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Seasonal Newsletter


From The Office of Linda J. Reynolds Ph.D., D.Ay.



                           SEASONAL UPDATE 

                            THE SEASON OF WATER and EARTH

1.         We are officially entering Late Winter (KAPHA).
2.        Kapha Pacifying Diet and Tastes to favor

3.       Alkalizing soup and German Remedy
4.       In Light Wellness sessions and Foot baths

5.       Kichari recipe
6.       Tips for the Season (more to come)


Welcome to the Wet Season

By Dr. Linda

The element of water and earth predominate this season and are responsible for the body’s structure, and provides the “glue” or cohesion that holds the cells together. When these elements are in balance our joints are lubricated, skin is moist, immunity and vitality are strong.

The expressive emotions of love, calmness and forgiveness flow easily. When the elements of water and earth (Kapha) are out of balance it leads to emotions such as attachment, possessiveness, greed, depression and physical symptoms such as congestive disorders, excess mucus, sinus related problems (are you doing your nedi pot?), allergies, sluggishness, dull aches, water retention, and pains, acceleration of arthritic conditions, especially osteoarthritis, fibrocystic changes and digestive related problems.

Water and Earth (Kapha) Predominates in the lungs, stomach, pancreas, white matter of the brain, cerebral spinal fluid, plasma, joints and sinuses and is responsible for taste and smell. Any conditions related to these systems are significant to a potential imbalance of these elements.

Since the attributes of earth and water are heavy, dense, liquid, dull, slimy, hard, and gross these characteristics predominate in the environment thus they can increase in the human body. We can offset this by making choices that are of opposite nature. Put away the ice cream, cheese in excess, heavy unctuous foods such as nut butters, duck, creamy sauces, and rich foods. Now you can break out Juicer get back into salads, beans and foods that are drier and lighter in nature. Break out the spices to enhance that digestive fire, Curries are great this season. Consider Kapha digest (code is TRIK3) with food and Fenugreek tea or chew on fennel seeds after meals.

 As we progress into the season our bodies will want to excrete what we have held onto during the winter months which makes of a great time to do cleansing diets and cleansing foods.
Later in the season it is even a good time to do fasting (not for everyone).

                           TIPS FOR THE SEASON

1. Start your day with a hot cup of Celtic Salt (1/4 tsp.), Local Honey (1 tsp) and Lemon juice (1/2 a lemon). To say the least this combination will help cleanse the gut and stimulate digestion. Or Lime (juice of 1/2), 1 Tsp Maple syrup, pinch of Cayenne. Which one resonates with you.


2. Eat your largest meal at lunch time with a warm cup of digestive tea. Digestive tea is an equal combination of Cumin, Coriander and Fennel seeds. Add 1 heaping tsp per cup of water; bring to a boil, steep, strain then drink. Always make this up fresh.

3. Do not consume heavy foods at night time especially dairy. Digestive fire is low in the evening and one’s ability to digest this mucus forming food is decreased. One should actually not eat for 3 hours before going to bed.

4. Break out the Ginger tea to support circulation and digestion.
5. Start increasing Bitter foods or take Bitters after meals to support Gall Bladder. Drink warm water throughout the day.
6. Support Lymph first, Liver second and the best way to do that is with Dandelion Root tea.
7. Nedi pot and Tongue scraping is a must.




Kapha Pacifying Diet 
Never Say never, Variety is the spice of life, Moderation is Key!

*okay in moderation, **okay rarely

Fruits to favor (astringent)

Apples, applesauce, apricots, berries, cherries, cranberries, figs (dry)*, grapes*, lemons*, limes*, peaches, pears, persimmons, pomegranates, prunes, raisins, strawberries*.

Fruit to avoid (sweet and sour)

Avocado, bananas, coconut, dates, fresh figs, grapefruit, kiwi, mangoes**, melons, oranges, papaya, pineapple, plums, rhubarb, tamarind, watermelon.

Vegetables to favor (pungent and bitter)

Artichokes, asparagus, beet greens, beets, bitter melon, broccoli, brussel sprouts, burdock root, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, corn, daikon radish, dandelion greens, eggplant, fennel, garlic, green beans, green chilies, horseradish, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leafy greens, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, peas, peppers sweet and hot, white potatoes, prickly pear, radishes, rutabaga, spaghetti squash*, spinach, sprouts, winter squash, cooked tomatoes, turnip greens, watercress, wheat grass.

Vegetables to avoid (sweet and juicy)

Cucumber, green and black olives, parsnips**, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, summer squash, taro root, raw tomatoes, zucchini.

