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Banana Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

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Recipes with Banana: Black Bean Chocolate Smoothie
Recipes with Banana: Black Bean Chocolate Smoothie

Replenish Electrolytes and Rehydrate

You have spent a long hot afternoon tending your garden or chasing the kids and you're feeling parched. But sometimes, no matter how much water you drink, your body still feels thirsty. Simple water lacks the electrolytes your body needs to rehydrate. Without electrolytes, your kidneys simply can't hold onto your water. Instead, your vital fluids are quickly lost in your urine. Often, the best remedy for dehydration is a revitalizing balance of electrolytes and water.

Fresh, ripe fruits like bananas are the earth's pure nectar that will keep you cool & replenish fluids. refreshing and energizing your entire body. Bananas are the ideal delight on a hot summer afternoon for restoring electrolytes. If you are feeling a little sluggish, its natural sugars will restore your energy levels as well.

Feed Your Muscles

Do you ever feel tight cramps in the back of your legs, often called "charlie horses?" Muscle cramps are a common sign of low potassium, electrolyte and hydration levels. If your muscles are weak, tired or fatigued, consider muscle nourishing foods that restore your electrolytes like banana. Muscles depend on electrolytes for contraction as well as relaxation. Electrolytes, especially sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium, help your muscles function at optimal levels. Bananas are rich in potassium, plus their nourishing natural sugars fuel the strength your muscles need to help you work and play. So peel yourself a ripe banana, drop one in a smoothie, pull up a beach chair, and enjoy!

Calm Your Tummy

With its creamy, moist, sticky and soft texture, bananas have long been recommended to soothe intestinal irritation. Summer heat depletes protective mucus in the GI and overstimulates bile production in the liver, irritating your intestines. Soothe your discomfort and pacify excess heat with the unctuous banana. Bananas help to stimulate mucous production in your gut, which has an anti-acid and soothing effect on your stomach.

Bananas are heavier and harder to digest than most other ripe fruits. When spiced up with lime, ginger and/or cardamom (natural digestive aids), this super fruit is lighter and easier to digest.
Recipes with Banana: Banana Strawberry Smoothie
Recipes with Banana: Banana Strawberry Smoothie

Body-licious

Banana beauty benefits are varied and are considered one of nature's natural moisturizers. They impart luster on skin and hair, and whether enjoyed as a culinary delight, or used directly on your body (yes, even the banana peel), you will experience soft, smooth and glowing skin. Banana peels have been used topically to help with liver spots, hemorrhoids, and itching. Bananas are anti-bacterial.

Buying & Preparation

Unripe bananas will have a green hue, especially at the stem. Unripe bananas are highly astringent and cooling, helping to bind up stool and prevent diarrhea. Overripe bananas taste sour, perhaps even pungent, and are often soft or brown due to fermentation and alcohol content. Overripe bananas are Pitta provoking, causing looser stools. Perfectly ripe bananas are speckled. They taste smooth, sweet and mucilaginous.
Avoid putting bananas in the refridgerator, which will turn them brown. If your bananas are in danger of freezing, peel them and place them in a ziplock bag in the freezer. Then use them in your favorite smoothies.

Cooking Banana

Bananas may be fried, but turn to mush when cooked too long.

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Is Banana Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Banana' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.

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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.
SERVING SIZE: 1/2 c
SPECIES: Musa spp.
FAMILY: Musaceae

EAT IN: SUMMER

Biocharacteristics of Banana

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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GOOEY

ABOUT GOOEY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.

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HEAVY

ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Kapha aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Tissue (dhatu):
Muscle

MUSCLE

Muscle tissue (Mamsa Dhatu) includes muscles and ligaments.

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Affinity: Digestion,
Energy Vitality

ENERGY-VITALITY

Includes vitality improving foods, herbs, and exercises by dosha.

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, Muscle Health,
Skin Care

SKIN-CARE

Includes skin care, and anything that nourishes epithelial membranes (of digestive, respiratory, urinary tract, blood vessels, etc).

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Family: Musaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Banana
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences 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.

Quenches Thirst

QUENCHES-THIRST

An herb or substance that relieves thirst.

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Stimulates Peristalsis

STIMULATES-PERISTALSIS

An herb that promotes involuntary smooth muscle contractions to facilitate the movement of food and waste through the digestive tract.

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Antacid

ANTACID

Herbs that neutralize acidity in the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach in particular.

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Nerve Relaxant Grounding

NERVE-RELAXANT-GROUNDING

Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Antipruritic

ANTIPRURITIC

Antipruritics are herbs that inhibit itching, often associated with skin conditions such as sunburns, allergic reactions, eczema, psoriasis, chickenpox, fungal infections, insect bites, or contact dermatitis (as in poison ivy rashes).

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Demulcent

DEMULCENT

Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.

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Skin Tonic

SKIN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.

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Rebuild Electrolytes

REBUILD-ELECTROLYTES

Substances that increase your electrolyte balance. Electrolytes help you retain water, keep your palate moist, and truly quench your thirst.

