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Lack of sleep increases risk of disorders like obesity, hypertension and Type 2 diabetes. It makes the body insulin-resistant, requiring more insulin to maintain normal glucose levels. It may alter the body's stress-control center and hormonal balance, affecting glucose regulation. Obesity increases risk of blood sugar malfunction by making it harder for cells to utilize insulin.
An imbalanced vata will have rough, dry and peeling skin. Consume radish juice and apply butter on the face. Pitta imbalance causes acne, pigmentation and rosacea, so avoid sun and heat and wear loose cotton clothes. Kapha imbalance can cause large pores and black heads so apply a mix of neem leaves, turmeric, rose water on the face.
Vatas should wake by 6 am, have breakfast by 8 am, lunch at 11 am–12 pm, and supper by 6 pm, and sleep at 10 pm, lying on their back. Pittas should wake up by 5.30 am, have breakfast at 7.30 am, lunch at 12 pm, and supper by 7 pm. They should sleep by 11 pm on the right. Kaphas should wake up by 4.30 am and sleep by 12 am on their left. They should have breakfast by 7 am, lunch by 1 pm, and supper by 8 pm.
According to Ayurveda, ‘dosha’ is one of the 3 bodily humors that make up our physical and emotional constitution. Vatta controls and manages the bodily functions pertaining to motion like blood circulation and heartbeat. Pitta regulates metabolic functions like digestion and nutrition. Kapha controls the growth of the body and streamlines your immune system.
For Breakfast have a fruit salad, egg white or oatmeal with milk, ghee, maple syrup. Lunch is the main meal of the day. Eat seasoned tofu and steamed collard greens over wild rice, or pasta. Chywanprash is an ideal snack to have at 4 p.m. Dinner should be lighter than lunch. Try veggie or turkey burgers with goat cheese, lettuce and avocado or Kitchari.
The sweet taste is cooling and heavy but also anti-inflammatory. Include sweet fruits, most grains and squashes. Bitter taste foods are cooling and drying which is beneficial for Pitta. Include kale, collard, and dandelion greens. Astringent taste is heavy, cold, and dry. Include herbs like basil, dill, and parsley. Avoid pungent, salty and sour tasting foods.
Coffee has rajasic qualities. For people who follow a rajasic diet, coffee will lead to overactivity and exhaustion. Coffee has pungent, bitter, astringent, stimulating and drying qualities. Vatas are easily stimulated by coffee and should avoid it. Coffee can heat pitta body types. Kapha are best suited to drink coffee. However both vata and pitta can drink decaf coffee.
Herbs like turmeric, guggul, ashwagandha, ginger and boswellia can be used. Mix 1tsp turmeric, ¼ tsp garlic, ¼ tsp ajwain, ½ tsp coriander seed powder, ½ tsp fenugreek with half glass of water and take twice a day. Fasting is very beneficial to reduce arthritis pain. Body massage with sesame or mustard oil helps reduce vata that causes arthritis.
Raw foods are naturally cooling. Most grains, milk, root vegetables, seeds and cooling oils such as coconut and sunflower oil are great. Drying or astringent foods like potatoes, corn, millet, pasta, oats, popcorn, beans are recommended. Eat foods that are dry, mild, cooling, grounding, stabilizing and dense. Use moderate vs abundant amount ghee when cooking.
Juice cleanses are not recommended for Vata types because they tend to have a weak digestive system and raw juices will make them bloat and cause tiredness. Juice fasting with cooling and blood purifying vegetables is a good option for Pitta types. Kapha types can go on a juice diet for 2- 5 days, and they will immediately feel the positive effects on their body.
Drink boiled and cooled milk with a pinch of cardamom blended with organic rose petals. Rose is very cooling for the body. Cumin, coriander, and fennel teas are cooling as well. Take 1/2 tsp of bitter ghee on an empty stomach to improve digestion and control pitta dosha. Cooking with tumeric and using neem on the skin remove toxins from blood.
The natural defense mechanism of the body works best when the doshas are in right balance. Particular type of Dosha alone or in combination can be dominant in every individual right from one’s birth and also one’s way of living has effect on the dosha balance influenced by the lifestyle factors which involves diet, physical work, stress etc. However, there are several sub-division of the three parent Doshas viz. Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Ayurveda has described three main body types or Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Those with vata dosha must practice sun salutations, forward bends, half spinal twists and more, yoga asanas for pitta dosha type are cobra position, tortoise pose and moon salutations and kapha body type: headstands, locust, half-moon positions and bow positions.
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