Today I am preparing an afternoon juice with organic mulberries. Mullberies are great for pacifying both Pitta and Vata Doshas – perfect as the summer temperatures start to hit us here in Perth. You may notice that you are starting to crave more juices and fresh fruits. So what does Ayurveda say about juice?
For one, we always recommend our clients dilute juice with room temperature water. Juice, especially when taken in large quantities and cold, can be difficult to digest. This can make you feel heavy after consumption. By diluting the juice with room temperature water the body will be able to assimilate nutrients easier.
It is important not to mix too many different kinds of fruits when making juices. For example, keep it to 2 – 3 fruits with similar qualities, such as apple and pear.
Best Juices for Vata.
The best fruits and vegetables are those that are sweet and sour as they pacify Vata when consumed in moderation. Grape, mango, carrot, pineapple, orange, beetroot, and cucumber to name a few. Long-term juicing diets would not be suited for an individual with a Vata constitution or imbalance.
Best Juices for Pitta.
The best fruits and vegetables for Pitta individuals are those that are sweet, bitter, and astringent in quality. These include sweet apple, red grapes, pomegranate, plum, cucumber, asparagus, broccoli, coriander, and Aloe Vera.
Best Juices for Kapha.
The best fruits and vegetables for Kapha are those that are astringent, bitter, and pungent. Apples, cherries, cranberries, pear, pomegranate, prunes, celery, cucumber, kale, and cilantro to name a few. From an Ayurvedic perspective, Kapha dosha consists of water and earth elements and two of the qualities include liquid and cold. Similarly, juices have qualities of liquidity and can be cold in nature. Adding some ginger can help with the digestibility.
Other rules for Juicing.
* About 1-3 fruits or vegetables for each juice. Too many in variety can be overwhelming for the body. Also using fruits and vegetables with similar qualities is best for the digestion.
* Generally, fruit and vegetables should not be combined. Best to have vegetables and fruits separate. An exception would be a juice with apple, carrot and ginger.
* Refrain from cold juices and opt for room temperature. Never add ice!
If you have any questions you are welcome to email us or send a message. We look forward to hearing from you.
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