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Spinach Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Recipes with Spinach: Potatoes with Spinach Soup
Recipes with Spinach: Potatoes with Spinach Soup
Spinach is heating in the digestive tract and drying. It is unusual because very few foods are both astringent and hot. It contains oxalic acid which provokes Pitta and is especially contraindicated for kidney stones. Cooking destroys the oxalic acid.

Buying & Preparation

Baby spinach is more tender. Prewashed spinach has less mud from the farm. Avoid consuming mud from farms that use pesticides. Wash spinach twice before cooking to rinse any caked mud.

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Is Spinach Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Spinach' 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 lbs

EAT IN: SPRING

Biocharacteristics of Spinach

See a complete list of all biocharacteristics.
INCREASES
Guna Help

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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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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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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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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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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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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SOUR

ABOUT SOUR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sour refers to anything fermented or acidic.

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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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AGGRAVATES
Kapha aggravating Pitta aggravating Vata aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Affinity: Bone Joint, Cleanse And Detox, Weight Loss
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Spinach
Help
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.

Builds Stamina

BUILDS-STAMINA

Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Antioxidant

ANTIOXIDANT

An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals that lead to a chain reaction causing damage or death to cells. Antioxidants terminate these oxidation reactions.

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Lowers Thyroid

LOWERS-THYROID

Reduces thyroid function. Useful for people with hyperthyroid.

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Bone Tonic

BONE-TONIC

An herb that strengthens the bones and joints.

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Constituents:
Betaine

STRONG BETAINE

Used to reduce homocysteine in the blood, which supports proper liver function and prevents fatigue and blood clots. Improves muscle stamina and weight loss.

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,
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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,
Calcium

CALCIUM

Calcium nourishes bones and muscles. A muscle cell is activated when calcium enters the cell. It relaxes when the calcium is secreted.

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, Folate,
Iron

IRON

Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells.

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,
Magnesium

MAGNESIUM

Helps muscles relax. Laxative.

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, Potassium,
Salicylates

SALICYLATES

Salicylates relieve inflammation, are anti-cancer, and antidiabetic, but some are allergic to it.

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,
Saponins

SAPONINS

Can be used to make soap. Saponins stimulate mucus membrane secretion, liquefying mucus for easy removal (expectorant).

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, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K

Foods with a Similar Nature to Spinach

Cauliflower

Cauliflower has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Lowers-thyroid

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Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts has these Actions in Common

Lowers-thyroid, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant

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Green Tea

Green Tea has these Actions in Common

Lowers-thyroid, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant

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Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettles has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Bone-tonic, Builds-stamina

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Turmeric Root (Fresh)

Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Antioxidant, Bone-tonic, Anti-inflammatory

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Turmeric

Turmeric has these Actions in Common

Bone-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant

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Red Bell Pepper

Red Bell Pepper has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant

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Pecans

Pecans has these Actions in Common

Antioxidant, Builds-stamina

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Cabbage (raw)

Cabbage (raw) has these Actions in Common

Lowers-thyroid, Anti-inflammatory

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Cantaloupe / Melons

Cantaloupe / Melons has these Actions in Common

Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Spinach

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Bone-tonic, Builds-stamina

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Bala Taila

Bala Taila has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Bone-tonic

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Arjuna

Arjuna has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Bone-tonic

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Hawthorne Berry & Flower

Hawthorne Berry & Flower has these Actions in Common

Builds-stamina, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Antioxidant, Builds-stamina, Anti-inflammatory

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Glutathione

Glutathione has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant

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Colorful Berries / High Flavonoid Foods

Colorful Berries / High Flavonoid Foods has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant

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Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Oil has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant

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NagaKeshar

NagaKeshar has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant

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Mimosa Tree

Mimosa Tree has these Actions in Common

Bone-tonic, Antioxidant

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Punarnasava

Punarnasava has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant

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Impact of Spinach

In each clinical research trial below, students from the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda ate the selected food for 3 days and reported the pharmacological effects. See other clinical research trials for diet & herbs at Joyful Belly.

TEMPERATURE/CIRCULATION

How did Spinach affect your temperature?

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3
13
8
0
Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your ear temperature?

4
19
1
HotterNo ChangeCooler
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your sweat quantity?

0
0
21
3
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the color of your skin?

0
1
2
0
21
Yellower/GreenerPalerRedderGrayerNo Change
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the color of your tongue body?

3
8
0
13
PalerRedderBluerNo Change
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the swelling of your tongue body?

2
3
19
More SwellingLess SwellingNo Change
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your appetite/hunger?

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5
12
7
0
Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your digestion speed?

0
9
14
1
0
Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

TOXINS

How did Spinach affect the amount of gas & bloating?

0
2
17
5
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your stool smell?

0
2
17
4
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

0
9
14
1
0
Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the color of your tongue coating?

4
0
1
2
17
YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your throat soreness?

2
22
0
More soreNo ChangeLess sore
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your urine smell?

0
0
20
4
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

0
0
22
2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your sweat smell?

0
0
23
1
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your acne?

1
22
1
More acneNo ChangeLess acne
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your freckles/moles?

0
24
0
DarkerNo ChangeLighter
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the color of your sclera (white part of eye)?

0
0
0
0
3
Redder/BloodshotYellowerGrayerBrownerWhiter
21
No Change
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the color of the lower eye lid?

0
0
23
1
More green/dark greenMore purpleNo ChangeLess green/purple
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

HYDRATION

How did Spinach affect your urine frequency/quantity?

