Types of body and diets for them accordingly in Ayurveda.

The Sanskrit term Ayurveda translates to “knowledge of life and longevity”

Ayurveda is an alternative medicine system with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent.

The central theoretical ideas of Ayurveda developed in the mid-first millennium BCE, and show parallels with Sāṅkhya and Vaiśeṣika philosophies, as well as with Buddhism and Jainism.

Our five senses serve a strange connection with the five elements namely fire, water, earth, air, and space/ether. Ayurveda groups these five elements into three basic types of energy and functional principles that are present in everybody. Since there are no single words in English to describe these principles; we use the Sanskrit words Vata, Pitta, and Kapha to describe their combinations.

Basically, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are the 3 body types that exist according to Ayurveda 

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Let us see what they consist of and what are the recommended diets for these body types

  1. Vata: This body type is governed by air and space elements.

 The people with this body type tend to have a thin body and have high metabolism rates. They have fast and weak pulses. Their body commonly looks like a bony structure and feels delicate sometimes.

They are usually active, restless, mobile, and energetic and they tend to get easily disturbed that makes them prone to sleep which leads them to sleep disorders like insomnia.

Should eat: yogurt, blueberry, almonds, cooked oats

Avoid: red meat, potatoes, raisins, buckwheat 

2. Pitta: Pita’s body type is by the fire element.

People with this body type of medium build. They are warm and they get to experience premature whitening of hair and are victims of early balding. They enjoy high energy levels and most of them have a good digestive system. 

Their cravings for food and sex are more and are not easily disturbed in their sleep. They even dominate most of the conversations. They wish for a cool and moody climate.

Plus points include that they are very careful around money matters and are mostly extroverts, intelligent.

Should eat: Ghee, oats, lentils, pumpkin seeds

Avoid: red meat, walnuts, buttermilk, brown rice

3. Kapha: Kapha body type is by water and earth elements.

Usually, they have large body types with wide hips and shoulders and tend to have thick and wavy hair.

They have good stamina and have a steady and healthy pulse.

Their low metabolism and appetite make their digestion is slow.

They are difficult to get motivated, love to sleep a lot, and slow at any given physical activity.

However, they are loyal and stable with good memory and tend to have a pleasant appearance.

 Should eat: apples, chickpea, cinnamon, skim milk

Avoid: rice, shrimp, sweet potato, soybeans 

So these are the types and their characteristics of the types of body.

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At the end of the day, each body is beautiful in its own way, and try not to change much until and unless you have to bear serious repercussions because if we don’t love ourselves and our body nobody else will.

Eat healthy

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