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Lemon Zest Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Citrus zest is highly aromatic bitter, making it ideal for stimulating appetite and reducing upper GI food stagnation. Ysha Oakes reports, "The gentle pungency is digestive, and carries limonene which is well researched for anti cancer properties."

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Is Lemon Zest Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Lemon Zest' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.

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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 tsp

EAT IN: SPRING

Biocharacteristics of Lemon Zest

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INCREASES
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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LIQUEFIED

ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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TASTES
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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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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
Kapha pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating Vata 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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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Lemon Zest
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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.

Antiemetic

ANTIEMETIC

Herbs that reduce nausea or stop vomiting. Generally refreshing, aromatic herbs.

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Appetizer

APPETIZER

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

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Carminative

CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.

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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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Stomachic

STOMACHIC

An 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.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

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

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Wakes You Up

WAKES-YOU-UP

Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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Nervine

NERVINE

Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.

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Refreshing

REFRESHING

Stimulates and wakes up the body, leaving it feeling cool, fresh, and energized.

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Antispasmodic

ANTISPASMODIC

Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Lemon Zest

Ginger (Fresh)

Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Wakes-you-up, Antiemetic, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Nervine, Stomachic, Appetizer, Digestive, Refreshing

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Mint

Mint has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Nervine, Stomachic, Appetizer, Digestive, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up

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Orange Zest

Orange Zest has these Actions in Common

Nervine, Wakes-you-up, Appetizer, Digestive, Refreshing, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Carminative

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Ajwain

Ajwain has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Nervine, Wakes-you-up, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Refreshing, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic

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Cardamom

Cardamom has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Antiemetic, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Nervine

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Dill

Dill has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Nervine

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Cilantro

Cilantro has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Stomachic, Antiemetic, Carminative, Refreshing

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Fennel Seeds

Fennel Seeds has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Nervine, Appetizer, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins

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Allspice

Allspice has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Carminative, Nervine, Appetizer, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Stomachic

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Spleen-tonic, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Wakes-you-up, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Carminative

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Lemon Zest

Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Antiemetic, Antispasmodic, Appetizer

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Mugwort

Mugwort has these Actions in Common

Nervine, Stomachic, Antiemetic, Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Bitter Orange Peel

Bitter Orange Peel has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Nervine, Refreshing, Stomachic, Wakes-you-up

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Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz

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

Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Spleen-tonic

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Refreshing, Stomachic, Antispasmodic

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Hingvastak Churna

Hingvastak Churna has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Digestive, Nervine

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Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea

Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Spleen-tonic, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Wakes-you-up, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Nervine

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Breathing Exercises

Breathing Exercises has these Actions in Common

Nervine, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Haritaki

Haritaki has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine

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Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up

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Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Lemon Zest 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.

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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