The Healing Powers of Garlic and Ginger, Cinnamon and Cilantro Our Kripalu recipe for Coconut Yam Soup is packed with satisfying and health-enhancing ingredients. Many herbs and spices, and certainly the ones offered here, are powerful healers. This is how feeling great tastes—flavorful! Garlic contains a sulfur-based compound called alliin. Alliin and the enzyme alliinase [...]
Here at Kripalu, we serve Upma for breakfast. Upma is a traditional South Indian dish that provides a nourishing way to start your day. Comprised of vegetables, legumes, nuts, fruits, and fresh herbs and spices, this dish is a delectable breakfast option. Upma can be made with various spices. One of our favorites is turmeric. [...]
A Bowlful of Digestive Health The flavor profile of our Kitchen-Sink Curry is the taste of digestive health. Let’s begin with cumin, a spice traditionally associated with healthy digestion: Research now suggests that cumin stimulates the pancreas to secrete digestive enzymes. A teaspoon of cumin has 15 percent of your daily iron needs, along with [...]
Spring has arrived, and although the weather might not currently reflect it, change is in the air. Just as the winter must eventually surrender to the spring that will birth the summer sun, so too must we lighten our bodies and spirits in order to prepare for the emergence of new growth. When it comes [...]
Erin Casperson, guest blogger and Kripalu School of Ayurveda Intern According to Ayurvedic philosophy, ojas is the life-sustaining vitality that promotes immunity in the body. Ojas can keep you healthy during flu season and prevent depletion during a stretch of overtime at work. It takes a long time to build this nourishing substance, but, in [...]
Time-honored techniques to thaw winter’s chill Winter brings the festive sparkle of the holidays; fresh, snowy vistas; exhilarating outdoor sports … and, for many people, lethargy, dry skin, and runny noses. How can we keep up our spirits—and our health—when it’s so easy to let Old Man Winter bring us down? Ayurveda, the holistic-health system [...]
Adored by many, loathed by some, cilantro can be used in countless ways to enhance chilly winter days with a tasty, healthful dose of nutrition. Often used in Mexican, Asian, and Caibbean cooking, and rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, cilantro can provide a healthful boost to many a meal. It’s even considered to be therapeutic. John Bagnulo, PhD, nutritionist at Kripalu notes:
Cilantro is a wonderful herb that has remarkable attributes for treating heavy-metal toxicity. Animal research has shown that cilantro contains molecules that prevent the deposition of lead and mercury in tissues. I recommend eating cilantro for people that have been exposed to toxic levels of heavy metal.