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Pomegranate Coconut Punch

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Reported by Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC

How to Make Pomegranate Coconut Punch

SERVINGS: 1
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES

MEAL: DRINK
STYLE: TROPICAL
PREPARATION: RAW, JUICE
EAT IN: SUMMER
FOR OCCASION: BACKYARD-PICNIC-BBQ

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Use juice from whole pomegranates or a store-bought pomegranate juice without sweetener. Mix and serve.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

This fruity combination offers a ripe pucker of juicy refreshment on a hot summer day. Coconut's nourishing sweetness and pomegranate's tart red 'pop' is a balm for summer heat and irritation. You'll feel gently cleansed of reactive summertime emotions, cooler on the inside, and clear-headed. Enjoy this splash of the tropics - feel it soothing and hydrating the angry heat of summer with each sip.

Feel vital and fresh

Sweating depletes electrolytes and sugars, leaving you exhaustion and weak after a long day working under the hot sun. This elixir of fruit sugars, electrolytes and fatty acids freshens you up and adds enjoyment to your day. Pomegranate's circulatory, stimulating qualities flush toxins out of sore overworked muscles. Upon drinking, you'll feel like a cool breeze at dusk while the sun tucks itself away. Pomegranate also encourages production of red blood cells, useful in anemia and other blood deficiencies so that you feel strong and vigorous for tomorrow. Let the rich red color of pomegranate remind you of the vital blood circulating through your veins - drink it in and never forget your innate vitality.

Nourish Kindness

Sweet, delicious coconut water restores calm and peace. Anxious, heated emotions easily flare onhot summer afternoons. This nutritive brain tonic is known to restore your affectionate side, which is why it is a popular aphrodisiac in the tropics. Coconut water's sweetness, combined with natural oils, nourish you from deep within - a sign of coconut's natural ojas building qualities. This satisfaction seems to relieve tension down to the cellular level, helping you move with ease throughout your day.

Soothing, Cooling Relief

By nature an ambitious organ, the liver often falls victim to intense, hot blooded emotions that boil up inside. Pomegranate's sour taste gently purges the liver of hot summer bile, so that you feel less irritable and more patient, despite the hot weather. Coconut water is a coolant, meaning it is a soothing anti-inflammatory for your whole body. Its creaminess soothes inflamed mucosal membranes in the entire digestive tract. It also cools the blood, which then passes through the liver like fresh mountain spring water, blessing all it touches like a crisp, babbling brook.

Glowing Skin Tonic

Skin disorders, like hot blooded emotions, start in the liver. When the liver is taxed and overheated in summer, the skin comes to rescue by helping the liver detoxify the blood. The result is ruddy, acne ridden complexion as these toxins come to the surface and irritate your skin. When this happens your skin will look inflamed and might feel hot and puffy to the touch. The liver cleansing & nourishing qualities of this drink restores strength to the liver and beauty to the skin. Meanwhile, coconut's creaminess restores your skin's suppleness. With the first taste, you'll feel relaxed in your entire skin and return to your naturally radiant state.

A Balm for Your Intestines

In early summer, stools are loose and hot, often making you feel a burning discomfort during elimination. In late summer, stools dry out and become hardened, though equally irritating. If you are suffering from dryness or heat conditions of the GI, or even simple dehydration, this recipe offers natural and delicious relief. In the same way it makes the mouth pucker, the astringency of pomegranate firms up loose early summer stools. Smooth and lubricating coconut water then comes in to balance the threat of over-drying during those hardened, late-summer stools. Altogether, Coconut Pomegranate Elixir is a perfect tonic for Vata dryness and Pitta irritation in the intestines.

If coconut and pomegranate's cold properties suppress your appetite too much, they will make your stomach feel heavy and sluggish. If that happens, add a punch of catalyzing ginger to this recipe to liven up your insides.

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 Pomegranate Coconut Punch Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Pomegranate Coconut Punch' 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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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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HEAVY

ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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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
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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?

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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
Moves Energy:
Downward

DOWNWARD

Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.

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Inward

INWARD

Inward moving substances promote introspection, self reflection, stillness, or slow the system down.

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Tissue (dhatu):
Red Blood

RED-BLOOD

Red blood (Rakta Dhatu) includes red blood cells and blood vessels.

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Blood Plasma Lymph

BLOOD-PLASMA-LYMPH

Plasma (Rasa Dhatu) includes plasma, white blood cells, and lymph.

