Reported by Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC
How to Make Body-Kind Coffee
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
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.
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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 MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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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 CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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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.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
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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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Body-Kind Coffee
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.
Foods with a Similar Nature to Body-Kind Coffee
Coffee has these Actions in Common
Dries-mouth, Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-peristalsis, Causes-tension, Makes-jittery, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Diuretic, Makes-you-tired, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Appetite-suppressant
Stevia has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Makes-jittery, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Nerve-stimulant, Wakes-you-up
Tofu has these Actions in Common
Dries-mouth, Appetite-suppressant, Makes-you-tired, Diuretic, Satisfies-stomach
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Diuretic, Wakes-you-up
Peanuts has these Actions in Common
Causes-tension, Satisfies-stomach, Dries-mouth, Makes-jittery
Peanut Butter has these Actions in Common
Makes-jittery, Causes-tension, Satisfies-stomach, Dries-mouth
Green Tea has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy
Dandelion Leaves has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Appetite-suppressant, Stimulates-peristalsis, Diuretic
Allspice has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-front-of-brain, Dries-mouth, Stimulates-peristalsis, Stimulates-energy
Raw Sugar has these Actions in Common
Makes-jittery, Makes-you-tired, Wakes-you-up
Beer has these Actions in Common
Makes-you-tired, Satisfies-stomach, Diuretic
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
Vacha (Calamus, Sweet Flag)
Vacha (Calamus, Sweet Flag) has these Actions in Common
Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up
Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy
Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)
Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up, Nerve-stimulant
Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)
Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common
Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up
Reduced lemon juice
Reduced lemon juice has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up
Cold Shower / Bath
Cold Shower / Bath has these Actions in Common
Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up
Guarana has these Actions in Common
Appetite-suppressant, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up
Bitter Orange Peel
Bitter Orange Peel has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-peristalsis, Wakes-you-up
External Breath (Bahya Pranayama)
External Breath (Bahya Pranayama) has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up, Stimulates-energy
Shilajit Tonic has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Nerve-stimulant, Stimulates-energy
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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 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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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.
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!
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.