SERVING SIZE: 1/4 c
SPECIES: Fragaria x ananassa
How Can Strawberries Make You Feel Great?
Gentle, Nourishing, & Easy to DigestAs delicate as they may look, the sourness you experience while savoring a strawberry stimulates the appetite, and moistens the entire gastrointestinal tract from mouth to final elimination. Next time you pucker while eating a strawberry, notice how this invigorating little fruit strengthens your entire digestive system, even helping to dislodge stagnant and undigested food as it reduces feelings of heaviness. Strawberries can also help soothe an irritated, inflamed stomach.
The sweet cool nectar of a strawberry encourages the production of body fluids, moisturizes muscles, and nourishes the kidneys. Want to satiate your thirst? Nibble on fresh, ripe strawberries. The juicy tartness of strawberry rejuvenates and revives you, while at the same time recollecting scattered thoughts and grounding the heart & nervous system.
Its nourishing minerals and rejuvenative qualities, in an easy to digest package, make strawberries an ideal supplement for the elderly, those recuperating from illness, and after strenuous physical activity. According to the Chamber's Edinburgh Journal, No. 462, strawberries are well suited for invalids, as they do not produce acetous (aerobic) fermentation in the stomach.
So, go ahead and indulge in strawberries!
Radiant, Healthy Looking Skin & TeethStrawberries are highly purifying, able to permeate the skin and pores. Packed with vitamin C and salicylic acid, strawberry helps to remove dead skin cells when used topically. In summer, capillary beds in the skin dilate to release heat, leaving the skin red and inflamed with a tendency towards rashes. The mild astringency of strawberry tones and whitens the skin as it reduces this blood flow. They are even ideal for remedying slight irregularities in skin pigmentation, lightening freckles. They have a protective skin property that soothes and heals mild sunburn. For smooth, bright and glowing skin, rub mashed strawberry juice over your entire face immediately after washing. For greater effect, leave the sweet-smelling strawberry pulp on your face as a mask for 15-20 minutes.
Want whiter teeth and fresher breath? Since strawberries are astringent and contain vitamin C, they help to remove surface stains and soften built-up plaque. Gentle apply the juice or pulp of a few strawberries directly onto your teeth and leave for five minutes. Rinse with warm water and a pinch of bicarbonate of soda. This natural tooth whitener will be sure to leave you smiling!
Cooling Liver TonicAs we invite the warmth of the summer season, and our external environment starts to heat up, we start to feel our internal heat build as well. The heart rate increases as the temperature rises. Blood vessels dilate. Muscles feel heavy and fatigued. Excess blood flow irritates the eyes, which may seem stressed and dry. Naturally you'll become more social as well. But as the heat rises, you may even feel hot, irritated and impulsive. Your body cries out to be soothed and cooled.
Ayurvedically, all the above heat symptoms are signs that summer heat stresses the liver and spleen. Fortunately the cooling qualities of strawberries can help! Their slightly sweet and slightly sour taste offer an ideal liver restorative, alterative and blood coolant. You'll notice the relaxing effect on the eyes, and better focus to boot, within ten minutes of eating a strawberry.
Summer BerriesSummer berries, like the ruby red strawberry, arrive just in time for hot June temperatures. Blue, red and purple berries like strawberry are often sour, slightly sweet, high in beta-carotene, vitamin C and other blood purifying nutrients. Foods, like strawberries, that are high in beta-carotene lower the risk of having age-related macular degeneration, the main cause of vision loss in older adults, by up to 36%. Consume these berries by the handful as they also reduce internal heat, soothe inflamed tissues, and cool your blood. Over-indulge over the weekend? Too much fun sipping summer cocktails? Berries, and especially strawberries can help detox your liver and reduce a lingering hangover.
Most of us have heard about anti-oxidants, and we're told that we need them. Antioxidants neutralize harmful molecules called free radicals. Well, strawberries and most summer berries are chock-full of anti-oxidants. Strawberries also contain anti-carcinogens, a natural food chemical that reduces the occurrence of cancers. Like many members of the rose family, strawberries contain an enzyme called malic acid, known to gently cleanse and restore the liver.
Lung, Blood Sugar, and Other Health BenefitsAs sweet as they are, research studies have shown that the sweetness of strawberries helps regulate blood sugar response. The sweetness and sourness of strawberries helps to moisten the lungs alleviating respiratory dryness. It's blood balancing properties have been used in feverish conditions. It has also been recommended for kidneys stones and difficult urination.
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WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?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. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest easily create your 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 Strawberries Good for Me?
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.
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
Heart & Circulation:
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.
REBUILDS-FLUIDSHerbs or substances that create moisture in the body and increase fluids.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
ANTICARCINOGENICHerbs that inhibit or prevent the activity of a carcinogen or the development of cancer.
Kidney & Urinary:
KIDNEY-TONICAn herb that strengthens the kidneys.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
LIVOTONICAn herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
RELAXES-EYESEases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.
Skin Care & Beauty:
SKIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.
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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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a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
SkinAcne - general, Bruise easily, Eczema, Freckles numerous, Inflamed skin, Rashes, Red/flushed skin, Rosaceae, Sensitive to Poison Ivy, Skin red after mild abrasion, Skin sensitivity to chemicals, Sun damage/burn, Sun sensitivity, Warm & rosy skin, Wrinkly skin
Mind Stress SleepAnger, irritable, ambitious, analytical, Conflict makes me angry, irritable, Dizzy / Light-headed, Easily insulted / sensitive, Insomnia, Judgmental, Migraines, Overwhelmed by responsibilities
Blood and CirculationAutoimmune Disorders, Bloodshot Eyes, Hepatitis (Past/Current), Jaundice, Liver Sore, Liver spots numerous, Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), Sensitive to Alcohol, Sensitivity to bright light, Stinging Eyes, Teeth marks on tongue edges, Thalassemia Minor
Respiratory HealthBronchitis, Dry cough, Sore throat
DietBulimia, past or current, Irregular Thirst
Kidney Bladder UrinaryBurning/painful urination, Kidney Stones
DigestionCrohn's Disease, Discolored Tooth, Dry Mouth / Tongue, Gastritis, Gray teeth, H pylori infection, Hiatal Hernia, Pancreatic Insufficiency, Strong/frequently thirsty, Ulcerative Colitis, Yellow teeth
PoopPencil stool - thin & long
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.