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Let your Ayurvedic body type decide your diet

Let your Ayurvedic body type decide your diet.
Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of natural and holistic medicine. When translated from Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “the science of life” (the Sanskrit word Ayur means “longevity” or “life” and veda means “science”). It is one of the surest paths to good health. Ayurveda provides a direct prescriptive path to find out which foods, supplements and behaviours are best suited for you. This is based on your unique body type, or dosha. Benefits of this holistic approach extend to your mental and emotional wellbeing as well, giving you balance and vitality.

In Ayurveda, the three basic body types, or doshas, are Kapha, Pitta and Vata, with distinct characteristics. The best way to determine your body type is through the detailed evaluation of your physical and medical history by an Ayurvedic physician. However, even a basic understanding of Ayurvedic principles can provide insights into your principal dosha. Most people are a combination of two doshas but typically, one predominates.

Kapha dosha (Large built body)
People of Kapha dosha tend to be the large-bodied type, characterized by wide shoulders and hips, thick hair and good stamina. They are generally resilient and stable but are prone to health issues like weight gain, poor circulation, slow digestion, nasal congestion and allergies.

Dietary Recommendations for Kapha dosha
A high protein diet does not suit Kapha body types. Light food, low in fat and protein, along with plenty of vegetables is the ideal diet for Kapha dosha.
Holy Basil supplements are specially recommended for this body type.
Holy Basil (“Tulsi”) is said to possess powerful adaptogenic properties and may be used to improve the body's response to stress. In addition, studies have demonstrated that Holy Basil supports carbohydrate metabolism which leads to healthy blood glucose levels. Holy Basil is revered as a sacred plant in Ayurveda.

Pitta dosha (Medium built body)
People of Pitta dosha tend to have medium-sized bodies. They usually have a warm and goal-oriented nature. Major health complaints of Pitta dosha include stress, irritability, acid reflux, sleep interruptions and pain around the temples.

Dietary Recommendations for Pitta dosha
Pitta body types should limit their intake of alcohol, coffee and hot spices. Sweet juicy fruits like mangoes or melons, vegetables like cucumbers, kale and lettuce are best suited for Pitta dosha. Drinks made with cumin, coriander and fennel seeds are recommended for them to ease bloating and stress. Pittas should take anti-inflammatory supplements like amla which has potent antioxidant properties that can boost the immune system.
Massaging the head with coconut oil can relieve Pittas of headaches and pain around the temples.

Vata dosha (Small built body)
The third dosha in Ayurveda is Vata. Vatas tend to be small-framed with energetic personalities. Vatas are often artistic and do not like set schedules. Their major health complaints include racing thoughts, insomnia, constipation, bloating, cold hands and feet and dryness of hair and skin.

Dietary Recommendations for Vata dosha
Vatas should avoid carbonated beverages, crunchy foods and raw vegetables in their diets. Warm, soups, nuts, cooked vegetables and hot milk suit them the most.
Ghee or clarified butter is rich in antioxidants, is recommended to promote nerve and brain health in Vatas.

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