This One’s for the Ladies: 5 Natural, Ayurvedic Tips for Pain-Free Periods

(Originally published in the “Popular Lately” Spotlight and as one of the Top 10 Blogs of the Week on Elephant Journal)

It was not until relatively recently that I really believed that a pain-free, normal period was possible.

Having popped various pills to mitigate the excruciating pain I used to feel during each and every cycle, I made a firm resolution at age 22 that I would no longer take any kind of painkiller during my periods; I decided I would simply take the pain.

It was not until encountering the amazing science of Ayurveda three years later that pain-free periods became not only a perceivable possibility, but rather a reality for me.  Continue reading

Why Getting More Exercise Doesn’t Always Mean Getting Healthier

(As originally posted as “Featured Today” highlight and in the “Popular Lately” section on Elephant Journal)

Eat well and get plenty of exercise.”

We hear this blanket statement of ‘health’ all the time in the health and wellness world. Doctors prescribe it, the media promotes it, and so we practice it.

We work out and we feel better. We even come to crave the release of endorphins that accompanies our exercise routines. It makes us feel so good that the more we do of it, the better we will feel, right?

Having fallen (hard) for the endorphin release that comes with a great workout in the past, I can say from hard-earned experience that getting more exercise does not always equal gaining more health.  Continue reading