Ayurvedic medicine has been around for 5,000 years | Source: Pinterest

Ayurveda Could be the Key to Your Health

Considered the sister science to yoga, Ayurvedic medicine has been around for over 5000 years. The practice is native to India and is based on the concept that health and wellbeing rely on a delicate balance of mind, body, and spirit.

But if you’re looking for a quick-fix solution to your wellbeing, you’re unfortunately in the wrong spot. Ayurveda is a holistic approach to healing that emphasises prevention rather than cure. It is said to aid in promoting heart health, decreasing anxiety, assisting in digestive problems, improving skin conditions and bettering sleep.

Harmony is everything in Ayurveda, and it’s thought to be achieved by balancing the three doshas. These health types, or doshas, specify how you should eat, sleep, and exercise, as well as what your emotional and physical characteristics may be.

Doshas work on a sliding scale, and when they are out of balance they can present physical and emotional symptoms of discomfort. The goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to get your doshas back to the levels at which they naturally exist in your body to restore balance.

Everyone has a combination of all three doshas, but there is always a dominant dosha (or maybe two), so by discovering what yours is, you can take a personalised approach to your wellbeing and make lifestyle tweaks to rebalance your body, mind, and spirit.

Vata

Vata is about the energy of movement. It is associated with the wind and because of this vata types are flexible, creative, and free-flowing spirits.

Vata types tend to be tall and thin. They often run cold and enjoy warm, humid weather. It’s also common for vata types to experience cold hands and feet, and when this dosha is out of balance you can experience constipation, anxiety and racing thoughts.

To balance this dosha look for stabilising activities like a grounding meditation routine, or being more rigid with your schedule and sticking to an early bedtime. Eating healthy fats, more protein and warming foods can help balance this dosha.

Gwenyth Paltrow is Vata | Source: Pinterest

Pitta

Pitta dosha is dominated by the fire element. They are innately strong, intense, and can be irritable.

Pitta types tend to be medium-build, may have acne-prone skin and be high-achievers. They have a generous appetite, both for food and for life. An imbalance in this dosha can lead to anger, overexertion, skin irritations, rashes and diarrhoea.

To balance this dosha seek out cooling foods like aloe vera, fennel and coriander seeds plus cardamom. Spending time near bodies of water and taking cool showers can also work to balance pitta.

Jennifer Aniston is Pitta | Source: Pinterest

Kapha

Kapha is the dosha of earth and water. Those who are kapha dominant are steady, calm, grounded and compassionate.

They tend to have strong frames and can be prone to weight gain if they are not exercising regularly. An imbalance in this dosha can lead to sluggishness, stubbornness, weight gain and congestion.

Mental stimulation, morning exercise, and meditation and breathwork are essential for rebalancing this dosha. Warming spices like ginger and warm drinks like tea can help to rebalance Kapha, as does taking regular breaks during extended periods of sitting. Avoid heavy and oily foods, instead, look for bitter foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Beyonce is Kapha | Source: Pinterest

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