Āyurveda is India’s 5,000-year-old traditional system of holistic medicine. Translated as the "science of life" it envelops the body, mind, senses, and soul. The philosophy focuses on using food as medicine, maintaining balance, establishing a healthy lifestyle, being in harmony with nature and practicing regular self-care routines. Digestion and nutrition are the cornerstones of Āyurveda.
Digestion is the process by which we break down what comes in from our outer environment for either assimilation or elimination. How well the balance between these processes is working dictates to a great extent how physically, emotionally, and mentally nourished and balanced we feel.There are three biological body types or "doshas" - vata, pitta and kapha which are based on the elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth. Correcting imbalances of the doshas is key to maintaining optimal health.
Vāta is a combination of ether and air; it is dry, light, cold, mobile, and subtle. Pitta is a combination of fire and water; it is oily, sharp/penetrating, hot, and spreading. Kapha is a combination of earth and water; it is heavy, dull, stable, cool, and sticky.
The unique combination of these three doṣas in every individual is expressed through our current physical, mental, and emotional states of being. When in balance Vāta types crave sweet (carbs), sour, and salty foods.When out of balance Vāta crave pungent, astringent, and bitter. Because Vata is made up of ether and air, these individuals should avoid dry, raw and cold foods so as not to aggravate vata. If you think about it, air and ether are dry like the wind so these individuals benefit from eating moist, warm and nurturing foods. Pitta is derived from fire and water. In balance Pitta types crave sweet, astringent, and bitter foods. Out of balance Pitta types crave sour, salty, and pungent foods. Pitta types should avoid hot, spicy foods and eat cooling foods to calm the digestive fire. Kapha is derived from earth and water. When in balance Kapha types crave pungent, astringent, and bitter foods. When out of balance Kaphas crave sweet, sour, and salty foods. Kapha individuals benefit from eating light foods and less heavy carbs. In all three doshas, the goal is to eat the opposite of the elements they are derived from. - Warm/cold, light/dense, etc..
Ayurveda teaches us how the body, mind, and spirit must exist in harmony for us to be truly healthy and happy or "situated in one's self." Therefore, the proper care of all three must be considered, managed, and nourished throughout life. The aim of Āyurveda is to first maintain health then treat disease.
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