Your dosha is Pitta!
Ambitious • Focused • Confident
A bright mind and good concentration are probably the most prominent characteristics of Pitta people. They quickly absorb information, know how to use them and have a good memory for things that are important to accomplish their goals. Their focus and ambition will allow them to go far in life and moreover the Pitta type is usually a good speaker, has leadership qualities and knows how to promote himself. On the other hand this constant inner fire and alertness can lead to aggressiveness, impatience and high blood pressure so the Pitta type has to be cautious not to overdo things.
Typical Pitta disorders:
skin disorders, redness, irritations and discolorations
elevated body temperature
malabsorption of food, loss of appetite or excessive hunger and thirst
improper digestion, acidity and heart burn
hemorrhages, piles and ulcers
The best type of exercise for Pitta is calming such as yoga and walking in nature.They should avoid competitive sports and exercise that makes them too sweaty.
Eating for Pitta:
Aim for three good meals a day. Eating at consistent times from one day to the next also helps to balance an overactive digestive fire
Favour sweet, bitter and astringent tastes which are cooling and refreshing- such as fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, quinoa, spelt, barley, oats, milk, butter, ghee, foods rich in the bitter tastes include green, leafy vegetables, rhubarb and rocket
Raw foods tend to be naturally cooling, and pitta tends to be able to handle them better than the other doshas
Avoid hot and spicy foods such as those cooked with chillies, raw onion, raw garlic, mustard and cayenne.
Minimise the sour taste, for example, foods such as cheese, yoghurt and tomatoes are considered especially sour
Minimise your use of salt and salty foods such as salted nuts and crisps
The best oils for Pitta are olive, sunflower and coconut oil, as well as ghee or unsalted butter. Avoid fried and greasy foods and low-quality oils
Favour the milder spices such as fresh ginger, fennel, coriander, turmeric, and small amounts of black pepper. Some key cooling and calming herbs you can use to help balance your strong digestion are coriander, mint and fennel. You can use these herbs liberally in your cooking and as cooling garnishes
Favour all the sweet fruits but avoid the sour tasting ones such as oranges, grapefruits and pineapples. Lemon and lime are fine in moderation
Limit your intake of stimulants such as alcohol, coffee. Instead, drink cool drinks and minty, refreshing herbal teas.
Your dosha is Vata!
Creative • Enthusiastic • Generous
Vata represents the air element as it literally translates to ‘wind’. People with the vata dosha are of slight frame with dry skin and tend to feel cold most of the time.
Vata types are usually free in mind, quick in thought and fast to act. Often they are restlessly active, burn their energy quickly and can be brought out of balance quite easily. Vata dominated people have a good imagination, vibrant phantasy and change as easily as they make friends. On the other hand they might have difficulties with bringing their ideas to life or have a bad memory and sometimes they talk a bit much. Emotionally they can feel insecure or even anxious.
Typical Vata disorders:
constipation, bloating and gases
backache, spinal pain, joint pains
reproductive and menstrual problems
difficulty in breathing
The best type of exercise for Vata is walking in nature, yoga and anything that helps to calm the mind without putting stress on the body.
Eating for Vata:
Establish a routine of regular meal times, ideally three or four times a dayTry not to get distracted while you are eating and instead create a calm, relaxed atmosphere for meal times so you can concentrate on your mealFavour foods that are warm, soupy, heavy and oily- think soups, stews, casseroles and other one-pot dishesSome key warming herbs for vata to help balance your digestion, are cumin, fennel, dill, black pepper, turmeric, cardamom and cinnamon.
Favour foods that taste sweet, sour and salty as these are most nourishing for you. Note that this doesn’t mean refined sugar but foods which are considered energetically sweet such as rice, spelt, kamut, oats, quinoa, root vegetables, sweet fruits and organic dairy
Try to minimise white sugar. The best sweeteners for this type are honey, molasses, barley malt and maple syrup
Increase your intake of good quality natural oils - hemp, sesame, olive, sunflower and flax are all ideal. Cooking with butter and ghee helps to moisten dry foods but avoid fried and greasy foods
Stimulants such as alcohol, coffee, black tea and fizzy drinks can all be aggravating for this type. Take plenty of warm water and spicy and relaxing herbal teas.
Minimise foods that are cold, dry and hard - such as crackers, rice cakes, crisps, and dried fruits and nuts (unless they have been soaked)
Minimise foods that are very spicy such as chillies, bitter like coffee or astringent like raw apples, most beans/pulses except mung beans, red lentils and marinated tofu
Avoid raw food, cold and frozen foods as much as possible, such as ice cream and iced drinks.
Your dosha is Kapha!
Patient • Loyal • Affectionate
In general Kapha people are of calm and gentle nature, well balanced, steady in mind and act deliberately. They take their time to learn and work, but have a reliable long term memory and are good organizers. Having a knack for making and saving money, they can become quite materialistic. The Kapha type doesn’t change easily but has a deep and stable faith which can cause them to get into a rut.
They can have oily skin, of a stocky build and tend to have dark hair. They tend to gain weight or have excess fluid and mucus when out of balance.
Typical Kapha disorders:
Bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, cough and cold
nasal congestion, excess mucus
brittle bones, rheumatic conditions
nausea, fainting and obesity
loss of appetite, dullness, lethargy
The best exercise for Kapha is running, cycling or fast paced yoga. Kapha have good strength and stamina.
Eating for Kapha:
Eat only when you are genuinely hungry and not in between meals. Avoid overeating, especially in the evening
Kapha types can thrive on two meals a day, so you can afford to skip breakfast if you are not hungry or just have a fresh vegetable juice made with ginger.
Favour foods that are light, dry or warm to counter fluid retention and congestion. For example grains such as barley, corn, millet, buckwheat and rye
Raw food is viewed as cold and damp and is best minimised
Favour foods that are spicy, bitter or astringent such as steamed, green, leafy vegetables rich in the bitter taste, prepared with warming garlic and ginger
Fresh ginger is especially helpful for kapha types. You can take a pinch of fresh ginger root daily with a few drops of lemon juice as an appetiser before each meal
Other key herbs to warm the digestion are black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and turmeric. Try adding these spices to your cooking to invigorate a sluggish kapha digestion