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Some of the best Ayurvedic experts have treated diseases of their patients by merely changing their diet. It is not just important that you eat well enough, it also matters what food suits your body constitution or Doshas. A lot of people eat, generally healthy foods, that do not suit their Dosha constitution and then wonder, why their diet plans do not show the kind of results they are looking for!

 What does exactly Ayurveda say?

According to Ayurveda, what you should and shouldn’t eat depends on your body constitution or prakruti. When you have a diet that aggravates your prakruti, you are bound to feel low on energy and over the long run, you could fall sick. But when you have a diet that suits your prakruti, you are bound to feel healthy and happy.

An individual’s prakruti is the ratio of three functional energies in the body. Also known as doshas, these energies are: vata, pitta, kapha . Each of these doshas have specific traits. The vata dosha is the air element and is responsible for all movement in the body. The pitta dosha is the fire element and is responsible for digestion. The kapha dosha is the earth element and provides moisture to the skin and lubrication to joints. Mostly, two of three doshas dominate in an individual. Pulse diagnosis or nadi pariksha can help diagnose the doshas dominating in your body.

The story of balanced and unbalanced doshas

In Ayurveda, one is always trying to balance the doshas for a happy and healthy life. But what does that promise us?

On the other hand,  an imbalance in the doshas cause:

Letting the right diet do the balancing act

To keep your doshas in balance, follow this set of dietary instructions

Pitta pacifying diet

(Good for pitta prakriti and pitta imbalance)

Vata pacifying diet

(Good for vata prakriti and vata imbalance)

Kapha pacifying diet

(Good for kapha prakriti and kapha imbalance)

 

Common eating guidelines for all doshas

Ayurveda recommends a few eating guidelines that can keep your indigestion at bay:

Ayurveda identifies six major tastes we need in our diet every day—sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. When we consistently eat food of particular tastes, it causes health problems and also triggers cravings for unhealthy foods. For instance, fast food contains mostly sweet, sour, and salty tastes and consuming them on a regular basis leads to a craving for sweets.

 

(Reference: Ayurveda Simplified by Dr. Nisha Manikantan)

 

 

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