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Subdosha: Pitta Sadhaka, Pitta Ranjaka, Pitta Pachaka, Pitta Bhrajaka, Pitta Alochaka
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Pomegranate Coconut Punch
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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.

Quenches Thirst

QUENCHES-THIRST

An herb or substance that relieves thirst.

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Appetite Suppressant

APPETITE-SUPPRESSANT

Suppresses hunger without causing weight gain.

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Spleen Tonic

SPLEEN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.

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Antacid

ANTACID

Herbs that neutralize acidity in the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach in particular.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

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

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Brain Tonic

BRAIN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens the brain and thereby enhances memory or other cognitive functions and improves mental stamina or stability.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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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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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

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

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Rebuilds Fluids

REBUILDS-FLUIDS

Herbs or substances that create moisture in the body and increase fluids.

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Rebuild Electrolytes

REBUILD-ELECTROLYTES

Substances that increase your electrolyte balance. Electrolytes help you retain water, keep your palate moist, and truly quench your thirst.

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Refrigerant

REFRIGERANT

An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.

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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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Opthalmic

OPTHALMIC

Benefits the eyes, vision tonic.

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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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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:

Foods with a Similar Nature to Pomegranate Coconut Punch

Pomegranate

Pomegranate has these Actions in Common

Refrigerant, Alterative, Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Skin-tonic, Antacid, Internal-detoxicant, Opthalmic, Spleen-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic

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Coconut Water

Coconut Water has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids, Brain-tonic, Quenches-thirst, Refrigerant, Antacid, Livotonic, Rebuild-electrolytes, Appetite-suppressant

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Grape

Grape has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Quenches-thirst, Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids, Alterative, Brain-tonic, Opthalmic

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Chickweed

Chickweed has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Nutritive, Alterative, Blood-tonic, Rebuilds-fluids, Anti-inflammatory, Internal-detoxicant, Refrigerant

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Blueberry

Blueberry has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Alterative, Brain-tonic, Opthalmic, Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Refrigerant

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Acai

Acai has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Refrigerant, Appetite-suppressant, Nutritive, Alterative, Brain-tonic, Quenches-thirst

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Beets

Beets has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Skin-tonic, Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Alterative, Internal-detoxicant, Opthalmic

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Coconut Cream

Coconut Cream has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Antacid, Brain-tonic, Refrigerant

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Coconut Butter

Coconut Butter has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Antacid, Brain-tonic, Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic

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Cucumber

Cucumber has these Actions in Common

Skin-tonic, Internal-detoxicant, Quenches-thirst, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory, Opthalmic

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Coconut Flakes

Coconut Flakes has these Actions in Common

Antacid, Brain-tonic, Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Blood-tonic, Nutritive

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Pomegranate Coconut Punch

Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Skin-tonic, Brain-tonic, Internal-detoxicant, Nutritive, Opthalmic, Alterative, Quenches-thirst, Antacid, Rebuilds-fluids, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant

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Pitta Massage Oil

Pitta Massage Oil has these Actions in Common

Rebuilds-fluids, Refrigerant, Skin-tonic, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, Nutritive

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Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)

Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Antacid, Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids, Refrigerant

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Licorice Ghee (9oz)

Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common

Antacid, Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids, Refrigerant, Alterative

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Brahmi - Gotu Kola

Brahmi - Gotu Kola has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, Brain-tonic, Refrigerant, Skin-tonic

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Red Clover

Red Clover has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids, Skin-tonic, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Internal-detoxicant

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Manjistha

Manjistha has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Skin-tonic, Spleen-tonic, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic

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Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam

Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Internal-detoxicant, Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory

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Brahmi Ghee (9oz)

Brahmi Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Blood-tonic, Brain-tonic, Refrigerant, Skin-tonic

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Red Root

Red Root has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Appetite-suppressant, Internal-detoxicant, Refrigerant, Alterative

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Yellow Dock

Yellow Dock has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, Internal-detoxicant, Refrigerant

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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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Hi Barb - great question! It is one tbsp of pomegranate juice.
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC , 08-11-15 (Reply)
What is effervescent water good for? Can I use pomegranate juice instead of whole fruit?
- Lisa Chavez, Albuquerque , 08-11-15 (Reply)
Effervescent is helpful in kapha individuals to dislodge any burps that may be stuck (as is often the case with Kapha). The carbonic acid in sparkling water may irritate the mucus lining of Vata individuals.
Pomegranate juice
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ
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