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Ayurvedic diet : an individual approach

Ayurveda has always had an individualized approach to nutrition. Fine out how you structure your diet to fit your constitution. One of the fundamental ideas in Ayurveda is that your body is intelligent and seeks health if you support it through good habits. Additionally, health is defined as a dynamic state – not just the absence of disease as in modern medicine. The idea in Ayurvedic nutrition is that health can be increased not just maintained through right lifestyle and diet. Thus, an Ayurvedic diet is an individualized approach that brings a dynamic state of being.


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Pitta/Kapha mixed or dual type

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Pitta/Kapha

This type is very good for competitive sports and physically demanding activities. The strong will of the Pitta type combines with the strong body of the Kapha type and gives a powerful combination. Most of our sports heroes in football and basketball are of this type. The mental discipline needed to routinely exercise and practice is a quality of the Kapha type and the competitive, fighting quality reflects the Pitta type.

These types physically are quite strong – the strongest in many ways – as they not as prone to become congested by the accumulation of the Kapha principle. Their metabolism runs hotter and stronger than the Kapha type, yet not too hot or acidic as the pure Pitta type. This is a good combination for physical activities. The problem can be if the people become sedimentary and stagnant in the life. This will tend to aggravate both sides of the constitution. The Pitta side will become congested by the Kapha qualities as they always increase in dormancy. The more inactive this type is the more problems they will have.

Mentally this type needs challenge or they become unhappy and discontented. However, they are not risk takers generally, but rather they plan. The Kapha type is conscious and careful, combined with the Pitta type the person can act when needed – though rarely without planning. These people prefer to work or be active in defined areas, such as their home town or neighborhood. They may travel some or go to the same place for vacation regularly. They are more habitual than the other mixed types. This type can also make a CEO executive type of person. While the Kapha type is good with people and management the Pitta type is aggressive and seeks power. To run a business the two qualities are often needed or the person may not be motivated enough, strong enough, or not be able to work well with subordinates sufficiently. Their willingness to fight over long periods of time for a goal gives them a powerful presence even if their physical body is not developed.

These two principles tend to work well together. The physical problems that can arrive are heart problems – especially congestion of the arteries and blood vessels. They are also prone to problems of the pancreas and the gall bladder – both tend to become congested or blocked from poor nutrition and eating habits. These people do have large strong appetites so it is important that they eat foods that they are capable of completely digesting. They are prone to eat overly rich and fried foods that – while young – they may be able to digest easily. Although, once in the mid thirties they can balloon out with sudden weight gain.

Vata/Pitta/Kapha equal type

This person has a balanced physical and mental disposition. Traditionally these people are the least likely to become ill or disturbed. If they do become ill it can be from any of the three principles. In our modern culture Vata is the most likely to become unbalanced and disturb the other aspects of the constitution. This is also a traditional understanding of Ayurveda. The Vata is the most irregular and unstable by its nature of movement. As our society loves movement and is less and less attracted to tradition and regularity this increases the tendency even more.

This type of person will tend to have a Pitta/Kapha type of body, stronger rather than thinner. Although thinness is attractive in our culture of top models and our worship of adolescent youth, it is not always conducive to good health. The body needs some fat and good muscle tone. Hence, the equal type, VPK, reflects a stronger frame and tissue make-up than most of the other types. This person is said to be free of disease and unhappiness. They are said to live long and enjoy life. They are also said to be the most rare. Once again it is good to remember that one type is not better than another. Any of the types can be thrown into a state of unbalance by bad habits and poor nutrition, even the equal type. Generally, this type will have the greatest capacity to withstand disease and bad habits provided they are temporary and not part of lifetime habits.

This is due to the equilibrium that is present in the combination of the three together. It is the combination of the three that gives strength and freedom from disease, not because one is better than another is or stronger.

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