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Health and Wellbeing With Ayurveda

Ayurveda has a longstanding history of 5000 years. Developed as the most advanced medicine system of its time, Ayurveda is still relevant and popular across the world as a complementary approach to modern medicine, if not a substitute altogether.

Originated in India, Ayurveda has spread its roots across the continent and now in the allopathy-dominant countries of the West.

Philosophy of Ayurveda

The philosophy of Ayurveda is balanced on three main pillars: body, mind and soul. The objective of every Ayurvedic treatment is to ensure peak health and wellbeing of the body, mind and the soul through a holistic approach.

This ever so powerful and divine connection between the body, mind and soul extends into the universe where every living or non living thing is connected with each other and consists of the same natural elements: ether, water, fire, air and earth.

We are connected within ourselves, to our surroundings and ultimately to the universe. This belief gave rise to the concept of social wellbeing, the fourth pillar of Ayurveda.

Furthermore, Ayurveda identifies three principle energies, also known as doshas, that govern the body. These are vata, pitta and kapha. Vata is responsible for movement, pitta for metabolism and kapha is considered to be the energy that maintains the cell structure.

All these principal energies need to be at their optimal levels for overall well being. Deficiency or excess of any of these energies, for any reason whatsoever, lead to illnesses.

Keeping Ayurveda philosophy in view, we are going to discuss different ways Ayurveda touches and influences our body, mind and soul, and how we can use that to our benefit.

Doshas and Physical Wellbeing

People with vata, pitta or kapha predominance have different physical characteristics and are prone to different diseases. This correlation explains the recommended dietary considerations based on doshas.

If you are the vata type, you are more likely to contract diseases like emphysema, pneumonia and arthritis, as compared to other types. And to minimize your risk, Ayurveda recommends you avoid raw food and consume well-cooked, unctuous food taken in 3-4 smaller meals with snacking as a filler between meals.

People with pitta predominance have good digestion and metabolism characterized by robust appetite. Pitta-dominant body constitutions are well balanced by foods like Barley, rice, oats and wheat. They should abstain from alcohol, seafood, eggs and salt but can indulge occasionally. Controlled amounts of coconut and olive oil are good for pitta.

Kapha types are prone to diabetes, weight gain, headaches, water retention, flu and respiratory congestion because of mucus. For this reason, people with kapha predominance should abstain from dairy products and oily food as they lead to production of mucus. The best food for them would be green leafy vegetables, ginger, garlic and honey as a substitute for sugar, along with plenty of exercise.

Doshas and Mental or Emotional Wellbeing

Vata people are naturally creative and quick learners. They are hyperactive, restless and alert, which explains why they are ungrounded. Owing to these tendencies, they are easily fatigued and require more sleep time than others. When not in their optimum state, vata types get anxious. To ensure proper emotional health and mental wellbeing, vata types are suggested to sleep before midnight, take oil massages, indulge in steam baths and practice yoga to keep calm.

Pitta people are blessed with intelligence and heightened abilities of comprehension. But they get aggressive at the drop of a hat when not in their optimum state. Summer is not a great time for them since they have a low tolerance to heat. People with elevated levels of pitta are suggested to exercise daily in a properly ventilated room or in an outdoor setting, especially when the weather is pleasantly cold.

Kapha people are the calm ones. They are tolerant and possess remarkable long-term memory. However, they get anxious when they are not at their best. People with high levels of kapha are suggested to get plenty of exercise and avoid daytime naps.

Ayurveda and General Wellbeing

Following the above dietary recommendations and lifestyle changes can help you keep your doshas at their optimum levels and ensure balance in your life and everyday routine. This is one of the stepping stones to achieving overall personal wellbeing through Ayurveda.

And there’s a wide range of Ayurvedic products offered by Kerala Ayurveda to help you with skin, scalp and hair issues, and reduce symptoms of chronic stress and anxiety.