How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Brain HealthLike a cool breeze, or sitting in your favorite shade tree, this indigo hued pearl brings a restful reprieve to an overheated mind. It calms your thoughts, moves energy downward and inward, and encourages a more passive demeanor. Several studies extol blueberries nourishing effects on the brain that are consistent with its pitta pacifying nature. It has been shown to minimize age-related memory loss, have an anti-inflammatory effect on your nerves, and offer benefits in Alzheimers. According to James Joseph, PhD, leading scientist at the Laboratory of Neuroscience at Tufts University, "When it comes to brain protection, there is nothing quite like blueberries. Call the blueberry the brain berry."
Liver HealthBlueberries (and berries in general) protect the liver. A diet rich in berries reduces liver enzymes by as much as 23 percent (Source: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2010) . High liver enzymes (alanine aminotransferase or ALT) are a sign of liver cell injury. Regular consumption of blueberries in particular also led to a reduction in liver size, indicating improved liver function (University of Michigan). Blueberries also reduce levels of inflammation in blood. Blue, red & purple berries are high in beta-carotene, which stimulates your liver.
Dark colored fruits are rich in flavonoids, which support blood vessels. Blueberries in particular support health eyes. They are very high in antioxidants, which prevent aging and cancer. Blueberries contain oxalic acid when eaten raw. Avoid overconsuming blueberries if you tend to get kidney stones.
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 Blueberry Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
SERVING SIZE: 1/4 c
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 Blueberry:
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
ANTICARCINOGENICHerbs that inhibit or prevent the activity of a carcinogen or the development of cancer.
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.
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.
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
OPTHALMICBenefits the eyes, vision tonic.
REFRIGERANTAn herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
KIDNEY-TONICAn herb that strengthens the kidneys.
URINARY-TONICAn herb that tonifies and strengthens the urinary system. These can be helpful for urinary incontinence or improving function after a urinary tract infection. They can also strengthen the bladder to ward off a urinary tract infection.
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.
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
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Cantaloupe / Melons
Cantaloupe / Melons has these Actions in CommonAnti-inflammatory, Nutritive, Antioxidant, Refrigerant, Alterative, Livotonic
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Brahmi Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in CommonAlterative, Blood-tonic, Brain-tonic, Refrigerant
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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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What does 'pacifies' and 'aggravates' actually mean? Pacifies means reducing and aggravates means increasing, right? other texts refer to 'balancing' The red line across aggravating implies something bad, but as a vata-pitta I like to 'aggravate' my Kapha.
Hi Daniel, 'pacify' is to reduce, 'aggravate' is to increase. Generally if we have too high Vata or Pitta, things that will pacify them will increase our Kapha. You can filter all ingredients on the JB website by dosha if you're looking for foods to pacify your VP constitution!
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMSBlueberry 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.
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.