Tips to balance the Dosha Vata

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September 28, 2020

Like the elements that define the dosha vata, air and ether, you are a creative person, always with ideas in your head, easy to change your mood, prone to action and movement, who enjoys change and novelty. If the light spirit of Vata becomes unbalanced, you feel scattered, agitated and find it hard to concentrate. You need stability and warmth to give solidity to your life. Vata is aggravated by too much movement, lack of routine, dry diets and cold weather. Vata energy is subtle and changeable like air.

When the dosha vata becomes unbalanced, a person may experience symptoms of anxiety, worry, overactive mind, insomnia, gas and constipation. Getting enough rest, avoiding hyperactivity and establishing a lifestyle that includes regular habits lead to a rapid improvement of Vata's physical and mental problems.

To restore balance from the diet:

  • Favour hot, consistent and unctuous meals.
  • Reduce spicy, bitter and astringent flavours.
  • Increase the consumption of sweet, salty and sour flavours.

Sweet taste is soothing and nourishing for Vata. You can find it mainly in grains, dairy, breads, pasta, starchy vegetables, fruits, nuts, oil, sugar, honey and animal products.

To stimulate digestion:

  • Cut down on cold drinks.
  • Avoid drinking a lot of liquid while eating, but rather take small sips of lukewarm water.
  • Activate Ignite Agni - digestive fire - by taking fresh ginger, with a few drops of lemon and salt, 15 minutes before main meals.

Golden Rice Recipe for Vata

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 pinches Salt
  • 5 whole dates
  • 3 cup water

Slice the dates, heat a medium saucepan over low heat and add ghee. When it melts, add the uncooked rice. Stir continuously for 2-5 minutes, until it smells sweet and all the rice is coated with ghee. Add the spices and dates. Stir for another minute and add water to bring it to a simmer with a lid on. Cook until the rice is tender, about twenty minutes.