourage you to start listening to and trusting your intuition – it’s often your best guide.

Your gut is the gateway to greatness

No Ayurvedic journey starts without a thorough examination of your gut health. You are what you eat but you are also what you don’t digest. Most health conditions start from a compromised digestion that allow toxins to accumulate.

Fruits and dairy are incompatible

Fruits digest very differently in your system to any other foods so Ayurveda recommends that you avoid incompatible food combinations. These can include: cheese and grapes/apples, berries and yoghurt, strawberry cheesecake, melon and Parma ham to name a few.

Sleep is a pillar of life 

Sleep is the bedrock of wellness. During your resting hours, your body is working hard to repair, replenish and rejuvenate every cell of your body. Late nights, too little sleep, disturbed sleep, too much sleep, sleeping immediately after food all disturb the doshas and trigger stress in the body leading to health issues.

Prevention is better than a cure

Ayurveda is skilfully poised between its ability to treat existing health issues and giving guidelines for a preventative approach to healthcare. Consideration is given to relationships, senses, occupation, environment, seasons, age and more. The aim is to identify and treat the root cause.

You have to do well to be well!

Ayurveda may be 5000 years old but the knowledge is more relevant today than ever before. We have become far removed from our natural rhythms but when we align our routines, environments, relationships to our body type and nature, we can flourish in wellness.

Lunch is the most important meal of the day

The sun is at its highest point in the day over the lunch period and since your body mirrors nature, your digestion should also be at its strongest point so you so lunch should be the main meal of the day.

About the Author As the founder of Geeta Vara Ayurveda and the author of Ayurveda: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Wellbeing (Orion Spring, publishing 7 June), practitioner Geeta Vara treats a host of health complaints and helps individuals to understand the root cause so they can start to regain balance primarily through gut health, stress management and dosha balancing. Geeta’s aim is to help and inspires her clients to be the healthiest version of themselves.


The truth about ayurveda

If you have never been introduced to ayurvedic medicine it is easy to understand why the terminology and technique are misunderstood. Understanding the health benefits of ayurveda and the associated myths that are stopping individuals from trying this discipline are just a few easy ways to help incorporate it into your life.

Ayurveda, once treated as a science, has now become an elusive and complex discipline. While this is in part because of the Sanskritic medium of instruction, it is also because of westernisation of our lifestyles, leading to the field becoming almost …


Why monk fruit is the best sugar substitute yet discovered

There are good sugars, bad sugars, and sugar substitutes everyone should be aware of. Fruits have plenty of sugar for us, and now researchers have found a fruit that is the best sugar substitute, and chances are you’ve never even heard of it. You’re about to be hearing a lot more about the monk fruit, and how it can benefit you:

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How To Cure Your Dry Hands

The combination of winter and spring can really dry out your hands. Nobody enjoys having those rough, cracked hands, and putting excessive lotion on them becomes cumbersome, especially when you forget it at home. Here are 11 home remedies, causes, and treatments to get rid of those dry hands, and have baby smooth skin again.