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 Vata, Pitta, 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.
Lower Back Pain
Imbalanced Nervous System
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
VEGETABLES to eat
*Cooked is best
NUTS to eat:
GRAINS to eat:
Rice (all kinds)
Seitan (wheat meat)
LEGUMES to eat:
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?
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