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How to Make Cabbage Soup Diet
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Add all ingredients to a large pot. Add enough water to cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
The Cabbage Soup DietIn the 1980s, eating a diet of exclusively cabbage soup became quite popular as more and more Americans began to struggle with weight problems. This diet was notoriously low in calories, but the fibrous nature of both cabbage and celery gave dieters the illusion of fullness, which is very appealing for those with an unruly appetite. Celery is actually a negative calorie food meaning celery contains less calories than are burned by your body trying to digest it. Unfortunately, though eating a diet of exclusively cabbage soup may be filling, it is basically a crash diet that can lead to a person into a "feast or famine" pattern. Extremely low calorie diets ultimately cause a yo-yo diet effect that ends in weight gain. As much as we love cabbage soup, and recommend it for cleansing & weight loss, we don't recommend you go on an exclusively cabbage soup diet. However, including cabbage soup in one's diet can offer a light, healthy, and gentle cleanse after too much heavy eating.
Reduce Water WeightBoth cabbage and celery have diuretic properties, meaning that they help flush excess water out of the body. Often people who have a lot of Kapha dosha, the body type ruled by water and earth, tend to retain water especially in the late spring time when the climate is rainy and soggy. This kind of weather makes Kapha people feel dull, lethargic, and low energy. Celery is a bright, crunchy diuretic that can help you say goodbye to heavy water retention and hello to renewed lightness & energy!
Getting Back on TrackIf you've been off your diet and eating unhealthy foods lately, Cabbage is a safety food that can get you back on track. If you've been feeling heavy and lethargic due to excessively rich foods, cabbage is a light and satisfying option. If you've been sick lately, cabbage is nourishing and supportive fare to help you recover.
Spiced to CleanseCurry powder improves circulation and thins the blood, cleansing the lymphatic system as well as all vessels and tissues. Its ability to move the blood dries dampness and increases heat. Turmeric's ability to support the liver while cleansing the lymphatic system make it an ideal herb for spring cleansing (along with beets and dandelions). The laxative and circulatory qualities of garlic are useful in cleansing regimens. It is also an expectorant, which means it can help clear out the lungs.
Goitrogens & CabbageRaw cabbage is goitrogenic, which means that it can lower thyroid function which is not good for people who have hypothyroid. When it is cooked however, the goitrogens break down so that you can enjoy them in moderation even for those with a hypothyroid condition.
WHAT IS CABBAGE SOUP DIET?
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Cabbage Soup Diet Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences 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.
Here are the herbal actions of Cabbage Soup Diet:
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
CARMINATIVEStimulates 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.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
STOOL-SOFTENERAn herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
DETOXICANTAn herb that decongests or dislodges toxins from the body and the lymphatic, transforming or altering fluids to a more healthy state.
BURNS-TOXINSAn herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
SOOTHES-THROATSoothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.
FLUSHES-SINUSESAn herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
FLUSHES-MEMBRANESHerbs in this category stimulate mucus membranes to release fluids, flushing them out.
REFRIGERANTAn herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
VASODILATORA 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.
DIURETICHerbs 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.
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues 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.
GALACTAGOGUEIncreases production of breast milk, often by raising prolactin and diaphoresis.
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