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How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Refreshing & Cold
As a refridgerant, it is a foremost remedy for Pitta. Simply drop the sweet green flesh into a blender and drink for fast cooling action. Honey dew soothes burning sensations in the gut, and relieves all Pitta irritability. It is an excellent remedy for the emotional heat of summer. Heat creates irritability and anger, due to high Pitta in the liver. Honey dew cools down a hot blooded temper. One client writes, "The pitta tension that I've been experiencing emotionally is soothed when I eat honeydew. In fact I've been longing for it in the heat of the day. I just feel nice and cool when I eat it." Another writes, "My whole body felt cool and refreshed."
Sweet, Hydrating, SatisfyingHoneydew has a high water content, approximately 90%. As a high volume food with lots of water, it offers stomach satisfaction with very few calories. Studies show that high volume, low calorie foods are useful for weight loss. Honeydew is a healthy way to satisfy sweet cravings. Further, studies show that regularly incorporating high-volume, low-calorie foods into your diet can help you lose extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight. It's cold, refrigerant nature makes it an excellent appetite suppressant.
Honey dew is light & easy to digest. It bulks up and slightly softens stool for easy elimination.
Cooling, Soothing DiureticAs with most melon family foods, honeydew is a diuretic. It's cool nature, high potassium together, and high water content make it an excellent diuretic for flushing and cleansing the kidney, bladder, and urinary tract.
Improves Vision & Relaxes the EyesHoneydew is an excellent source of vitamin C and A. It's cold nature, pitta pacifying properties and high vitamin A make honey an excellent tonic for the eyes. When the summer heat smoulders and your eyes become inflamed or blurry, consider honey dew to relax the eyes, reduce inflammation, and restore crisp vision. One client remarked, "My eyes tend to get a little red overnight. After eating honeydew, I did not feel like I had to use eye drops." Another says, "My vision has been strained. With honeydew, it improved."
ContraindicationsLike all gourds, the skin of honeydew contains a latex which some are allergic too. For clients that are sensitive to latex, eating honey dew creates a pungent sensation in your mouth. It's cold nature may suppress appetite in Kapha or vata individuals. Although honey dew is easy to digest, as a fruit it may cause gas and bloating, or increase diarrhea.
ABOUT HONEY DEW
BUYING & PREPARATION
The honeydew should have a symmetrical slightly ovate shape, with the weight of a bowling bowl. A honeydew of 5-6 pounds is optimal. It should feel heavy for its size. Avoid honeydews that feel light for their size, these are less likely to be juicy.
Sniff the blossom end of the honeydew melon, which should smell fresh and clean. Honeydew melons continue to ripen after picking. Let it sit on the counter for a few days before eating.
COOKING HONEY DEWBrowse Recipes
Serve as a sorbet with mint. For a savory option, sprinkle cilantro, cayenne and salt atop honeydew.
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 Honey Dew Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
SERVING SIZE: 1 c
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 Honey Dew:
RELIEVES-BURNINGHerbs that soothe a burn or reduce an internal burning sensation, such as aloe vera.
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.
REFRESHINGStimulates and wakes up the body, leaving it feeling cool, fresh, and energized.
SATISFIES-STOMACHProvides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.
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.
HYPOTENSIVEAn herb that lowers blood pressure.
OPTHALMICBenefits the eyes.
REBUILDS-FLUIDSHerbs or substances that create moisture in the body and increase fluids.
REFRIGERANTAn herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
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.
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. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or has beta-carotene.
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
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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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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMSHoney Dew 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. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. 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.