Healthy Dieting & Digestion Made Easy with Ayurveda
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Recommended for: Summer
Effect: Acidifying, Ojas, Sattvic
Serving Size: 1/4 c
Species: Vigna radiata
About Pharmacological EffectsThe list of actions below have not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
CleansingAre you feeling lethargic and tired? Do you feel bloated or have irregular bowel movements? Do you often see a thick white coating on your tongue? These are signs you may need a detoxifying cleanse with mung beans. The pastiness of mung bean is your cue to its cleansing action - a hint of the soluble and insoluble fibers in mung bean that literally scrape your colon clean. But it's not the only sign of mung's cleansing properties. Place a teaspoon of uncooked mung dal on your tongue. Within a minute, you will notice a dry, rough sensation in your mouth. This sensation is called astringent taste in Ayurveda. The astringent taste of mung bean helps tone your digestive organs. Along with fiber, astringency helps to purge mucus from the bowels, rooting out toxins and parasites that may be lodged in your gut.
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Strengthening and Healing the GutEmotional stress, environmental toxins, harsh seasonal changes, illnesses, extended travel, overworking, and irregular activities can also leave your digestion in a weakened state. A simple mung bean kitchari can help reset your digestion, as well as stimulate your digestive powers so you can feel lively and light. A kitchari fast also gives your digestion a much needed rest from the assault of rich foods characteristic of modern lifestyles. Use dehulled beans whenever digestion is weak, as bean skins are difficult to digest.
Mung Beans & Weight LossMung beans are a low-calorie, natural choice to help you overcome the hardest challenge of weight loss: curbing your hunger pangs and keeping your cravings quiet. How many other ingredients can boast comfort and satisfaction while restoring lightness to your step and clarity to your mind? The high fiber content in mung beans aids in cholesterol reduction and lowers blood sugar levels. Plus, mung beans are a mild diuretic which helps to reduce excess water weight. They are especially useful for edema in the lower limbs. To enhance their durietic effect, prepare them with diuretic spices like cumin, coriander and fennel, or celery and parsley.
Nutritional InformationLike most legumes, mung beans contain difficult to digest saponins. They are also high in potassium, a diuretic and astringent. They contain vitamins A, C and E, folacin, phosphorous, magnesium, iron and calcium. They are also a source of phytoestrogens.
Like most legumes, mung beans contain difficult to digest saponins. Fortunately, saponins are water soluble. To reduce saponins, soak the beans overnight then strain the water the following morning. Or, boil for ten minutes until the water turns sudsy then strain. You may also follow these techniques to improve digestibility and reduce gaseyness in beans.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel is the founder of Joyful Belly, helping people confidently choose food that restores their healthy glow through wisdom, personal growth and balance. John's approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, as if it were second nature. His articles, books, and Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week eCourse provides tools for gracefully healing your mind and body. John also directs Joyful Belly's Master of Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition 500 hour certification program, where practitioners learn advanced clinical skills for digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
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I just received a 25 pounds order of split mung beans from my local co-op. The color is a green/yellow mix since some of the skins are still on. So, even though these beans are split, there is still alot of green and skin. Will they still make a healing ayurvedic food?
|3+ bowel movements a day||Acne - painful|
|Alcohol||Alternating Diarrhea / Constipation|
|Bladder infection||Bloodshot Eyes|
|Bruise easily||Chronic Fungus infection|
|Diarrhea||Diarrhea quickly after eating|
|Duodenal Ulcer||Easily hot|
|Explosive elimination||Feel disgusting|
|Feet or Ankles Swelling||Fibromyalgia|
|Fullness below belly button||Gastritis|
|Green stool||High Cholesterol|
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|Mucus on stool||Pain right lower abdomen|
|Puffy / swollen skin||Rabbit pellet / Hard lumpy stool|
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|Sinking stool||Smelly Gas|
|Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces||Stool formed, but porous & airy|
|Stool thick mud||Straining to eliminate|
|Strong body odor||Strong food cravings|
|Teeth marks on tongue edges||Thick coating tongue|
|Traveler's Diarrhea||Urinary Tract Infection|
|Water Retention||Wheat Intolerance|
|White tongue coating||Yellow stool|
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