0
0
20
4
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the dryness of your skin?

3
1
20
DrierOilierNo Change
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the puffiness of lower eye lid?

0
22
2
PuffierNo ChangeLess Puffy
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the cracks on your tongue?

0
2
17
5
0
Larger/longer/more cracksSlightly moreSameSlightly less/smaller/shorterMuch less
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

FLUID-THICKNESS

How did Spinach affect your ear pressure?

2
20
2
More pressureNo ChangeLess pressure
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your congestion?

0
19
5
More congestionNo ChangeLess congestion
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the thickness of your mucous congestion?

0
17
7
More thickNo ChangeLess thick
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

NERVOUS-SYSTEM

How did Spinach affect your energy levels?

0
2
13
9
0
Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your muscle tension?

0
4
19
1
0
Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your anxiety?

0
2
19
3
0
Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the stillness of your tongue?

0
24
0
More stillNo ChangeMore Trembling / Jittery
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

DIGESTION

How did Spinach affect the amount of gas & bloating?

0
2
17
5
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your appetite/hunger?

0
5
12
7
0
Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect burning sensations in digestive tract (do not include acid reflux)?

0
2
17
5
0
Much reliefSlight reliefSameSlightly more burningMuch more burning
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your digestion speed?

0
9
14
1
0
Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

TONGUE

How did Spinach affect the stillness of your tongue?

0
24
0
More stillNo ChangeMore Trembling / Jittery
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

0
9
14
1
0
Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the cracks on your tongue?

0
2
17
5
0
Larger/longer/more cracksSlightly moreSameSlightly less/smaller/shorterMuch less
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the color of your tongue body?

3
8
0
13
PalerRedderBluerNo Change
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the color of your tongue coating?

4
0
1
2
17
YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the swelling of your tongue body?

2
3
19
More SwellingLess SwellingNo Change
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

STOOL

How did Spinach affect your stool smell?

0
2
17
4
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your stool consistency?

0
8
12
3
1
Much softerSlightly softerSameSlightly harderMuch harder
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your stool frequency/quantity?

0
3
14
7
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your stool color?

1
0
11
0
12
More yellowMore grayMore greenMore orangeSame
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your stool lightness?

0
1
19
4
0
Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly darkerMuch darker
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

URINE

How did Spinach affect your urine smell?

0
0
20
4
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your urine lightness?

0
3
19
2
0
Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly DarkerMuch Darker
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your urine frequency/quantity?

0
0
20
4
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

0
0
22
2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your urine clarity?

1
20
3
More cloudySameMore clear
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

SWEAT

How did Spinach affect your sweat smell?

0
0
23
1
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your sweat quantity?

0
0
21
3
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

SKIN

How did Spinach affect the dryness of your skin?

3
1
20
DrierOilierNo Change
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the color of your skin?

0
1
2
0
21
Yellower/GreenerPalerRedderGrayerNo Change
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your freckles/moles?

0
24
0
DarkerNo ChangeLighter
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your acne?

1
22
1
More acneNo ChangeLess acne
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

EYE

How did Spinach affect the color of the lower eye lid?

0
0
23
1
More green/dark greenMore purpleNo ChangeLess green/purple
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the puffiness of lower eye lid?

0
22
2
PuffierNo ChangeLess Puffy
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the color of your sclera (white part of eye)?

0
0
0
0
3
Redder/BloodshotYellowerGrayerBrownerWhiter
21
No Change
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

ENT

How did Spinach affect your congestion?

0
19
5
More congestionNo ChangeLess congestion
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your ear pressure?

2
20
2
More pressureNo ChangeLess pressure
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your throat soreness?

2
22
0
More soreNo ChangeLess sore
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect the thickness of your mucous congestion?

0
17
7
More thickNo ChangeLess thick
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your ear temperature?

4
19
1
HotterNo ChangeCooler
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

SYSTEMIC

How did Spinach affect your anxiety?

0
2
19
3
0
Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your temperature?

0
3
13
8
0
Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your energy levels?

0
2
13
9
0
Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your muscle tension?

0
4
19
1
0
Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

HEART

How did Spinach affect your heart pain/pressure/cramping?

0
1
23
0
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your heart rate?

0
1
20
3
0
Much slowerSlightly slowerSameSlightly fasterMuch faster
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)

How did Spinach affect your heart rhythm?

0
23
1
More palpitationsSameLess palpitations
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:95 (2022-03-05 - 2022-04-24)


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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

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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 'Spinach'

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When Vata and Pitta are imbalanced, spinach (especially raw spinach) can soften the stools, overstimulate the liver, and cause low grade kidney pain. Next time you eat alot of spinach, you might notice one or more of those symptoms. If not, it is probably fine for you.
How does one feel symptoms of an overstimulated liver? I like spinach, and do not eat it too often, or too much, but it is very tasty in soups. I am a Vata-Pitta person and am wondering if it is okay. Not much tends to bother my digestion except for the dry and gooey textures.
- Cyle, Mount vernon, WA , 05-25-12 (Reply)
They use a different species of spinach in India than they do in the United States. In the United States, spinach is in a different plant family, and the plant is actually heating. Great comment though!
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC , 04-20-15 (Reply)
Astang Hridayam 85 lists it as also difficult to digest. Can add difficult tag if you want.
- dehydratedpaani , 12-11-15 (Reply)
We mention that spinach has oxalic acid which generally provokes Pitta.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ
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