Ayurvedic Diet for Vata Body Type
The philosophy behind Ayurveda believes that the whole universe comprises of five main elements – Air, Fire, Water, Ether and Earth. These five elements are represented in the three doshas of – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The moment any of the doshas exceed their desired amount, problems of imbalance will occur.
Ayurveda offers some of the best methods to help restore the right balance. Ayurveda advises on both nutritional guidelines and lifestyle changes. Once the changes are implemented, equilibrium is met.
Panchakarma or the Theory of Detoxification is a pioneering Ayurvedic principal, designed to reinstate harmony within the three doshas. Panchakarma helps to create smooth circulation through the body. Excess and undesirable toxins are removed, thereby restoring one’s health.
Ayurvedic Body Type in relation to diet
In Ayurvedic medicine, diet is of the utmost importance. One needs to follow a regular eating lifestyle, for ultimate health. In Ayurvedic tradition, every person has a specific body type and it is important to understand that exact type. When Ayurvedic practitioners look at their patients, they determine the body type, then prescribe the appropriate diet. A healthy diet complete with the correct foods for that particular dosha, means imbalances will be eliminated and the body will have abundant energy.
Diet for Vata Dosha
Those who are predominately Vata in dosha, generally are seen to be very thin. Vata energy helps physiological activities such as the motor and sensory functions. A Vata diet requires moist, warm cooked food. One should choose to eat steamed and boiled goods. Spices such as basil, oregano, thyme, ginger and tarragon are best for the Vata dosha. Fried, baked, cold, frozen and canned foods are to be avoided altogether.
Vata-Balancing Nutritional Guidelines
According to Ayurveda, it is important to eat foods that have a balancing effect upon the dominant dosha or that will pacify (stabilize) a dosha that has become excessive or aggravated. Since Vata is drying, cooling and light, favour foods that are oily, warming, or heavy. The best tastes to pacify Vata are sweet, salty and sour. Minimize foods that are pungent, bitter, or astringent.
Note: Favouring heavy foods such as sweets, oils, and richer foods may contribute to weight gain. Focus on natural grains, and heavy, moist fruits and vegetables. Keep your sweets to a minimum and use low-fat milk products. Cook your food for easy digestion.
Ayurveda holds the key to eliminating a plethora of problems and ailments. A specific diet chart is allocated for each body type/dosha and their issue/ailment. The right methodical application of Ayurvedic concepts balances the patient, increases their energetic vitality, therefore enabling them to lead a much healthier, happier lifestyle.
Dr. Santosh Yadav BAMS