Grains to favor

Amaranth*, Barley, buckwheat, cold dry or puffed cereal, corn, couscous, crackers, Durham flour, granola, millet, museli, oat bran, dry oats, polenta, Quinoa*, wild and basmati rice*, rye, seitan (wheat meat), spelt, sprouted wheat bread, tapioca, wheat bran.

Grains to avoid

Yeast breads, cooked oats, pancakes, pasta**, rice cakes**, brown rice, wheat

Legumes to favor

Aduki beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, chick peas, red and brown lentils, lima beans, mung beans*, mung dal*, navy beans, dried peas, pinto beans, soy milk, soy sausages,  split peas, tempeh, hot tofu, tur dal, white beans.

Legumes to avoid

Kidney beans, soy beans, soy cheese, soy flour, soy powder, soy sauce, cold tofu, Urad dal, miso

Dairy to favor

Buttermilk, cottage cheese form skimmed goat milk, Ghee*, goat cheese*, goat’s milk, diluted yogurt

Dairy to avoid

Salted butter, unsalted butter*, Cow’s milk, Ice cream, sour cream, plain and frozen yogurt especially with fruit.

Animal foods to favor

White chicken, eggs, freshwater fish, rabbit, shrimp, white turkey, venison

Animal foods to avoid

Beef, buffalo, dark chicken, duck, sea fish, lamb, pork, salmon, sardines, tuna fish, dark turkey

Condiments to favor

Black pepper, chili peppers, spicey mango chutney, coriander leaves, dulse*, hijiki*, horse radish, lemon*, mustard without vinegar, scallions, seaweed* sprouts

Condiments to avoid

Chocolate, sweet mango chutney, kelp, ketsup**, lime, mayonnaise, pickles, salt, soy sauce, tamari, vinegar

Nuts to favor


Nuts to avoid


Seeds to favor

Chia, flax*, popcorn, pumpkin*,sunflower*

Seeds to avoid

Halva, psyllium, sesame, tahini

Oils to favor

Use small amounts of the following internally and externally: Corn, Canola (only by Repunzel), Sesame extenal only, Ghee, Sunflower and Almond

Oils to avoid

Avocado, apricot, coconut, flax seed**, olive, primrose, safflower, sesame (internal), soy and walnut

Beverages to favor

Dry red or white wine, aloe vera juice, apple cider, apple juice*, Apricot juice, berry juices, spiced black tea, carob, carrot juice, chai, cherry juice, cranberry juice, grain coffee, grape juice, mango juice, peach nectar, pear juice, pineapple juice*, pomegranate juice, prune, hot spiced soy milk.

Beverages to avoid

Hard alcohol, beer, sweet wines, almond milk, caffeinated beverages**, carbonated drinks, sour cherry juice, chocolate milk, coffee*, cold dairy drinks, iced tea, icy cold drinks, lemonade, miso broth, orange juice, papaya, rice milk, sour juices, cold soy milk, tomato juice, V-8.

Teas to favor

All except Licorice, marshmallow, red zinger, rosehip**

Spices to favor

All except Salt

Sweeteners to favor

Fruit juice concentrates, raw honey

Sweeteners to avoid

Barley malt, fructose, jaggary, maple syrup, molasses, rice syrup, sucanat, turbinado, white sugar.

Supplements to favor

Aloe vera juice, amino acids, barley green, bee pollen, brewer’s yeast, minerals, royal jelly, spiroline, blue-green algae, vitamins B6,C,P, and folic acid.

Supplements to avoid

Sodium and potassium, Vitamins A, B1, B2, B12, C, D, E


It is said in Ayurveda that one can get all one needs nutritionally by consuming all 6 tastes at each meal. The Six tastes are Sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent. But with each season there are 3 tastes that should dominate in each meal. For this Season of Kapha the three tastes to favor are:                            

  • Pungent taste as in spicy foods, dry ginger, Wasabi, hot peppers, and cumin are composed of fire and air.
  • Bitter taste as in Bitter melon, green leafy vegetables, turmeric, golden seal, gentian are all composed of air and ether.

PUNGENT is stimulant, carminative, diaphoretic (promotes sweating, improves metabolism, promotes heat and digestion and counters cold sensations. It improves circulation and opens the channels, relieving nerve pain and muscle tension.

       Moderate amounts are needed for maintaining metabolism and improving appetite and digestion.

        Kapha needs more, Vata moderate, and Pitta less.

BITTER is alterative (purifies the blood, cleansing, detoxifying, reduces all bodily tissue and increases lightness in the mind. It is antibiotic and antiseptic. In small amounts it is a digestive stimulant and helps digest sugar and fat.

