Ayurvedic Diet

Ayurveda teaches that health is maintained by the balancing of the three  Doshas, Vatha, Pitta and Kapha. According to ayurveda, the five fundamental elements that make up the universe, space (akasha), air (vayu), fire (agni), water (apu) and earth (prithvi) also make up the human physiology. Vata dosha is made up of space and air. Pitta dosha is a combination of fire and water. Kapha dosha is made up of water and earth.

How to self assess your Dosha:

The Dosha can be correctly diagnosed in the early morning, 20 minutes after waking.

For men the right, women the left wrist, take pulse with the ring, middle and index fingers.

To begin watch the breath until it calms to a normal 66 breaths per minute.

1)     PULSE : per minute

Kapha Dosha  60 to 70

Pitta Dosha  70 to 80

Vata Dosha   80 to 90

2) FINGER : Note the pulse with ring, middle and index fingers and  sense in which finger the pulse is strong or predominant.

Kapha Ring,

Pitta Middle,

Vata Index

3)     NATURE : Observe the nature of the pulse:

Kapha Strong, regular, warm, broad, slow;

Pitta Jumping, regular, hot, moderate, speed;

Vata Weak, cool, thin, irregular, fast

Do not read the pulse after massage, eating, sun bathing, sitting by fire, hard physical labour, while bathing or when hungry as it will not reflect your normal pulse.

We provide you a list here of possible food items and whether they can be consumed or ignored during Vata, Pitta and Kapha Dosha.


ITEMS

V A T A

P I T T A

K A P H A


NO

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES




FRUITS

Apples

Sweet Fruits

Sour Fruits

Sweet Fruits

Sweet & Sour Fruits

Apples



Cranberries

Apricots

Apricots

Apples

Avocado

Apricots



Dried Fruits

Avocado

Banana

Avocado

Bananas

Berries



Pomegranate

Bananas

Berries

Coconut

Coconut

Cherries



Pears

Berries

Cherries

Figs

Figs (Fresh)

Cranberries



Watermelon

Cherries

Cranberries

Grapes (dark)

Grapefruit

Figs (dry)




Coconut

Grapefruit

Mango

Grapes

Mango




Figs (Fresh)

Grapes (Green)

Melons

Lemons

Peaches




Grapefruit

Lemons

Oranges (Sweet)

Melons

Pears




Grapes

Papaya

Plums (Sweet)

Oranges

Pomegranate




Lemons

Peaches

Pomegranate

Papaya

Prunes




Mango

Pineapple (Sour)

Prunes

Pineapples

Raisins




Melons (Sweet)

Plums (Sour)

Raisins

Plums





Oranges








Papaya








Peaches








Pineapples








Plums






© 2012. Gurudham. All right Reserved.