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Salmon Topped With Beet Horseradish Sauce, Bok Choy & Dill

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How to Make Salmon Topped with Beet Horseradish Sauce, Bok Choy & Dill

SERVINGS: 2
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY

INGREDIENTS


SKILL LEVEL: EASY
2 tbsp
2 tbsp
2 tbsp
2 c
2 c
1 tsp
1 lbs
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Preheat over to 350.

1) Grate and steam beets covered in 1/2c water until tender. Remove beets from liquid and reduce liquid, uncovered, to 2 tbsp.

2) Place filet in a casserole and season with salt and pepper. Cook 20 minutes or until salmon is flaky.

2) Mixed reserved beet liquid with balsamic, horseradish & olive oil to make a dressing.

3) Toss chopped bok choy, beets, and dressing. Serve atop salmon filet.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

This penetrating yet nourishing meal satisfies while opening up circulation and warming the chest and skin. It flushes a stagnant lymphatic system and purges retained fluids.

The nitrates in beet and pungency of horseradish and dill dilate blood vessels and invigorate the body.

Meanwhile, beets and balsamic vinegar have a cholagogue effect on the liver, flushing stagnant oils from the body. Their laxative effect enhances cleansing.

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 Salmon Topped with Beet Horseradish Sauce, Bok Choy & Dill Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Salmon Topped with Beet Horseradish Sauce, Bok Choy & Dill' 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
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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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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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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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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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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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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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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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DOSHAS
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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 Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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Acrid

ACRID

Acrid taste is a combination of bitter and pungent tastes. Example include radish, turnip, and coffee.

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Crunchy

CRUNCHY

Makes an audible noise when you eat them. Can provide fun texture variation.

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Bland

BLAND

Bland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Salmon Topped with Beet Horseradish Sauce, Bok Choy & Dill
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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.

Warms Abdomen

WARMS-ABDOMEN

Warms the muscles and organs of the abdomen, stimulating digestion and metabolism.

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Appetite Suppressant

APPETITE-SUPPRESSANT

Suppresses hunger without causing weight gain.

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Relieves Burning

RELIEVES-BURNING

Herbs that soothe a burn or reduce an internal burning sensation, such as aloe vera.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

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

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Wakes You Up

WAKES-YOU-UP

Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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Relaxes Eyes

RELAXES-EYES

Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.

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Nerve Relaxant Grounding

NERVE-RELAXANT-GROUNDING

Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.

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Stimulates Base Of Skull

STIMULATES-BASE-OF-SKULL

Creates a feeling of awareness or tension in the area at the base of the skull.

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Strengthens Resolve

STRENGTHENS-RESOLVE

Increases determination and courage by reducing stress and building strength.

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Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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Nervine

NERVINE

Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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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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Warms Chest

WARMS-CHEST

Warms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing. Often these herbs are hot, aromatic, and pungent.

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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Irritates Throat

IRRITATES-THROAT

Creates abrasive feeling in the back of the mouth. May stimulate coughing.

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Clears Sinuses

CLEARS-SINUSES

Cleanses sinuses by draining excess mucus, allowing for clear, easy breathing.

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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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Calms Heart

CALMS-HEART

An herb that literally calms the heart. These herbs are helpful in the treatment of anxiety, sadness, depression, or other emotional imbalances in the heart. Related to the Chinese Herbal Category 'calms spirit.'

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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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Diuretic

DIURETIC

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.

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Irritates Kidney

IRRITATES-KIDNEY

Tight, sharp pain just below ribs in the back.

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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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Relieves Tension

RELIEVES-TENSION

An herb that releases tightness, constriction, and rigidity in a muscle.

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Muscle Relaxant

MUSCLE-RELAXANT

Herbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.

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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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, Soluble Fiber, Potassium, Sulphur, Sulfated Polysaccharides, Polysaccharides,
Betaine

BETAINE

Used to reduce homocysteine in the blood, which supports proper liver function and prevents fatigue and blood clots. Improves muscle stamina and weight loss.

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, Vitamin D,
Iron

IRON

Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells.