        Needed in small qualities for each humor. It is necessary for detoxification but can also be depleting.

       Pitta needs more, Kapha moderate and less for Vata.

ASTRINGENT stops bleeding and other excessive discharges (such as diarrhea and sweating) and promotes healing of the skin and mucus membranes, is expectorant and diuretic (increases urination), it tightens tissues.

       Needed in moderate amounts, as a secondary food, for maintaining firmness of tissues for all humors.

       Pitta needs more, Kapha moderate, Vata needs less.

But many of us may still have a high Vata during this transition. So pay attention to the tastes that decrease this Element:

SALTY is softening, laxative, sedative, stimulates digestion in small amounts, is a purgative in moderate amounts and causes vomiting in large amounts.

       It helps decongest phlegm and calms the nerves and relieves anxiety.

        It is needed in small amounts for maintaining mineral balance and holding water, for all humors.

        Vata needs more, Pitta moderate, Kapha needs less.

SOUR is stimulant, carminative (dispels gas), nourishing, and thirst quenching. It awakens the mind and senses, promotes circulation and strengthens the heart.

         Moderate amounts are required for each humor for maintaining acidity and countering thirst.

        Vata needs more, Kapha moderate and Pitta less.

SWEET is building, demulcent, expectorant and mildly laxative. It harmonizes the mind and promotes a sense of contentment.

       It is needed in significant amounts, for maintaining tissue growth and development, for all the humors.

       Pitta needs more, Vata moderate and less for Kapha.

Marsala trays and Chutney's tend to have a variety of all 6 tastes. These are a must if there is any question about needs.

Keep alkalized to support detoxification.


This is a strong soup which is heavily laden with plenty of minerals and is especially good to start any good cleansing program and support our terrain by keeping our overall pH in range.

Your body will become more alkaline, and the raw egg yields fat of high quality, which the body needs for hormone synthesis, e.g. adrenaline synthesis, which is very important during time of recovery.

This explains why there is an extraordinarily stimulating effect from having a cup of this soup every day in the morning. It eliminates acid and will help to improve day and night rhythms, which are often very much disturbed in cases of Adrenal dysfunction.


* Celery

* Green Beans

* Zucchini

* Parsley

Take equal amounts of all vegetables and cut them in small pieces. Cook vegetables for 15 – 20 min. Take them out of the water and add vegetarian broth to it. Never use meat broth or added salt.

Add a raw egg yolk to liquid after it has cooled down to 85 – 105 degrees so the valuable egg yolk components will not become denatured (1/2 egg yolk per person oer cup of soup. The soup should be consumed the same day or the latest the next morning.

You can also use your Nutribullet to make this. The newer model actually has a heating feature.

                                                      GERMAN REMEDY

This old German Remedy has been proven to be very helpful in treating many conditions. to name a few: atherosclerosis, colds and infections, high cholesterol and fatigue. It is also very good in improving overall immune function and cleanses the Liver. 

For the preparation of this powerful drink you will need only four ingredients.

• 4 organic lemons along with the peel

• one ginger root (3-4 cm) or two tablespoons of grated ginger

• 4 large garlic heads • 2 liters of water

Method of Preparation:

  1. Wash the lemons and cut them into small pieces.
  1. Peel the garlic.
  2. Put the lemons, ginger and garlic in a blender and blend until you get a nice texture.
  3. Put the blend in a saucepan.
  4. Pour the water over and stir until the mixture boils.
  5. Then, turn off the heat and leave the mixture cool down.
  6. Strain through a strainer and pour the liquid into a glass bottle.


Everyday 2 hours before meal drink one glass on empty stomach. Keep up with this procedure for 3 weeks. After that, make a pause of one week and then repeat the treatment for another 3 weeks. If you find out the taste is too strong add some honey.

After the first 3 weeks of the treatment you will feel how your body has significantly rejuvenated and recovered. This drink is extremely helpful in prevention of calcification in organism which is caused by the kidney stone formation and as well against vascular congestion.


                                         In Light Wellness System

Low Level Light Therapy also referred to as Polychromatic Light therapy

Light is an essential nutrient for life, just like water, air and nutrition. The direct, intentional application of photon energy has many beneficial physiologic effects on living tissue. The repeated use of repeated use of light emitting diode (LED) therapy increases circulation and reduces pain.

This unit increases oxygen and glucose increases ATP production. This along with the stimulation of the 3 second molecule Nitric Oxide release from hemoglobin, decreases pain and increases circulation.

As I have stated many times a healthy body can only be obtained by healthy circulation as in blood supply and oxygen (prana).