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Muscle Tonic

MUSCLE-TONIC

Herbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.

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Constituents:
Nitric Oxide

STRONG NITRIC-OXIDE

Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.

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, Carbohydrate, Melatonin, Potassium, Soluble Fiber, Vitamin C

Foods with a Similar Nature to Banana

Jackfruit

Jackfruit has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Rebuild-electrolytes, Demulcent, Nutritive, Satisfies-stomach, Muscle-tonic, Quenches-thirst

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Milk

Milk has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Antacid, Nutritive, Demulcent, Quenches-thirst

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Sesame Seeds

Sesame Seeds has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Muscle-tonic, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Skin-tonic, Nutritive

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Tahini

Tahini has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Stimulates-energy, Muscle-tonic, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Skin-tonic

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Almonds

Almonds has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Muscle-tonic, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Skin-tonic, Nutritive

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Buffalo Milk

Buffalo Milk has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Quenches-thirst, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Nutritive

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Avocado

Avocado has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Skin-tonic, Nutritive, Demulcent, Satisfies-stomach

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Popped Amaranth

Popped Amaranth has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Nutritive, Muscle-tonic, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Amaranth

Amaranth has these Actions in Common

Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Demulcent, Nutritive, Muscle-tonic

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Beets

Beets has these Actions in Common

Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Skin-tonic, Nutritive, Stimulates-energy

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Banana

Shatavari

Shatavari has these Actions in Common

Antacid, Demulcent, Muscle-tonic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive

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Gokshura

Gokshura has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Skin-tonic, Antipruritic, Demulcent, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Antacid, Nutritive, Quenches-thirst, Skin-tonic, Stimulates-energy

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Vata Shirodhara Oil

Vata Shirodhara Oil has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Skin-tonic

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Bala

Bala has these Actions in Common

Muscle-tonic, Nutritive, Stimulates-energy, Demulcent

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Vidari

Vidari has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Muscle-tonic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive

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Licorice Ghee (9oz)

Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Nutritive, Antacid, Antipruritic

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Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)

Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Antacid, Antipruritic, Demulcent

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Kapha Massage Oil

Kapha Massage Oil has these Actions in Common

Muscle-tonic, Skin-tonic, Stimulates-energy

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Solomon's Seal

Solomon's Seal has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Nutritive, Quenches-thirst

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Bala Taila

Bala Taila has these Actions in Common

Muscle-tonic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive

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Impact of Banana

In each clinical research trial below, students from the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda ate the selected food for 3 days and reported the pharmacological effects. See other clinical research trials for diet & herbs at Joyful Belly.

TEMPERATURE/CIRCULATION

How did Banana affect your temperature?

1
8
15
2
1
Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your ear temperature?

1
24
2
HotterNo ChangeCooler
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your sweat quantity?

0
1
24
1
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the color of your skin?

0
1
0
0
26
Yellower/GreenerPalerRedderGrayerNo Change
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the color of your tongue body?

5
4
1
17
PalerRedderBluerNo Change
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the swelling of your tongue body?

2
2
23
More SwellingLess SwellingNo Change
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your appetite/hunger?

5
11
4
5
2
Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your digestion speed?

0
6
12
8
1
Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

TOXINS

How did Banana affect the amount of gas & bloating?

1
1
19
4
2
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your stool smell?

0
3
20
4
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

Tongue: How did Banana affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

0
6
10
10
1
Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the color of your tongue coating?

2
0
0
10
15
YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your throat soreness?

1
21
5
More soreNo ChangeLess sore
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your urine smell?

0
1
24
2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

0
1
23
3
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your sweat smell?

0
1
25
0
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your acne?

0
26
1
More acneNo ChangeLess acne
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your freckles/moles?

0
27
0
DarkerNo ChangeLighter
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the color of your sclera (white part of eye)?

1
0
0
0
1
Redder/BloodshotYellowerGrayerBrownerWhiter
25
No Change
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the color of the lower eye lid?

0
1
25
1
More green/dark greenMore purpleNo ChangeLess green/purple
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

HYDRATION

How did Banana affect your urine frequency/quantity?

0
3
22
2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the dryness of your skin?

0
6
21
DrierOilierNo Change
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the puffiness of lower eye lid?

2
23
2
PuffierNo ChangeLess Puffy
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the cracks on your tongue?

0
0
17
10
0
Larger/longer/more cracksSlightly moreSameSlightly less/smaller/shorterMuch less
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

FLUID-THICKNESS

How did Banana affect your ear pressure?

4
23
0
More pressureNo ChangeLess pressure
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your congestion?

6
18
3
More congestionNo ChangeLess congestion
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the thickness of your mucous congestion?

8
18
1
More thickNo ChangeLess thick
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

NERVOUS-SYSTEM

How did Banana affect your energy levels?

0
3
15
8
1
Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your muscle tension?

1
11
15
0
0
Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your anxiety?

