Sugar Maybe Bad, But Sweet is Wonderful

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Sugar Maybe Bad, But Sweet is Wonderful

The taste of sweet is central in nature in that it is a primary taste in almost all major food groups. Sweet has the quality of a heavy, steadiness, that is deeply satisfying and delightful to our bodies. In ayurveda, a balanced diet is when a meal contains all 6 tastes: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Each of the 6 tastes balances our bodies in different ways, and, if we re-gain effective understanding, we will hear our bodies ...

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Mindfulness Meditation and Brain Health

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Mindfulness Meditation and Brain Health

Swati Desai, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Richard Davidson, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, was named as one of the hundred influential people in the world in 2006 by Time magazine. This very influential researcher who was known for his work on neuroscience of emotions was invited to visit His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet in 1992 in Dharamsala, India. Dalai Lama asked him why scientists did not study the ...

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How to Release the “Brakes” on your Brain for Better Performance

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How to Release the “Brakes” on your Brain for Better Performance

Alicia Maher, MD

I’m going to step away from the heavier neuroscience teachings that I became accustomed to doing in my years in academic medicine. I think it can be much more helpful to use a metaphor to illustrate how we are using our brains to make our lives better or worse. This metaphor is to think of the different aspects of your brain as either the gas or brake pedals in your life.

Often, the ways that your brain is acting ...

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Stress, Hormones and the Female Body

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Stress, Hormones and the Female Body

Every year I write an article on how to manage stress during the holiday season. While learning stress management tools are important, it is also important to appreciate how stress affects our body and our hormones. Stress produces a hormonal response. Whether the stress is induced by running into a tiger in the woods, as experienced by our ancestors hundreds of years ago; sitting in traffic; or trying to finish an article by its deadline, stress causes a hormonal cascade ...

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Meditate Away the Holiday Stress

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Meditate Away the Holiday Stress

Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW

Dr. Desai is the Director of Integrative Psychological Services at the Akasha Center, Meditation Teacher, Psychotherapist, and a regular blogger at Huffington Post. Check her website www.swatidesai.com. To make an appointment with her or to talk to her, please email at meditate@swatidesai.com or call at (310) 308 9531.

Holidays are a time for increased attachment: to material abundance, to family togetherness, to vacation time, and to the fantasy of joy that comes with all ...

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A Simple Cleanse for Body, Mind, Spirit & Palate

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A Simple Cleanse for Body, Mind, Spirit & Palate

The article below has been submitted for publication to the Huffington Post. It states my views on the importance and value of cleansing. I was INSPIRED to write this article for a number of reasons. First, our next group cleanse will be happening later this month at the Loews Beach Hotel and I wanted to introduce people to Akasha’s unique approach to cleansing. Second, my own health has improved tremendously since I started cleansing regularly. In contrast to a decade ...

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Summer Swim Lesson Tips

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Summer Swim Lesson Tips

Erin Carr, DPT

As a native of Los Angeles, I have many fond memories of the summer months. From synchronized swimming routines with my best friend, to birthday pool parties, or spending endless hours teaching the neighborhood kids how to swim I spent many summer days in my backyard pool. So, to commemorate summer, I wanted to write a blog on swimming.

Although a passion of mine, and an activity that has helped shape my life path, ironically, swimming wasn’t my favorite ...

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Akasha Naturals Sleep Easy Program

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Akasha Naturals Sleep Easy Program

Getting ample amounts of regenerative sleep each night is an essential component of staying healthy and feeling invigorated throughout the day. The benefit’s of a restful night’s sleep include:

  • Increased energy and improved ability to combat stress
  • Greater capacity to learn and memorize new information
  • A healthy immune system and recovery from physical exertion

Akasha Naturals introduces a new supplement regime to help our patients feel the benefits of being well-rested and rejuvenated every day.

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Is Your Exercise Right For You?

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Is Your Exercise Right For You?

Finding the right exercise regime for your body and your lifestyle is key to staying committed andgetting results.

– Lisa Brisse, State of the Heart Fitness

Finding Balance

For an engine to run smoothly, efficiently and optimally, it is imperative that all parts are working together and in balance with each other.  If one part is off, it compromises and wears down the whole engine.  The human body is the same way. As we all know, in order to experience optimal health and ...

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What Genetic Breast Cancer Testing Means for You

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What Genetic Breast Cancer Testing Means for You

Melissa Belli, MD

Recently, Angelina Jolie announced she had a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy as a way to decrease her risk of developing breast cancer with her history of BRCA 1 gene mutation. She also encouraged all women to seek medical advice and get tested when indicated. The following article addresses some of those concerns: namely, general preventive measures, testing, surveillance and management options.

Women with BRCA1 or 2 mutations have a 50-85% lifetime risk of breast cancer and a 15-40% risk of ...

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