How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Since the liver detoxifies the blood, bile often contains toxic metabolic by-products. Draining bile thus cleanses the liver, and has a cooling, Pitta pacifying effect on the blood, which can get congested in the spring. Apple cider vinegar, since it is made with apples, contains malic acid, a known liver tonic.
By increasing bile, and stimulating the GI tract, Vinegar softens and hydrates stool. Vinegar on the skin softens the skin. Sour taste is emotion, it grounds the heart. Vinegar can help you come back to earth after too many hours on the computer.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?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. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic 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 Apple Cider Vinegar Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
SERVING SIZE: 1/4 tsp
SPECIES: Malus domestica
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICSWhat is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Here are the herbal actions of Apple Cider Vinegar:
APPETITE-SUPPRESSANTSuppresses hunger without causing weight gain
SIALOGOGUEA sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
FLUSHES-MEMBRANESHerbs in this category stimulate mucus membranes to release fluids, flushing them out.
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
HEPATOPROTECTIVEAn herb that is capable of preventing liver damage.
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LIVOTONICAn herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or has beta-carotene.
Lowers Blood Sugar
LOWERS-BLOOD-SUGARAn herb that lowers blood sugar.
ANTIOXIDANTAn antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals that lead to a chain reaction causing damage or death to cells. Antioxidants terminate these oxidation reactions.
IMPROVES-FOCUSReduces scattered thoughts. Creates a steady mind.
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HOW 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.
View Other Ingredients for SpringApple Cider Vinegar is recommended for Spring. Check out these other Spring foods here.
Comments & Impressions of 'Apple Cider Vinegar'Do you like 'apple cider vinegar'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'apple cider vinegar'?
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I believe drinking 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar with water twice a day cured my stomach ulcer. It is alkalizing and reduces the burning sensation.
I wonder if I have misunderstood the symbols above. Pitta has a slash through it, which I understand means it is Pitta aggravating. Yet your notes say that vinegar increases the flow of bile, cleansing the liver, which has a cooling, Pitta pacifying effect on the blood. Thank you for any clarification.
please clarify, if ACV is cooling by detoxifying the liver (pitta pacifying), yet the symbol says it's pitta aggravating..
Vinegar can aggravate inflammation and irritate the digestive tract. It is very stimulating. But it cools the blood. So the answer is that it increases pitta in the GI, and descreases Pitta in the blood!
Apple cider is an old folk remedy for menopausal hot flashes. I have known women who have felt a positive reduction in night time hot flashes and sweats in less then a week after taking apple cider daily. How would apple cider create this result? It purifies the blood and perhaps for some women it is the sluggish toxic/ama build up that is a contributing factor in their night sweat hot flashes.Also I am confused about apple ciders acidity. I have read that although apple cider is acidic it has alkalizing effect on the body. Kindly advise.This website is rich is information and its dedication to heath is exemplary. Thank you. Deborah Swann CT
Does Apple Cider Vinegar have Ruksha Guna? I have aggravated vata and my skin always itches when I consume anything that has Ruksha Guna (apple, licorice, eggplant etc).
Since apple cider is sour in taste, it generally stimulates secretions in the body and therefore should not be drying.
Generally apple cider vinegar is not considered to exacerbate bone loss, but it is best to check with your doctor about using it.
There are few things that are considered "always a good thing" in Ayurveda. Everything depends on the individual and the situation.
Many people find it useful to put about about 10 drops of in a large glass of hot water first thing in the morning.
Thank you for the great article. I notice the serving size for ACV is 1/4 teaspoon. Some recommend 15 ml (1 Table Spoon) on a glass of water 30 minutes before a meal to help with digestion.Could you please write/talk more about this? Maybe something about what type of foods might digest better with ACV aswell?
I am Pitta Kapha person and apple cider vinegar is doing wonders for me. Drinking a 300ml warm water with 2tsp of apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning. Have the habit to not eat until lunch which helped me see the curative effects over few weeks this spring, giving me an easier, lighter calming feeling and a clear mind. Thank you for everything you are doing on this site. Greatly appreciated! Cheers!
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
DigestionAcid Reflux, Bad breath
Mind Stress SleepDifficulty waking up, Excessive sleep, Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up, Tired in morning
Blood and CirculationFeet or Ankles Swelling, Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)
Respiratory HealthPost nasal drip, Stuffed nose (can't breathe)
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. 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.