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Demystifying the Doshas

Want to enhance your knowledge of the doshas? You have landed on the right page as here we will demystify all the doshas and will also guide you into healthy eating tips for the doshas.  Ayurvedic medicine is based on the idea that the universe is made up of five elements: Aakash (sky), Jala (aqua), Prithvi (earth), Teja (fire), and Vayu (wind) (air)

Each element, when combined, produces three doshas, known as Vata, Kapha, and pitta. These doshas are said to be in charge of a person’s bodily, mental, and emotional wellness.

Every individual is supposed to have a unique dosha ratio, with one dosha shining out more than the others. For example, one person may be predominantly pitta, whereas another may be predominantly Vata. Ayurvedic practitioners can help you figure out what dosha you have.

A person’s Ayurvedic constitution, or blueprint for optimal health, is claimed to be defined by their unique proportions of Vata, Kapha, and pitta.

What does each dosha look like?

An Expert can determine one’s dosha based on physical, emotional, mental, and behavioral traits based on millennia of Ayurvedic experience. Here’s a rundown of each dosha.

1. Vata

Those with the Vata dosha are typically regarded as slender, lively, and creative. On the other hand, autumn is associated with Vata because of its cold, crisp days. Vata is largely made up of air and space (also known as ether) and is commonly categorized as chilly, light, dry, rough, flowing, and spacious.

Vata dosha symptoms: Forgetful, apprehensive, unstable mood, easily overwhelmed, very sensitive to cold, sleeps poorly, has an inconsistent appetite and eating patterns, is prone to digestive difficulties and flatulence, and has weak circulation (cold hands and feet).

Food to eat: Meals that are warm, “moist,” and soft (e.g., berries, bananas, peaches, cooked vegetables, oats, brown rice, lean meat, eggs, dairy)

Food to avoid: Foods that are bitter, dry, or chilly (e.g., raw vegetables, cold desserts, dried fruit, nuts, seeds)

2. Kapha

Kapha (pronounced “kuffa”) is an earth and water element. Its features include being steady, sturdy, ponderous, lethargic, frigid, and soft. Kapha-dominant individuals are rarely agitated, consider before acting, and go through life slowly and deliberately. Strengths include empathy, kindness, trust, patience, serenity, wisdom, happiness, romance, strong bones and joints, and a sound immune system.

Kapha dosh symptoms: Prone to weight gain, slow metabolism, sluggishness, oversleeping, respiratory problems (i.e., asthma, allergies), increased risk of heart disease, mucus accumulation, depression, requires constant motivation, and encouragement.

Kapha-dominant person should prioritize regular exercise, a well-balanced diet, keeping a warm body temperature (for example, sitting in a sauna or eating warm meals), and adopting a regular routine sleep regimen for excellent health.

Food to eat: Kapha diet should consist of dinners that are spicy, flavorful, and full (e.g., most fruits and vegetables, whole grains, eggs, low-fat cheese, unprocessed meats, hot spices)

Food to avoid: “Heavy” and “fatty” foods (e.g., fats, oils, processed foods, nuts, seeds)

3. Pitta

The pitta dosha is centered on fire and water and is connected with a stubborn mentality. Pitta people are reported to have a muscular physique, be highly athletic, and be powerful leaders. Nonetheless, their forceful and stubborn character can be off-putting to other people, leading to confrontation. Pitta dosha symptoms include:

  • Being irritable, prone to conflict, constantly hungry.
  • Having mood swings when hungry.
  • Being susceptible to acne and inflammation.
  • Being sensitive to high temperatures.
  • Those with a pitta dosha should priorities work-life balance and avoid excessive temperatures (e.g., weather, spicy food)

Food to eat: Meals that are light, cool, sweet, and refreshing (e.g., fruits, non-starchy vegetables, oats, eggs)

Food to avoid: Meals that are heavy, spicy, and sour (e.g., red meat, potatoes, hot spices)

Is the Ayurvedic Diet a Good Option for You?

The purpose of a whole foods diet is to eat only whole foods. An unbalanced dosha, according to Ayurvedic, leads to ill health and disease. It is stated that choosing meals, activities, and lifestyle choices based on your dosha promotes maximum health.

Conclusion:

According to Ayurvedic medicine, an unbalanced dosha leads to poor health and illness. It is thought that choosing diet, exercise, and lifestyle behaviors depending on your dosha promotes maximum health. There’s little evidence that good health is based on one’s dosha, but incorporating them into your daily routine is a great way to promote good health.

[Cautionary note: In all of the above cases please consult a practicing specialist & get checked before taking any medicines.]

Disclaimer: This article is only written for informational purposes only. Users must not view the content as medical advice in any way. Users are also required to ’NOT SELF MEDICATE’ and always consult a practicing specialist before taking any medicines or undergoing any treatment. DivyaAyushCare and the author will not be responsible for any act or omission by the User arising from the User’s interpretation of the content.

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