How to Balance Vata Dosha?
There is a concept of doshas in Ayurveda. Ayurveda is our ancient medical system that evolves around 5,000 years ago. It basically originated in India and now, it has been practiced worldwide. It is one of the oldest and most used medical systems of holistic healing. It is an art of life that constitutes a combination of diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. It is an approach towards holistic healing.
According to Ayurveda, the world and all the living beings and substances comprises of five elements: fire, space, water, air, and earth. Each element has a specific significance in this world and these elements combine to form three life energies and they are also known as the tridoshas. These tridoshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha which define each person’s constitution. Ayurveda says that each person is a combination of a unique composition of tridosha but usually one or two doshas have more dominance over a person. It is very important to maintain a balance between Tridoshas.
What do we understand about Vata dosha?
As we discussed in our previous blog, Vata dosha consists of air and space. It is a Sanskrit word that simply means to blow or move like a wind. It is responsible for managing all the movements in our mind and the body. It is widely linked with change, mobility, and movement.
According to Ayurveda treatment, it mainly relates to the nervous system and controls various functions. Just like it controls breathing, blinking, and circulation. Due to its core components, it is described as cold, light, dry, rough, irregular, flowing, and spacious.
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What does a Vata-dominant person look like?
As Ayurveda Treatment is widely practiced in the world, it is the most natural and authentic medicinal method also that exists today. There are many people who truly believe in this method and they say, people who are Vata-dominant are often more energetic, creative, and flexible. These people may also have moderate weight, dry skin, and fine hair. Most of the Vata-dominant people are thin and slim. They are kind of very moody people as their mood changes highly depends upon the weather, the people surrounded around them, and the food they eat.
They are also so sensitive to cold weather and the extreme cold weather conditions make them more uncomfortable. It may bring circulation issues to them which may further create joint pain. And some of their negative aspects are they have traits like forgetful, anxious, and unstable mood.
If we talk about their personality, their personality can be entertaining, dynamic, and enthusiastic. They tend to be physically and mentally active. They are said to be quick learner, multitasker, kind-hearted, and a person who talks very fast.
They are prone to get overwhelmed easily, digestion issues like gas, and poor circulation. If their Vata gets imbalanced, their emotions may manifest as fear, anxiety, and nervousness.
How to balance Vata dosha?
When Vata is in a balanced situation in our body, the energy kept moving throughout our body. You can see those people who are Vata dominant, they are always full-on energy and kept moving like an active and flexible person. But, when the Vata gets imbalance in their body, they can struggle with other bodily issues like digestion and circulation issues. They may experience physical issues such as constipation, hypertension, weakness, arthritis, restlessness, etc.
It is really very important to keep Vata in balance. As Ayurveda has a concept of Vata dosha, it is already having a solution about how to balance Vata dosha. Ayurvedic treatment has some natural therapies to reduce Vata and mitigate the adverse effects of Vata imbalance.
Natural remedies to control Vata dosha
Vata is known to be cold and dry, so we need to neutralize its adverse effects. Here we are explaining some diet changes and lifestyle habit changes.
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Diet for Vata dominant people
Ayurveda gives a special significance to diet. In Ayurvedic medicine, diet is an essential part to maintain not only a healthy body but for your holistic healing. In this blog, we are giving you some basic but important tips to control Vata dosha.
- Warm foods – A Vata dominant should eat warm, moist, and heavy foods that are easy to digest and process further. They should not eat cold and raw or undercooked foods as well as stimulants such as nicotine and caffeine.
- Flavoured foods – Thye should eat sweet, salty, and sour as these foods help balance Vata dosha but those foods which are bitter, pungent, and astringent foods cause an imbalance in their Vata dosha.
- Beverages – In liquids, they can include buttermilk, tea, nut milk, and normal water.
- Meat & eggs – You can add chicken, turkey, and eggs to your diet.
- Grains – Rice, oats, quinoa, and wheat are good to have to reduce your Vata dosha in your body.
- Fruits & Vegetables – Fruits and veggies are an essential part of our diet. But do you know what fruits a Vata dominant person should have? Berries, peaches, mangoes, melons, bananas, avocados, coconuts, and cooked apples are the following fruits, you can add to your daily diet. For veggies, they can have carrots, beets, squash, lentils, mug beans, green and leafy vegetables, and sweet potatoes.
- Spices – Spices contain a specific significance in Ayurvedic medicine. Spices have many medicinal properties as they are full of antioxidants. You can have ginger, basil, turmeric, bay, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and parsley to your diet.
- Dry fruits – Dry fruits are very healthy for our body as they provide an adequate amount of nutrients to us. For a Vata-dominant person, almonds, cashews, pistachios, chestnuts, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds are very useful.
- Oils – You should add ghee, coconut oil, sesame oil, extra virgin olive oil, and avocado oil to your diet.
All these diet changes may help in reducing your Vata dosha. Our diet plays a crucial role in building a strong foundation for good health. You can also include activities to relieve stress and for this objective, we can do some calming exercises like Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Nadi Shodhana, Ujjayi, and Bhramari. Ayurveda practitioners suggested that Vata dominant person should do a sort of activities or exercises that include constant movement. Cycling, walking, running, tai chi, etc., are some of these activities.
According to a 2015 research, a person’s dosha can affect their sleep quantity and quality. A person with Vata dominance often took more time to fall asleep and felt less fresh or active in the morning. So, it is really very important to balance out our doshas. And to balance a Vata constitution, one should focus on having nourishing foods and engage yourself in soothing and relaxing exercises.