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Leeks Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

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Are Leeks Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.
SERVING SIZE: 1/4 c

STYLE: ASIAN
EAT IN: SPRING

Biocharacteristics of Leeks

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
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The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Kapha aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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Crunchy

CRUNCHY

Makes an audible noise when you eat them. Can provide fun texture variation.

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Subdosha: Pitta Pachaka, Vayu Prana, Vayu Udana
Affinity: Cleanse And Detox, Digestion, Heart Circulation Blood, Immune System, Respiratory Health
Family: Amaryllidaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Leeks
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences 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.

Appetizer

APPETIZER

Herbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.

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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Spleen Tonic

SPLEEN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Vulnerary

MILD VULNERARY

An herb used for the treatment of wounds (antiulcer, connective tissue tonic).

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Decongestant

DECONGESTANT

An herb that reduces mucus production often by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.

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Expectorant

EXPECTORANT

Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.

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Blood Thinner

BLOOD-THINNER

Herbs that thin the blood. Helpful for people with heart disease or clogged circulation.

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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

A 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.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs 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.

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Constituents:
Nitric Oxide

STRONG NITRIC-OXIDE

Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Leeks

Scallions (Raw)

Scallions (Raw) has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Blood-thinner, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Decongestant, Expectorant, Vasodilator

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Expectorant, Vasodilator, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic

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Fennel Seeds

Fennel Seeds has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Vulnerary, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Appetizer, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Decongestant

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Thyme (fresh)

Thyme (fresh) has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Expectorant, Vasodilator, Decongestant, Internal-detoxicant, Vulnerary, Digestive, Spleen-tonic

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Decongestant, Expectorant, Vasodilator, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Coriander Seed

Coriander Seed has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Appetizer, Expectorant, Vulnerary, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Dill

Dill has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Appetizer, Expectorant, Vasodilator

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Tarragon

Tarragon has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Appetizer, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Blood-thinner, Internal-detoxicant

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Cardamom

Cardamom has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Appetizer, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Decongestant

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Basil

Basil has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Appetizer, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Decongestant, Internal-detoxicant

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Leeks

Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz

Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Vasodilator, Vulnerary, Appetizer, Decongestant, Digestive, Expectorant

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Kushta

Kushta has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Vulnerary, Appetizer, Digestive, Diuretic

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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Digestive, Expectorant

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Manjistha

Manjistha has these Actions in Common

Blood-thinner, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Vasodilator, Vulnerary

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Haritaki

Haritaki has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Expectorant, Internal-detoxicant, Vulnerary, Appetizer, Digestive

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Decongestant, Diuretic, Expectorant, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator

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Trikatu

Trikatu has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Decongestant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator

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Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Expectorant, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Vulnerary

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Echinacea

Echinacea has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Digestive, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Vulnerary

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Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Digestive, Diuretic, Expectorant, Vasodilator

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Hawthorne Berry & Flower

Hawthorne Berry & Flower has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Blood-thinner

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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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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John 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 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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