How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
At first glance, this gnarly root might appear curious. But don't let celery root's rough exterior fool you. Celeriac has been a culinary favorite in the Mediterranean as far back as Homer's Odyssey. We surveyed 30 students in our Master's of Ayurveda Digestion & Nutrition program, and here are the reactions they reported:
Its taste is similar to celery with a hint of parsley. Its bitter pungency gives it light, sharp and dry qualities. These qualities support healthy digestion and fire up your metabolism. Meanwhile, celeriac's subtle sweetness and starches bring satisfaction and comfort to your belly.
This unassuming veggie wears many hats. It's a mild diuretic and slightly warming - two of the many reasons it's so good for balancing Kapha this time of year.
Celery root is an example of a food that tastes "clear". Clear is a guna in Ayurveda, but can also refer to a class of foods like celery root. Clear taste is considered the opposite of sweet and often denotes a negative calorie food that is diuretic. Bok Choy, and cucumbers are other examples of foods with clear taste. In Ayurveda, this effect is associated with the shedding of excess making this the perfect flavor for your palate to support body's natural weight loss in spring.
It has many of the same benefits of its friendly cousin celery - it too encourages fat burning to promote weight loss. In addition, the powder of the dried root is considered a tonic in general debility or malnutrition. One teaspoon of the powder is taken with a tablespoon of honey to nourish and revitalize.
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Buying & PreparationTest celeriac for freshness by making sure it isn't hollow in the center. As the vegetable ages, the celery flavor wanes.
Cooking Celery Root
Cooking brings out celery root's sweetness, but it must be well cooked so that it is not overly fibrous to chew. It may be roasted, stewed, or mashed. It is often used to flavor soups. Celery root is less potent than the leaves or stems, so if you want to maximize medicinal value it is best to eat it raw. Finely grate it over salads or as a garnish to your meal to enjoy it raw.
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SERVING SIZE: 1/2 c
SPECIES: Apium graveolens
Biocharacteristics of Celery Root
Foods with a Similar Nature to Celery Root
Cinnamon has these Actions in CommonDiuretic, Stimulates-energy, Calcium-channel-blocker, Hypotensive, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant
Garlic (raw) has these Actions in CommonDiuretic, Warms-abdomen, Calcium-channel-blocker, Hypotensive, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant
Celery Seed has these Actions in CommonDiaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Antilithic, Diuretic, Calcium-channel-blocker, Hypotensive
Ginger (Dried) has these Actions in CommonHypotensive, Warms-chest, Calcium-channel-blocker, Internal-detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy
Crystallized Ginger has these Actions in CommonWarms-chest, Calcium-channel-blocker, Internal-detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Hypotensive
Mustard Seed has these Actions in CommonDiuretic, Warms-abdomen, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy
Cardamom has these Actions in CommonDiuretic, Antilithic, Internal-detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy
Carrot has these Actions in CommonAntilithic, Hypotensive, Calcium-channel-blocker, Internal-detoxicant, Diuretic
Nigella (black cumin)
Nigella (black cumin) has these Actions in CommonHypotensive, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy
Daikon Radish has these Actions in CommonStimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Warms-abdomen, Diuretic, Warms-chest
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Celery Root
Punarnava has these Actions in CommonAntilithic, Diuretic, Hypotensive, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in CommonStimulates-energy, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant
Punarnavadi Guggulu Tablets
Punarnavadi Guggulu Tablets has these Actions in CommonInternal-detoxicant, Antilithic, Diuretic, Hypotensive
Cornsilk has these Actions in CommonAntilithic, Diuretic, Hypotensive, Internal-detoxicant
Kushta has these Actions in CommonHypotensive, Internal-detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic
Hawthorne Berry & Flower
Hawthorne Berry & Flower has these Actions in CommonAntilithic, Diuretic, Hypotensive, Internal-detoxicant
Wild Ginger has these Actions in CommonDiaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Warms-chest
Manjistha has these Actions in CommonInternal-detoxicant, Antilithic, Diaphoretic, Diuretic
Echinacea has these Actions in CommonDiuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Antilithic, Diaphoretic
Angelica has these Actions in CommonCalcium-channel-blocker, Diaphoretic, Hypotensive, Stimulates-energy
Gokshura has these Actions in CommonAntilithic, Diuretic, Hypotensive, Internal-detoxicant
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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMSCelery Root 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.
View Other Ingredients for SpringCelery Root is recommended for Spring. Check out these other Spring foods here.
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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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as 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. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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