SERVING SIZE: 1/2 c
SPECIES: Vitis spp
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Grapes are sweet and slightly sour, making them useful as a liver tonic, and are a restorative for many hot Pitta and dry Vata conditions. They nourish the blood and calm inflammation. As a blood tonic, they are useful for women during menstruation, pregnancy, post-partum, or breast feeding. Grapes has been suggested as a remedy for low white blood cell count. They are a muscle tonic, a bone tonic, and increase fertility in both men and women.
Their sour taste and mild nervine quality calms an overworked, irritable, burnt out, or confused mind. Their ability to calm the mind and cool the liver makes grapes especially useful for heat in the eyes, eye strain or tension, and insomnia. Purple or red grapes contain more beta carotene and are especially useful for the eyes. Grapes help mitigate the effects of alcohol. Their moistening quality helps reduce dry rashes & prevent liver spots.
Grapes contain resveretrol, a chemical that has been shown to increased lifespan in mice, and reduce the risk of heart disease. Medical research on Concord grapes show potential benefits in cancer prevention, platelet aggregation, atherosclerosis, and hypertension. They help to prevent loss of physical performance or mental acuity due to aging.
Their high fiber content is useful for constipation. Grapes are high in sugar, iron, pectins, bioflavanoids and phenols. The high sugar content of grapes makes them unsuitable for diabetics. Although grapes quench thirst, they are also a diuretic.
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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. 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.
Is Grape Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
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.
QUENCHES-THIRSTAn herb or substance that relieves thirst.
SIALOGOGUEA sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents
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.
REBUILDS-FLUIDSHerbs or substances that create moisture in the body and increase fluids.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
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.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
BRAIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
NERVINEHerbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer?s, even chronic pain.
APHRODISIACHerbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
BUILDS-SEMENHerbs that increase the production of semen, often by rebuilding fluids in general.
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.
STOOL-SOFTENERAn herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
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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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Comments & Impressions of 'Grape'Do you like 'grape'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'grape'?
What about green grapes, are their properties much different?
Both green and red/purple grapes have very similar qualities. The darker grapes can be slightly more sour and less drying, in my experience. This is a great chance to experiment with the grapes available in your area and notice what differences you experience!
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Poop3+ bowel movements a day, Constipation
Reproductive HealthAbortion (Past, Recent or Considering), Infertility
Blood and CirculationAnemia, Bloodshot Eyes, Enlarged Spleen, Liver spots numerous, Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), Sensitive to Alcohol, Sensitivity to bright light, Stinging Eyes, Thalassemia Minor, Yellowish skin
DietAnorexia, past or current, Bulimia, past or current, Irregular Thirst
Kidney Bladder UrinaryBladder infection, Urinary Tract Infection
DigestionCrohn's Disease, Dry Mouth / Tongue, Malabsorption, Receding gums, Strong/frequently thirsty, Ulcerative Colitis
Mind Stress SleepDifficulty concentrating, Frequent Stress, Judgmental, Sharp language, Tired in afternoon
SkinEczema, Ruddy complexion
Weight LossLose weight easily, Recent weight loss
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.