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"This is so good and so easy. I have been wanting to really like a carrot soup for years and this one is it. I think..."
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How to Make Carrot Soup with Sunflower Seeds & Raisins

SERVINGS: 1
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES

STYLE: WESTERN
PREPARATION: SOUP, BOILED
FOR OCCASION: ON-THE-MEND

INGREDIENTS

4 whole
1/4 c
1 tbsp
2 tbsp
1/4 tsp

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Chop carrots. Add all ingredients to a pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Cook until carrots and sunflower seeds are tender.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

An easy to digest meal.

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 Carrot Soup with Sunflower Seeds & Raisins Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Carrot Soup with Sunflower Seeds & Raisins' 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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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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HEAVY

ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.

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OILY

ABOUT OILY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

In Ayurveda, oily refers to anything moistening. More specifically, oily refers to building substances that increases fat, or are themselves fatty. For example, sugar is Oily.

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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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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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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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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Carrot Soup with Sunflower Seeds & Raisins
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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.

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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High Fiber Laxative

HIGH-FIBER-LAXATIVE

A class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The large size of the stool stimulates peristalsis so the stool can pass more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydr

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Antilithic

ANTILITHIC

An herb that dissolves / breaks up stones (gallstones or kidney stones) so that it can be passed.

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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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Strengthens Resolve

STRENGTHENS-RESOLVE

Increases determination and courage by reducing stress and building strength.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Tonic

TONIC

A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.

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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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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Flushes Sinuses

FLUSHES-SINUSES

An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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Lung Tonic

LUNG-TONIC

Strengthens the lungs. Lung tonics include antifibrotic, vessel tonic, or nourishing herbs with an affinity for the lungs. They aid recovery in acute or chronic lung conditions.

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Alterative

ALTERATIVE

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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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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Antioxidant

ANTIOXIDANT

An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals that lead to a chain reaction causing damage or death to cells. Antioxidants terminate these oxidation reactions.

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Opthalmic

OPTHALMIC

Benefits the eyes, vision tonic.

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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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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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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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Constituents:
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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Coumarin

COUMARIN

Moderately toxic, vascular tonic, hypotensive, and anti-inflammatory.

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, Soluble Fiber, Fats,
Magnesium

MAGNESIUM

Helps muscles relax. Laxative.

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, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Protein,
Phytates

PHYTATES

Phytates prevent absorption of nutrients. They are commonly found in all seeds, including nuts, grains, and beans. Sprouting greatly reduces phytate content, as well as long, slow cooking with vinegar.

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, Carbohydrate, Beta Carotene, Sodium

Foods with a Similar Nature to Carrot Soup with Sunflower Seeds & Raisins

Carrot

Carrot has these Actions in Common

Antioxidant, Diuretic, Livotonic, Opthalmic, Alterative, Blood-tonic, General-laxative, Lung-tonic, Skin-tonic, Antilithic, Cholagogue, High-fiber-laxative, Nutritive, Tonic

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Grape

Grape has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, High-fiber-laxative, Opthalmic, Alterative, Diuretic, Livotonic, Tonic, Antioxidant, General-laxative, Nutritive

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Beets

Beets has these Actions in Common

Alterative, General-laxative, Nutritive, Skin-tonic, Blood-tonic, Livotonic, Opthalmic, Cholagogue, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach

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Dates (dried)

Dates (dried) has these Actions in Common

Livotonic, Tonic, Alterative, General-laxative, Nutritive, Blood-tonic, High-fiber-laxative, Opthalmic, Diuretic

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Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettles has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Tonic, Alterative, Diuretic, Satisfies-stomach, Antilithic, Lung-tonic, Strengthens-resolve

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Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash has these Actions in Common

Satisfies-stomach, Diuretic, Nutritive, Tonic, Livotonic, Opthalmic, Alterative, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Pomegranate

Pomegranate has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Alterative, Cholagogue, Opthalmic, Antioxidant, Livotonic, Skin-tonic

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Almonds

Almonds has these Actions in Common

General-laxative, Nutritive, Tonic, High-fiber-laxative, Satisfies-stomach, Blood-tonic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Skin-tonic

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Acai

Acai has these Actions in Common

Alterative, General-laxative, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Antioxidant, High-fiber-laxative, Nutritive, Cholagogue, Livotonic

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Sorghum Flour

Sorghum Flour has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Lung-tonic, Satisfies-stomach, High-fiber-laxative, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Blood-tonic, Livotonic, Nutritive

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Prunes (dried)

Prunes (dried) has these Actions in Common

Antioxidant, General-laxative, Blood-tonic, High-fiber-laxative, Alterative, Diuretic, Nutritive

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Carrot Soup with Sunflower Seeds & Raisins

Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Alterative, Tonic, Antilithic, Antioxidant, Blood-tonic, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Lung-tonic

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Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Opthalmic, Skin-tonic, Tonic, Alterative, Antioxidant, Blood-tonic, General-laxative

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Strengthens-resolve, Tonic, Alterative, Antioxidant, Blood-tonic, Diuretic

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Gokshura

Gokshura has these Actions in Common

Antilithic, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Skin-tonic, Tonic, Alterative

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Bhringaraj

Bhringaraj has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Livotonic, Opthalmic, Skin-tonic, Tonic

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Vidari

Vidari has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Soothes-throat, Tonic, Alterative, Diuretic, Livotonic

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Bhumyamalaki

Bhumyamalaki has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, General-laxative, Livotonic, Skin-tonic, Alterative, Cholagogue

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Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Antilithic, Antioxidant, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Livotonic

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Red Clover

Red Clover has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Skin-tonic, Alterative, Antilithic, Diuretic, Lung-tonic

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Anantamul

Anantamul has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Blood-tonic, Diuretic, Skin-tonic, Tonic

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Triphala

Triphala has these Actions in Common

Skin-tonic, Alterative, Diuretic, General-laxative, Opthalmic

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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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Wonderful, light soup. Add more raisins and eat it all up the first day if you want more sweetness; leave some for the next day to enjoy melded flavors and even more tender sunflower seeds.
- Alise, Dresser, WI
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This is so good and so easy. I have been wanting to really like a carrot soup for years and this one is it. I think because it is so simple it really is about the carrots. yum. Thank you very much.
- Laura Brink, Santa fe, NM
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