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, Fats,
Saponins

SAPONINS

Can be used to make soap. Saponins stimulate mucus membrane secretion, liquefying mucus for easy removal (expectorant).

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, Vitamin K, Sodium, Beta Carotene, Vitamin C,
Vitamin B12

VITAMIN-B12

An enzyme in every cell of the body, that aids metabolism, fat & protein metabolism, and DNA synthesis. B12 comes from animal course, and is commonly deficient in vegetarians.

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, Protein, Manganese, Folate, Carbohydrate, Phosphorous, Omega 3 Fatty Acids,
Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

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

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Salmon Topped with Beet Horseradish Sauce, Bok Choy & Dill

Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Irritates-throat, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Clears-sinuses, Flushes-sinuses, Muscle-relaxant, Strengthens-resolve, Warms-abdomen, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Relieves-tension, Vasodilator, Warms-chest

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Irritates-throat, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Clears-sinuses, Flushes-sinuses, Muscle-relaxant, Strengthens-resolve, Warms-abdomen, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Relieves-tension, Vasodilator

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Strengthens-resolve, Warms-abdomen, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Relieves-tension, Vasodilator, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Irritates-throat, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Clears-sinuses, Flushes-sinuses, Muscle-relaxant

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Wasabi

Wasabi has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Irritates-throat, Wakes-you-up, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Refreshing, Warms-abdomen, Clears-sinuses, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Warms-chest

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Horseradish

Horseradish has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Irritates-throat, Wakes-you-up, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Refreshing, Warms-abdomen, Clears-sinuses, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Warms-chest

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Beets

Beets has these Actions in Common

Irritates-kidney, Nutritive, Stimulates-energy, Cholagogue, Muscle-relaxant, Relaxes-eyes, Vasodilator, Internal-detoxicant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Warms-abdomen

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Daikon Radish

Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Clears-sinuses, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-abdomen, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Refreshing, Warms-chest

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Pumpkin

Pumpkin has these Actions in Common

Appetite-suppressant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relieves-burning, Makes-you-tired, Nutritive, Relieves-tension, Muscle-relaxant, Relaxes-eyes, Satisfies-stomach

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Popped Amaranth

Popped Amaranth has these Actions in Common

Satisfies-stomach, Appetite-suppressant, Muscle-relaxant, Relaxes-eyes, Clears-sinuses, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relieves-tension, Diuretic, Nutritive

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Amaranth

Amaranth has these Actions in Common

Clears-sinuses, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relieves-tension, Diuretic, Nutritive, Satisfies-stomach, Appetite-suppressant, Muscle-relaxant, Relaxes-eyes

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Poppy Seed

Poppy Seed has these Actions in Common

Relieves-burning, Calms-heart, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relieves-tension, Makes-you-tired, Relaxes-eyes, Stimulates-base-of-skull, Appetite-suppressant, Muscle-relaxant

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Salmon Topped with Beet Horseradish Sauce, Bok Choy & Dill

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Cardiac-stimulant, Refreshing, Clears-sinuses, Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Diuretic, Warms-chest

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Epsom Salt Bath

Epsom Salt Bath has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Relieves-tension, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Warms-chest, Clears-sinuses, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Warms-chest, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Wakes-you-up

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Self Massage

Self Massage has these Actions in Common

Calms-heart, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes, Relieves-tension

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Hot Shower

Hot Shower has these Actions in Common

Muscle-relaxant, Relieves-tension, Vasodilator, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Clears-sinuses, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses

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Hot Bath

Hot Bath has these Actions in Common

Muscle-relaxant, Relieves-tension, Vasodilator, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Clears-sinuses, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses

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Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator

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Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Relieves-tension, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Cholagogue

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Dong Quai

Dong Quai has these Actions in Common

Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Relieves-tension, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Calms-heart, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant

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Regular exercise

Regular exercise has these Actions in Common

Relieves-tension, Stimulates-energy, Strengthens-resolve, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Refreshing

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Vata Shirodhara Oil

Vata Shirodhara Oil has these Actions in Common

Relieves-tension, Strengthens-resolve, Calms-heart, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes

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About John Joseph Immel

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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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