Suitable foods for Vata Dosha and what should avoid
Foods For Balancing Vata
Vata dosha can regain the balance with adequate foods that counterbalance their qualities, the positive qualities of Vata will increase and get rid of negative ones.(1)
According to Ayurveda every food is a Holy food as long is nourish you and helps to regain your balance.
Naturally, Vata is dry, cold, rough and mobile in energy and they can be brought back into balance by eating the opposite qualities.
They need dense, moist, more warm and oily foods. Among other, Vata characteristics are bloating, indigestion, gas, insomnia, anxiety, and dry skin. Take the free Ayurvedic Profile quiz.
Fruits that should avoid completely are dry fruits, but it does not fit very well with fruits that are overly astringent or bitter.
Vata should favor fruits that are nourishing and sweet, and it's best to be consumed 30 minutes before eating for optimal digestion.
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Fruits that Vata can enjoy:
Dates-the fruit of the date palm tree(fresh, cooked or soaked)
Figs (fresh, cooked or soaked)
Watermelon(in the hot period only)
Vata should avoid:
Cooked vegetables are easier to digest, and this is the best for Vata. Vegetables that Vata should avoid are dry, rough, and cold vegetables, including most raw vegetables which would be best to be consumed during the day when digestion fire is active.
Vegetables that Vata should enjoy:
Cilantro(the leaves and stems of the coriander plant)
Squash (all types)
What Vegetable Vata should avoid:
Vata should avoid raw vegetable, especially cruciferous broccoli, romanesco.
Grains pacify Vata because are easy to digest, generally sweet, and nourishing. Cooked grains and warm are better than using cold in a salad.
Grains that Vatas should consume:
Vata should avoid:
Any dry, cold, or puffed gain
As a great source of proteins, legumes are also astringent in taste which can dry Vata.
With a fragile digestion fire, Vata cannot tolerate many types of legumes without feeling gassy or bloated.
The legumes are best to be well cooked and contain spices particularly cummin for easy assimilation.
The easiest legume to digest for Vata:
Mung daal (is made from mung beans; are two different types - split mung also known as 'Chilka' with the skins still attached, and split mung (yellow mung) without the skins.
Any other type of beans may make Vatas gassy or bloated.
Today's dairy products are not pure, contains hormones or other adhesives, are pasteurized without enzymes and nutrients including vitamin C and E.
More than that it is used rGBH (recombinant bovine growth hormone, an artificial hormone injected into dairy cows for higher milk production.
As an alternative, flax, hemp, almond, coconuts rice, and pea are entirely plant-based and hormone free.
For proper digestion is best to consume dairy at least 1 hour and a half before any other food and do not combine with meat or fruits.
Dairy that Vata should favor:
Ghee (clarified butter)
Goat`s milk, cheese
Nuts and Seeds
The nuts and seeds are heavy, oily, and dense and great snack for Vata but be sure to not consume in excess because will overwhelm digestive capacity.
Almonds are considered the best for Vata and also recommended raw and unsalted nuts.
For proper digestion is best to soak almonds in water and remove the skin before eating.
Any raw nut and seed.
Salted, roasted nuts
Ayurveda recommends a vegetarian diet except for the extremely weak or very active person.
Vata compared with other Dosha do the best with animal proteins because they need strength.
Easy to digest products for Vata:
Chicken or turkey (especially dark meat)
Fish (fresh and saltwater)
Vata should avoid:
As they are dry, rough bodies and colon, oils are essential in the diet for regularity and hydration.
Oils Vatas should favor:
Vata Dosha is often underweight and needs extra calories, but doesn`t mean all Vatas need to gain weight.
Sweeteners with warming energetic like honey, jaggery, and molasses, are especially helpful with Vata’s tendency to be cold.
Brown sugar or syrup
Cane juice or syrup
Spices in Ayurveda are medicine and stimulates Vata`s weak digestive fires.
It is best to spice the food with warming spices like cumin, ginger, mustard seeds.
Many spices contain anti-caking agents and fillers so be sure that spices you use to be organic, high quality, and pure.
Spices that Vata should favor:
Coriander (seeds or powder)
Cumin (seeds or powder)
Ginger (fresh or powder)
Spices that Vata should avoid:
Vata, to nourish their bodies and keep their digestive fire up they need warming and grounding dishes like curries and stews rather than light snacks or salad and also protein, and the great option is tofu to retain muscle and bone mass.
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