SERVING SIZE: 1 whole
SPECIES: Prunus persica
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Peaches belong to the class of subsour fruits. Their sourness improves digestion while gently cleansing the liver. Peaches are so easy to digest they are often given pureed to babies. As the sourness in a peach makes the mouth juicy, it also makes the digestive tract juicy, encouraging smoother, softer stools and easy elimination. Peaches are also high in fiber.
In general fruits are sugary and may provoke Kapha dosha. Peaches are also slightly heating, increasing Pitta. That sticky, sweaty feeling after eating too many peaches is your cue that too many peaches under a hot sun may overstimulate your metabolism on a hot day.
Peach kernels are a common ingredient used in traditional Chinese medicine to dispel blood stasis, counter inflammation and reduce allergies. Like many orange colored foods, peaches are high in vitamin A and good for the eyes.
Peaches seem to strike a perfect blend between sweetness and juiciness. They are luscious to look at, touch, and taste. The phrase peachy keen is a playful way to say, "Everything's perfect, just right, like a peach."
"Peaches were known as 'Persian apples' to the ancient Romans. To the ancient Chinese, peach was slang for a young bride." A pretty girl has been called 'a peach' since the Civil War, from a peaches and cream complexion'.
BUYING & PREPARATION
Yellow-fleshed peaches are more acidic & tangy than white fleshed varieties, which are often sweeter. Peaches are further categorized into clingstones and freestones, depending on whether the flesh sticks to the seed or not. Peaches are closely related to prunes, almonds, apples and cherries. Peaches and necatrines come from the same species, but nectarines have a smooth instead of a fuzzy surface. Peaches melt quickly when cooked. Lemon juice and sugar helps bring out the flavor of a fruit.
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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.
Are Peaches Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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 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.
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
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
SPLEEN-TONICAn herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
Energy Vitality Strength:
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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.
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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 'Peaches'Do you like 'peaches'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'peaches'?
From my experience, peaches are better digested when cooked. I think this may be because I have a slight allergy to either the Rosacase family or latex, which has been linked to peaches, bananas, avocados, etc.
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
PoopConstipation, Less than 1 elimination a day, Sausage shape stool with cracks on surface, Straining to eliminate
DigestionDiverticulosis / Diverticulitis, Dry Mouth / Tongue, Hemorrhoids, Pain left lower abdomen, Strong/frequently thirsty
Mind Stress SleepForgetful / spacey / distracted, Tired in afternoon
Reproductive HealthVaginal dryness
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.