How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Summer 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.
The ruby red strawberry has been long appreciated for its unique aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. The first garden strawberry was bred in the 18th century in France. Prior to this, most strawberries were either harvested wild or from cultivated "wild" species.
Buying & Preparation
Buy firm, free of mold, shiny, with deep red color, preferably with the stem attached. Strawberries, like most berries, are easy targets for insects. Conventional strawberries often require heavy pesticide use. Avoid eating inorganic strawberries, as pesticide residues accumulate where the seeds attach to the body of the fruit. Strawberries rot quickly after purchasing. Strawberries should be washed, any rotten spots removed, and then dried upon buying. They should be placed in a paper bag or with a paper towel that will wick away moisture. Strawberries remain fresh in the refrigerator 2 days.
Strawberry is featured in preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, sherbets, milkshakes, and chocolates. To maximize the strawberry flavor, try slicing strawberries and gently mixing them with 1/4tsp sugar with 1 tsp lemon juice. Strawberries also combine well with limes, rhubarb and kiwis, lemon zest and mint, or with peaches or bananas in smoothies.
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SERVING SIZE: 1/4 c
SPECIES: Fragaria x ananassa
Biocharacteristics of Strawberries
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Dandelion Leaves has these Actions in CommonAlterative, Digestive, Anti-inflammatory, Immune-calming, Antioxidant, Livotonic
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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Strawberries
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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMSStrawberries 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.
View Other Ingredients for SummerStrawberries is recommended for Summer. Check out these other Summer foods here.
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 the AuthorJohn 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 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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