Find out which dosha demands what kind of food.
Ayurveda is the link between medicine and nature that offers healing through an alternate medicinal system. Ayurveda offers a simple and direct prescriptive path that is developed uniquely for your body type or dosha. According to Ayurveda, there are three doshas - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata constitutes wind and space, Pitta comprises fire, and Kapha is water and earth.
Cofounder of Sarvayu and an Ayurveda and Wellbeing Practitioner, Dr. Nikhita, says that following a proper diet for each body constitution maintains equilibrium in the three doshas at all times. She also explains that there are particular foods that each body type should consume to maintain good health.
Vatas have a body type that is prone to dryness, irregular digestion with a small appetite. Therefore, such individuals should include ample amounts of nourishing, healthy fats in their diet at regular intervals. They should cook with sesame oil, rice bran oil, groundnut oil, and also include dry fruits and nuts such as almonds, walnuts, anjeer, dates, and apricots. They should eat curries, stews, fresh seasonal fruits which are sweet and sour.
Pittas are prone to heat and have good digestion. They should consume food that keeps them hydrated and cool. Their diet should consist of fruits and vegetables with high water content like watermelon, cucumber, melons, plum, berries, pumpkin, bottle gourd, grapes and dry fruits such as cashews, pistas, raisins and prunes. Their food should be cooked in ghee, coconut oil or rice bran oil.
Kaphas have a body type where their digestion is slow. According to Ayurveda, their meals should be fresh, grilled, and warm with appropriate spices like pepper, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, and mustard seeds. The food may be cooked in oils such as mustard, safflower or groundnut. A handy hot water infusion with cumin, coriander and fennel seeds is to be taken in equal quantity and may be brewed in a cup of warm water, which would be the ideal replacement for a caffeinated beverage.
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