SERVING SIZE: 1/2 c
SPECIES: Musa spp.
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Replenish Electrolytes and RehydrateYou 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 MusclesDo 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 TummyWith 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.
Body-liciousBanana 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
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.
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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 Banana Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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 Banana:
QUENCHES-THIRSTAn herb or substance that relieves thirst.
STIMULATES-PERISTALSISAn herb that promotes involuntary smooth muscle contractions to facilitate the movement of food and waste through the digestive tract.
ANTACIDHerbs that neutralize acidity in the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach in particular.
Energy Vitality Strength:
SATISFIES-STOMACHProvides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
Heart & Circulation:
REBUILD-ELECTROLYTESSubstances that increase your electrolyte balance. Electrolytes help you retain water, keep your palate moist, and truly quench your thirst.
Lung and Sinus:
DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
GROUNDINGEncourages 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.
Skin Care & Beauty:
ANTIPRURITICAntipruritics are herbs that inhibit itching that is often associated with itching skin conditions such as sunburns, allergic reactions, eczema, psoriasis, chickenpox, fungal infections, insect bites, or contact dermatitis (as in poison ivy exposure.)
SKIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.
MUSCLE-TONICHerbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
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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.
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Comments & Impressions of 'Banana'Do you like 'banana'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'banana'?
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I've been told bananas are a 'sour' and therefore not suitable for pitta. Is this true?
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 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!
Thanks David it makes more sense thinking about it like that, the combinations..
Are cooked bananas vata friendly?
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.
Please see the comment below regarding bananas and Pitta.
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, Anal Itching, Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis, Hemorrhoids, Hyperacidity, Intestinal colic / spasm / cramping, Sharp abdominal pain
DietBulimia, past or current, Sweet cravings
PoopConstipation, Frothy Stool / with Bubbles, Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces, Stool in mushy pieces mixed with liquid, Stool thick mud
BonesFoot cramps, Muscle cramps
Blood and CirculationHeart Palpitations, Liver spots numerous, Low energy, Night sweats
Reproductive HealthPremature Ejaculation
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.