SERVING SIZE: 1/4 lbs
SPECIES: Brassica oleracea
How Can Kale Make You Feel Great?
Raw brassicas contain chemicals that can block thyroid function called goitrogens. These chemicals are easily inactivated by steaming or cooking.
BUYING & PREPARATION
COOKING KALEBrowse Recipes
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WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?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 Kale Good for Me?
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.
APPETITE-SUPPRESSANTSuppresses hunger without causing weight gain
STIMULATES-PERISTALSISAn herb that promotes involuntary smooth muscle contractions to facilitate the movement of food and waste through the digestive tract.
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
Energy Vitality Strength:
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
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-THINNERHerbs that thin the blood. Helpful for people with heart disease or clogged circulation.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
HYPOLIPIDEMICScrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels
Lowers Blood Sugar,
LOWERS-BLOOD-SUGARAn herb that lowers blood sugar.
LOWERS-THYROIDReduces thyroid function. Useful for people with hyperthyroid.
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW 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 'Kale'Do you like 'kale'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'kale'?
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What about baked (or dehydrated) Kale chips? I'm Vata and I'm interested in these.
kale is so rich in nutrients I am tempt to try Kale. but I am Vata and imbalanced too. just cooking kale is good for Vata or should I add spices to make it more Vata friendly. which spices ?
Dried Kale chips can aggravate Vata. However, kale cooked until it's soft, with coconut oil, raisins, and ginger will be oily and warm enough to nourish Vata. Bitter taste, as long as it doesn't cause depletion, is actually Vata pacifying because it helps to stimulate and clean the intestines.
Hi John, Would some steamed kale drizzled with oil be a nourishing bitter through the spring, or would staying with sweet sour and salty be more balancing. I ask because my garden is full of collards and kale. I can't tolerate them raw, but the flavour is more palatable when cooked. Thanks, Michelle Gabriola BC
wondering is it ok to eat kale raw? i have already done this and happen to liek it alot.. but should i be cooking it?
How similar are kale and the tender Asian greens like bok choi and tatsoi?
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
SkinAcne - general, Acne - painful, Bruise easily, Easily hot, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rashes, Red/flushed skin, Rosaceae, Sensitive to Poison Ivy, Skin sensitivity to chemicals
PoopAlternating Diarrhea / Constipation, Explosive elimination, Foul odorous stool, Frothy Stool / with Bubbles, Fullness below belly button, Gray Stool, Mucus on stool, Pencil stool - thin & long, Shiny / oily / fatty stools, Soft Stool, Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces, Stool formed, but porous & airy, Stool in mushy pieces mixed with liquid, Stool thick mud, Yellow stool
DigestionAnal Itching, Appendicitis, Celiac Disease, Craving Crunchy Foods, Crohn's Disease, Duodenal Ulcer, Food allergy, Gastritis, H pylori infection, Lumps on Surface of Belly, Pain above belly button, Receding gums, Sores inside mouth, Stomach Ulcer, Strong food cravings, Strong hunger, Ulcerative Colitis, Wheat Intolerance, Yellow teeth
Mind Stress SleepAnger, irritable, ambitious, analytical, Conflict makes me angry, irritable, Difficulty waking up, Easily insulted / sensitive, Excessive sleep, Feel rejected / unliked / unappreciated, I'm different from others / unique, Judgmental, Migraines, Sharp language, Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up, Sleep during the day, Tired in morning
Blood and CirculationAutoimmune Disorders, Blood dark in color, Blood thick / Congested lymph, Bloodshot Eyes, Chronic Fungus infection, Diabetes (Adult Onset), Excess saliva, Feet or Ankles Swelling, Flushes Easily, Gall Bladder Inflammation, Gallstones / Attack, Heat aggravates, Hepatitis (Past/Current), High Cholesterol, High Triglycerides, Hot Flashes, Hot in torso/chest area, Jaundice, Liver Sore, Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), Sensitivity to bright light, Sticky saliva, Sweat often, Swollen lymph nodes, Thalassemia Minor, Thick coating tongue, Wake up with sleep in eye, White tongue coating, Yellow eyes / sclera, Yellow tongue coating, Yellowish skin
Kidney Bladder UrinaryBladder infection, Urinary Tract Infection
Weight LossFat back of arms, Fat on back, Fat on buttocks, Fat on thighs, Feel overweight, Gain weight easily, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Low metabolism, Stomach fat
Reproductive HealthPainful menstruation, Yellow vaginal discharge
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.