REFRESHING CABBAGE, CILANTRO & ALOE JUICE
How to Make Refreshing Cabbage, Cilantro & Aloe Juice
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
1. Juice cabbage and cilantro in a vegetable juicer. If you don't have a juicer, chop cabbage and cilantro, then puree in a blender with 1c water. Strain the water into a glass.
2. Add aloe vera to vegetable juice. Add 1/2 water if necessary. Stir.
How Can Refreshing Cabbage, Cilantro & Aloe Juice Make You Feel Great?
This refreshing and light drink not only revitalizes you for spring, but it can also offer a reprieve from spring allergies.
Calms Immune System & Spring Allergies
In Ayurveda, auto-immune and other allergic conditions are aggravated by toxins and heat. Spring season creates a perfect storm for allergies and auto-immune disorders. As soon as the pollen starts to fall, the flood gates will open as your body is naturally congested, releasing toxins, and hot in mid Spring.
When your liver is too overwhelmed to process toxins, the immune system kicks in as a backup. If you have an auto-immune disorder, or are prone to allergies, toxins only make things worse for your body.
Heat aggravates the immune system because it also stresses out the liver. The immune system is inherently hot, being warlike in nature. An example of the immune system's relationship to heat is a fever.
Cabbage, cilantro, and aloe vera are strongly cooling. Aloe and cilantro cleanse the liver. Cilantro is an anti-histamine, meaning it directly calms the immune system. Bitter taste cleanses and refreshes the liver, improving its performance. Bitter taste also helps decongest the blood for improved lymphatic drainage.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?
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. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your 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.
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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 COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT DRY GUNA
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DRY
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ASTRINGENT
ABOUT PUNGENT GUNA
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PUNGENT
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PRANA
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SATTVIC
An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ALKALIZING
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:
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ALTERATIVE
Kidney & Urinary:
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DIURETIC
Liver & Gall Bladder:
Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHOLAGOGUE
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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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I am willing to try almost anything for allergy heat and inflammation relief. This is not tasty... had to just shoot it diwn quick! How many times in one day should I drink this and for how long? I am predominantly kapha withsome pitta. Thank you! I am excited to see how this works for me.
- Traci, Slc, UT 04-19-14
What about Hypothyroid people who are advised to refrain fro raw cabbage and other cruciferous
- Nonie, Jerusalem 04-11-15
Raw cabbage is not the best for hypothyroidism. Does the cabbage need to be raw in order to benefit from the drink? I wonder if lightly steaming it would be okay. Also, is there something else that could be substituted for the cabbage? Thanks!
- Jennifer, IL 04-11-15
Yes, raw cabbage juice is not recommended for hypothyroid due to the presence of goitrogens. Cucumber is a cooling vegetable that would be a good replacement in those cases. Great question!
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC 04-13-15
Thanks Nathalie! I am glad that there are ways to replace ingredients for certain conditions and get similar results. Take care.
- Jennifer, IL 04-13-15