SERVING SIZE: 2 whole
SPECIES: Phoenix dactylifera
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Dates - A Remedy for Obesity?Date sugars contain more complex carbohydrates than other fruits. These complex carbohydrates are heavier to digest, and because they release their energy more slowly into your body, curb your appetite longer than simple sugars. For this reason dates have been used to treat obesity; they satisfy the sweet craving and prevent binging on heavier, fattier foods like ice-cream. Too many dates, however, can make your stomach feel heavy and digestion sluggish. Since dates are high in sugar, they are contraindicated for diabetics.
Dates for Nursing MothersDates have been traditionally used by Muslim pregnant mothers to facilitate childbirth. The story goes that when the Virgin Mary was giving birth, she heard a voice telling her, "Shake the trunk of the palm tree towards thee: it will drop fresh, ripe dates upon thee. Eat, then, and drink, and be comforted." (Qur'an 19:25-26). Oxytocin helps the uterus contract and tones reproductive organs after birth. Oxytocin also stimulates the let down reflex for breastfeeding mothers and alleviates depression during breast feeding.
They are a demulcent (link to definition of demulcent) salve which pacifies infants, can relieve pain during teething, and reduces the heart rate. For this reason dates are also used to break the fast during Ramadan in Morocco. The sucrose (sugar) of the dates is responsible for its mild analgesic effect. Dates pureed into milk are a restorative male reproductive tonic.
A Muscle TonicDates are a tonic for the muscles and heart. Re-balancing electrolytes is essential to smooth muscle function. Muscle twitches or spasms are often a sign of electrolyte imbalance. Since dates are high in dietary potassium, they are helpful in re-balancing electrolytes and supporting good muscle function. Their Pitta pacifying effect on the liver helps maintain good vision and prevent night blindness and they are believed to counteract the effects of alcohol intoxication. Dates are high in tannins and useful for toning the digestive tract after diarrhea. A date and honey paste has been a traditional treatment of diarrhea and dysentery.
Vata people suffering from dryness should take care, however. Potassium rich foods tend be diuretic in nature. Dried fruits in general may exacerbate dehydration by absorbing fluids in the stomach. Vata people who tend towards dryness should sip water between bites and fully chew the date, reconstituting it in the mouth instead of the stomach.
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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. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest easily create your 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 Dates (dried) Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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.
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.
ANALGESICRelieves or reduces feelings of pain without eliminating sensation.
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.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
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:
DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
APHRODISIACHerbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
GALACTAGOGUEIncreases production of breast milk.
PROMOTES-FERTILITYAn herb that promotes fertility. Generally used by women who wish to become pregnant. These herbs may also help with menstrual problems of deficiency, such as amenorrhea (lack of a period).
UTERINE-TONICAn herb that tonifies and strengthens the uterus. Helpful for menstrual difficulties and fertility. Often herbs that increase ojas, but also circulation to reproductive system.
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.
MUSCLE-TONICHerbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
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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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is it ok to combine dates with goat cheese?
This is a great summary of the Medjool jewel. Thank you as always!
Are there any temperate climate analogs to dates? Something that grows in the northern US that has similar properties?
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Reproductive HealthAbortion (Past, Recent or Considering), Hysterectomy, Low libido, Painful menstruation, Peri-Menopausal, Post Menopausal, Small breasts
Blood and CirculationAnemia, Blood light in color, Low energy, Sensitive to Alcohol
DietAnorexia, past or current
PoopConstipation, Less than 1 elimination a day, Sausage shape stool with cracks on surface
SkinEczema, Thin lips
Mind Stress SleepJudgmental, Sharp language
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. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. 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.