Updated: May 28
Green juices can be an excellent way to balance Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas and provides a gentle cleanse and detox. Unfortunately, many green juices are packed with potentially harmful ingredients. These Ayurvedic green juice recipes you can make at home are simple, nourishing, and easy for your body to digest.
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Ayurvedic Green Juices are Refreshing and Easy to Make
When drinking Ayurvedic green juices, enjoy at room temperature or even diluted with hot water. Drinking cold beverages decreases the strength of your digestive fire and should be avoided. Keep that in mind when you're preparing these easy healthy juice recipes.
Which green juices are supportive depend on the doshas. Vata, Pitta and Kapha require different juices, enjoyed during summer, and taken at the correct temperature and quantity.
Green Juice for Inflammation
Many people struggle with chronic inflammation. Drinking leafy greens is one of the best ways to reduce inflammation and help your body to regulate its inflammatory response. This cooling juice is soothing and refreshing.
3 large handfuls of kale
2 stalks of celery
Fresh mint sprigs (to taste)
1/2 lemon (keep the seeds out)
Start by processing the kale, celery, cucumber, mint and apple in your juicer. Squeeze in the juice from the lemon. Mix with 1/4 cup room temperature or hot water and serve.
Immune System Boosting Green Juice
When your immune system is weak, it can be difficult for your body to fight off illnesses. One of the best ways to strengthen your immune system is to add the right foods to your diet. This juice will strengthen your body and leave you feeling healthy and energetic.
3 large handfuls of spinach
1 tablespoon of fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
Chop the ingredients and process them through your juicer. Combine with 1/4 cup room temperature or hot water before serving.
Green Juice to Calm Indigestion
If you struggle with indigestion, you'll want to eat foods that are both nourishing and warming. Many people that suffer from chronic indigestion are dealing with a vata imbalance. This juice contains natural warming ingredients like cinnamon and ginger.
2 handfuls of spinach
2 handfuls of kale
2 celery stalks, the darker green the better
1 tablespoon freshly grated strong ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Green Juice Recipe for Vata
Handful of Spinach 3-4 leaves of Swiss chard or tender young spinach 1-2 lemon cucumber (remove seeds) Lemon wedge 1/2 hunk of ginger root 1 apple or pear Pinch of cinnamon
Vata tends to have a more delicate digestive system. Juices should be taken only during peak summer heat, in moderation and the amount taken is best limited to a small glass full. To further fine tune green juice for Vata, use half juice and half hot water. To mitigate the energetic coolness of the veggies, a good strong hunk of ginger root and cinnamon is needed.
Process the ingredients through your juicer. After processing, skim off any foam at the top of the blend. Combine 1 part juice with 1 part warm water before serving.
Green Juice Recipe for Pitta
3-5 leaves of kale, dandelion greens, Swiss chard, beet greens, or spinach 2 Lebanese cucumbers 1-2 celery stalks, the darker green the celery the better-check local grower’s market Fresh peppermint leaves to taste Wedge of lime 1 Beet (Chioggia and golden beet are lovely options) 1 Teaspoon of aloe vera gel (optional)
Pitta people are prone to inflammation, loose stool, and high acidity. Dark leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, beet greens, and Swiss chard, have an alkaline rating of +8.0 and above and are especially cooling leafy greens.
Beets support healthy bile. The liver is a Pitta organ and Pitta dosha has a tendency for bile to become thick and congested. This recipe can be diluted with water. Pitch the foam.
Green Juice Recipe for Kapha
3-4 Kale leaves 2-3 Swiss chard, organic dandelion leaves or spinach 1-2 celery stalks ½ piece strong ginger root 1/2 apple Healthy pinch of cayenne or other hot dried chile
Kapha has the slowest metabolism of the doshas. Giving this juice a kick with strong ginger root and some chile with a kick, improves digestion of this astringent juice. Dilute the juice with hot water and enjoy a rather small glass.
General Ayurveda Juicing Tips
1. Fruit and vegetables should not be combined.
2. Drink fruit based juices in the morning and vegetable juices the rest of the day.
3. Always avoid cold juices. Juices should be consumed at room temperature. 4. Set the produce on the counter and allow it to come to room temperature.
5. Dilute the juice with room temperature water to lighten the load on the digestive fire.
6. Green juices in particular due to their bitter nature, and juice in general is raw, and therefore it is heavy on digestion, so be sure to stoke the digestive fire with appropriate teas and ginger.
Drinking green juice is an effective way to increase your intake of nutrient-rich foods like dark leafy greens. These Ayurvedic green juice recipes can also help you to lower your body's acidity levels.
With that said, it's important that you enjoy green juice in moderation, to know your dosha picture, and optimal time of year for juicing so you avoid creating more ama.
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