Eating the Ayurvedic Way

Posted by huihsien on 26 Dec 09

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Ayurveda is a traditional Indian life science which is increasingly being accepted as an alternative approach complementing Western medicine and health knowledge. According to the Ayurvedic system, the entire universe is made up of five elements of air, fire, earth, water and ether. The combination of these elements come together to make up the three doshas of the human body. They are Pitta, Vata and Kapha.

To keep the doshas in balance for a healthy body and mind, the Ayurvedic system recommends certain foods to eat and avoid. Here is a basic guideline but the most accurate way is to consult an Ayurvedic physician, who will observe your physique, assess your pulse, how you breathe and ask you a series of lifestyle questions.  Most of us will have a combination of 2 dosha types, with one that dominates.

Pitta types are dominant in the fire and water elements. They generally have a small build  and usually need to be on a constant move. Dry skin and hair are also common among Pitta types. They tend to be easily anxious and are light sleepers. In order to bring a balance to their dosha, Pittas should include sweet fruits such as apples, grapes, mango and watermelon in their diet. Bitter, green leafy vegetables and white meat are also favoured. Foods to avoid are nuts, seafood, egg yolks and pickles.

Vata types have air and ether as their dominant elements. Physically, they are of athletic and medium build with oily skin and hair. Vata types have no problems with bowel movement, perspiration or sleep. Food prepared for a Vata should have the moisture retained which can be achieved by steaming, boiling or blanching. Foods to favour are sweet and citrus fruits, eggs, freshwater fish, white meat with the occasional beef. Cheese, raw vegetables, dried fruit and snacks should be minimised.

Water and Earth elements make up the Kapha type. These people are mostly large-boned with thick, oily hair and skin. They are physically strong but slow, less active and are easily tired. To get their digestive system going, Kapha types should eat foods which are baked, grilled and roasted with minimum oil. Herbs and spices such as ginger, turmeric and chilli should also be generously consumed. Fruits and vegetables such as bananas and potatoes should be avoided, similarly with heavy and rich foods such as cheese, cream and yoghurt.

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One comment for “Eating the Ayurvedic Way”

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i like to add herbs and spices on the foods i cook.”~*


June 30th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

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