SERVING SIZE: 1/4 c
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.
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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 Blueberry 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 Blueberry:
Energy Vitality Strength:
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
Heart & Circulation:
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.
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
OPTHALMICBenefits the eyes.
REFRIGERANTAn herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
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.
Kidney & Urinary:
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.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
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.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
BRAIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
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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.
Poop3+ bowel movements a day, Stool formed, but porous & airy
SkinAcne - general, Psoriasis, Rashes, Rosaceae, Sensitive to Poison Ivy, Skin red after mild abrasion, Warm & rosy skin
Mind Stress SleepAnger, irritable, ambitious, analytical, Conflict makes me angry, irritable, Feel rejected / unliked / unappreciated, I'm different from others / unique, Insomnia, Judgmental, Migraines, Self Critical, Sharp language
Blood and CirculationAutoimmune Disorders, Bloodshot Eyes, Cancer, Drug/penicillin allergy, Flushes Easily, Gall Bladder Removed, Heat aggravates my skin, Hepatitis (Past/Current), Hot Flashes, Jaundice, Liver Sore, Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), Night sweats, Sensitive to Alcohol, Sensitivity to bright light, Thalassemia Minor, Yellow tongue coating, Yellowish skin
DigestionCeliac Disease, Crohn's Disease, Dry Mouth / Tongue, Food allergy, H pylori infection, Receding gums, Ulcerative Colitis
Weight LossHashimoto's ThyroiditisModerate pace, goal oriented activity
Reproductive HealthPainful menstruation & menstrual cramps, Peri-Menopausal
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.