Find Your Dosha

Ever wonder why everybody reacts differently to foods, emotional situations, environments and lifestyle choices?  Ayurveda explains that every human being is born with a unique physical constitution that consists of their own unique balance of the three doshas.

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Learn About Your Dosha

Now that you have taken the Dosha Test, you can begin to learn about your Prakriti and Vikriti Dosha based on your test results.  The below provides you with an introductory summary of each type of Dosha.  As a member, you can learn about yourself and your body based on your Dosha type.  You can explore the vast array of herbal, diet, activity and lifestyle choices that are will address any imbalances you are experiencing and that are best for your individual Dosha Type.

Vata

The Vata type of person will tend to have a variable digestive capacity. This means foods that are concentrated and hard to digest should be avoided or taken in small amounts. The Vata type is also sensitive to gas forming foods and foods that deplete the moisture content in the body. The Vata type is the most prone to have food allergies due to their variable enzyme function. These people tend to binge and have both a variable appetite and digestion. Hence, they should consume food in moderate amounts and at regular intervals.

Oily, moist, warm, soft, nourishing foods will be the most beneficial to counter balance dry, light, cold, and rough qualities. Vata should prioritize neutral, sour and salty tastes and have less astringent and bitter tastes. Also, be careful with concentrated, gas-producing and drying foods such as crackers, chips, etc.

Vata

The Vata type of person will tend to have a variable digestive capacity. This means foods that are concentrated and hard to digest should be avoided or taken in small amounts. The Vata type is also sensitive to gas forming foods and foods that deplete the moisture content in the body. The Vata type is the most prone to have food allergies due to their variable enzyme function. These people tend to binge and have both a variable appetite and digestion. Hence, they should consume food in moderate amounts and at regular intervals.

Oily, moist, warm, soft, nourishing foods will be the most beneficial to counter balance dry, light, cold, and rough qualities. Vata should prioritize neutral, sour and salty tastes and have less astringent and bitter tastes. Also, be careful with concentrated, gas-producing and drying foods such as crackers, chips, etc.

Pitta

The Pitta type of person has the strongest digestive capacity- they can handle large quantities and a wide variety of foods.

A Pitta person’s digestion is disturbed by too much spicy or acidic food. The Pitta type is the most sensitive to sour (fermented) and acidic foods that increase Pitta the body. They may be attracted to hot spices, but these kinds of foods tend to increase the bile production in the liver and pancreas which increases the acidic nature of both blood and plasma. Human cells are very sensitive to the pH level of the body and high Pitta, or acidity, ages cells or breaks down their normal metabolic function.

To balance out hot, oily, sharp, light, spreading and liquid qualities, Pitta types will benefit from including cool, dry, heavy, dense qualities in their meals. Pitta has a strong metabolism and can’t ignore hunger or skip meals.

Pitta

The Pitta type of person has the strongest digestive capacity- they can handle large quantities and a wide variety of foods.

A Pitta person’s digestion is disturbed by too much spicy or acidic food. The Pitta type is the most sensitive to sour (fermented) and acidic foods that increase Pitta the body. They may be attracted to hot spices, but these kinds of foods tend to increase the bile production in the liver and pancreas which increases the acidic nature of both blood and plasma. Human cells are very sensitive to the pH level of the body and high Pitta, or acidity, ages cells or breaks down their normal metabolic function.

To balance out hot, oily, sharp, light, spreading and liquid qualities, Pitta types will benefit from including cool, dry, heavy, dense qualities in their meals. Pitta has a strong metabolism and can’t ignore hunger or skip meals.

Kapha

The Kapha type of person has the slowest digestive function, so Kapha people will be the most prone to weight gain and obesity. They will have to pay the closest attention to the quantities of food consumed and will have the most restrictive diet. They are the most sensitive to carbohydrates especially in simple sugars, yet all excess tends to clog and further slowdown the transformation of food. Dairy products due to their mucus forming properties and congestive qualities can also trouble them. The enzyme function of these people is lower than the other types, but is consistent. Hence, they can have stronger digestive power than the fluctuating Vata type.

