BALANCING THE BODY WHILE WE EAT OR ADJUSTMENT OF THE DOSHAS WITH FOOD VATA

Balancing Doshas will correct and stabilize the physiology and functions under their control.

If you scored maximum on your VATA Dosha or if this is your prevailing Dosha, here are some suggestions:

Β 1. Diet and general recommendations to decrease Vata:

Warm, dense, soft meals and drinks are recommended, buttery food. Prevailing tastes in your food should be: sweet, salty and sour. You can eat well to satiety.

ImageCereals: rice, wheat, sprouted wheat, flax seeds.

Dairy: all dairy

Sweeteners: honey, molasses, cane sugar, natural syrups.

Vegetable oils: all

Fruits: all sweet fruits, water melon and melons.

Veggies: Steamed or boiled, beets, carrots, asparagus, potatoes, cucumbers, onion, dandelion, lettuce.

Nuts: all kind of nuts

Spices: onion, garlic, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, cumin, salt, clove, grain mustard.

Food of animal origin: goose, duck, fish, crab, horseflesh, chicken, lamb, eggs, seafood.

Soups: soup of dry flour, nettle soup, garlic soup, broth.

Herbs: licorice, nutmeg, ferula, juniper, elfwort, sophora, elder, raspberries, pine, canker-bloom, mallow.

The Vata type usually feel decrease in their energy during the second part of the day. Tea is recommended, especially Licorice tea.

If on the contrary your Vata is too low and you would like to increase it, the following diet is recommended:

General recommendations: light eating or fasting, dry meals, cool food. Tastes : bitter,Β  burning and astringent.

Cereals: barley, corn, millet, buckwheat, rye, oat.

Sweeteners: AVOID ALL

Dairy: AVOID ALL

Vegetable oils: AVOID ALL

Fruits: dried fruits, apples, pears, pomegranate, cranberries, olives.

Veggies: eat all veggies raw – cabbage, potatoes, peas, lettuce, spinach, parsley, celery, beans.

Nuts: AVOID ALL

Spices: pepper

Food of animal origin: beef, pork, rabbit.

Soups: peas soup.

Herbs and other: skullcap, barberry, Bunge pepper, gentian, sage, buttercup, acorns and oak bark. Brewer’s yeast, mummy and musk. The last three especially stimulate Vata.

Dosha Kapha, Pitta and Vata

DOSHA KAPHA

So as we already know, Dosha Kapha is the “mucus” in our body. The Human Body relies on this Dosha for the material part of the body, for the adhesion of the molecules and giving them a specific form. This principle/Dosha, works on the levels of cell, molecule, organ and the body as a whole.

Because “mucus” is compound of the elements – Water and Earth, it is cold and slimy formation. The excessive increase of this Dosha leads to accumulation of cold mucus in the body, in the beginning from the top of the body to the diaphragm. The ancient Tibetan recorded that when this Dosha increases excessively in the body the following symptoms will display:

1.The urine will be colorless, with negligible vapor and odor.

2. The tongue and gums white, insipid taste in the mouth.

3. Snot and phlegm in the head and chest, depression, tightness in the chest.

4. Aggravation of mucosal disorders, (in cold, damp weather).

5. Swollen eyelids, eyes whitish.

6. Disturbed appetite, impaired digestion.

7. There is no heat, the body swells, pustules appear on the skin.

8. The kidneys hurt, lower back, joints are inactive, itchy skin.

9. Poor memory, drowsiness, weakness.

DOSHA PITTA

This is the Dosha compound from the elements Water and Fire. It is responsible for the maintenance of the temperature in our body, as well as all the physiological reactions- digestion, metabolism, immunity. e.x. This is “the fire of our own body”, not from an outside source.

The excessive increase of this Dosha in the body leads to accumulation of “heat” in the body. Body temperature rises, the digestion is upset. The symptoms of the excessive increase of Dosha Pitta a

1.The urine is yellow-reddish, with a strong vapor and odor.

2. The tongue is covered with thick coating, sour taste in the mouth.

3. Red-yellow sputum, brackish; thirst

4. Exacerbation of bile disorders

5. Headaches,body burns, dry in the nostrils.

6. Yellow-red clouds in the eyes, sudden cramps.

7. Insomnia at night and during the day can not fall asleep.

8. Sweating, smell

DOSHA VATA

This Dosha is responsible for the circulation in our body. It includes all the multiple paths of movement: airflow during inhalation and exhalation,the quickness of thought processes, the circulation of the blood (sanguimotion), lymph and other liquids, the speed of chemical reactions in the cell and the biological process in general,the removal of feces, urine, mucus and e.x. The best way to express this principle is the abstract concept of movement,”the wind” in our body. We think of a movement when we can see something change location in space, but we don’t see “the moving power” behind it. Because this Dosha is compound of Ether and Air, it has “dry” and “cold” properties. If this Dosha increases excessively in the body:

1. The urine is clear as water, foams, after settling remains clean.

2.The tongue is red, dry and rough, astringent taste in the mouth.

3. Cough with muddy phlegm, constipation.

4. Pain in the lower back, sacrum and the acetabulum, as well as in many other joints pain is observed as from “beating”.

5. Weight loss, dry skin, stabbing pain in the neck, chest and jaw

6. Desire to move, the breath is haltingly, the consciousness is excited.

7. The head goes numb and dizzy, tinnitus, insomnia, tremor and twitching.

So now we know the basic symptoms when the three Doshas are out of balance. Next we will dive into more detailed description of each Constitution and will do a quick quiz to find out our individual constitution.

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