AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON FRUITSFruits are generally sweet and high in fiber. They have a laxative and thus a cleansing effect. Vata people should not attempt fruit fasts because they require more substantial food.
Early summer is the best time of year for berry consumption. Late summer is best time of year for apples, peaches, and fleshy fruits. Early spring is the best time of year for grapefruit. Lemons may be eaten from January through July.
Fruits and Non-ViolenceFruits have a symbiotic relationship between animals. Plants offer their fruits freely in exchange for seed propogation. For this reason, Ayurveda considers fruit consumption to be non-violent, and thus lists many fruits as sattvic in quality.
Fruits, bacteria, and parasitesAny food loved by humans is also loved by parasites. Those infected by bacteria or parasites including candida should be careful with yummy, easy to digest fruits.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as 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. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.