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How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Cranberries are an astringent fruit. Their astringency helps them balance the dampness of their natural habitat: the swampy cranberry bog. Despite the gush of saliva from their sourness, cranberries are a strong diuretic and ultimately dehydrating. They increase urine production and effectively flush the urinary tract. Cranberry is also useful in bladder infection due to antimicrobial phenolic compounds and because it acidifies the urine. Under these conditions, bacteria are unable to attach to the wall of the bladder.
Bile and the BowelsBile's oilyness and heat is a digestive lubricant and remedy for constipation that keeps stool soft, encouraging regular elimination of the bowels. Ironically, cranberry is useful for both diarrhea and constipation. It's astringency helps bind stools, and soothes inflammatory heat conditions in the digestive tract.
About CranberryCranberries grow in acidic bogs. Early settlers in North American thought cranberry flowers looked like a crane, and named them 'craneberry'. They are a major commercial crop in North America.
Buying & PreparationCranberries are traditional fruit for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Cooking CranberryCranberry sauce and juice are the most popular preparations. Cranberries are very tart and often diluted in water or sugar to improve palatability.
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SERVING SIZE: 1 oz
SPECIES: Vaccinium spp.
Biocharacteristics of Cranberry
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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMSCranberry 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 Autumn-WinterCranberry is recommended for Autumn-Winter. Check out these other Autumn-Winter 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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