SERVING SIZE: 2 tbsp
SPECIES: Apium graveolens
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
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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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 Celery Root 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 Celery Root:
WARMS-ABDOMENWarms the muscles and organs of the abdomen, stimulating digestion and metabolism.
Energy Vitality Strength:
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
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.
Lung and Sinus:
WARMS-CHESTWarms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing.
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
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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.
View Other Ingredients for SpringCelery Root is recommended for Spring. Check out these other Spring foods here.
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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.
Weight LossFat back of arms, Fat on back, Fat on buttocks, Fat on thighs
Blood and CirculationHigh Blood Sugar, Insulin Resistance, Sticky saliva
SkinPuffy / swollen skin, Thick, cool skin
DigestionSlow, heavy digestion
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.