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Tips for Balancing Vata

  • Eat three warm, nourishing meals each day.
  • Favor foods that are warm, heavy, oily, sweet, sour and salty.
  • Minimize foods that are spicy, bitter or astringent.
  • Minimize foods that are cold, dry and light.
  • Pay attention to fluids: avoid cold or iced drinks, sip warm water at regular intervals, avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and black tea.
  • Ayurveda discusses three doshas or mind/body operators to keep ion balance for optimum health. Vata is the lead dosha and governs all movement in the body.
  • Experience the benefits of a warm sesame oil massage before your morning shower or bath.
  • Keep warm: avoid cold, windy or chilly environments; take long warm baths and showers.
  • Try to keep your environment humid.
  • Favor calm, quiet environments. Avoid mental strain, overstimulation, loud music, and long hours of TV in the evening.
  • Develop regular habits such as eating and going to sleep at the same times each day.
  • Enjoy light, humorous entertainment.
  • Make your surroundings light and bright.
  • Regular daily elimination is important.

Tips for Balancing Pitta

  • Favor foods that are bitter, sweet, astringent, cool, heavy and liquid.
  • Reduce foods that are excessively spicy, salty, sour, hot, or deep-fried.
  • Try to avoid skipping meals.
  • The key to remember when balancing Pitta is moderation.
  • Avoid hot baths and overexposure to the sun.
  • Pay attention to leisure and rest: do not overwork.
  • Keep inside temperatures on the cool side.
  • Avoid or minimize stressful deadline-oriented activities.
  • Seek out pleasing natural environments (sunsets, lakes) and the tonic of laughter.
  • Late evening strolls, when the air is relatively cool, and swimming can help soothe a Pitta-aggravated mind and emotions.
  • Decrease stimulants: avoid alcohol, coffee and tea.
  • Avoid watching violent, shocking or controversial entertainment.
  • Cool milk, blended with a couple of dates, before bedtime can help balance Pitta.
  • Maintain regular mealtimes; try and eat lunch close to noon.
  • Use cooling oil for massage, such as coconut.

Tips for Balancing Kapha

  • Favor foods that are light, dry, warm, pungent, astringent and bitter.
  • Reduce foods that are sweet, sour, salty, heavy, cold and oily.
  • Do not overeat but do not skip meals either.
  • Kapha types are steady and slow, so the key to balance is activity and variety.
  • Exercise regularly preferably every day.
  • Avoid excessive rest and oversleeping.
  • Enjoy the benefits of a dry massage with a loofah sponge or raw silk gloves to stimulate the circulation.
  • Enjoy variety in life, and seek the stimulation of new sights, sounds, and people.
  • Stimulate the digestion by eating a little fresh ginger before meals.
  • Stay warm in cold, damp weather.
  • Early to bed and early to rise can help balance rest and activity.
  • Raw honey is the one sweetener that is beneficial for Kaphas, but in moderation not more than two tablespoon per day.

Tips for Quality Digestion

  • Savor your meals don’t work, drive, read or watch televisions while you’re eating.
  • Eat in a settled atmosphere. A calm environment and focusing on the food aid the body in absorbing nutrients.
  • Eat your main meal at midday, and eat lighter at night. Your digestive fire is strongest at midday.
  • Always sit down to eat eating on the go can hamper digestion.
  • Avoid ice-cold drinks or foods. They decrease the digestive fire.
  • Eat at approximately the same times each day.
  • Don’t eat too quickly, take the time to enjoy each mouthful of food.
  • Eat to about three-quarters of your capacity.
  • Take a few minutes to sit quietly after eating.
  • Don’t drink a lot of fluids with a meal. It’s fine to sip water or juice.
  • Favor fresh foods and avoid left-overs which can disrupt digestion.
  • Avoid taking a meal until the previous meal has been digested. Allow approximately three to six hours between meals.
  • A bit of fresh ginger before a full meal will help stimulate the digestive fire.
  • Milk should not be taken with full meals, especially with salty or sour tastes.
  • Avoid yogurt, cheese, cultured buttermilk and cottage cheese at night.
  • Eat only when you are hungry when the stomach is empty.
  • Do not eat when you are stressed digestion and assimilation are negatively impacted by stress.
  • Maintain regular meal times.
  • A happy, positive frame of mind at meal times will help you get the maximum benefit from your food.
  • Chewing fennel seeds after a meal helps digestion and freshens the breath.
  • Do not interrupt your meals for phone-calls or other work-related activities.

