Foods and IngredientsOatmeal, like licorice tea, is a demulcent that will keep your mouth feeling moist. Ground flax seeds and chia seeds have a juicy, oily quality, especially when soaked in water, and can rehydrate a dry body. The slimy quality of these foods also nourishes the mucosal lining of your stomach, protecting it from heat and dryness.
TeasA few days a week, have licorice tea or marshmallow tea. Licorice and marshmallow have a demulcent, slimy quality that will make you feel more hydrated and nourished than plain water. They will leave your mouth feeling gently salivated and refreshed, and will keep your mind and body calm. Fresh ginger tea with honey also makes you feel less thirsty, encouraging proper digestion and keeping you warm.
Astringents & Sours Make Your Mouth WaterWhen you sip something sour, your mouth starts to water, easing the dryness of fall that causes your mouth to feel parched. Your body naturally craves things that are sour and astringent during the fall, like apples and cranberries which come into season during this time of year. You can experiment with a lime and salt digestive appetizer before meals to encourage your body to get the digestive juices flowing. This makes digestion more smooth and efficient, saving you from uncomfortable gas and bloating. Having a glass of warm water with lemon in the morning gives a similar effect. My Saved Articles | Most Popular
About the AuthorJohn 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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