Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if we all did and liked the same things? But where do individual preferences come from? Are we born a certain way or does our childhood shape and influence who we are as an adult? So far, no one really knows why we are the way we are.
There are of course numerous theories, one of which, according to Ayurveda, an ancient health science which originated in India, is that the way we are in life is determined by our dominant ‘dosha’ which can be manipulated by the types of food we consume. Giving literal meaning to the old saying ‘You are what you eat’
So, depending on your personality and body type you will need different foods to maintain a healthy ‘dosha’ which is the name given to the internal metabolic currents which propel our bodies. Doshas need to be kept in harmony and one can achieve this by monitoring their diet. Not only to control weight, but also mood swings and energy, which ultimately helps with preventing diseases.
The doshas are known as Kapha, Pitta and Vata are believed to be inherited by our parents and passed down through our DNA. Each person has one dominant dosha that is defined by the food we eat. If a dosha gets too strong, it can have a negative impact on sleep and happiness as well as physical and mental health.
The good news is there’s no calorie counting or carb watching. You simply eat what’s best for your dosha, which can include meat and fish. Western science has not been able to prove or disprove that the practice of Ayurveda can prevent or cure diseases.
Vata: When this dosha is dominant a person can suffer from constipation, anxiety or worry as well as dry, itchy skin. According to Ayurveda these problems can be addressed with heavy, warm foods such as hearty stews, butter, and tapioca pudding. Vata types should avoid spicy foods and caffeine as well as vegetables like cauliflower, raw veg and lentils.
Pitta: When this dosha is dominant people suffer from resentment, anger and digestive problems. They need to ingest foods that cool the body and the temperament, such as grains and vegetable casseroles. Avoiding spicy and sour foods such as oranges and tomatoes can help too.
Kapha: If you are a Kapha type you may be experiencing tiredness, the need to oversleep and have trouble with your weight. Try fresh fruits, vegetables and legumes as well as living in a mild climate if possible.
Whether you believe in doshas or not, there’s no denying that Ayurveda is an interesting theory; one which has been passed down and followed for many generations.