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Salt (mineral Salt) Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

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"Just to clarify, the recommended dosage of mineral salt is 1/8 tsp 3x daily?"
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How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Recipes with Salt (Mineral Salt): Asparagus, Ginger & Black Pepper Cream of Rice Soup
Recipes with Salt (Mineral Salt): Asparagus, Ginger & Black Pepper Cream of Rice Soup
Wherever salt appears in the body, water follows. Salt encourages secretions in membranes and glands, including the sinuses and GI tract, and juiciness of the glands, stimulating stomach acid and nourishing the adrenals. Thus salt promotes good digestion and elimination of the bowels. Salt cleanses the body and dissolves congestion and hardened areas. It nourishes the nervous tissue.

Salt effectively combats dryness in Vata but causes excess water retention for Kapha. As salt increases water retention it also increases blood pressure provoking Kapha dosha. Salt extracts fluids from cells into the intercelluar space, causing swelling in lymphatic vessels and capillary beds. It hardens muscles, damages bones and causes premature aging. In excess salt causes vomiting.

About Salt (Mineral Salt)

Salt brings out the flavor in food and brings enthusiasm for life. While contraindicated for Kapha and high blood pressure, salt is also one of the most important medicines for Vata

Buying & Preparation

Avoid refined salts. If salt is pure white, it means it's refined no matter what the label. Sea salts are better than refined but mineral salts are the best for all three doshas. Expensive salts are a sham. As 7song says, "If you have to rely on salt for your minerals and vitamins, you've got a bigger problem in your diet."

Cooking Salt (Mineral Salt)

Generally I use 1/4tsp salt for 4c of food or liquid.

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Is Salt (Mineral Salt) 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: 1/8 tsp

Biocharacteristics of Salt (Mineral Salt)

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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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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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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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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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SALTY

ABOUT SALTY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Salty refers to anything with salt, or high mineral content.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

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
Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Kapha aggravating Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Moves Energy:
Downward

DOWNWARD

Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.

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Affinity: Bowel Poop Elimination
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Salt (Mineral Salt)
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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.

Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Emetic

EMETIC

An herb that causes vomiting and nausea.

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Sialogogue

SIALOGOGUE

A 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.

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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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Stool Softener

STRONG STOOL-SOFTENER

Softens hard and difficult to eliminate stool. Stool softeners are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Examples include warm milk with ghee.

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General Laxative

MILD GENERAL-LAXATIVE

Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

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

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Strengthens Resolve

STRENGTHENS-RESOLVE

Increases determination and courage by reducing stress and building strength.

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Flushes Sinuses

FLUSHES-SINUSES

An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Antimicrobial

ANTIMICROBIAL

An 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.

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Flushes Membranes

FLUSHES-MEMBRANES

Herbs in this category stimulate mucus membranes to release fluids, flushing them out.

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Rebuild Electrolytes

STRONG REBUILD-ELECTROLYTES

Substances that increase your electrolyte balance. Electrolytes help you retain water, keep your palate moist, and truly quench your thirst.

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Rebuilds Fluids

REBUILDS-FLUIDS

Herbs or substances that create moisture in the body and increase fluids.

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Antidiuretic

ANTIDIURETIC

An herb that suppresses the formation of urine. They help retain fluids and rehydrate by reducing urination. They oppose diuresis.

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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.

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Constituents:

Foods with a Similar Nature to Salt (Mineral Salt)

Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Flushes-membranes, Spleen-tonic, Digestive, Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve, Emetic, Internal-detoxicant

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve, Emetic, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Flushes-membranes, Spleen-tonic

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Lemon

Lemon has these Actions in Common

Sialogogue, Cholagogue, General-laxative, Stool-softener, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Flushes-membranes

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve, Emetic, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Flushes-membranes, Spleen-tonic

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Lime

Lime has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Flushes-membranes, Sialogogue, Cholagogue, General-laxative, Stool-softener

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Pomegranate Molasses

Pomegranate Molasses has these Actions in Common

General-laxative, Spleen-tonic, Cholagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Digestive, Sialogogue

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Turmeric Root (Fresh)

Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Antimicrobial, Flushes-sinuses

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Turmeric

Turmeric has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Antimicrobial, Flushes-sinuses

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Arugula

Arugula has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, General-laxative

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Peaches

Peaches has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Spleen-tonic, General-laxative, Stool-softener, Sialogogue

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Salt (Mineral Salt)

Haritaki

Haritaki has these Actions in Common

Sialogogue, Stool-softener, Antimicrobial, Digestive, Flushes-membranes, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant

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Triphala

Triphala has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Flushes-membranes, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Sialogogue, Stool-softener

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Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Rebuilds-fluids, Sialogogue, Stool-softener

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Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam

Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common

Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Rebuilds-fluids, Stool-softener

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Goldenseal

Goldenseal has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Cholagogue, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Emetic, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Cholagogue

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Licorice Ghee (9oz)

Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common

Rebuilds-fluids, Soothes-throat, Antidiuretic, Antimicrobial, Emetic

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Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)

Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common

Antidiuretic, Antimicrobial, Emetic, Rebuilds-fluids, Soothes-throat

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Abhayrishta- Colon Tonic

Abhayrishta- Colon Tonic has these Actions in Common

Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Stool-softener

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Triphala Guggulu

Triphala Guggulu has these Actions in Common

Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Stool-softener

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Yellow Dock

Yellow Dock has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant

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Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Salt (Mineral Salt) 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.

CONTRAINDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Salt (Mineral Salt) may be harmful or contraindicated for these symptoms. 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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Comments & Impressions of 'Salt (mineral Salt)'

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Always add salt to food while it is cooking. The cooking process allows salt to dissolve and be absorbed by the food. It is much easier to digest salt in this form than when it is poured straight from the shaker onto already cooked food.
- Andrew Thomas, Oakland, CA , 02-23-10 (Reply)
Is sea salt sattvic?
- Jess, Allen park, MI , 12-28-12 (Reply)
Just to clarify, the recommended dosage of mineral salt is 1/8 tsp 3x daily?
- Corey Hay, Stouffville
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, 10-14-16 (Reply)
Kapha types do better with less salt in their diet generally, but all 6 tastes are necessary in everyone's diet. 1/8 tsp or less per meal is probably sufficient for most Kapha types.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ
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, 03-02-17 (Reply)
The amount of recommended mineral salt per day would depend on the person Cory.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ , 07-01-19 (Reply)
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