Tips for better Sleep

  • Place thin packets of aromatic, relaxing herb / flower potpourri in your pillows.
  • Do not bring work-related material into the bedroom.
  • Wear comfortable clothing to bed cotton is recommended.
  • The bedroom should ideally be dark or very dimly lit.
  • Keep your bedroom clean and orderly to limit disorderly thought.
  • Calming or settling activities as bedtime draws near help prepare the mind and body for rest.
  • Drink a cup of warm milk before bed.
  • Use calming aroma therapy oils to help you feel more settled.
  • Go to bed before 10 p.m. during the drowsy Kapha time of night.
  • Listen to soothing music before bed such as Maharishi Gandharva-Veda melodies.
  • Poppy Seed Chutney is a natural sleep aid.
  • Avoid arguments or intense entertainment right before bed.
  • Have your last meal about three hours before you go to bed.
  • Eat light at dinner and minimize hot spicy foods.
  • Wash your face, hands and feet just before bed.
  • A warm 20-minute bath an hour before bed can help you relax. Infuse bath water with relaxing aroma oils for added benefit.

Tips for Stress Management

  • Practicing Transcendental Meditation is an effective way to manage stress.
  • Walnuts, almonds, coconut, and sweet juicy, seasonal fruit such as pears, apples (cooked if possible), milk, lassi, Ghee, and fresh cheeses such as panir or ricotta are natural stress-busters.
  • Practice pranayam-breathing exercises to help balance the mind, body and emotions.
  • Mental Stress:
  • Manage mental activity try not to overuse or misuse the mind.
  • Favor Vata-balancing foods, such as sweet, sour, and salty tastes and warm, unctuous and heavy foods.
  • Favor warm milk, Ghee and other light dairy products.
  • Diffusing a relaxing aroma oil can help calm you before bed.
  • Perform a full-body warm oil massage every day.
  • Physical Stress
  • Follow a Vata-Kapha pacifying diet.
  • Perform the full-body warm oil self-massage everyday.
  • Exercise regularly in moderation.

Tips for Immunity

  • Avoid extreme temperatures, hot or cold.
  • Eat a balanced, nutritious diet with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits.
  • Cook with moderate amounts of spices like turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cumin and coriander.
  • Avoid ice-cold foods and beverages.
  • Eat three regular meals everyday.
  • Enhanced Brain Power
  • Eat foods as close to their natural state as possible processed, canned and refined foods are low on chetana natural intelligence.
  • Include healthy proteins in your diet legumes, lentils, beans and grains.
  • Include several helpings of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet.
  • Don’t cut fat entirely out of your diet, fat performs essential functions in the body.
  • The brain is especially susceptible to damage by free radicals, so harness the power of antioxidants.
  • Try diffusing the essential oil of rosemary, peppermint and lemon to help enhance mental clarity and alertness.
  • The essential oils of basil helps dispel mental fatigue and aids focus.
  • Stress impacts mental performance practice relaxation techniques to manage stress levels.
  • An adequate among of good quality sleep is essential for peak mental performance.
  • Keep your brain constantly challenged to keep it working well.
  • The daily warm oil self-massage helps enhance mental alertness.
  • Cracked black pepper in your diet can help the free flow of oxygen to the brain and help you stay focused yet calm.
  • Balance periods of intense mental activity with short periods of rest.