Kapha types have to make sure not to overeat, not to indulge in desserts and they should skip breakfast. To balance out the oily, cold, heavy, dull and soft qualities of Kapha, prioritize dry, warm, light, pungent, sharp qualities in meals.

Kapha

The Kapha type of person has the slowest digestive function, so Kapha people will be the most prone to weight gain and obesity. They will have to pay the closest attention to the quantities of food consumed and will have the most restrictive diet. They are the most sensitive to carbohydrates especially in simple sugars, yet all excess tends to clog and further slowdown the transformation of food. Dairy products due to their mucus forming properties and congestive qualities can also trouble them. The enzyme function of these people is lower than the other types, but is consistent. Hence, they can have stronger digestive power than the fluctuating Vata type.

Kapha types have to make sure not to overeat, not to indulge in desserts and they should skip breakfast. To balance out the oily, cold, heavy, dull and soft qualities of Kapha, prioritize dry, warm, light, pungent, sharp qualities in meals.

Vata~Pitta

The Vata~Pitta type of person will tend to have a light but regular digestive capacity. They tend to be medium eaters with regular appetites and should aim to eat 3 regular meals a day. Their Pitta side can easily become disturbed by eating too much acidic, fermented and pungent foods; all of which are good for the Vata side in small amounts.

Pitta has a strong metabolism and Vata has a variable digestion, so this type can’t ignore hunger or skip meals without having a drop of blood sugar and energy. The Vata Pitta type should prioritize neutral, bitter and salty tastes and reduce sour, astringent and pungent tastes. Vata Pitta types should also limit the consumption of hot drinks, especially in summer. Vata Pitta types are also a bit sensitive to acidic, sour and fermented food that increase acidity in the blood.

Vata~Kapha

The Vata~Kapha type of person will tend to have a slow and steady digestion. It is best to blend the Vata/Kapha diets together while avoiding any extremes in either Dosha. Moderation is key for this type to keep Vata in balance. However, if too much oil, sweets or heavy food is eaten the Kapha side will increase and they will gain weight. Regularity of meals is very important to keep the Vata side of this type in balance, while food choices are more important for the Kapha side.

Vata Kapha types should start with a light breakfast, not overeat throughout the day, and resist indulging in desserts. Kapha types tend to have a slower metabolism and Vata types have a variable digestion, so they have to pay close attention to the quantity of food and the consumption of simple carbohydrates, especially sugar, to prevent gaining weight or developing hypoglycemia.

Pitta~Kapha

The Pitta~Kapha type of person will tend to have a strong regular digestion. Often these people are able to eat and digest large amounts of food, but should be wary of eating too many oily, heavy foods. Their body weight will stay stable if there is consistent physical activity, but it will be easy to put on weight if their lifestyle becomes too sedentary. It is best to eat less pungent, acidic food than a pure Kapha, and less (especially oily) food in general than a pure Pitta.

Pitta Kapha types should start with a moderate sized breakfast, eat regular meals throughout the day, and avoid indulging in desserts.

Vata~Pitta~Kapha

The Vata~Pitta~Kapha type, of person, will tend to have a strong, regular digestive capacity. In general, this is the best constitution for health, but also the rarest. Most foods in moderation are good for this type. They are closer to the Pitta~Kapha type than any other mix with a strong, regular, slightly slow digestive metabolism. They should avoid too many sweets and too much fried or oily food as their Kapha side can increase. They should also avoid too much fermented or pungent food – such as avoid daily consumption – because their Pitta side can easily become aggravated. Lastly, regular meals are very important to keep their Vata side in balance and stable. Hence, they should consume food in moderate amounts and at regular intervals during the day. Seasonal foods are the best for everyone and this is also true for the Equal type. Note a seasonal diet of changing according to the constitution is not usually required for the Vata~Pitta~Kapha type. However, if there is a sign of weight gain the person can eat a Kapha diet from the 1st of December to the end of March (Northern Hemisphere).

Note that the Vata~Pitta~Kapha or Equal type is considered to be rare. These types of people are by far the least common, representing less than five percent of the population. They have the strongest immunity and are rarely sick. If you have a doubt about your constitution or Prakriti it is better to start with the hypotheses that you are a Dual type rather than an Equal type.