Ayurveda As It Is

 

Your Diet

Ayurvedic Cooking

When you select foods appropriate for your constitution, you can maintain or restore your proper balance.

Cooking Chapatis
 

The science of Ayurveda teaches that to maintain our health we should choose the food that nourishes our body and restores the balance of our doshas.  Depending on our constitution, some foods can be beneficial and others should be avoided.

Imbalances are caused by a variety of situations, eating the wrong foods, stress, poor sleeping habits, poor elimination, physical exhaustion - and if not corrected, will eventually lead to some form of disease.  

If we do find ourselves out of balance we can use our diet to increase or decrease the three doshas until a balance is restored.  Only a very small percentage of us are purely, vata, pitta, or kapha, most of us have a proportion of all three; in most cases two doshas combine to determine our dominant traits both physical and psychological.

The ability of our food to balance our doshas is determined by its taste; either salty, sour, sweet, bitter, astringent, or pungent and its other qualities, either heavy, oily, cold, hot, light or dry.