Ayurveda is an ancient science providing various solutions for diseases, improves our health, emphasizes maintenance, and prevention of disease through diet and lifestyle changes. According to Ayurveda, there are three types of body types Vata, pitta, Kapha, different types of body composition need a different type of diet and lifestyle. Like if your body type is pita you shouldn’t eat oily and warm food, and if your body type is Kapha you should avoid cold food. These three doshas are responsible for the integrity of the human body and carry out psychological activities.
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What should be one’s daily routine to be healthy according to Ayurveda:
Wake up 1 hour before the sunrise, it will keep you fresh and energetic throughout the day. That’s why it is always advised to students to wake up before sunrise so that they can learn easily. If you are not a student then you should do meditation at that time that is the best time to perform meditation.
Clean your teeth with a neem stick or bamboo stick to fight against all the germs and to cleanse your teeth & then drink lukewarm water in all seasons to hydrate your body after the night.
Oil pulling also known as gandush, is the best practice to follow which prevents excess thirst, maintains oral hygiene, and improves taste. You can take any natural oil like sesame oil, coconut oil, groundnut oil to take it in your mouth, round it in your mouth for up to 4-5 minutes, and then throw it out. This will help you to pull out all the excess oil from your stomach and also help in preventing ulcers and dryness.
·Exercise should be done till sweat comes from your body. It will help to remove stagnation from the body and can help to rejuvenate and recharge you. So, you should practice both yoga and exercise daily. Yoga and meditation strengthen your inner soul, it helps us to fight mental diseases and exercise gives shape & strength to your body physically.
After exercise, you should properly clean your body by taking a bath, it will prevent hair loss and hair grey and physical hygiene.
Eat when your mind is stable because when it’s unstable you can eat in less or excess.
We should take the food in perspective of various aspects like according to the season and according to body type.
What should be your routine according to various weathers:
Keep your body hydrated from water, coconut water, fruit juices, and eat fruits that are high in water content every 4 hours.
Eat light food in summer, avoid hot, oily, and spicy food.
Take frequent showers and baths to cool your body.
Onions are helping you to be safe from the hot warm air of the summer season loo.
Apply sunscreen or cover your face with a hat or cloth before an outing on sunny days to protect your face from harmful UV rays.
Food like curd, mint, and green leafy vegetables help our body to stay cool.
In winter we can eat heavy food because our digestive power becomes stronger. You can try many of the different cereals this season.
Our skin gets dry and cracked, moisturizers and cream help you to moisturize your skin, and the best way to nourish your skin is to stay hydrated.
Exercise should be done regularly to create some warmth inside the body.
After a bath, massage your skin with mustard oil to increase blood circulation.
Ghee can be applied to your cracked lips.
Drink lukewarm water to ease your digestion.
Drink milk with turmeric the night before sleep.
Eat moderately in this season, like green leafy vegetables, food is rich in vitamin C.
Avoid sleeping during the daytime, it may cause laziness in your body.
A sip of an Ayurvedic tea with hot and fragrant spices like clove, cardamom, ginger, can give you the best experience in the monsoon morning.
Stay in a hygienic environment, and drink clean and boiled water if possible.
Which type of diet should be eaten according to our body doshas:
When Vata dosha is imbalanced, you will experience weakness, hypertension, restlessness, and other digestion problems. To stay in balance that is warm, oily, nourish, and smooth can decrease the impact of Vata dosha. Hot soups, ghee, nuts, avocado, coconut, olives, melons, honey, and gourd can be the best food to control your Vata dosha. You should avoid cool foods and drinks, prefer nourish foods over moist food. Don’t eat undercooked or raw meals and keep enjoying hot and spicy food.
Drinking buttermilk with dry roast asafetida, jaggery can be the best remedy for this dosha. Eat honey with ginger and nutmeg powder. Fruits like papaya and pomegranate are perfect for Vata's body type.
The signs of Kapha dosha are lethargy, excessive sleep, indigestion, poor appetite, nausea, and excess salivation. The person who has governed Kapha dosha usually has more body stamina and strong build and has good digestion. Diabetes, depression, asthma can be caused by dominated Kapha dosha. Oil nuts, Hot/Warm beverages, dairy products, sweeteners help reduce Kapha dosha and fruits like watermelon, apple, pears, apricots, etc. form an integral part of a Kapha diet. If you want to control it as soon as possible remove salt from your diet and eat spices like pepper, ginger, mustard seeds, etc. A Kapha diet consists of grains like corn, millets, barley to take the best from the meal.
Pitta governs the metabolism and transformation of the body. In the summer season, people who have dominated pitta dosha should be very careful. If there is excess pitta in the body you should experience excess generation of heat in the body, nausea, constipation, diarrhea can also be the signal of dominated pitta dosha. In this dosha, you should avoid all types of spicy, oily, hot food and less exposure to the sun. To balance the pitta dosha you should first remove all the toxins from your body. You should eat carbohydrate-rich foods, prefer cold food over hot, and dry food over liquid can help to balance pitta dosha.
Apples, apricots, cherries, coconut, berries, papaya, spinach, cucumber, and green leafy vegetables can be the best food for the person who is dominated by this body type. Sweet food is also known as the pitta balancer of the body, but a limit should be maintained.
By identifying our body type it is very helpful to take care of your body because now you know what to eat, what not to eat, and in which weather you should be careful. Ayurved has a solution for every problem. You just have to read some of its books on health and wellness.