Ayurveda — Foods That Balance Vata Dosha

**If you already know about the doshas, you can skip this part…

In Ayurvedic medicine, everyone has a specific dosha that determines the kinds of foods, activities and lifestyle that is best suited for their unique combination.

The doshas are based on the elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. and are categorized by VataPitta, and Kapha. When these three doshas are in balance, mentally, spiritually, and physically, good health is experienced. When our doshas are out of balance, we begin to experience illness.

Once you’ve determined your dosha, you will have a better idea of how to care for your combination and live a healthier, more balanced life.


Qualities of Vata
Physically they are dry, light, cold and rough.
Emotionally they are anxious, fearful, and insecure with mood swings.
Mentally they are fast, active multi-taskers, although a bit scattered.
Spiritually they are sensitive, clairvoyant and with a powerful imagination.

Vata Disorders
Asthma
Insomnia
Headache
Sciatica
Lower Back Pain
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Imbalanced Nervous System
Painful Menstruation
Constipation and Gas
Depression, Fear and Anxiety

If you find yourself with a Vata imbalance, EAT THESE FOODS to pacify Vata.

For the purposes of keeping it simple in this article, I will only cover fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and legumes.


FRUITS to eat:

*Most sweet fruit

Apples (cooked)
Apricots
Avocado
Bananas
Berries
Cherries
Coconut
Dates (fresh)
Figs (fresh)
Grapefruit
Grapes
Kiwi
Lemons
Limes
Mangoes
Melons
Oranges
Papaya
Peaches
Pineapple
Plums
Prunes (soaked)
Raisins (soaked)
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Tamarind 

VEGETABLES to eat

*Cooked is best

Asparagus
Beets
Cabbage (cooked)
Carrots
Cauliflower
Cilantro
Cucumber
Daikon Radish
Fennel
Garlic
Green Beans
Green Chilies
Jerusalem Artichoke
Leafy Greens
Lettuce
Mustard Greens
Okra
Olives (black)
Onions (cooked)
Parsley
Parsnip
Peas (cooked)
Potatoes (sweet)
Pumpkin
Radishes (cooked)
Rutabaga
Spaghetti Squash
Spinach (raw)
Sprouts
Squash (summer)
Taro Root
Turnip Greens
Watercress
Zucchini

NUTS to eat:

*In moderation.

Almonds
Black Walnuts
Brazil Nuts
Cashews
Charole
Coconut
Filberts
Hazelnuts
Macadamia
Peanuts
Pecans
Pine
Pistachio
Walnuts 

GRAINS to eat:

Amaranth
Durham Flour
Oats (cooked)
Pancakes
Quinoa
Rice (all kinds)
Seitan (wheat meat)
Sprouted Bread
Wheat

LEGUMES to eat:

Lentils (red)
Mung Beans
Mung Dal
Soy Milk
Tofu
Tur Dal
Urad Dal


If you find yourself with symptoms of an imbalanced Vata, eat these foods and try to limit these Foods To Avoid For Vata Imbalance. Soon, you’ll be on your way towards balanced healing.

Want some tridoshic options that’s balancing for everyone?

Recommended Foods For All Doshas

Resources:

1. Tirtha, Sada Shiva. The Āyurveda encyclopedia: natural secrets to healing, prevention & longevity. Ayurveda Holistic Center Press, 2007.

2. Lad, Usha, and Vasant Lad. Ayurvedic cooking for self-Healing. The Ayurvedic Press, 2016

3. Frawley, David, and Vasant Lad. The yoga of herbs: an ayurvedic guide to herbal medicine. Lotus Press, 2008.

4. 
Immel, John. “School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion.” Ayurvedic Diet & Recipes, www.joyfulbelly.com/.
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