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Kale With Lemon & Paprika

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How to Make Kale with Lemon & Paprika

SERVINGS: 2
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY

STYLE: WESTERN
PREPARATION: BOILED
FOR OCCASION: CLEANSE

INGREDIENTS


SKILL LEVEL: EASY
1 tsp
1 lbs
1/4 whole
2 pinch
2 pinch
1 pinch

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Add a small amount of water to the bottom of the saucepan. Strip kale of the central vein, chop into small pieces, and add to the water. Bring to a boil, add remaining ingredients and cover. Lower heat and simmer until Kale turns a dull green color.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

"Heating bitters" wake up cold Kapha and get the blood moving. Heating foods improve circulation and dilate blood vessels. Bitters and sour lemon flush the liver. The result is a Kapha cleanse that energizes and awakens.

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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 Kale with Lemon & Paprika Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Kale with Lemon & Paprika' 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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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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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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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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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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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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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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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
AGGRAVATES
Vata aggravating
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Kale with Lemon & Paprika
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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.

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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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Stool Softener

STOOL-SOFTENER

Softens hard and difficult to eliminate stool. Stool softeners are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Examples include warm milk with ghee.

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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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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Flushes Sinuses

FLUSHES-SINUSES

An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Flushes Membranes

FLUSHES-MEMBRANES

Herbs in this category stimulate mucus membranes to release fluids, flushing them out.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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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 Thinner

BLOOD-THINNER

Herbs that thin the blood. Helpful for people with heart disease or clogged circulation.

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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

A 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.

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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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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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Lowers Thyroid

LOWERS-THYROID

Reduces thyroid function. Useful for people with hyperthyroid.

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Hypolipidemic

HYPOLIPIDEMIC

Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels by 1) purging bile, 2) strengthening the liver's ability to metabolize fats, 3) by increasing uptake of cholesterol in the liver, and 4) by inhibiting fat cells.

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Lowers Blood Sugar

LOWERS-BLOOD-SUGAR

An herb that lowers blood sugar.

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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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Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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Flavonoids

FLAVONOIDS

Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.

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Polyphenols

POLYPHENOLS

Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants seen in many fruits and vegetables. There are more than 8,000 types.

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, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K,
Calcium

CALCIUM

Calcium nourishes bones and muscles. A muscle cell is activated when calcium enters the cell. It relaxes when the calcium is secreted.

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Rutin

RUTIN

Rutin is a flavonoid with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Commonly used to treat conditions such as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and high blood pressure.

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Dandelion Leaves

Dandelion Leaves has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-peristalsis, Alterative, Blood-thinner, General-laxative, Lowers-blood-sugar, Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Hypolipidemic, Stimulates-energy, Appetite-suppressant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Turmeric

Turmeric has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Blood-tonic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Anti-inflammatory, Burns-toxins, Flushes-sinuses, Lowers-blood-sugar, Blood-thinner, Cholagogue, Hypolipidemic, Vasodilator

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Flushes-membranes, Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Kale

Kale has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Hypolipidemic, Lowers-thyroid, Appetite-suppressant, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Cholagogue, Lowers-blood-sugar, Stimulates-peristalsis

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Beets

Beets has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Stimulates-energy, Blood-thinner, General-laxative, Stool-softener, Alterative, Blood-tonic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory

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Allspice

Allspice has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Lowers-blood-sugar, Stool-softener, Anti-inflammatory, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-peristalsis

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Flushes-membranes, Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Turmeric Root (Fresh)

Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Hypolipidemic, Blood-tonic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Burns-toxins, Flushes-sinuses, Lowers-blood-sugar

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Mustard Greens

Mustard Greens has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-peristalsis, Appetite-suppressant, General-laxative, Lowers-blood-sugar, Blood-thinner, Hypolipidemic, Lowers-thyroid

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Aloe Vera Juice / Gel

Aloe Vera Juice / Gel has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Appetite-suppressant, General-laxative, Lowers-blood-sugar, Alterative, Blood-thinner, Hypolipidemic

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Nigella (black cumin)

Nigella (black cumin) has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Diaphoretic, Lowers-blood-sugar

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Kale with Lemon & Paprika

Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Cholagogue, Digestive, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Lowers-blood-sugar, Anti-inflammatory, Stimulates-energy

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Guggulu

Guggulu has these Actions in Common

Blood-thinner, Blood-tonic, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Lowers-blood-sugar, Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory

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Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam

Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Stool-softener, Anti-inflammatory

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Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Stool-softener, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Lowers-blood-sugar

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Dong Quai

Dong Quai has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Anti-inflammatory, Vasodilator, Blood-thinner, Blood-tonic

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Anti-inflammatory, Vasodilator, Blood-tonic, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant

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Triphala Guggulu

Triphala Guggulu has these Actions in Common

General-laxative, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Lowers-blood-sugar, Stool-softener, Blood-thinner, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive

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Yellow Dock

Yellow Dock has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Lowers-blood-sugar, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, Cholagogue, Digestive, General-laxative

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Yogaraj Guggulu

Yogaraj Guggulu has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-thinner, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant

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Manjistha

Manjistha has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Blood-thinner, Blood-tonic, Diaphoretic, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Alterative

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Belly breathing

Belly breathing has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Lowers-blood-sugar, Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Blood-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, General-laxative

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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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