There are three main doshas according to Ayurveda – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. If your Vata is out of balance, you may feel these symptoms:
- negative emotions (nervousness, anxiousness, panic, fear)
- tics or tremors
- dry skin
- light sleep
- low weight
- intolerance of loud noises and etc.
According to Ayurveda, natural treatment based on routine, warmth, serenity and nourishment should be applied. Here are general dietary guidelines in order to pacify Vata:
- Enjoy naturally sweet, sour and salty foods, energetically warm (for example, warm soy milk with cinnamon and nutmeg) and freshly cooked foods, warm drinks and dairy, avoid bitter and pungent foods, cooling and dry foods, overuse of raw foods (salads, raw fruits).
- Use warming spices (ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, and cumin), high-quality oils, ghee, avoid beans such as cold soy products, highly processed, deep fried and heavy foods, cold and with refined sugar or corn syrup drinks and fruits.
- Limit amount of legumes, alcohol, fresh fruits and fresh juice, caffeine and other types of stimulations.
- Eat regularly in a peaceful environment.
Ayurvedic herbs also help to balance doshas. Various herbs and herbal combinations, traditional and ayurvedic, are used to balance Vata. Also, you should apply your lifestyle in order to balance Vata. Here are some advices:
- Daily routine that includes regular time for sleeping, eating working and other, calm awareness and not hurrying, daily 10-20min. self-massage.
- Exercise: daily stretch-focused yoga, Tai qi (tai chi), qi gong (chi gong), walking, swimming about five times per week.
- Being warm, enjoying sweet and calm music, smells, vata-balancing oils and herbs.
You might to learn more about Vata in order to understand how important Vata-balancing is.