Tips for Balancing Stomach Acid

  • Reduce your intake of dry, spicy and salty foods.
  • Drink a little cool milk, but not with meals. Eat sweet, juicy fruits, such as plums and pears.
  • Get proper rest. Try to go to bed before 10 p.m. when digestion becomes active again.
  • Eat promptly when you’re hungry.
  • Don’t skip meals.
  • Tips for Healthier Joints
  • Cook with moderate amounts of ginger, turmeric and black pepper.
  • Cut down on raw foods such as salads.
  • Regular daily elimination is important.
  • Avoid or reduce bananas, yogurt, eggplant and bell peppers.
  • Avoid or minimize intake of cold, heavy foods that are hard to digest.
  • Do regular exercise in moderation-overdoing exercise can strain joints.
  • Perform the warm oil full-body self-massage everyday to improve circulation.
  • Pay special attention to the joints during the massage.

Tips for Detoxification

  • Get extra rest during detoxification.
  • Go to bed before 10 p.m. to aid the body in purification.
  • Eat wholesome, nutritious, easily digestible foods such as vegetable soups and well-cooked mung dahl.
  • Increase the amount of fiber and bioflavonoids in your diet eat plenty of cooked, leafy green vegetables and fruits.

Tips for Massage

  • Use more massage oil on the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands to enhance circulation to the peripheries.
  • A full-body warm oil daily self-massage helps balance the body, mind and emotions.
  • A brisk daily dry massage with a raw silk glove can help break down cellulite deposits over time by enhancing circulation.
  • Enrich your massage oil with extracts of herbs for added benefit.
  • Sweet juicy fruits are excellent for cleansing and repairing the body.
  • Drink plenty of plain warm water to help flush toxins from the body.
  • Spring is the ideal time for a full-fledged internal cleansing program.
  • Regular, daily bowel movements are important. Psyllium seed husk can aid regularity.
  • Essential-oil-infused massage oils provide the dual benefit of massage therapy and aroma therapy.
  • Wait 5 -10 minutes after you apply the oil and before you shower for better absorption.
  • Massaging the lower arms, hands, lower legs and feet with a light massage oil can help relax you before bed.
  • A warm oil scalp massage, once or twice a week, stimulates the scalp and helps balance the mind.
  • Balanced Weight Control
  • Reduce cold, heavy, oily, sweet, sour and salty foods.
  • Include all six ayurvedic tastes (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent) in at least one meal each day, to help balance unnatural cravings.
  • Avoid heavy meals and leftovers which are hard to digest.
  • Exercise daily. Vary the intensity and amount according to your age, weight and overall health.
  • Avoid fasting or other sudden changes in your diet.
  • Savor your meals. Don’t divide your attention by reading, working or watching TV.
  • Avoid cold drinks and food. Cool is okay.
  • Favor light, nutritious foods. Fill up on sweet, juicy fruits and vegetables.
  • Cook with fennel, cumin and turmeric.
  • Don’t fast or skip meals.
  • Add barely and mung bean soup to your diet.
  • At meals, only eat until you are about ¾ full.
  • Cholesterol Balance
  • Drink warm water throughout the day it helps flush toxins from the body.
  • Exercise regularly, but in moderation.
  • Cook with turmeric, cumin, coriander, fennel and clove.
  • Include psyllium husk or high-fiber bran in your diet
  • Prostate Balance
  • Include asparagus, bananas and dates in your diet they help enhance reproductive fluid.
  • Eat whole bran’s and whole-wheat products because they contain zinc.
  • Eat radishes and asparagus to help purify the blood and urine.
  • Regular elimination is important, psyllium seed husk and a fiber-rich diet will help.
  • Reduce leftovers and heavy foods such as red meats and deep-fried foods.
  • If you crave sweets or feel thirsty, eat plenty of sweet, juicy fruits.
  • Never skip meals, because it can aggravate the liver and bile secretion.
  • Drink lots of warm water to purify the whole system.
  • If you sit for long hours, take breaks and regular walks.
  • Cook with black pepper, cumin and coriander.
  • Practice relaxation techniques to manage day-to-day stress.

