How to Make Grapefruit with Honey, Ginger & Cardamom
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
1. Peel grapefruit.
How Can Grapefruit with Honey, Ginger & Cardamom Make You Feel Great?
Many individuals follow a philosophy, "Breakfast is the most important meal." Instead, heavy Kapha predominant constitutions have the liberty to choose a light breakfast. If a Kapha person isn't hungry at breakfast time, they may eat a simple dish or skip breakfast altogether. A lighter meal helps wake up your body after a long, cozy night of sleeping. The morning is the best time to metabolize unwanted pounds and start the day off feeling clean and fresh.
Cleanse & DetoxifyJanuary can make you feel frozen. The chilly, dark days seem to freeze your body's workings, causing stagnation and congestion just when you need a post-holidays system sweep. Sunshiney citrus fruits are rectifiers of the stuck qualities of the wintertime body, with their brilliant hues and zesty flavors, offering a just-in-time refresher to kick out lodged toxins. This snack recipe accentuates the supportive nature of grapefruit and its bright way of flushing out the impurities and letting the affirming light of good health in.
In Ayurveda, the secret of the grapefruit lies in its powerful flavors, sour and bitter. These cleansing tastes stimulate the flow of bile, diluting and flushing it out of the gallbladder and into the small intestine. Stagnant bile tends to collect and thicken in the gall bladder, where the liver stores the bile after producing it, forming problematic sludge and stones. The sludge inhibits the drainage of bile, congesting the liver. Sour and bitter flavors encourage the bile to move and flush toxins out of the liver to the relief of your newly cleansed liver cells. Support the movement of bile and you directly reduce Pitta, making your spine feel cool and relaxed. Bile helps to move along the poor choices of holiday celebrations, freeing your whole body to truly move on into the new year.
Improve Fat MetabolismBile is an oily substance. The removal of bile from the liver directly lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Bile is the main pathway of cholesterol metabolism in many animals. Grapefruit improves fat metabolism, lowers cholesterol, and reduces insulin levels. Grapefruit also gives your metabolism a kick-start, increasing thyroid activity.
Raw honey is the only safe sweetener for Kapha, or for those who tend to experience congestion, sluggish digestion, and are overweight. Like grapefruit, honey increases fat metabolism. Ginger gives this recipe an "agni" kick meaning it stimulates energy, igniting the digestive fire. Honey and ginger together heat the blood. You may notice how the two ingredients direct sensation to the frontal lobe of brain, the cerebral cortex, awakening the mind's ability to concentrate and analyze. Ginger also stimulates the heart. Lastly, cardamom and the grapefruit's bitter rinds clear the stomach of Kapha stagnation.
Grapefruits are contraindicated for high blood pressure or when using anti-depressants. If you take thyroid medication, please check with your doctor before adding grapefruit to your diet.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Grapefruit with Honey, Ginger & Cardamom Good for Me?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestive.
APPETIZERHerbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.
CARMINATIVEStimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
Cleanse and Detox:
Energy Vitality Strength:
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
Heart & Circulation:
CARDIAC-STIMULANTHerbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
VASODILATORA vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
Lung and Sinus:
EXPECTORANTHerbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
DECONGESTANTAn herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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