Clear Biocharacteristic (Guna) Foods & Herbs List: An Ayurveda Perspective
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Balance My Clear Condition
Get the 45 minute presentation 'Balance My Clear Condition' given by Joyful Belly founder and director John Immel. This presentation will show you Ayurvedic essentials on fixing this imbalance, including diet, lifestyle, and herbal tips from Ayurveda. Price: $15.95
AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON CLEAR
Clear food has the ability to either clear the (1) digestive tract, (2) blood and lymphatic system, (3) mind, or (4) mucus or fluid stagnation in any organ. Clear foods reduce fluids. They help metabolize or purge toxic buildup (ama) from tissues. Clear foods reduce muscle and fat tissue (called karshana and lekhana in Ayurveda).
Cleansing, fasting, and an excessively light diet increases clear quality in the body. The remedy for excessive clear quality in the body is a Vata pacifying diet with rich or sweet foods. Inspiration, awe, open mindedness, forgetting one's cultural heritage or homeland, travel, and grief increases Vata type create clear quality in the mind. The remedy for an excess of Vata clear quality in the mind is stability and routine.
Anger, divorce, contempt, criticism, bitterness and overconfidence increase Pitta type clear quality in the mind. Pitta type clear quality is associated with an excess of focus. To relax focus and avoid oversimplifying life, consider how other people would benefit from this focus - including members of your extended family, friends, and colleagues.
Clear foods and herbs help heal wounds. Clear foods generally lack sweet, sticky, gooey, or oily qualities. Instead, they are bitter, sharp, warm, drying, and light. Turmeric clears the blood because it dilates blood vessels, improving circulation. Dandelion clears the blood because bitters help metabolise cholesterol, fats, and sugars. Dandelion leaves are also a diuretic, flushing water stagnation. Aloe vera clears the digestive tract because it is a slight laxative. Mint, like many aromatic herbs, refreshes and clears the mind and respiratory tract. Lemon clears the liver and gall bladder by draining excess bile. Black pepper clears tissues by irritating them. Heat clears by purging the sweat glands.
Kapha needs clear quality the most. Vata craves clear quality too much, to the point of creating deficiency. The body naturally cleanses during the spring. Spring is also the season where the body needs the most help with cleansing and detoxification.
HELPFUL FOR*'Clear' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
Blood and CirculationAtherosclerosis, Autoimmune Disorders, Blood Clots, Blood thick / Congested lymph, Cancer, Chest Pain, Chronic Fungus infection, Chronic Infection, Cramping back of leg, Fatty Liver, Gallstones / Attack, Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure, High Blood Sugar, Insulin Resistance, Non-healing sore / ulcer, Poor circulation, Puffy face, Staph infection, Swollen lymph nodes, Swollen lymph nodes - arm pits, Thick coating tongue, Tingling/Numbness, Varicose Veins, White tongue coating
Cleanse and DetoxGeneral Malaise
DigestionAnal Itching, Appendicitis, Bad breath, Foul taste on tongue, Lactose Intolerant, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Limited sense of taste, Receding gums, Slow, heavy digestion, Sweet taste on tongue, Tonsillectomy, Yellow teeth
Kidney Bladder UrinaryBladder / Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
LifestyleAnts in house, Cockroaches in house, Mice in house, Moths in house, Sedentary Desk / Computer Job
Mind Stress SleepConfusion / Cloudy Mind, Cry easily, Difficulty waking up, Excessive sleep, Headache, Overwhelmed by responsibilities, Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up, Sleep during the day, Tired in morning
Reproductive HealthClogged Milk Duct / Breast Infection, Clots in menstrual blood, Miscarriage (Past), Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Prostate Cancer, Yellow vaginal discharge
Respiratory HealthAsthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), Clear mucus, Cystic-Fibrosis, Difficulty expectorating, Emphysema, Large amounts of mucus, Limited sense of smell, Mucus Congestion, Mucus/congestion in mornings, Pneumonia, Post nasal drip, Runny nose, Seasonal allergies, Swallowing mucus, Thick mucus, Tightness in Chest when Breathing, Wheezing, White mucus
CONTRAINDICATIONS / AGGRAVATES / IS AGGRAVATED BY*'Clear' may aggravate, or be aggravated by, these symptoms and causes below.
Blood and CirculationAnemia, Clear / absent tongue coating, Heart Murmur, Heart Palpitations, High Blood Sugar, Iron deficiency, Irregular heartbeat, Night sweats, Prolonged bleeding when cut (Poor clotting), Thin tongue
DietAlcohol 2+ times / week, Anorexia, past or current, Currently/recently on a diet, Drink coffee 3+ times a week, Irregular Thirst, Restricting Food Intake, Skip meals more than 2x/week, Vegetarian
DigestionIrregular/small appetite, Malabsorption, Receding gums, Stress under-eater, Traveler's Diarrhea, Vomiting Blood
Disordered EatingDrinking coffee to replace food, Eating vegetables to suppress hunger, Fasting during daytime hours / bingeing at night, Omitting Food Groups, Pretend Eating / Playing with Food
Kidney Bladder UrinaryFrequent Urination
Lifestyle3+ Address changes 10 years, Compulsive exercising, Divorced, Exercising 6+ times per week, Exercising after eating too much, Exercising as punishment, Exercising more than 1 hour a day, Exercising without eating, Frequent travel, Live alone, Single
Mind Stress SleepCreative, imaginative, Difficulty falling asleep, Dizzy / Light-headed, Epilepsy, Excessive thinking, Excited / Inspired, Fainting, Forgetful / spacey / distracted, Hyperactive, quick, Insomnia, Lack of friendships, Lacking love/affection, Light sleeper, Like constant adventure / excitement, Lonely / isolated, Make and change friends often, Mood changes quickly, Past emotional trauma, Self Mutilation, Shaky / Jitters
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.
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