Ayurvedic Wisdom – Foods beneficial for VATA PITA KAPHA balance

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According to Ayurveda everything in this world of the following 5 elements and 3 bilogical forces or Doshas. Find out the foods which will help balance these forces according to your dominant doshas.

Our body is made of five natural elements.

  1. Prithvi (Earth)
  2. APA (Water)
  3. Tejas(Fire)
  4. Vayu(Air)
  5. Akash(Space)

In human body these five elements are expressed in the form of three biological forces, called Doshas.
Doshas are functional energies in the body.

  1. VATA
  2. PITA
  3. KAPHA

Everyone has these three doshas operating in their body but in different proportions. There will be one or two dominant doshas and the physical constitution or characteristics of an individual are based on the dominant dosha.

Vata
Comprises of the elements air and space( or ether) and is responsible for movement related functions in the body. eg. circulation, respiration and general movement of the body and the thoughts.

Vata person is normally thin, with wiry ans small structure and appearance.

Pitta
Composed of fire and is responsible for metabolism related activities. eg. digestion of food. This biological force is related to courage and ambitions on the positive side and anger and pride on the negative side. The life experiences are manifested through Pitta.

Pitta person will may be muscular and of medium size.

Kapha
Composed of water and earth elements. Responsible for cohesion and structural support to body. On the positive side it governs the emotions like devotion and love and on the negative side governs the emotions like greed and jealousy.

Kapha person tends to have large structure, heavy bones and a tendency to be overweight.

These three doshas are collectively known as TriDosha ( three doshas).

Everyone has a unique combination of these Tridosha according to their constitution (nature or prakriti). The food we eat and our lifestyle and emotions increase or decrease a particular dosha.

The main dosha is the most dominant one
The secondary dosha will be one in next highest proportion.

So a person can be classified as

  1. Vata person
  2. Pitta person
  3. Kapha person
  4. Vata-Pitta person
  5. Vata-Kapha person
  6. Pitta-Kapha person
  7. Vata-Pitta-Kapha person

When a person has a normal health then the tridosha are in equilibrium. But when one or more doshas gets aggravated then our body tends to deteriorate. Depending on the dosha which is aggrevated we will have health issues related to that dosha. The impact is on the physical, emotional health as well as appearance. The ayurvedic doctors can simply check your pulse and tell you your disposition and tell you which doshas are aggravated. They can also tell the diseases you might be suffering by just feeling your pulse.

Without going in too much detail, let me come to the point. I wanted to present the chart which tells which food is allowed and not allowed for each dosha aggravation.  In the following pages you would find the list of the foods which are suitable for each of the three doshas and also the foods which should be avoided for each Dosha  which is aggravated or out of balance.

 

Foods for pacifying VATA (Good for a person with VATA disposition)

Fruits
All sweet fruit, Figs, Fresh Dates, Sweet Apple, Mangoes, Banana

Dry Fruits
Raisins(Kishmish or Sultanas)

Vegetables
All Cooked Vegetables(avoid raw vegetables)
Asparagus
Moderate amopunt of leafy vegetables, beans and sprouts

Grains
Rice, Wheat
Legumes
Lentils, Mung Beans, Soyabeans

Dairy
Milk, Fresh Paneer, Butter, Ghee

Oils
Sesame oil, Olive oil, Sunflower oil, Peanut oil

Spices
Black Peper, Ginger, Coriander seeds, Garam Masala, Turmeric, Hing(Asafoetida), Cloves, Garlic

Nuts
Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds in moderate amounts
Nuts should be soaked in water first.

To be avoided
All Dry food, junk food, cold and frozen food.
Kidney beans(Rajma), Grams(Dal) and Peas


Food for pacifying PITTA(Good for a person with PITTA disposition)
Fruits
All sweet fruits, Apple, Figs, Dates, Pomegranate(Anar).
Avoid all sour fruits like oranges etc.

Vegetables
Sweet and Bitter Vegetables, Asparagus, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Leafy Green Vegetables, Radish, Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes(Shakarkandi) Sprouts, Zucchini, Lauki, Ghia

Grains
Wheat,Rice, Oats

Dairy
Fresh Buttermilk (Chach), Milk, Ghee

Oils
Sunflower oil, Olive oil, Coconut oil

Spices
Cinnamon, Fennel, Cardamom, Ginger, Mint, Coriander, Turmeric, Cumin(Jeera)

Nuts
Nuts which are soaked in water first
Coconut

To be avoided
Avoid hot spicy and chilli foods, all junk food, sour foods, based and fermented foods


Food for pacifying KAPHA (for a person with KAPHA disposition)

Fruits
All fruits in small amounts

Vegetables
All leafy green vegetables, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Peas, Raddish, Wheat Grass, Sprouts

Grains
Barley, Ragi, Corn, Oat meal, Millet, Atta from Dals.
Wheat in small quantity
Avoid Rice

Dairy
Buttermilk (Chach) Goat Milk, Soya Milk

Oils
Sesame Oil (small amounts)
Olive Oil

Spices
Ajwain, Asafoetida, Basil, Clove, Cumin(Jeera), Curry Leaves, Fenugreek(Methi Dana), Garlic, Ginger, Pepper, Pippali, Turmeric

HONEY

Nuts
Very less amount ( 2- 3 almonds)
Sunflower and Flax Seeds(Alsi)

To be avoided
Avoid Sweets, milk products( except Buttermilk and goat milk), Cakes, Chocolates, Pastries, Cold Drinks.

 

 

Enjoy your life by keeping a good health, Good health is the real wealth.

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