CUCUMBER & COCONUT COOLER
How to Make Cucumber & Coconut Cooler
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Blend ingredients for thirty seconds or until smooth. Mix in raw sugar to taste.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Refresh yourself this summer with a Cucumber & Coconut Cooler. Ever hear the phrase, "Cool as a cucumber?" Cucumber is known as an herbal refrigerant, which means it naturally cools you down. Coconut water also cools while rebuilding electrolytes. Sip on this all-natural beverage (perhaps under a palm tree?) and notice your eyes soften, your skin cool, and your mouth water. You'll feel calm, cool, and collected after a glass of this revitalizing mocktail.
Chill Your Pitta
As summer reaches its height, signs of pitta abound. Irritability, sleepless summer nights and exhaustion all point to an overheated, pitta-aggravated mind and body. You may also notice soft stools or irritated bowels, dehydration, heat rashes as well as yellowing of the eyes during the blistering summer months. Choosing cooling ingredients can help you combat the pitta-aggravating environment! Aloe vera, cucumber, and coconut are all considered cooling in Ayurveda for their ability to tame heat and high pitta in the body. Aloe vera specifically soothes internal irritation and calms heat-induced inflammation. All together, the ingredients in this drink create an ideal summertime beverage: Cucumber & Coconut Cooler.
Pass the Cucumber, Please!
When you're feeling a little hot and bothered, cucumber is a natural refresher will alleviate your thirst, cool your body, and freshen your breath. Its jade green skin recalls a pleasant afternoon under your favorite shade tree. Moisturizing & cooling, a single slice is restorative, helping you mellow the summer heat.
Detoxify Your Blood
As cucumbers calm your eyes and cool down your liver, you may feel the pressure in your arteries decreasing - cucumber's diuretic nature has been used to reduce blood pressure, water retention, and detoxify the blood for ages. Its cooling & soothing nature aids urinary, bladder, and kidney function. Those who suffer from gout will be pleased to know that cucumbers aids removal of uric acid from the blood. Aloe vera is a cholagogue that cleanses the liver of any stored heat. Aloe vera is also a gentle laxative, which both cleans and cools your GI.
Altogether Cucumber & Coconut Cooler is Pitta pacifying due to its cooling qualities. It is Kapha pacifying due to its light qualities. To help make this drink more supportive for Vata individuals, remove Aloe Vera.
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 Cucumber & Coconut Cooler Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
Find out by taking this free, easy quiz
You'll learn your body type, and whether Cucumber & Coconut Cooler is a good fit for you. Time to complete: approximately 1 minute.
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
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 CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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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?
ABOUT BITTER GUNA
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT ASTRINGENT GUNA
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual 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.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
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Vitamin K, Potassium
Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Heart & Circulation:
Substances that increase your electrolyte balance. Electrolytes help you retain water, keep your palate moist, and truly quench your thirst.
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An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
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Literally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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Liver & Gall Bladder:
Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
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Mind, Stress & Sleep:
Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.
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Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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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.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his 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.
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In what way does cucumber aggravate Vata?
- Fiona Pereira, Mississauga, ON 07-12-16
Cucumber and Vata are both cold. Cucumber is also a diruetic which increases Vata's dryness.