SERVING SIZE: 1/4 c
SPECIES: Hordeum vulgare
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Barley (and many high fiber foods) increase the release of bile from the liver and gall bladder, aiding fat metabolism. Since bile is an oily substance, release of bile directly lowers triglycerrides and cholesterol in the blood. As an added bonus, the high fiber content holds your appetite longer, so you won't find yourself snacking on high calorie foods.
Barley soothes irritated, inflamed bowels. It's fiber has been shown to repair the intestinal lining of the gut.
It also 'liquefies' the blood due to the presence of alkylpyrazine, cleansing the blood of impurities. Barley is demulcent, i.e. slightly slimy, acting as a laxative.
BUYING & PREPARATION
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Roasted barley tea is popular in Korea and Japan. Served hot in winter and cold in summer. From wikipedia, "Consuming non-fermented barley-based beverages is an ancient practice spanning across the globe; barley water is a popular traditional soft drink in Britain and a similar drink, aguas frescas is frequently sold by street vendors in Mexico."
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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 Barley Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
SPLEEN-TONICAn herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
Energy Vitality Strength:
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
Lung and Sinus:
DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
Lowers Blood Sugar
LOWERS-BLOOD-SUGARAn herb that lowers blood sugar.
High Fiber Laxative
HIGH-FIBER-LAXATIVEA class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The size of a stool stimulates peristalsis and the stool passes more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydrating.
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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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a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
SkinAcne - general, Ruddy complexion, Sensitive to Poison Ivy
Kidney Bladder UrinaryBurning/painful urination, Kidney Stones
DigestionCrohn's Disease, Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis, Duodenal Ulcer, Gastritis, Hyperacidity, Pain above belly button, Sharp abdominal pain, Stomach Ulcer, Strong food cravings, Ulcerative Colitis, Wheat Intolerance
Blood and CirculationDiabetes (Adult Onset), Edema, Feet or Ankles Swelling, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Swollen lymph nodes, Teeth marks on tongue edges, Water Retention
Respiratory HealthDry cough
PoopExplosive elimination, Frothy Stool / with Bubbles, Less than 1 elimination a day, Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces, Stool formed, but porous & airy, Stool in mushy pieces mixed with liquid, Stool thick mud
Weight LossFat back of arms, Fat on back, Fat on buttocks, Fat on thighs, Feel overweight
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. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. 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.