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Ayurvedic Diets – For Simple Changes with Huge Results

Through an analysis of your dosha, or body type, and your constitution, Ayurvedic practitioners can recommend special Ayurvedic diets to keep your body functioning at its ultimate level. Depending on whether you have a vata, pitta, or kapha dosha, certain foods can help to balance the body to increase the activity of the immune system and promote good health and well-being.


Ayurvedic Diet Regimes for Your Body

Pitta Body Types

Pitta individuals often experience ulcers or reflux. An Ayurvedic diet helps the body prevent or cope with these conditions.

People with a pitta dosha also bruise more easily than other people and sometimes have difficulty with inflammatory diseases or bleeding issues. To rebalance the system, the Ayurvedic diets prescribed for those with a pitta dosha never include the following foods:

  • Tomato products
  • Peppers
  • Vinegar
  • Oils
  • Cheese products

In fact, all foods that are hot, oily, sour, light liquid or pungent, should be consumed infrequently by those with a pitta dosha.

Kapha Body Types

People with the kapha dosha are encouraged to stay away from foods that are gooey and sweet. They should also refrain from food choices that are heavy or oily, as well as those which contain salt. Ayurvedic diets consider the following foods to be irritating and harmful to those with a kapha dosha:

  1. Cookies, cakes, and pies
  2. Ice Cream
  3. Red Meat
  4. Avocado
  5. Bread

Vata Body Types

Vata is a dosha which is more difficult to balance than the other two. Ayurvedic diets practiced by those with a vata dosha are free of foods that are bitter, astringent, or dry. If you have a vata dosha, you should stay away from cold foods and those that are clear and dry. Foods that can have negative consequences for those with a vata dosha are as follows:

  • Coffee or tea
  • Raw vegetables and greens
  • Potatoes
  • Nuts
  • Beans

Ayurvedic diets also encourage Vata individuals to consume more foods that are salty, sweet, and sour.

Keeping the body in balance through consistently using the guidelines suggested in Ayurvedic diets can boost both physical and mental health. By learning which foods work with your body type and which ones work against you, you can easily keep your body working at its best and will put your feet on the path to good preventative behavior with just a few simple changes.

Keeping the body in balance through consistently using the guidelines suggested in Ayurvedic diets can boost both physical and mental health. By learning which foods work with your body type and which ones work against you, you can easily keep your body working at its best and will put your feet on the path to good preventative behavior with just a few simple changes.

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Aruna June 13, 2010 at 6:37 am

I found the article very useful. In this context I would like to share some information which I hope will be useful for those who wish to delve into this subject in more detail. There is a book titled “Sukham Ayu: Cooking with Ayurvedic Insights” which I have chanced upon purchasing recently. The book is an excellent guide to various body types and also gives lots of recipes which are suitable for all body types. A great tool for those who wish to cook keeping in mind the ayurvedic guidelines.

Ashish Kothari June 13, 2010 at 11:55 am

Hi Aruna – Thanks for the advise. Hope people reading this article will find the book useful.

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