Ayurveda is an ancient Hindu system of nutrition and medicine practiced along with yoga to prevent illness. A famous Ayurvedic saying is,”When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when the diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” This holistic approach to health allows you to become a vital, balanced, happy person with less amount of effort and stress. Let’s Learn more about Ayurvedic diet according to Doshas.
There are three types of Ayurvedic body or doshas:-
- Vata (Air)
- Pitta (Fire)
- Kapha (Water)
Identifying your dosha according to your body physical and emotional appearance will help you to follow the ayurvedic diet accordingly, there are several ways to determine your body type. The most preferred and accurate way is to go through the detailed history and physical by an ayurvedic physician. Most of the people are a combination of two doshas depending on their body.
The Kapha Dosha
It is typically the largest of the three body types. The physical appearance of people having Kapha dosha is.
- Wide hips/shoulders
- Thick, wavy hair
- Good stamina
Mentally, they are slow to learn, but they have a good memory and emotionally they are loyal and stable.
Kapha people also have some problems like.
- Poor circulation
- Sluggish digestion
To help with these problems, Kapha people should take dry body massage, should use herbal supplements and also should exercise to keep balance.
Kapha people should avoid foods like.
- Oily food
Kapha people should take foods or Ayurvedic diet like.
The Pitta Dosha
The physical appearance of Pitta people is.
- Good muscle tone
- Premature gray hair
- Reddish complexion
Pitta people always feel warm, enjoy high-energy levels, strong digestion. Mentally, they are strong, intelligent. Emotionally, they can become easily irritated.
Pitta people experience problems like
To avoid these problems, Pitta people can do coconut oil massage, drink aloe vera, drink pomegranate juice.
Pitta people should avoid foods like.
- Hot Spices
Pitta people should take foods like.
- High water
The Vata Dosha
The physical appearance of Vata people is.
- Dry skin
- Dry hair
- Little muscle tone
Vata people face difficulty in gaining weight. Mentally, they learn fast and are very creative. Emotionally they are enthusiastic but can become easily anxious.
Vata people face problems like.
- Poor digestion
- Easily catch cold
- Easily develop insomnia and fatigue.
To avoid these problems, Vata people should use sesame oil nasal spray, drink warm milk at bedtime.
Vata people should avoid foods like.
- Dry foods
- Cold vegetables
- Processed food
Vata people should take foods like.
- Cooked vegetables
- Soupy foods.
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