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Ayurveda literally means “knowledge of life” and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on the delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Its main goal is to promote good health, not fight disease. However, treatments may be geared towards specific health problems.
How does it work?
It is believed that optimal health and happiness can be achieved by respecting our unique mix of “doshas”. Each of us has all three of the so-called “doshas” – named Vata, Pitta and Kapha – just in different proportions. Typically, one of the three doshas will express itself most strongly, and that’s the one that we call our dosha. When we know our dosha, then we understand more about ourselves, and know how to best take care of ourselves. The idea is that when our doshas are in balance, then we are at our healthiest and happiest.
Here's how to recognise your dosha:
Vata – Is the energy associated with air and space and linked to movement.
People with a dominant vata dosha tend to be thin and fast. They love any kind of movement, change and travel. They often feel cold and they love warm food and warm climates. They also have a tendency to have cold hands and feet.
Health Tip: Daily routines should be of importance. Choose foods that are warm, nourishing and easy to digest. Sweet berries, small beans, rice, nuts and dairy products, are all good choices for vata types. Exercise intensity should be moderate.
Pitta – Is the energy linked to fire and is believed to control the digestive and endocrine systems.
People with the dominant pitta energy are sharp, intelligent, good at public speaking and tend to push themselves too hard. They often feel warm and prefer cooler climates. They always seem to feel hungry.
Health Tip: Moderation will help to balance many pitta imbalances. Avoid overexposure to direct sunlight and be mindful of fried and spicy foods. Choose fruit and vegetables that are watery such as cherries, mango or watermelon.
Kapha – Is associated with earth and water and tied to controlling growth and strength.
A person with a dominant kapha is strong and solid with great immunity. They move slowly and take time to make decisions. They don’t like change and often feel lethargic.
Health Tip: Actively seek new experiences and exercise daily. Avoid warm and spicy foods. Tea with ginger and lemon is a great pick-me-up. Lots of dark bitter greens will be a good choice for the dominant kapha.
Ayurvedic medicine has clearly helped many people live healthier lives. However, like any other medical system Ayurvedic therapies have contradictions and the potential for adverse side-effects.
Always consult with your medical practitioner before you try Ayurveda or any other medical treatment.
Stay healthy, stay happy!
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DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or need health advice, please consult a healthcare professional.