Written by John Immel,
How juicy is your blood?The amount of gastric juice you produce depends upon the volume of fluids in your blood. Vata people have less fluids which means their glands, including stomach glands, are less juicy. Dry glands are also why Vata gets dry skin. Kapha people, on the other hand, tend to have too much juice in their blood. That's why Kapha people are susceptible to edema.
Snacking on GranolaGranola is a great snack food for Kapha because it sucks out the juice from their blood. But when Vata people eat too much granola they don't have the juice to digest it. Then the granola bar ferments and turns into gas & toxicity. Trick or treat? Toxic blood makes the nervous system behave as if possessed - almost like you've bitten by a vampire.
The SolutionThe solution for Vata is to make oatmeal from granola bars. Grab your favorite mug and a granola bar from the pantry. Then fill the mug with hot water. Wait ten minutes and you'll get a juicy sauce and a great halloween treat! Or, enjoy our favorite treat online at Granola with Almonds, Dates, Ghee, Coconut & Cinnamon.
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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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When Vata and Kapha are out of balance, we usually treat Vata in the mind and Kapha in the diet.