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Coconut Water Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?

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Recipes with Coconut Water: Coconut Water with Lime, Ginger & Cardamom
Recipes with Coconut Water: Coconut Water with Lime, Ginger & Cardamom

Replenish Electrolytes

At any corner market in sweltering India, Thailand or Bali, you can drink fresh coconut water out of the nut with a straw, and dig out the sweet meat with a spoon.

Coconut water quenches even the strongest thirst. Coconut's amazing ability to re-hydrate you was recognized in WWII, where coconut water was actually used for blood transfusions. Electrolyte rich drinks help replenish minerals and salts as well as fluid, helping your body absorb water for relief of cellular thirst. Coconut water contains a small amount of nutritive fat, giving it an creamy feeling on the tongue that leaving a parched palate feeling moist.

Soothing, Cooling Relief

Coconut water is also a coolant, meaning it is a soothing anti-inflammatory for your skin and in your gut. Drinking it provides immediate relief. Its creaminess soothes inflamed mucosal membranes in the entire digestive tract. If you are suffering from dryness or heat conditions of the GI, or even simple dehydration, coconut water will cool and soothe. Its cooling properties suppress the appetite.

Nourish Kindness

As a nutritive nutritive brain tonic coconut water calms and grounds anxious, heated thoughts that so easily flare on summer afternoon. By nature an ambitious organ, the liver falls victim to intense, hot blooded emotions and pitta internal heat conditions. Coconut water cools the blood, nourishing your exhausted liver. Its sweet, delicious water restores your affectionate side, making coconut water a popular aphrodisiac in the tropics.

Buying & Preparation

Never buy a coconut that's cracked. Coconuts have a tendency to spoil. When they spoil, pressure builds up inside until the coconut cracks.

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Is Coconut Water Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.
SERVING SIZE: 1/2 c

MEAL: DRINK
PREPARATION: RAW
EAT IN: SUMMER

Biocharacteristics of Coconut Water

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Kapha aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Moves Energy:
Downward

DOWNWARD

Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.

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Inward

INWARD

Inward moving substances promote introspection, self reflection, stillness, or slow the system down.

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Tissue (dhatu):
Blood Plasma Lymph

BLOOD-PLASMA-LYMPH

Plasma (Rasa Dhatu) includes plasma, white blood cells, and lymph.

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Fat

FAT

Fat tissue (Meda Dhatu) includes adipose tissue and sebum (skin oil).

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Coconut Water
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences 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.

Appetite Suppressant

APPETITE-SUPPRESSANT

Suppresses hunger without causing weight gain.

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Quenches Thirst

QUENCHES-THIRST

An herb or substance that relieves thirst.

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Antacid

ANTACID

Herbs that neutralize acidity in the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach in particular.

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Brain Tonic

BRAIN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens the brain and thereby enhances memory or other cognitive functions and improves mental stamina or stability.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Rebuild Electrolytes

STRONG REBUILD-ELECTROLYTES

Substances that increase your electrolyte balance. Electrolytes help you retain water, keep your palate moist, and truly quench your thirst.

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Refrigerant

STRONG REFRIGERANT

An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.

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Rebuilds Fluids

REBUILDS-FLUIDS

Herbs or substances that create moisture in the body and increase fluids.

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Livotonic

LIVOTONIC

An 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 contain beta-carotene.

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Constituents:

Foods with a Similar Nature to Coconut Water

Honey Dew

Honey Dew has these Actions in Common

Livotonic, Rebuilds-fluids, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Appetite-suppressant, Quenches-thirst

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Acai

Acai has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Nutritive, Brain-tonic, Quenches-thirst, Livotonic, Refrigerant

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Coconut Flakes

Coconut Flakes has these Actions in Common

Antacid, Nutritive, Brain-tonic, Refrigerant, Livotonic

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Coconut Butter

Coconut Butter has these Actions in Common

Brain-tonic, Refrigerant, Livotonic, Antacid, Nutritive

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Coconut Cream

Coconut Cream has these Actions in Common

Brain-tonic, Refrigerant, Livotonic, Antacid, Nutritive

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Jackfruit

Jackfruit has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids, Quenches-thirst, Refrigerant, Rebuild-electrolytes

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Grape

Grape has these Actions in Common

Brain-tonic, Quenches-thirst, Livotonic, Rebuilds-fluids, Nutritive

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Jaggery

Jaggery has these Actions in Common

Rebuild-electrolytes, Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids, Quenches-thirst

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Banana

Banana has these Actions in Common

Antacid, Rebuild-electrolytes, Nutritive, Quenches-thirst

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Persimmons

Persimmons has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids, Livotonic, Refrigerant

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Coconut Water

Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Refrigerant, Antacid, Brain-tonic, Nutritive, Quenches-thirst, Rebuilds-fluids

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Licorice Ghee (9oz)

Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common

Antacid, Livotonic, Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids, Refrigerant

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Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)

Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common

Refrigerant, Antacid, Livotonic, Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids

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Pitta Massage Oil

Pitta Massage Oil has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids, Refrigerant

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Schisandra

Schisandra has these Actions in Common

Brain-tonic, Livotonic, Rebuilds-fluids

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Shatavari

Shatavari has these Actions in Common

Antacid, Nutritive, Refrigerant

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Potassium Salt (Salt Substitute)

Potassium Salt (Salt Substitute) has these Actions in Common

Rebuild-electrolytes, Rebuilds-fluids

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Brahmi Oil (4oz)

Brahmi Oil (4oz) has these Actions in Common

Brain-tonic, Refrigerant

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Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Refrigerant

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Mahatikata Ghrta

Mahatikata Ghrta has these Actions in Common

Refrigerant, Livotonic

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Bitter Ghee - Tikta Ghrta (9 fl oz)

Bitter Ghee - Tikta Ghrta (9 fl oz) has these Actions in Common

Livotonic, Refrigerant

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Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Coconut Water 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.

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 John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John 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 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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