How to Make Pomegranate Lime Spritzer
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Note: For best results use bottled pomegranate juice, and strained lime juice as well, which will not cause your carbonated seltzer water to bubble over.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Cleanse the Stickiness out of SummerHumidity can leave you feeling sticky, sweaty, and just plain down-and-out. Pomegranate's astringency can help dispel this stickiness and restore your elegance and equanimity. Lime's sour taste increases the flow of bile which removes sticky oils from the blood, making you feel refreshing light. After a glass of this sour spritzer, you'll feel immediate relief and begin to feel restored, clean, energetic, and bright.
Soothe Burning & IrritationWhen heartburn, gas, & bloating leave irritation and burning in its wake, both pomegranate juice and lime are tried-and-true remedies. The sour taste in both pomegranate and lime reduce production of irritating stomach acids, while astringency cools down inflammation.
Pomegranate is excellent for all heat conditions of the digestive tract, including nausea. If you get nausea on an empty stomach or even morning sickness, it may be due to hyperacidity in the stomach. For those who get a little woozy on windy roads, making a little Pomegranate Lime Spritzer for the car can help mitigate car sickness. The carbonic acid in seltzer will settle your stomach, while the pomegranate soothes the stomach.
Blood Tonic BeverageIf you are anemic or just feeling a little run-down and depleted, you may have a mild case of blood deficiency. Pull down your bottom eyelid and look in the mirror. If you see that the capillary bed looks pale, this is a great drink for you. The red color of pomegranate is an indicator that it has blood tonifying properties. Pomegranate helps in the production of red blood cells, while limes nourish deficient blood plasma and rebuild fluids. Together, these ingredients make this drink great blood tonic. It builds the blood without building heat, which is why Pomegranate is an ideal fix for problems of the blood.
Alkaline LimeThere is a lot of talk about alkaline foods. In Ayurveda, we translate that to mean foods that cool the blood. The next time you feel overheated, make a little Pomegranate Lime Spritzer and check in to how your body feels about ten minutes later. Chances are, you feel relaxation around the eyes where you once felt tension. Your mind softens and your emotions cool down. You have just been "alkalized!!"
Digestive AidLimes and pomegranate are strongly sour, thus encouraging secretions in the digestive tract and salivary glands. These secretions improve taste, digestion, and regular elimination (functioning as a mild laxative and reducing gas). Their watery nature alleviates dryness, hydrating both the skin and internal membranes such as the colon.
Although many sours are irritating topically, pomegranate is a rare gem because it is a soothing exception to the rule. If this mocktail is too cold for you, and suppresses your natural appetite, add pinch of ginger powder to warm it up a touch and pacify frazzled Vata. Our friend and Ayurvedic practitioner, Aubrey Bamdad, suggests adding aloe vera to this recipe, transforming it into a "six taste tonic." We agree and love this delicious, cooling variation!
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 Pomegranate Lime Spritzer Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Experiences are PersonalExperiences 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.
QUENCHES-THIRSTAn herb or substance that relieves thirst.
SIALOGOGUEA sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents
ANTACIDHerbs that neutralize acidity in the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach in particular.
APPETIZERHerbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
Heart & Circulation:
REFRIGERANTAn herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
ALTERATIVELiterally, 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.
STYPTICA herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used to stop bleeding.
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
OPTHALMICBenefits the eyes.
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.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
Lung and Sinus:
EXPECTORANTHerbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
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.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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