What is Ayurveda?

-Ayurveda is a word that means the sacred knowledge of life. It is an Eastern medicine practice that incorporates body systems, diet and herbal treatments to balance the body.

-Dosha is a word used often in the Ayurvedic lifestyle that can be defined as an individual’s mind/body type. Different doshas require different types of foods to have adequate digestion in the body.

-There are three doshas, or body types, involved in the ayurvedic lifestyle. They are Pitta, Kapha, and Vata.

-Pitta characterizes in the following ways:

Mind: Sharp mind, Orderly, self-confident, entrepreneurial, Competitive, Passionate and romantic;

strong appetite, get irritated if they have to miss or wait for a meal; Uncomfortable in sun or hot weather,generally good management and leadership ability

Body: Medium physique, strong, well-built, Skin fair or reddish, often with freckles; sunburns easily;perspire a lot;

When unbalanced: Aggressive, demanding, impatience, and anger; Typical physical problems include rashes or inflammations of the skin, acne, boils, skin cancer, ulcers, heartburn, acid stomach, insomnia, dry or burning eyes

-Vata characterizes in the following ways:

Mind: Creative; Quick to learn and grasp new knowledge, discomfort in cold climates; Excitable,

Changeable moods; Irregular daily routine; High energy in short bursts

Body: Slender; Tall and a fast-walker; Tendency toward cold hands and feet, Generally have dry

skin and dry hair and don't perspire much.

When unbalanced: Responds to stress with fear, worry, and anxiety, Tendency to act on impulse; often have racing, disjointed thoughts

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-Kapha characterizes in the following ways:

Mind: content, forgives easily, compassion, stable, good memory

Body: large dark eyes, lots of thick hair, round features, oily skin, stocky or large frame, large well formed teeth

When unbalanced: constipation, greed, attachment issues, edema (water retention), excessive

napping, lack of appetite, chills, depression, slow starter, foggy mind

Unsure of your dosha? Take the quiz to find out what body type you are, and what foods will work best for your digestion and overall health.