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Olive Oil

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Effect: Ojas, Rajasic, Alkalizing
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Type: Oils
Nutrient: Fats
Color: Green
Nourishes: Fat

Serving Size: 2 tsp
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Raw olive oil is pungent & bitter. It's oily and bitter qualities act as a cholagogue, flushing the liver and gall bladder. In the United States, most olive oil is pasteurized. When cooked, olive oil loses its cleansing properties and sadly, its taste.
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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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Olive oil is listed on other auyervedic diets as Pitta pacifying along with coconut oil and sunflower oil. This is the 1st auyervedic diet list where olive oil is listed as hot. Oh no! say it so! EVOO Hot or Not?

- Barbara Vanderhorst, Columbia, SC, 05-03-12 (Reply)
Hi Barbara, I've noticed this too. I'm either Pitta-Vata or Vata-Pitta, and, from my own experience, too much olive oil usage makes my skin breakout and I feel overly stimulated.
- Jess, Allen park, MI, 07-09-12 (Reply)
On the one hand, raw olive oil is a cholagogue, which balances oily quality in Pitta-Kapha individuals. However, the heat of the olive oil can aggravate Pitta in Pitta-Vata individuals.
- John Immel, Asheville, NC, 07-10-12 (Reply)
Since you don't have it listed, I figured I'd ask about rice bran oil...is that okay for Pitta?
- Jess, Allen park, MI, 09-01-12 (Reply)
I have noticed some varieties of olive oil have a peppery taste, while others don't. I assume this would effect the influence on pitta sensitive individuals.
- david, San diego, CA, 05-20-13 (Reply)
Is rice bran oil is good for kapha?
- Abcz, 07-05-16 (Reply)
In general, Kapha should minimize oil.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 07-05-16 (Reply)
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