- Vata energy is associated with air and space (ether).
- It controls all body functions associated with movements like blood circulation, respiration, blinking, heartbeat, nerve impulses and elimination.
- When this energy is balanced, the individuals are usually lively, creative and original thinkers.
- However, if it is out-of-balance, vata produces fear and anxiety, causes joint pain, constipation and dry skin.
- Pitta energy is linked to fire and water
- It controls the digestive and endocrine systems of the body.
- People with high pitta energy have a fiery personality, are intelligent and fast-paced.
- However, if this energy is out-of-balance, it causes ulcers, inflammation, digestive problems, anger, heartburn and arthritis.
- Kapha energy is linked to earth and water.
- It controls the growth of the body and adds strength.
- It also offers protection to the body.
- It includes elements like the Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that protects the brain and spinal column and also the mucosal lining of the stomach.
- The people having a predominant Kapha energy are calm, loving and forgiving in nature.
- However, an out-of-balance Kapha can lead to disorders like diabetes, obesity, sinus-related problems, gallbladder issues and insecurity.
Foods to avoid during an imbalanced Vata
- Foods such as dry crackers, cold and frozen sweets and desserts, big portions of raw vegetables and salads will aggravate the Vata imbalance.
- Also, people with Vata dosha should avoid refined foods like white flour and sugar. Also, they must avoid eating foods that are pungent, bitter and astringent in nature, are light, dry and cold.
- They should also decrease the intake of alcohol, smoking, junk food, tea (including green tea) and brown rice.
- Vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, celery, leafy green vegetables, mushrooms, peas, peppers, potatoes, sprouts, and zucchini should be avoided.
- Even tomatoes need to be avoided except as small helpings in salads.
- Avoid fruits like apples, pears and pomegranates.
- Avoid excessive use of spices like pepper, fenugreek, coriander etc. However, these spices in moderation are not harmful.
Foods that help people with Vata imbalance
- Foods that are warm, moist, soft and with a sweet, sour and salty taste are beneficial during a Vata imbalance.
- These people can eat foods like wheat, rice, corn and soft dairy products.
- They must consume foods like hot cereal, soups and vegetables, and whole cooked grains like rice, wheat and oats.
- The vegetables that they can eat include carrots, green beans, cucumber, okra, onions and garlic, radishes etc.
- All sweet fruits like bananas, dates mangoes etc. should be eaten during a Vata imbalance.
Foods to avoid during an imbalanced Pitta:
- Pungent and oily foods like curries, fried and oily stuff should be avoided by these people.
- Even consumption of spices like garlic and ginger, intake of alcohol, smoking, having junk and fried foods, pickles, vinegar, fermented foods, buttermilk, curd and yoghurt should be avoided by these people.
- Avoid coffee
- Skip egg yolk
- Grains like corn, millet and rye increase the pitta dosha.
- Vegetables like carrots, beets, garlic, eggplant, peppers, onions, tomatoes etc should be avoided.
- Avoid sour and unripe fruits.
- Also, fruits like papayas, peaches, bananas should be avoided.
Foods that help in controlling the Pitta imbalance
- Foods that are cool, dry with a mildly sweet, bitter and astringent taste should be preferred for a pitta imbalance.
- These can include items like milk, rice, beans, and steamed vegetable.
- Mild spices like cumin, coriander, cilantro, cardamom are very helpful during this dosha.
- All vegetables and fruits except sour and pungent tastes can be consumed.
Foods to avoid during an imbalanced Kapha
- Foods that are oily in nature like dairy products, fried foods should be avoided.
- Desserts, sweets, and ice creams are to be avoided.
- All sweet fruits and vegetables and like cucumbers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes are to be avoided.
- Avoid excess salt in food.
Foods that help people with Kapha imbalance
- Foods that are easily digested, are less oily and dry in nature should be eaten to balance Kapha.
- Generally, foods that are bitter, dry or have an astringent taste should be preferred for a Kapha imbalance. For example, puffed rice and corn, quinoa, millet, green leafy vegetables are beneficial.
- Spices like turmeric, pepper flakes, ginger help balance Kapha dosha.
- All vegetables and fruits can be consumed. However, vegetables that are easily cooked and digested and fruits like apples, pomegranates, pears etc are preferable.