Tips for Smoother Cycle

  • Drink plenty of warm water through the day.
  • Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.
  • Eat 1-2 slices of fresh ginger before meals to balance blood flow and aid digestion.
  • Avoid heavy foods such as red meats, deep-fried foods or leftovers.
  • A low salt diet helps ease water retention and bloating.
  • Cook with spices such as ginger, turmeric and cumin. Sauté the spices in a little Ghee and add to cooked foods.
  • Menopause
  • The daily warm oil massage is calming and balancing for the emotions and the functions related to menopause.
  • Eat light, easy-to-digest, fresh foods.
  • Avoid cold foods and iced beverages.
  • Eat only a moderate amount of sugar.
  • Coconut, raisins, figs, papaya and sweet juicy fruits help with digestion and elimination.
  • Try to avoid stressful situations and practice Transcendental Meditation to help manage stress.
  • Get extra rest, especially if you experience menstrual discomfort.
  • A relaxing, leisurely 15-30 minute walk can help you stretch without straining.
  • Warm, liquid foods with a smooth texture, such as soups and vegetable purees are the ideal diet.
  • Go to bed by 10 p.m. so that the body is at rest during the natural purification period between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.
  • Eat your largest meal at mid-day when the digestive fire is strongest.
  • Ayurvedic Hair Care
  • Cook with “hair-friendly” spices such as cumin, fenugreek, turmeric and black pepper.
  • Stay away from harsh chemical-based topical hair products; they can cause long-term damage to the health and luster of your hair.
  • Never attack wet tangled hair with a brush, use a wide-toothed comb instead to gently untangle hair.
  • A warm oil massage twice a week will help stimulate the scalp; leave oil on for at least an hour or two, then shampoo it out.
  • Use healthy fats to cook with Ghee and olive oil, for example.
  • Try and dry your hair naturally as far as possible, then brush into place; excessive blow-drying can cause hair to split and become brittle.
  • Botanical-based topical products shampoos, conditioners, and hair-oils can help nourish your hair as well as clean and condition it.
  • Add dairy products such as milk fresh yogurt and fresh cheese to your diet.
  • Avoid processed, refined or canned foods and foods with artificial preservatives or colors Ayurveda considers such foods stripped of their “ intelligence” and, therefore, not useful.
  • Manage day-to-day stress with relaxation techniques; prolonged stress is injurious to hair health and color.
  • Include plenty of green leafy vegetables and sweet juicy fruits in your diet.
  • Fresh coconut is excellent for hair sprinkle fresh grated coconut over salads, fruit or cooked rice.

Tips for Exercise

  • The key is to stay within your comfort zone stop or slow down when you start breathing hard, breathing through your mouth, or you feel you are straining.
  • Balance and mind-body coordination are key to experiencing the zone of peak performance.
  • Only exercise to 50% of your body€™s capacity.
  • It is best not to exercise on a completely empty stomach some juice, milk or light fruit will help.
  • Ayurveda recommends yogasanas yoga postures and pranayam breathing exercises.
  • A brisk walk is beneficial for everyone. It calms nervous Vata energy, relaxes Pitta and stimulates Kapha.
  • Give your full attention to the process of exercising. Do not divide your attention by watching TV or listening to music while you are working out.
  • If you are a Vata type, light and thin, you need less exercise than Pitta and Kapha types. Low impact sports are best: dance aerobics, gymnastics, yoga and walking.
  • If you are a Pitta type with a medium build, a moderate amount of exercise is good. Sports that help you stay cool are best: swimming, surfing, skiing and ice-skating.
  • If you are a Kapha type with a large build you need regular, vigorous exercise. Sports that require stamina and physical endurance are best: aerobics, cycling, running, weight-lifting and football.


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