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Ayurveda classifies people into three primary categories or “doshas”. Every individual has a Any imbalance in the dosha can result in the person falling ill. The Doshas are Vata (air), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (Earth)
Vata people are like the air. They are energetic and constantly on the move. Physically, they are thin and agile. Being curious by nature, they crave constant stimulation and are excited by new experiences Such people have a creative outlook to life and work. Vata people feel cold and suffer from dry skin and hair. Being light sleepers, they need to rest frequently to get their energy back.
Imbalance in Vata causes weight loss, weakness, restlessness and digestive problems
To balance Vata, people should have heavy, rich foods. Sweet, salty, and sour foods are appropriate for them, while foods that are bitter and pungent should be avoided. Rice is excellent for their diet. Among fruits mangoes, papaya, plums, pineapples, and dry fruits are good for them.
Spices such as black pepper, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, cloves, fennel, basil, mustard seeds, basil, and oregano are helpful in keeping the balance.
Like fire, they are dynamic and love challenges. For this reason, they make great leaders, and are capable of managing people very well. They have strong appetites and a good digestive system that helps them too. They can speak their mind and are usually perfectionists.
Imbalance of Pitta causes irritation, inability to bear hot climes, rashes, and heartburn. People of this constitution people should avoid foods that are pungent, salty, and sour. Sweet fruits like mangoes, melons, ripe pineapples, and oranges are beneficial. Avoid any sour fruits.
Among vegetables, green leafy vegetables, cauliflower, celery, okra, green beans, cucumbers, lettuce, and potatoes are beneficial. Avoid onions, garlic, beets, carrots, tomatoes, radishes, hot peppers and spinach.
Like Earth, such people are grounded and calm, and stability is essential for them. They are usually loving and loyal, nurturing personalities who avoid being in the spotlight. They are strongly built and have a slow gait. They love fixed routines and are happy living sedentary lives. They tend to gain weight easily.
When Kapha get imbalanced, they can suffer from weight gain, depression, tumours, and fluid retentions Lighter meals will help to reduce their heaviness. Food that are bitter and pungent are good, but they need to cut down on foods that are sweet or salty.
All vegetables can be consumed, however sweet and juicy vegetables, such as sweet potatoes and tomatoes, should be avoided. Detoxing diets and juices are great for Kapha people as it helps their digestive systems. Fruits such as pears, apples, and apricots help maintain balance in the body. Bananas, oranges, and melons should be avoided.
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