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How to Make Body-Kind Coffee

SERVINGS: 1
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY

STYLE: WESTERN

INGREDIENTS


SKILL LEVEL: EASY
2 tsp
2 tsp
1 tbsp
1/4 tsp

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Choose grass-fed, organic butter whenever possible.

Brew a fresh batch of coffee using the coffee grounds and pour one and a half cup (12oz) into a glass blender. Add coconut oil, butter, and cardamom, and blend until smooth. Mix ingredients by hand if no blender is available.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Coffee is stimulating and depleting, but adding butter & coconut oil can help mitigate the harmful effects of coffee. Grass-fed butter and nourishing coconut oil contain stable, healthy saturated fats that soothe your nerves and help protect your stomach lining from acidic coffee. Coffee is a rich source of antioxidants, but is also a very strong stimulant and is therefore only recommended on occasion in Ayurveda. Body-Kind Coffee is one of the few ways that Vata-types can safely enjoy a cup of coffee without getting over-stressed and depleting their adrenals. Grass-fed, organic butter (the kind that is very yellow) is rich in Vitamin A, which is a key for adrenal and thyroid health.

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.

Is Body-Kind Coffee Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Body-Kind Coffee' 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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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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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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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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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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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
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
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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Acrid

ACRID

Acrid taste is a combination of bitter and pungent tastes. Example include radish, turnip, and coffee.

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Tissue (dhatu):
Fat

FAT

Fat tissue (Meda Dhatu) includes adipose tissue and sebum (skin oil).

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Body-Kind Coffee
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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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Appetite Suppressant

APPETITE-SUPPRESSANT

Suppresses hunger without causing weight gain.

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Causes Tension

CAUSES-TENSION

Increases feelings of tension, constriction and tightness in the body.

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Stimulates Front Of Brain

STIMULATES-FRONT-OF-BRAIN

Creates a feeling of awareness or tension in the area in the forehead. Activates the frontal lobe - the area responsible for motor function, emotional expression, thinking, and decision making.

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Wakes You Up

WAKES-YOU-UP

Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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, Makes Jittery,
Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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Nerve Stimulant

NERVE-STIMULANT

Provide short lived stimulation of the nervous system.

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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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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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Dries Mouth

DRIES-MOUTH

Makes the mouth feel dry, or pasty.

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Constituents:
Fats, Vitamin D, Tannins,
Caffeine Methylxanthines

CAFFEINE-METHYLXANTHINES

Methylxanthines are purine alkaloids that have a stimulant and bronchodilating effect.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Body-Kind Coffee

Coffee

Coffee has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Diuretic, Makes-you-tired, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Appetite-suppressant, Dries-mouth, Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-peristalsis, Causes-tension, Makes-jittery

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Diuretic, Wakes-you-up

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Wakes-you-up, Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-front-of-brain

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Stevia

Stevia has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Makes-jittery, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Nerve-stimulant, Wakes-you-up

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Tofu

Tofu has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Satisfies-stomach, Dries-mouth, Appetite-suppressant, Makes-you-tired

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Green Tea

Green Tea has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Diuretic, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Nerve-stimulant, Wakes-you-up

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Diuretic, Wakes-you-up

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Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter has these Actions in Common

Makes-jittery, Causes-tension, Satisfies-stomach, Dries-mouth

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Peanuts

Peanuts has these Actions in Common

Makes-jittery, Causes-tension, Satisfies-stomach, Dries-mouth

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Dandelion Leaves

Dandelion Leaves has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Appetite-suppressant, Stimulates-peristalsis

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Mint

Mint has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-front-of-brain, Diaphoretic, Wakes-you-up, Stimulates-energy

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Body-Kind Coffee

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Dries-mouth, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain

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Regular exercise

Regular exercise has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Nerve-stimulant

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Sniff raw onions, chopped

Sniff raw onions, chopped has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up

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Vacha (Calamus, Sweet Flag)

Vacha (Calamus, Sweet Flag) has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up, Nerve-stimulant

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Shilajit Tonic

Shilajit Tonic has these Actions in Common

Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Diuretic

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Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy

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Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

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

Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up

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Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up

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Guarana

Guarana has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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Reduced lemon juice

Reduced lemon juice has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up

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Cold Shower / Bath

Cold Shower / Bath has these Actions in Common

Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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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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Comments & Impressions of 'Body-kind Coffee'

Do you like 'body-kind coffee'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something else you'd like to know about 'body-kind coffee'?

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- Linda Iha, Honolulu
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, 12-01-16 (Reply)
Adding the butter and coconut oil and blending it with an immersion blender makes for a delicious morning drink. Or just the butter or the coconut oil. Adding cardamom seemed to offset the sweetness of the oils. I think I will experiment with other spices.And to the person who commented but is concerned about high fat content, these are the kinds of fats our bodies need.I doubt if you'd get the same result from ghee, but it would probably still be good.
- Sara Lynne Moser, The Woodlands, TX
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, 09-24-17 (Reply)
Coffee can certainly increase Vata's anxiety and tendency towards dryness and could be over-stimulating even with the added butter. As always, it will depend on the individual's constitution. For some it's just best avoided. Chicory blends can be a nice, caffeine-free substitute for weaning off of coffee!
- Katie Clinton, Ferndale, sligo, AL
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, 12-06-20 (Reply)
Excited to possibly work coffee into my life. Have a hard time as a vata/pitta. Does anyone know if the butter can be substituted with Ghee? Wondering if the recipe is still potent in a bodykind fashion if there is a substitution or if the fats are necessary.
- Andrew Keeler, New haven, CT
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