To Ghee or Not to Ghee – What is the Real Question?

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Ghee, or clarified butter, is considered one of the most sattvic (or, healthful!) of foods, and a staple of Ayurvedic cuisine. As it has been subjected to fire, it is thought to be stronger than milk, while also containing the essence of the milk itself. Ghee has many other beneficial qualities, which will be discussed below. And so ultimately, is ghee beneficial for those engaged in yogic practice (including pranayama and other sitting practices, as well as yoga asana, or postures)? In this blog, we look at the benefits of ghee, in general and for yoga practitioners, both within the Ayurvedic – Eastern – and Western traditions; as well as examining the question about the benefit (or not!) of eating modern dairy foods in today’s world.

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6 Criteria for Choosing a World Class Detox Retreat

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Detox retreats are becoming the chosen holiday spots for many individuals around the world, especially as our polluted environment and processed foods are taking their toll. Many people, feeling the burden of stress from their lives in the form of sleepless nights, mood swings, anxiety, depression, skin problems and other “dis”-eases are looking for ways to reconnect to themselves and find peace again. Some people, knowing that their unhealthy food and beverage choices, mainly consisting of convenience items easily incorporated into a constant on-the-go lifestyle, know that cleansing the body of its accumulated toxins may be in order.

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GETTING ALL OF YOUR MINERALS AS PART OF A HEALTHY DIET

MINERALS AS PART OF A HEALTHY DIET

In my last blog, Getting All of your Minerals as Part of Healthy Diet Part II: The Macro-minerals, Highlight on Potassium here, I emphasized the importance of Potassium, a macro-mineral (“macro” meaning that we need them in greater quantity than we do the micro-minerals) that is easily blocked or depleted. (Before that, we discussed the important macro-mineral, Calcium here. ) All minerals are essential, meaning that we need to get them from our foods. Check out my first blog in this series here. for greater detail, but basically, in order to be sure that you are receiving the full variety of minerals as part of a healthy diet, try to eat organic here , whole foods, and “eat the rainbow” to ensure diverse nutrition.This week we look at Magnesium, a macro-mineral which is actually quite difficult to absorb from our foods (at about just 30-60% absorption rate), so we really need to ingest this one in quantity (tips for that are below)! As mentioned in the previous article on Calcium and Potassium, the other four macro-minerals are Phosphorus, Sodium, Chloride, and Sulfur, which we get abundantly in our food supply.

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GETTING ALL OF YOUR MINERALS

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In my last blog, Getting All of your Minerals as Part of Healthy Diet Part I: The Macrominerals, Highlight on Calcium [please put a link to my last blog], we discussed Calcium as a very important macro-mineral, one of the most supplemented of all the macro-minerals (“macro” meaning that we need them in greater quantity than the micro-minerals). All minerals are essential, which means that we need to get them from our foods; our bodies cannot produce them on their own. My last blog [insert hyperlink again to blog] went into greater detail on this, but in order to be sure that you are getting the full range of minerals in your diet, try eating organic [insert hyperlink to my why to eat organic food blog], whole foods, and “eat the rainbow” to ensure nutrient diversity.

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GETTING ALL OF YOUR MINERALS AS PART OF A HEALTHY DIET

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Minerals are an essential part of a healthy diet. Minerals are sub-divided into macro and micro mineral categories. Both are essential to a healthy diet and to life. This means that we must get them through what we eat, the body will not produce minerals on its own. But macrominerals are needed in larger quantity than are microminerals.

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