To get a head’s up on the basics, I would highly recommend you to read basics of ayurveda first. Now let’s focus on understanding more on Vata dosha and how to balance it. Vata constitutes primarily of Air and Ether. Governs elimination, nervous system and respiration. If you are experiencing dry or rough skin, constipation, fatigue, underweight, insomnia, intolerance of cold fear or anxiety then you have a Vata imbalance. Below are few basic ayurvedic suggestions to balance Vata dosha that you can incorporate in your life.
- Add generous amount of Ghee to your diet
- Eat whole foods and freshly cooked foods.
- Include sweet salty and sour tastes in your food.
- Take warm soups and drinks.
- Take easily digestible legumes like moong, red lentil and tofu.
- Ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg help in boosting immunity.
- Take warm milk, at least an hour before or after other food.
- Practice mindful eating at regular times without distractions. Enjoy your food.
- Keep 3 hours gap after food and sleep.
- Sleep in time without any electronic gadgets around.
- Do light exercise like walking or yoga 30 min every day.
- Indulge in self massage 10 min with sesame oil. Check out more of massage self care called Abhyanga.
- Foods that are bitter, astringent and pungent.
- Dry and light, cold foods of drinks.
- Lots of raw foods like salad or vegetable juices.
- Most beans, including cold soy products.
- Highly processed foods.
- Eating heavy meals and eating in inappropriate times.
However, we can also have combination doshas as well like the Pitta-Vatta, Kapha, Pitta or Vata-Kapha type individuals. Such people should take combined approach and adopt diet suitable to both body types. Having Tridosha or all 3 doshas in balance are quite rare and are the ones who lead harmonious life, healthy and emotionally stable. Hope you found these basic ayurvedic suggestions to balance Vata dosha easy to follow. If you did like to know more, please check out my referenced sites below:
The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.