BEET SOUP WITH LEMON JUICE & PARSLEY
How to Make Beet Soup with Lemon Juice & Parsley
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Dice beets and celery and add them to a large pot. Add salt and lemon juice. Add water until vegetables are submerged and bring to a boil. In a separate pan, sautee cumin seeds in oil and add to the soup, cooking until beets are soft. Chop fresh parsely and garnish over the top.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Beets, grapefruit and dandelion are the three spring cleanse foods. Beets thin and support the flow of bile which decongests the liver. Beets also support the blood and have a laxative cleansing effect. Lemon juice is a powerful cholagogue that also flushes bile and empties the gall bladder. Parsley is a digestive and diuretic.
WHAT IS BEET SOUP WITH LEMON JUICE & PARSLEY?
Simple, but with a Mediterranean flare.
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Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
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.
ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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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?
ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulates rejection. It is a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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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
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.
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Beet Soup with Lemon Juice & Parsley
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.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.
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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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Nerve Relaxant Grounding
Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
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An herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
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Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
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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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An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or contain beta-carotene.
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, Soluble Fiber
, Beta Carotene
, Vitamin K
Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Beet Soup with Lemon Juice & Parsley
Beets has these Actions in Common
Warms-abdomen, Blood-tonic, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Relaxes-eyes, Stimulates-energy, Cholagogue, Irritates-kidney, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Stool-softener, Alterative, General-laxative, Livotonic, Opthalmic, Skin-tonic
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-abdomen
Saffron has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Livotonic, Carminative, Diuretic, Skin-tonic
Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-abdomen, Cholagogue, Digestive, General-laxative, Decongestant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy
Lemon has these Actions in Common
Relaxes-eyes, Alterative, Decongestant, General-laxative, Stool-softener, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Cholagogue, Digestive
Carrot has these Actions in Common
Cholagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Skin-tonic, Alterative, Diuretic, Livotonic, Blood-tonic, General-laxative, Opthalmic
Dandelion Leaves has these Actions in Common
Cholagogue, General-laxative, Livotonic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Diuretic, Irritates-kidney
Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Carminative, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic
Allspice has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Stool-softener, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Muscle-relaxant, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Stimulates-energy
Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common
Cholagogue, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-abdomen, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, General-laxative
Turmeric Root (Fresh)
Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Skin-tonic, Alterative, Carminative, Flushes-sinuses, Blood-tonic, Cholagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Burns-toxins
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Beet Soup with Lemon Juice & Parsley
Amalaki has these Actions in Common
Relaxes-eyes, Alterative, Skin-tonic, Blood-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Stool-softener, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Opthalmic
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Burns-toxins, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Stool-softener
Belly breathing has these Actions in Common
Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Alterative, Stimulates-energy, Blood-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant
Breathing Exercises has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Stimulates-energy, Blood-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant
Goldenseal has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Opthalmic, Burns-toxins, Cholagogue, Decongestant, Digestive
Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)
Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Stimulates-energy, Blood-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant
Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)
Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Alterative, Stimulates-energy
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Internal-detoxicant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Alterative, Stimulates-energy, Blood-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant, Cholagogue, Digestive, Diuretic
Trikatu has these Actions in Common
Warms-abdomen, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant
Triphala has these Actions in Common
Skin-tonic, Stool-softener, Alterative, Digestive, Diuretic, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Opthalmic
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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 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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While beets, lemon, and parsley soup may be perfect for a Kapha imbalance, your taste buds will naturally reject this combination during early winter. I would suggest trying the recipe again mid March and see if you notice a difference.
I love this soup. the great thing about Ayurveda is that it shows you how to combine ingredients together intuitively, and create a new result you might not have thought of..
- Larissa Demalteris, Golden, CO 11-10-12
It's mid-March and this was perfect! I did a google search for beet and lemon soup and this came up. I added some parsley into the soup and some on top. My husband and I didn't enjoy the fresh parsley on top as much as cooked into the soup. Thanks!