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Beets & Greens With Coconut

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How to Make Beets & Greens with Coconut

SERVINGS: 2
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES

STYLE: WESTERN
PREPARATION: BOILED
EAT IN: SPRING
FOR OCCASION: CLEANSE

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp
1/4 c
1 tsp
1 c
1/2 inch
1/2 lbs
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Chop the beets and greens. Add remaining ingredients, 2c water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for until beets are soft. Remove cover and cook on medium high until liquid reduces to a 1/4" in the bottom of the pot.

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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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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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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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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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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
Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Kapha aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Crunchy

CRUNCHY

Makes an audible noise when you eat them. Can provide fun texture variation.

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Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Beets & Greens with Coconut
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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 Peristalsis

STIMULATES-PERISTALSIS

An herb that promotes involuntary smooth muscle contractions to facilitate the movement of food and waste through the digestive tract.

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Warms Abdomen

WARMS-ABDOMEN

Warms the muscles and organs of the abdomen, stimulating digestion and metabolism.

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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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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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Stomachic

STOMACHIC

An herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.

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Antacid

ANTACID

Herbs that neutralize acidity in the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach in particular.

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Stool Softener

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

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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Wakes You Up

WAKES-YOU-UP

Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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Strengthens Resolve

STRENGTHENS-RESOLVE

Increases determination and courage by reducing stress and building strength.

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Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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, Makes Jittery,
Relaxes Eyes

RELAXES-EYES

Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.

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Nerve Relaxant Grounding

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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Brain Tonic

BRAIN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens the brain and thereby enhances memory or other cognitive functions and improves mental stamina or stability.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Skin Tonic

SKIN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.

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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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Decongestant

DECONGESTANT

An herb that reduces mucus production often by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.

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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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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Blood Tonic

BLOOD-TONIC

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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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.

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Irritates Kidney

IRRITATES-KIDNEY

Tight, sharp pain just below ribs in the back.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

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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Livotonic

LIVOTONIC

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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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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Raises Thyroid

RAISES-THYROID

An herb that increases thyroid function.

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Galactagogue

GALACTAGOGUE

Increases production of breast milk, often by raising prolactin and diaphoresis.

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Muscle Relaxant

MUSCLE-RELAXANT

Herbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.

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Constituents:
Soluble Fiber, Potassium,
Saponins

SAPONINS

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

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, Fats, Carbohydrate,
Betaine

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

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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, Sodium, Beta Carotene, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A,
Magnesium

MAGNESIUM

Helps muscles relax. Laxative.

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, Folate,
Iron

IRON

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

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, Manganese,
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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Foods with a Similar Nature to Beets & Greens with Coconut

Beets

Beets has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, General-laxative, Livotonic, Relaxes-eyes, Stimulates-energy, Warms-abdomen, Blood-tonic, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Satisfies-stomach, Stool-softener, Cholagogue, Irritates-kidney, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Skin-tonic, Vasodilator

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Strengthens-resolve, Warms-abdomen, Decongestant, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Vasodilator, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Strengthens-resolve, Warms-abdomen, Decongestant, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Vasodilator, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant

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Ginger (Fresh)

Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Brain-tonic, Digestive, Refreshing, Stomachic, Cardiac-stimulant, Galactagogue, Sialogogue, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Decongestant

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Strengthens-resolve, Warms-abdomen, Decongestant, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Vasodilator

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Daikon Radish

Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common

General-laxative, Warms-abdomen, Anti-inflammatory, Decongestant, Diuretic, Refreshing, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Stimulates-energy, Cholagogue, Digestive

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Horseradish

Horseradish has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, General-laxative, Wakes-you-up, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Refreshing, Warms-abdomen

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Wasabi

Wasabi has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, General-laxative, Wakes-you-up, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Refreshing, Warms-abdomen

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Lemon

Lemon has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, General-laxative, Relaxes-eyes, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Sialogogue, Cholagogue, Digestive, Refreshing, Stool-softener

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Allspice

Allspice has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Stool-softener, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-peristalsis, Vasodilator, Decongestant, Muscle-relaxant, Stomachic

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Garlic (raw)

Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, General-laxative, Vasodilator, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-abdomen, Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Stomachic

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Beets & Greens with Coconut

Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Antacid, Relaxes-eyes, Anti-inflammatory, Sialogogue, Blood-tonic, Skin-tonic, Brain-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Stool-softener, Digestive, Wakes-you-up, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Refreshing

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Anti-inflammatory, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Blood-tonic, Refreshing, Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Decongestant, Stomachic

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Breathing Exercises

Breathing Exercises has these Actions in Common

Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Raises-thyroid, Blood-tonic, Refreshing, Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Decongestant, Wakes-you-up

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Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Refreshing, Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Decongestant, Wakes-you-up, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Raises-thyroid

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Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Wakes-you-up, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Raises-thyroid, Blood-tonic, Refreshing, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, General-laxative

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Anti-inflammatory, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Wakes-you-up, Decongestant, Digestive

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Anti-inflammatory, Stimulates-energy, Blood-tonic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Cholagogue, Digestive, Diuretic

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Bitter Orange Peel

Bitter Orange Peel has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Raises-thyroid, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-peristalsis, Stomachic, Cardiac-stimulant, Wakes-you-up, Decongestant

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Belly breathing

Belly breathing has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Raises-thyroid

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Bhumyamalaki

Bhumyamalaki has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Diuretic, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Livotonic, Skin-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue

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Kava Kava

Kava Kava has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Makes-you-tired, Muscle-relaxant, Anti-inflammatory, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Decongestant, Digestive

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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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What is the impact, if any, of using golden beets rather than red beets? Thank you!
- Meg Morris, Seattle, WA , 03-10-18 (Reply)
Red foods generally have the following health benefits:anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, cell protection, gastrointestinal health, heart health, hormone health, liver health and are more alkaline than yellow beets. Yellow foods generally have the following health benefits:anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, cell protection, cognition, eye health, heart health, skin health, vascular health and are more acidic.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ
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