SERVING SIZE: 1/4 whole
SPECIES: Citrus lemon
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Stimulating & JuicyLemons have a strong sour flavor, a vivid zing that puckers the lips. The potent lemon flavor has an equally strong effect on the body. Consuming the juice encourages saliva in your mouth which makes your mouth watery. It also encourages secretions in stomach and digestive tract organs, improving taste and digestion while freshening the breath. Lemon Juice softens stools as well, aiding regular elimination. The juice in hot water is a mild morning laxative choice for many, helping to keep your gut clean. Lemons nourish deficient blood plasma and help rebuild fluids.
Lemon & CleansingThe fresh scent of lemon evokes the very icon of cleanliness and purity. The sour taste of lemon increases the flow of bile, flushing the liver and gall bladder. Since bile stores many blood born toxins, lemons also detoxify the blood. Flushing bile also helps to prevent gallstones, and improves fat metabolism. Every drink lemonade in the summer? Lemons have a cooling effect on the skin because they help you sweat. Sweat facilitates the elimination of toxins through the skin.
Lemon & the LungsThe fruit has an effect on other body systems as well. Lemons promote fluid secretions in the lungs and blood plasma. The thick, muzzy mucus buildup of a spring Kapha imbalance can be broken up by consuming lemon juice. The juice aids in liquefying and expectorating the dense mucus. Dry and dehydrated Vata conditions, like Dry Stomach Syndrome, exacerbated by the crisp autumn months, are also aided by the fluid-giving nature of lemons. You may also turn to the sour fruit for cold and flu relief - lemons are loaded with vitamin C.
A Panacea?Lemon juice is in fact an excellent remedy to have around for many complaints. For instance, lemon juice may be applied to sores to help the healing process, and relieve itching from bug bites. It may be used as a antibacterial gargle for sore throats. Lemons reduce acidity in the stomach. They reduce bleeding of the gums and internal mucus membranes, and reduce output of urinary calcium which helps to prevent kidney stones. They also reduce uric acid. Where limes soothe the lining of your digestive tract, lemons can aggravate Pitta when the digestive tract is already inflamed.
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Lemons may be eaten raw by the brave, squeezed into drinks to lighten up sweet juices, as a finishing touch in a bean dish, or in fish and tofu marinades. Many would not consider a cup of tea proper without a wedge of lemon. The juice is favored in salad dressing and the essence of the American favorite, lemonade. Lemon zest appears in unlikely places, like in apple pie filling, or in more likely preparations, adding a lightness to aioli. Lemon tenderizes meat by breaking collagen fibers. Salty and sour preserved lemons are popular in Moroccan cuisine, elevating stew dishes from heavy into heavenly.
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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 Lemon 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.
APPETIZERHerbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.
CARMINATIVEStimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestive.
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
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
Heart & Circulation:
CALMS-HEARTAn herb that literally calms the heart. These herbs are helpful in the treatment of anxiety, sadness, depression, or other emotional imbalances in the heart. Related to the Chinese Herbal Category 'calms spirit.'
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.
REFRIGERANTAn herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
VULNERARYAn herb used for the treatment of wounds. Promotes healing of skin lesions and wounds/promotes cell growth and repair
ANTIMICROBIALAn agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
FLUSHES-MEMBRANESHerbs in this category stimulate mucus membranes to release fluids, flushing them out.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
Lung and Sinus:
ANTITUSSIVECough suppressant, particularly for dry coughs or a tickle in your throat.
DECONGESTANTAn herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
EXPECTORANTHerbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
RELAXES-EYESEases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.
Skin Care & Beauty:
REFRESHES-SKINFlushes the lymphatic system to cool, awaken, and revive the skin.
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
EMOLLIENTsoothes & softens the skin
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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 'Lemon'Do you like 'lemon'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'lemon'?
Why is lemon and cucumber an incompatible combination? I see some recipes that call for lemon and cucumber (as in the tea) but read very often on Ayurvedic websites that these two ingredients do not combine well. Why is that?
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
DigestionAcid Reflux, Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis, Dry Mouth / Tongue, Frequent Burping, Frequent Nausea, Gas, irregular digestion, Indigestion / Upset stomach, Irregular/small appetite, Limited sense of taste, Malabsorption, Morning Sickness, Pain left lower abdomen, Pancreatic Insufficiency, Quickly full / early satiety, Receding gums, Strong/frequently thirsty
Respiratory HealthAnimal/dander allergy, Chronic cough, Difficulty expectorating, Dry cough, Green mucus, Large amounts of mucus, Limited sense of smell, Mucus Congestion, Mucus/congestion in mornings, Post nasal drip, Sinus Infection, Sinus pain around eyes, Sinus pain in cheeks, Sinus pain in forehead, Sore throat, Spitting out mucus, Thick mucus, White mucus, Yellow mucus
DietBulimia, past or current, Irregular Thirst
Blood and CirculationChronic Fungus infection, Dry eyes, Fast Heartbeat, Gall Bladder Inflammation, Gallstones / Attack, Hepatitis (Past/Current), Irregular heartbeat, Sensitivity to bright light, Sweat rarely, White tongue coating
Kidney Bladder UrinaryClear urine
Mind Stress SleepDifficulty concentrating, Forgetful / spacey / distracted, Frequent Dreams, Seizures, Tired in afternoon
BonesFibromyalgia, Muscle cramps
PoopGray Stool, Less than 1 elimination a day, Rabbit pellet / Hard lumpy stool, Sausage shape stool with cracks on surface, Shiny / oily / fatty stools, Straining to eliminate
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.