Ayurveda is a holistic science of health that is based on the principles of three doshas—Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These doshas basically imply a pattern of energy that is a unique blend of your emotional, physical and mental traits.
Each of us have a different dosha, and in order to stay healthy, we must learn to achieve a balance between mind, body, and the environment to sustain and nurture our natural dosha.
In the latest episode of Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures, host Peggy Kotsopoulos discusses more about doshas, and their relevance in Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda, food plays an important role in the act of balancing your doshas. Peggy shares recipes for each of the doshas but before you get to them, here are a few useful tips:
Vata Dosha: Any kind of heavy, warm food helps to balance the Vata dosha. Your best vegetables are carrots, asparagus, tender leafy greens, beets, sweet potatoes, summer squash and zucchini. These are most healthfully prepared when chopped and cooked with Vata-pacifying spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, dried ginger and black pepper.
Pitta Dosha: Any kind of light, cool food helps balance the Pitta dosha. Vegetables like carrots, asparagus, bitter leafy greens, fennel, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower; Brussels sprouts, green beans and bitter gourd (in very small quantities) are especially beneficial. These vegetables are best prepared simply, or when combined with beans, grains and with spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom and fennel.
Kapha Dosha: Any kind of light, warm food helps balance the Kapha dosha. Try clear soups with beans and diced vegetables, or vegetable stews made with spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, cayenne, black pepper and dried ginger. Your best vegetables are spinach, artichokes, carrots, asparagus, okra, leafy greens, radishes and beets. Other good veggies include bitter gourd, green beans, squash, celery, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, daikon, radish and cabbage.
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