In Ayurvedic medicine, vata dosha is thought to control very basic body functions, like how cells divide. It also controls your mind, breathing, blood flow, heart function, and ability to get rid of waste through your intestines.
You may be a vata body type, which means you are a normally lean, skinny, often with long, thin frames and narrow shoulders and hips. … In Ayurveda we all fit within one of three different body types – these are vata, pitta or kapha.
Vata types can get restless and forget to eat, which can hurt their frequently changing digestion even more. Because of their activity on many different levels, they tend to have sleep disorders.
If Vata types remain out of balance for an extended period of time, anxiety and nervousness may occur. If they live an irregular life, they can tend to have rheumatoid arthritis and other joint problems.
If Vata is predominant in the personal constitution, fasting should be avoided. Strenuous physical exertion and working in air-conditioned rooms should also be avoided, as well as strong chiropractic treatments. Vata types should try to stay in warm and humid locations to create a quiet, safe, and comfortable environment.
Oil baths, regularity, good food and beverages, and consistent peace and quiet are healing for the Vata type. In particular, gentle and relaxing massages with oil, classical music, dance, and meditations are recommended.
One of the major factors that influence Vata is food. Cold food, frozen food, large beans, dried food and foods with bitter, astringent, and pungent flavours aggravate Vata. However, consuming sweet, sour, salty flavours with sweet, oily and rich foods can help balance Vata. Food with heating affect balances Vata, while food that is cold and frozen disturbs the balance. Therefore, it is essential to understand how various types of food will affect your constitution.
Pitta is one of the three doshas known to govern the metabolism and the transformation that takes place in the body. Pitta predominantly controls how we digest food and discriminate between right and wrong. In a nutshell, pitta dosha concerns itself with the digestion power or ‘agni’ and makes sure it does not go into an overdrive causing you discomfort and stomach related ailments.
Fiery Pitta types are born leaders, brimming with energy and strength and with a tendency to be perfectionists. Their drive is called passion. Their aim is to win. Pitta-influenced constitutions love a challenge, whether that’s professionally or in sport. They have an athletic build, and their aura is (unsurprisingly) fiery. Their hands and feet are never cold, even in winter. Pitta types love sweet things just as much as bitter flavours. And they love cold drinks.
With a moderate, athletic physique, Pitta types gain weight evenly or on the bottom half. They have soft, lustrous, warm skin and get hot easily. They have a strong metabolism, good appetite and digestion.
Foods that are great to balance pitta are, in general, sweet, bitter, and astringent in taste. Ayurveda considers these tastes to be medicine for cooling, drying, and calming excess pitta. Generally, all six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent) are recommended for healthy digestion.
Kapha is the cohesive and lubricating force that holds together the opposing elements Water and Earth. Kapha force makes the body stable, the structures well held with muscle, tendons, ligaments and fats. It also forms the protective coverings and fluid shock absorber for joints, brain (CSF) and spinal cord.
Kaphas have big broad bodies well covered with fat. Their hair skin and nails are well moisturized and seldom suffer from dryness. Their hair is often straight and deep black in colour. Their complexion can range from very dark skin tone to fair, but is always smooth and radiant.
Their bodies are strong and compact and are often lazy. Kaphas move with great difficulty, mentally and physically. They are strong in their convictions, get work done at their own pace with perfection. They have a stable gait and lack intense hunger and thirst.
They love routines, and can continue doing the same thing everyday meditatively. They have soft deep voices, which are pleasing and have a happy disposition. Kaphas can get ponderous and can suffer from procrastination. They can also get complacent. They are slow but firm.
Kaphas make excellent researchers, and thinkers. They are naturally intuitive and empathetic, thus make good doctors and psychiatrists. They are good at employing people and know how to manage resources. They take good business decisions, shoulder responsibility and see the task through to its completion. They make good long term investors.
The golden rule for Kapha types when eating is to consume less than you think you need to satisfy your hunger or appetite. Snacking between meals should be avoided save from the odd exception.
Kapha types do not need to drink too much water. However, drinks should always be warm for Kapha.
Implement the dietary adjustments gradually to allow a better adaptation to the changes. Feel free to use more spices such as chilli, mustard seeds and turmeric in your cooking.