How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
High Fiber Laxative
Figs are high in fiber. Their tiny seeds stimulate peristaltic movements of the intestines. Their emollient quality softens and soothes the inflamed skin lining the intestines. Figs reduce straining. Soak overnight in water then drink and consume figs in the morning.
When fecal matter clogs the intestines your body can become toxic and inflamed. Inflammation in the rectum may cause external swelling and become a hemorrhoid. Straining against hard, impacted fecal matter causes the rectum to protrude externally, causing prolapse of the rectum. Ayurveda prevents these conditions and provides relief for hemorrhoids and protrusion by facilitating regular, easy evacuation of the bowels. Figs cooling nature is very soothing to the delicate tissues of the colon.
The holiness of figs is not circumstantial; figs were the first plant cultivated by humans as early as 9400BC. Their cultivation predates wheat, barley and legumes by at least a thousand years. The ensuing agricultural revolution changed the lifestyle and consciousness of humans forever. Given the central role of fig trees in the agricultural revolution, their sacredness in our holy texts is not a surprise. Figs remain an important food crop in modern times.
Native from Afghanistan to Greece, figs are in the same family as mulberry. They are not actually a fruit but a flower. The type of flower is known as an inflorescence. It is called a 'multiple fruit' because the flowers and seeds grow together in a single mass. Figs ripen twice a year. Once in the spring and once in late summer or fall. The late summer and fall crop is usually the largest and best tasting.
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COOKING FIGSBrowse Recipes
Figs can be used as a sugar substitute in pies, pastes & jams. Prepare dried figs similarly to dates and prunes.
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.
Are Figs Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
SERVING SIZE: 1/4 c
SPECIES: Ficus carica
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 Figs:
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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.
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
TONICA tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
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Psyllium Seed Fiber Supplement has these Actions in CommonGeneral-laxative, High-fiber-laxative
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Vata Massage Oil has these Actions in CommonNutritive, Tonic
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Vata Shirodhara Oil has these Actions in CommonNutritive, Tonic
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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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Figs are a good source of iron and to build up the blood. Figs relieve indigestion, heartburn, burning urination, diarrhea, strengthen the gums and may give some relief in asthma. They should not be taken with milk if the patient has diarrhea. Figs are also high in carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, patassium, and calcium.
So, because it is a flower, we can eat it with other things, like in a pie? Whereas if it was a fruit, we couldn't? Is that correct?
Figs are a fruit and as such, best eaten alone.
Are figs heavy and harder to digest for people with weak Agni?
Fresh fruit is generally considered light and easy to digest.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMSFigs 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.
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.