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Oats / Oatmeal

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Oats / Oatmeal Ayurveda Medicinal Properties
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingDigestive Effects Help
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Builds-stamina, Satisfies-stomach, Appetite-suppressant, Relieves-burning
Effect: Ojas, Sattvic
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch-Dinner
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Type: Grains
Style: Western
Contains: Gluten
Occasion: On-the-mend
Element: Earth
Subtaste: Bland
Nutrient: Insoluble-fiber, Soluble-fiber, Carbohydrate
Color: White
Nourishes: Plasma
Moves energy: Downward

Serving Size: 1/4 c
Species: Avena sativa
Family: Poaceae
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ayurvedic perspective

Oats have a slimy quality helping expectoration in Kapha when combined with spices. The slimy quality also helps soften the GI tract in Vata.

Be careful with granola bars! Dry oats in any form absorbs moisture from the GI tract, aggravating Vata if there is a lack of adequate secretions from the intestines. Remedy by alternate sips of water and chewing well.
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Steel cut oats give the best flavor but take over 40 minutes to cook. Rolled oats are a nice compromise but stay away from instant oats. I find they lack prana and taste like paper, making me suspicious that the vitamins have degraded.

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in 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.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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As Kapha-Pitta can i eat oat porridge cooked in yogurt with black pepper and ginger? thanks...

- sangs, Austin, TX, 02-24-12 (Reply)
Basic staple in traditional karelian cooking balances and soothes my sensitive and volatile vata-pitta constitution while having great nutritional value and sophisticated smooth taste. I eat oat porridge with ayurvedic spices for breakfast almost daily. Recommended for people with sensitive stomach.
- , 10-17-14 (Reply)
Kindly illustrate all Ayurvedic Properties ( like Rasa, Veerya, Vipaak etc.) of oats / oatmeal.
- Chandrakant, 01-05-16 (Reply)
Oats have a sweet rasa, a cooling virya and a sweet vipak. Cooked oats are heavy and gooey whereas dry oats are dry and rough.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 01-25-16 (Reply)

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