Importance of doshas in your life

Since each body type is different and made of different composition, work accordingly

As per the 5000-year-old Indian ancient medicinal text of Ayurveda, dosha is one of three – Vāta Pitta and Kapha – substances believed to be present in a person’s body. Many Ayurvedic treatises have described the quantity and quality of these three substances that fluctuate in the body according to the seasons, time of day, diet, and several other contributing natural factors. These three substances are basically nothing much but energy and play an important role in building the body. In fact, our life force, or as they say the ‘Prana’ is nothing but basically energy.

And the human body gets energy from nature, through the sun, food, and other natural elements. Since Ayurveda is a natural system of healing and believes in the functional energies in our bodies are aligned with the elements of nature, the knowledge of these doshas is important. These three forces of energies also known as Doshas are directly related to the entire system of Ayurvedic healing.  So here we will be understanding each dosha and its importance in our lives.

Vāta or Vata
Meaning air and wind, Vata is characterized by the properties of dry, cold, light, minute, and movement, pain is the characteristic feature of Vata. It brings about comfortable movement in the body, regular breathing, a consistent appetite, and healthy bowel system, good energy, a calm mind, and innovative ideas. But when suffering from flatulence, gout, or rheumatism, it is the outcome of an unbalanced Vata.

Consume warm foods like warm milk, cream, butter, warm soups, stews, hot cereals, freshly baked bread, raw nuts, and nut butter to maintain the Vattadosha.

Meaning bile, Pitta represents the metabolism and is characterized by heat, moistness, liquidity, sharpness, and sourness. Since its chief quality is heat it is important in directing digestion and enhances metabolism greatly. It is because of an unbalanced pitta, that one at times experiences the body heat, a burning sensation, and redness. A balanced Pitta is all about a healthy appetite, right production of hormones, courage, glowing complexion, and sharp eyesight.

To improve the imbalanced Pitta, try consuming cold refreshing foods in summer or hot weather like salads, milk, and ice cream.  In fact, herbal teas, vegetarian foods, and grains help in pacifying people with imbalanced Pitta dosha. It is important to avoid foods like pickles, cheese, alcohol, egg yolks, nuts, spicy and oily food.

It is awatery element and is a combination of earth and water. Meaning phlegm, Kapha is characterized by heaviness, coldness, tenderness, softness, slowness, lubrication, and the carrier of nutrients. All of the soft organs inside our body are made by Kapha. Consume warm, light, dry, spicy food especially in winter to keep Kapha healthy.

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