SERVING SIZE: 1 whole
SPECIES: Daucus carota
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Exhausted? Raw carrots, and especially carrot juice have a mild pungency that is stimulating & exhilarating. They increase your energy (prana or Qi), which has earned carrot the title 'tiny ginseng' and the 'king of juices'.
Purify Your Blood
Carrot's cool nature and mild bitter taste acts purifies the blood. Strongly alkalizing, carrot has a cool and relaxing effect on the eyes. Beta-carotene, which gives carrots their bright orange color, is metabolized into vitamin A in the presence of bile salts in the small intestine. Vitamin A pacifies Pitta, nourishes the liver, and purifies the blood. These actions improve vision, complexion of the skin, and generally reduce inflammation. Carrot helps make the skin noticeably softer, smoother, and firmer. Carrots increase the quality of the breast milk. During pregnancy carrots reduce the risk of jaundice and enhance baby's complexion.
The blood purifying aspects together with carrot's sweetness make it an excellent blood and liver tonic. Carrots are ideal for liver deficiency, especially useful in the late summer dry season. To restore the liver, boil 4 carrots with 2 tbsp coconut butter.
Despite its sweetness, carrot stabilizes blood sugars levels. However it should be avoided by those with candida or other sugar sensitivities. One cup of carrot juice daily in the morning can help eliminate pinworms and roundworms in children. They are rich in silicon and potassium. Too much of the concentrated juice can turn your skin orange.
BUYING & PREPARATION
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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 Carrot 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 actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
Energy Vitality Strength:
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.
ANTICARCINOGENICHerbs that inhibit or prevent the activity of a carcinogen or the development of cancer.
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.
LITHOTROPICAn herb that breaks up a gall or kidney stone so that is can be passed.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
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.
Lung and Sinus:
LUNG-TONICStrengthens the lungs. These herbs are helpful when recovering from either acute or chronic lung issues like bronchitis or pneumonia.
Skin Care & Beauty:
SKIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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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Comments & Impressions of 'Carrot'Do you like 'carrot'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'carrot'?
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Carrots increase pitta. There are a quite a few errors in doshas and gunas of many foods on this site. Otherwise great site. Hope the mistakes are rectified in the near future.
Raw carrots, in particular, do have some pungency which can increase pitta if taken in excess. When cooked their alkalising nature and Vitamin A content can be very helpful for the pitta blood and liver. As always, it will depend on the individual's constitution.We would suggest pittas take their carrots cooked to benefit from their sweet taste. A recipe like this kale and carrot soup would be perfect! https://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/recipe/Kale-Carrot-Soup-with-Ginger-Fennel-Lime/3089
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, Bruise easily, Eczema, Gray skin/lacking lustre, Inflamed skin, Pale Skin, Psoriasis, Rashes, Ruddy complexion, Sensitive to Poison Ivy, Skin red after mild abrasion
PoopAlternating Diarrhea / Constipation, Constipation, Foul odorous stool, Frothy Stool / with Bubbles, Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces, Stool in mushy pieces mixed with liquid, Stool thick mud, Straining to eliminate
Blood and CirculationAnemia, Bloodshot Eyes, Blurry Vision, Cancer, Hepatitis (Past/Current), High Blood Pressure, Hypoglycemic, Jaundice, Liver Sore, Liver spots numerous, Low energy, Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), Puffy under eyes / Bags, Sensitive to Alcohol, Sensitivity to bright light, Stinging Eyes, Thalassemia Minor, Yellow eyes / sclera, Yellow tongue coating
Mind Stress SleepAnger, irritable, ambitious, analytical, Conflict makes me angry, irritable, Easily insulted / sensitive, Feel rejected / unliked / unappreciated, I'm different from others / unique, Insomnia, Judgmental, Migraines, Self Critical, Sharp language, Weakness / Debility
DietAnorexia, past or current
Reproductive HealthBright red menstrual blood, Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps
DigestionDiverticulosis / Diverticulitis, Food allergy, H pylori infection, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Malabsorption, Yellow teeth
Weight LossHashimoto's Thyroiditis, Low metabolism, Sunken, ribs showing
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.