Detoxing, apart from losing weight, is also known for improving one’s skin through foods. It is during this detox period where people abstain from certain food and eat more of those that are highly beneﬁcial to the body to efﬁciently cure any complexion problems. I was actually looking for detoxes for myself when I had acne problems and that’s how I came across this Ayurvedic diet. As I read and found out more, I believe an Ayurvedic diet is the equivalent of the Chinese concept of ‘heaty’ and ‘cooling’ foods.
What is an Ayurvedic diet
Ayurveda is a traditional holistic medicinal method passed down from India that is an entire way of life intended to balance your body using diet, exercise, meditation and herbal supplements. It uses the technique of re-establishing harmony within the body and at the same time, connecting the mind, body and soul as one. Unlike most Western medical disciplines, the Ayurveda diet method uses natural techniques and instead of treating the symptoms of the illness; it believes in treating the cause of it, making this a prevention for potential future occurrences as well.
The Ayurvedic philosophy
The Ayurveda philosophy is based on the way the universe is made up of these ﬁve elements – water, ﬁre, earth, air, ether, and believes that most matter are made up of all ﬁve, but there will be one dominant element present. And that dominant elements will determine what kind of diet suits the body best. Using this guide, the human body is broken up into 3 metabolic types, otherwise known as Doshas, based on different element pairings. The 3 Doshas are,Vata, Kapha, and Pitta.
Types of Doshas
1. Vata is made up of the air and ether elements. Vata determines healthy motion and movement within the body such as: breathing, swallowing, circulation of blood, ﬂow of nerve impulses to and from the brain, activities of digestive enzymes, urinary system and reproduction organs.
2. Kapha is made up of the earth and water elements. Kapha provides the body’s structure and lubrication, controlling ﬂuid balance, production of phlegm and mucus, moistening foods in stomach and lubricating joints.
3. Pitta is made up of the ﬁre and water elements and is the main anchor of the body as it is responsible for metabolism, digestion of food, maintaining body temperature, helping in memory and vision functions, and the condition of our outward complexion.
If you’re interested to find out your Dosha type, you can check out this online quiz.
Eat to balance harmony within the body
Apart from determining your body’s Dosha type, it is important that you eat the foods that are best suited for your type in order to continue balancing the harmony within your body. A person’s Dosha can shift and change depending on the location and conditions of the lifestyle, so people following the Ayurvedic diet have to be aware of small, subtle changes in their body from time to time. Partaking in some gentle and relaxing physical exercises is also recommended for people following the Ayurveda lifestyle, and yoga is the most popular of choice for most, especially since it derived from India.
Foods for different Doshas
Here are info to give you an idea of the diet plan according to Dosha types:
A Vata pacifying diet
Favors warm, cooked foods and hot beverages. Soft and oily foods, such as pasta, cooked cereals and soups should be favored over dry and crunchy foods. Raw vegetables should be avoided, except in small amounts. Avoid cold drinks and frozen desserts such as: ice cream, popsicles, frozen yogurt, etc (source).
A Kapha pacifying diet
Favors warm foods and hot beverages. Eat a minimum of oil and fat. Avoid cold drinks, cold food, and frozen desserts, such as: ice cream, popsicles, frozen yogurt, etc. Avoid leftovers, canned, bottled, or packaged foods, frozen foods, processed foods, rich, creamy foods, sweets, salty foods and alcohol. Eat mainly freshly prepared vegetable and legume dishes, with proportionately smaller amounts of grains and fruits. The food should be spiced according to taste (source).
A Pitta pacifying diet
Favors juicy, cooling foods with high water content while avoiding hot spices alcohol, vinegar, fried foods, tomatoes, yogurt and cheese. Foods should be fresh and organic, if possible. Avoid leftovers, packaged, canned or bottled foods, processed foods, preservatives, artificial ingredients and salty foods (source).
I found this insightful and interesting as I have never heard or read about the Ayurvedic diet before. However, after doing a quiz in a book to determine my Dosha type, I looked at the foods that were recommended for me to follow and decided that this diet may not be one that I would eagerly participate in as it involves dairy. Anyone who knows me will know I avoid dairy like plague because it triggers my acne. While the Ayurvedic diet does not work for me, it works for some people, as even some celebrities are reported to be following this diet.
So does this Ayurvedic diet get your interest? Is it something you will want to explore?
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