SERVING SIZE: 1/2 clove
SPECIES: Allium sativum
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Garlic is a spicy root known for clearing and flushes everything out of your body. One student writes, "At first taste it was like a bee stinging my tongue.... my whole body got very warm."
Clears the Respiratory SystemGarlic's hot nature is penetrating, breaking up any stagnation. This is most useful in congested kapha conditions and during spring. The heat flushes out the sinuses, and you may feel your nose get tingly when you eat it. Garlic's anti-inflammatory compounds reduce swelling in the nose, sinuses, and Eustachian tube, helping to clear all the channels of the head. Garlic even flushes your eyes and tear ducts. Notice the warmth and heat that spreads to the chest, a sign that garlic is heating and clearing the lungs. One student writes, "I felt good and as if my whole lungs opened up" Your ears may even feel warm.
Supports Circulation & ImmunityWith aromatic compounds that make you sweat (it's a diaphoretic), you may notice your face becomes flushed eating raw garlic. As it dilates blood vessels, it flushes the circulatory system, and cleanses your lymphatic system.
The circulatory stimulating effects of raw garlic also improves immunity, as your immune system lives in your blood. Garlic's heat and circulatory properties can help you "sweat out a fever". It is an antifungal that counteracts candida infections. One student noted, "I ate raw garlic once when I had a fever and it completely went away after I ate the garlic."
Hot & Stimulating AphrodisiacThe heating, circulatory stimulating effects of garlic have given it fame as an aphrodisiac.
Clears the BowelsRaw garlic clears the bowels because of its sharp pungency.
Strongly Aggravates PittaThe hot, irritating nature of garlic can cause gurgling, gas, bloating and diarrhea. As the heat pushes blood upwards, you may notice a slight pressure in the frontal lobe, that could erupt into a headache or make you irritable. Raw garlic can make your sweat and breath smell like garlic.
One student writes, "I was burping the taste of garlic the whole day, my hot flashes flared up and it make me very uncomfortable"
If raw garlic is too strong for you, cook it, which mellows it out. Cooked garlic is more sweet. Paradoxically, garlic can make you sleepy. Cooked garlic has a strong sleepy (soporific) effect.
Garlic is considered unctuous and vitiates the blood.
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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 Garlic (raw) 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.
WARMS-ABDOMENWarms the muscles and organs of the abdomen, stimulating digestion and metabolism.
STIMULANT-LAXATIVEStimulant laxatives induce bowel movements by stimulating peristaltic movement (the contraction of smooth muscle in the intestines). They are effective when used on a short-term basis. On a long-term basis, they can create dependency.
STOMACHICAn herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
Heart & Circulation:
BLOOD-THINNERHerbs that thin the blood. Helpful for people with heart disease or clogged circulation.
VASODILATORA vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
ANTIBACTERIALHerbs that kill bacteria or slow their growth.
ANTIFUNGALHerbs that destroy fungus.
ANTIMICROBIALAn agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
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:
FLUSHES-SINUSESAn herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.
WARMS-CHESTWarms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing.
BRONCHODILATORAn herb that encourages the widening or opening of the lung airways. Helpful in cough and asthma.
DECONGESTANTAn herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
EXPECTORANTHerbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
APHRODISIACHerbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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Eat Well for Life With Ayurveda: Balance Your Dosha
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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a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Blood and CirculationBlood dark in color, Fatty Liver, Heart Attack, High Blood Sugar, Insulin Resistance, Staph infection, Swollen lymph nodes - hips
Respiratory HealthChronic cough, Pneumonia, Post nasal drip, Stuffed nose (can't breathe)
Mind Stress SleepDifficulty waking up, Excessive sleep, Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up, Sleep during the day, Tired in morning
Weight LossFeel overweight
BonesFoot cramps, Joint pain after eating
SkinNail / Toe Fungus, Thick skin
PoopStool formed, but porous & airy
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.