Please forward this 50 groene smoothies pdf screen to sharedip-10718044127. Green smoothies are all the rage, particularly here in Byron Bay.
They are promoted as one of the best things you can do for your health. Sometimes they contain a other goodies to either make them tastier or more nutritious, such as chia or flax seeds, maca or camu powder, cacao nibs, hemp protein, spirulina or coconut oil. At first glance, the power-packed hit of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fiber you get from a green smoothie seems indisputably healthy, so why on earth would you avoid them? The Ayurvedic view is never just about NUTRIENTS, it is always about QUALITIES.
These seemingly super-smoothies have some qualities that can have a negative effect if consumed regularly over an extended period of time. THEY AGGRAVATE VATA Green smoothie recipes often call for chilled water or the addition of ice cubes. Even if you’re adding some warming ginger to your smoothie, the overall quality of smoothies is still usually COLD. Foods that are COLD, DRY and ROUGH, directly aggravate Vata. Vata has a strong association with the nervous, endocrine and excretory systems so excess Vata is most inclined to affect these systems.
According to the principles of Ayurveda, the majority of diseases are related to aggravated Vata dosha. THEY DEPLETE OJAS Long-term aggravated Vata is also associated with catabolism or the breaking down of tissues. The good news is your fat tissue gets broken down. The bad news is your other tissues do too, including the deeper tissues of bone, marrow, nerve and sexual reproductive tissue.
Depletion of these important deep tissues is never a good thing. Ojas’ the foundation of our immune system. If these tissues become depleted, Ojas also becomes depleted. THEY ARE DIFFICULT TO DIGEST Although many of the ingredients in a green smoothie are actually light, the sheer quantity of ingredients can make them very dense and therefore heavy. If you’re adding a bunch of superfoods to the mix, your smoothie is going to be even heavier. Heavy food, although satisfying to one’s hunger, are difficult to digest. For example, our Agni has no problem digesting a few veggies that have been cooked with mung daal, rice and spices to aid digestion.
Foods cooked together in a single pot have time to get to know each other, to combine their qualities and be transformed from several individual ingredients to a single meal with a particular character. From an Ayurvedic perspective, green smoothies contain the number one food combination no-no. Ayurveda teaches that fresh fruit should never be combined with any other foods. As we know, green smoothies combine fresh fruit with leafy greens, veggies and sometimes superfoods.
Although somewhat pre-digested thanks to the blending process, the smoothies still stay in our stomachs for as long as the most difficult food contained within them takes to digest. Undigested wastes accumulate in the digestive tract and eventually overflow and relocate into the deeper channels and tissues of the body. There they begin to wreck havoc on cellular nutrition and waste disposal and can, thus, from the Ayurvedic perspective, becoming the root of all disease. I invite you to pause and reconsider next time you find yourself in line at the Juicery. Your agni, tissues and emotional state will thank you in the long run. Vata, depleted tissues, depleted Ojas, imbalanced Agni and accumulating Ama!