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Ayurvedic Elements

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system which has as its foundation the concept of the three doshas, or three different basic types of constitution. It is based on the concept of all the five elements of the body being in balance and indicates disease tendencies when they are out of balance. In order to establish health and treat disease in Ayurveda, the person’s biotype, or dosha, must first be established. The biotype determines how we as individuals are predisposed to certain diseases and h...


Start the New year with a Detox!

Have the festive season’s events and indulgences left you with a toxic overload? Or a weight overload? You can help undo the damage wrought by excesses in your enjoyment style over the last few weeks, or last few years, by doing a detox. Even if you think that your eating and drinking habits have not been unusual, you may ask: Are you tired? Gaining weight? Noticing cellulite? Having skin breakouts? Getting sinus congestion? Being more prone to infections? Help reverse th...


Can I be Vegan on a Paleo Diet?

Since animal based foods are central to the Paleo diet, and major vegetarian and vegan sources of protein are excluded, it would be difficult for someone who is vegan to follow this diet strictly. Vegans rely on a combination of legumes, seeds, nuts and high protein grains for their protein sources and these are excluded on a Paleo diet. So the Paleo diet is not very accommodating to the vegan (or the vegetarian). The Paleo diet is based on the principle of being nutrient-dense and less toxic...


Is the Paleo Diet right for me?

The Paleolithic, or Paleo diet, is based on the foods that the caveman in the Paleolithic era supposedly ate. This period in history, also called the Old Stone Age, extends from 2.4 million to 15,000 years ago and it is presumed that the caveman’s diet included only foods that would have been hunted or gathered, and animal-based protein is central to this diet. Foods included are vegetables, fruits, roots, nuts, seeds, meat, eggs and seafood. It excluded grains, dairy products, legumes (incl...


Metabolic Acidosis and Digestive Problems

There is currently a rise in over-acidity in the body, known as metabolic acidosis, which is causing an increased incidence of digestive disorders including bloating, cramping, constipation, diarrhoea and lower abdominal pain. Metabolic acidosis occurs when the body produces too much acid, or when the kidneys cannot efficiently remove or neutralise this acid. This may occur despite normal blood pH and bicarbonate levels. The tendency to consume more red meat, sugar, alcohol, coffee and refine...

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