Ananda SuperFoods – Ayurveda superfoods and energy bars

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Ayurveda – the science of life

Ayurveda has it’s origins in India. The three qualities of Vata, Pitta and Kapha (known as doshas), are all around and within us: in our minds and bodies, in nature, in the seasons and in the foods we eat.

Vata corresponds to space and air and is found within all forms of Movement.

Pitta corresponds to fire and water and is found within all forms of Transformation.

Kapha corresponds to water and earth and is found within all forms of Structure.

We all have an innate natural balance of these three qualities. Most of us are a combination of two of these types, e.g. Vata/Pitta; which means a person is mostly Vata with Pitta as secondary. To help us all see how these may apply to us, here are some descriptions of each type that you should be able to relate to:

For predominantly Vata types, do you:

• need to eat smaller quantities a little more frequently? • forget things often? • worry? • often have lighter sleep? • sometimes try to do too many things in a day? • find you are naturally thin and have a high metabolic rate? • often find your hands and feet are cold? • like sweet, sour and salty things?

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Spring May increase fertility, but acupuncture gives it wings.

Spring May increase fertility, but acupuncture gives it wings.
By Richard Collisson LicAc, MBAcC

Recent scientific research now supports the belief that Spring is a fertile season. Researchers at the Countess of Chester Hospital and Liverpool Women's Hospital observed that 20 per cent of IVF cycles from May to September resulted in a successful pregnancy, compared to 16 per cent for the rest of the year. These findings are supported by similar research presented at the World Congress of Fertility and Sterility in 2010, which found higher fertilisation  rates in women undergoing IVF in spring.

Increasing daylight levels in spring stimulates women's bodies to produce higher levels of estradiol (a hormone important for fertilisation of the egg and development of the embryo), confirmed by blood samples taken from the participants in the study, which showed higher levels of this hormone detected in springtime and that those who had treatment in March, April or May were 1.5 times more likely to conceive than at any other time of the year.

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Relaxation massage – a treat or maintenance?

Relaxation massage – a treat or maintenance?
Carole Chandler
reiki master and relaxation massage specialist

Recently, a client paused at the end of her session and while still lying on the massage couch in a state of deep relaxation she said, “I should do this more often”.

That in and of itself is not news, I have heard it before and I am always happy to hear it. I enjoy what I do and I take pleasure from hearing that people enjoy receiving what I have to offer.

If that was all that was said, then there would be no discussion to be had, however this particular client continued with, “but I feel guilty”.

How sad is that? To feel guilty for doing something that feels good to her, for doing something that is of benefit to her, for doing something that she enjoys. 

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