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A Juice for Digestive Harmony

By Travis Metzger /

A Juice for Digestive Harmony

The recipes on The Way are intended as an East meets West look at food and its relationship to health and nutrition. Food is powerful, and every bite can either greatly benefit your system or effectively work against it. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, nutrition is tremendously healing in nature and remarkably adaptable to individual needs. Based on 3,000 years of study, TCM seeks to treat the whole person rather than just the symptom to support and strengthen your body and your energy, or Qi.


Digestive issues are replete in our Western society; many of us consume too many processed foods and sugars and not enough fiber, fruits, and vegetables. While doctor’s offices fill with patients seeking help for gut issues, many digestive problems can be prevented by eating a healthy, balanced diet.

In Chinese medicine theory, digestion is highly impacted by your body’s spleen and stomach. Keeping these two organs in balance through healthy eating is transformative in bringing nourishment and harmony to the body.

In TCM, there are useful relationships between food colors and corresponding body systems. Red foods nourish the heart, white foods nourish the lungs, black and dark blue foods nourish the kidneys, green foods nourish the liver, and yellow and orange foods nourish the spleen and stomach.

In order to combat a weak digestion, one can then incorporate plenty of yellow foods in their diet. I love juicing and working in the kitchen to develop different combinations of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices based on my study of traditional Chinese medicine.

The ingredients in this simple juice recipe are an essential tool in strengthening the spleen and stomach. In TCM, the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality and contains an anti-inflammatory enzyme called bromelain, which works as a strong digestive stimulant.

Yellow bell peppers generate a heating benefit to the stomach and provide a wonderful savory balance to the sweet tropical pineapple. Completed with the cleansing ginger and lemon, you have a warming, lip smacking and spleen strengthening digestive juice. Enjoy!

Chinese Medicine Benefit

Pineapple

Strengthens stomach and spleen, counteracts heat, drains water to help reduce phlegm, aids indigestion

Yellow Bell Pepper 

Warming in temperature, strengthens stomach, resolves stagnant food 

Cilantro

Pungent, supports spleen and stomach, aids digestion, relieves intestinal distention 

Ginger 

Hot pungent spice, strengthens stomach and spleen, promotes Qi (energy), resolves phlegm

Lemons 

 Supports spleen, promotes qi, resolves phlegm 

     

               

    Pineapple, Yellow Bell Pepper and Ginger Juice with Cilantro and Lemon accents

     

    Serving Size: 2-3 

    Preparation Time: 5 Minutes  

    Cooking Time: 5 Minutes 

    Ingredients: 

    • 1/3-1/2 Pineapple depending on size
    • 1 Yellow bell pepper
    • 1 Lemon
    • 1/4-1/2 Bunch cilantro
    • 1 Inch Ginger 

       

    Procedure
    Juice all ingredients leaving some cilantro leaves for garnish.

     



    Travis Metzger is a Minneapolis-based chef and co-founder of DAO Labs. An avid health enthusiast, he’s juiced and eaten his way to health, combining his passion for fresh ingredients with flavors that make the palate sing. He combines his training at the New England Culinary Institute with his frequent travels to and throughout Asia to create recipes for The Way and DAO Labs that bridge the culinary aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine to the western diet and ingredient options. Travis can be reached at travis@mydaolab.com.

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