1
10
15
1
0
Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the stillness of your tongue?

3
23
1
More stillNo ChangeMore Trembling / Jittery
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

DIGESTION

How did Banana affect the amount of gas & bloating?

1
1
19
4
2
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect burning sensations in digestive tract (do not include acid reflux)?

1
10
13
3
0
Much reliefSlight reliefSameSlightly more burningMuch more burning
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your appetite/hunger?

5
11
4
5
2
Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your digestion speed?

0
6
12
8
1
Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

TONGUE

How did Banana affect the cracks on your tongue?

0
0
17
10
0
Larger/longer/more cracksSlightly moreSameSlightly less/smaller/shorterMuch less
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

Tongue: How did Banana affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

0
6
10
10
1
Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the swelling of your tongue body?

2
2
23
More SwellingLess SwellingNo Change
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the color of your tongue body?

5
4
1
17
PalerRedderBluerNo Change
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the stillness of your tongue?

3
23
1
More stillNo ChangeMore Trembling / Jittery
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the color of your tongue coating?

2
0
0
10
15
YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

STOOL

How did Banana affect your stool smell?

0
3
20
4
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your stool consistency?

0
11
10
4
2
Much softerSlightly softerSameSlightly harderMuch harder
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your stool frequency/quantity?

1
7
13
6
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your stool color?

2
0
1
0
24
More yellowMore grayMore greenMore orangeSame
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your stool lightness?

0
8
17
2
0
Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly darkerMuch darker
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

URINE

How did Banana affect your urine frequency/quantity?

0
3
22
2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

0
1
23
3
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your urine clarity?

3
22
2
More cloudySameMore clear
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your urine smell?

0
1
24
2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your urine lightness?

0
1
26
0
0
Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly DarkerMuch Darker
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

SWEAT

How did Banana affect your sweat smell?

0
1
25
0
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your sweat quantity?

0
1
24
1
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

SKIN

How did Banana affect the color of your skin?

0
1
0
0
26
Yellower/GreenerPalerRedderGrayerNo Change
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your freckles/moles?

0
27
0
DarkerNo ChangeLighter
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your acne?

0
26
1
More acneNo ChangeLess acne
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the dryness of your skin?

0
6
21
DrierOilierNo Change
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

EYE

How did Banana affect the color of your sclera (white part of eye)?

1
0
0
0
1
Redder/BloodshotYellowerGrayerBrownerWhiter
25
No Change
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the color of the lower eye lid?

0
1
25
1
More green/dark greenMore purpleNo ChangeLess green/purple
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the puffiness of lower eye lid?

2
23
2
PuffierNo ChangeLess Puffy
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

ENT

How did Banana affect your throat soreness?

1
21
5
More soreNo ChangeLess sore
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect the thickness of your mucous congestion?

8
18
1
More thickNo ChangeLess thick
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your ear temperature?

1
24
2
HotterNo ChangeCooler
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your congestion?

6
18
3
More congestionNo ChangeLess congestion
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your ear pressure?

4
23
0
More pressureNo ChangeLess pressure
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

SYSTEMIC

How did Banana affect your anxiety?

1
10
15
1
0
Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your temperature?

1
8
15
2
1
Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your energy levels?

0
3
15
8
1
Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your muscle tension?

1
11
15
0
0
Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

HEART

How did Banana affect your heart rhythm?

0
24
3
More palpitationsSameLess palpitations
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your heart pain/pressure/cramping?

0
3
24
0
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)

How did Banana affect your heart rate?

0
6
20
1
0
Much slowerSlightly slowerSameSlightly fasterMuch faster
Total Responses: 27 Study ID:72 (2021-11-13 - 2021-11-22)


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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Banana may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.

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.

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John 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 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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Comments & Impressions of 'Banana'

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My Dosha is Kapha so why is there a banana smoothie on my edible list... Then you go into recipe and find the banana isn't suitable for Kapha.... I am confused ....
- Sue, Cliftonville , 01-02-14 (Reply)
Sue and all: Banana may not be on your list of foods, but the recipes combine herbs and foods (like banana) so they will balance each other out. When you think in those terms it is much less confusing!
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC , 01-08-14 (Reply)
Thanks David it makes more sense thinking about it like that, the combinations..
- Sue, Cliftonville
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, 01-08-14 (Reply)
Are cooked bananas vata friendly?
- Lauren Bohart, Dallas, TX
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, 12-08-14 (Reply)
You will no doubt find differing opinions about things from different Ayurvedic Practitioners. We believe that you are the best person to decide if bananas will aggravate your Pitta. Try eating a banana and take note of how you feel - warmer versus cooler, any digestive discomfort like gas, heartburn, any sensations in your body like a headache or increased heart rate. Most Ayurvedic Practitioners will agree that developing the power of self observation is essential.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ
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, 08-11-16 (Reply)
Please see the comment below regarding bananas and Pitta.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ , 05-24-18 (Reply)

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