This tool offers the frequencies the body needs to heal itself. This Non invasive therapy uses certain wavelengths of light to bring about changes in living physiology. This “change” process is called Photobiomodulation.

Photobiomodulation triggers innate healing chemistry linked to multiple cellular processes in living organisms.  

There are three distinct phases of the healing process: inflammation, repair, and regeneration, and remodeling and maturation. The body uses photon energy to activate inherent healing mechanisms at each phase of the healing process. Increasing circulation, bringing needed nutrients to cell tissue, is one of the primary mechanisms of healing.

Clinical research surrounding the application of LLLT ranges from the applications to help PTSD, Alzheimer’s, peripheral neuropathy, depression, infections, scar treatment and on and on.

There are many different programs of frequency that can benefit an endless list of symptoms, conditions and disease processes.

Come in and experience this great therapy. Combine it with a Platinum Energy Foot bath and watch those toxins flow right out of you.


1/4 cupYellow split mung beans (soak these overnight in pure water)
1/2 cup Jasmine or Basmati rice (wash before using) or use Sprouted Quinoa if Rice does not agree with you.
Melt 2 TBL of Ghee, add 1/2 teas. of Mustard seeds.
When these start to pop this means the temp is appropriate to add herbs.
Add 1/2 teas. Cumin seeds
1 Teas. Coriander seeds
1/2 teas. Turmeric powder
1/2 teas. celtic salt
Cardamom pods
1/2 teas. Hing (Asafoetida) available at Whole Foods
Then add your beans and rice or Quinoa. Stir, then add 4 - 6 cups of water or broth. You can add less broth/water if you want it thicker. You can also add powders instead of seeds/pods.
Depending on the amount of water add the vegetable you desire.

A great book for more on Ayurvedic principles and diets:

"A Life of Balance" by Maya Tiwari


Tips for the season
(all products with codes can be bought from Wellevate, if you have not set up an account under Dr. Linda call 855-935-5382. this allows you a better shipping rate and 15% discount on all products)


T-Relief pain ointment (the new Traumeel) – Code M10176
T-Relief Arthritis Cream – (Code M10180)
Tiger Balm pain relieving patches – (code TIGB4)
TraumaPlant comfrey cream – (code E51385)
Florasone – replacement to cortisone for rashes, eczema, dry skin, allergies etc. (code FLOR2)
Lymphagen cream – for swollen lymph glands (code SE551)
Yodex Topical antiseptic ointment for cuts, skin infections and wounds – (code B62108)

Short Bio :

 Linda J. Reynolds Ph.D., D.Ay.

 Has more then 30 years of experience in Nutritional Science and Complimentary Health Care, She has held diplomat status in Ayurvedic Medicine for over 20 years, is a graduate of American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry in Bioresonance Analysis of Health, ACMOS practitioner, Certified in Biomagnetic Pair Therapy by the International Center for the Study & Outreach of Natural Therapies and fully certified is all four levels of PSE as an Energy Therapist  Dr. Linda. Sustains an active practice in Stow, Massachusetts with an affiliated office in West Harwich, Massachusetts. Her practice is dedicated to providing an Integration of several Complimentary modalities with Ayurvedic Practices. Creating a more sustainable and ethical health care paradigm.

Office:  978-298-5753


Other clinicians in the Stow Office:

George Mandler CNS, LDN, LicAc. which include Clinical Nutrition and Acupuncture.

George Mandler specializes in the areas of digestive disorders, fatigue, maternal care, infertility and pain management for the neck, shoulders and lower back.

George is a NCCAOM nationally certified Diplomat in Oriental Medicine as well as a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist. He is a Massachusetts Licensed Dietitian and Licensed Acupuncturist.


Joy Mandler AOBTA, LMT

Joy is an AOBTA certified shiatsu practitioner, an ALACE certified Doula, and a Reiki Master. She has been practicing shiatsu therapy since 1997 and was the owner of Joyful Shiatsu in Brookline before forming Assabet Valley Natural Health with her husband George. Drawing on ten plus years of experience working with families and children as an early childhood educator, Joy’s family practice serves both adults and children. Joy specializes in perinatal care, pregnancy massage and post-partum recovery. In addition to her private practice, she regularly makes home and hospital calls to provide shiatsu and doula service for labor, delivery and postpartum care.

George W. Mephis, Ph.D
Psychotherapy & Spiritual Healing
Hypno-energetic Movement
Dealing with Addiction, Depression, Stress Management, Pain Relief, Weight control.

Felice Lazarus - Cranial Sacral technique and Myofacial release.







































































































































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