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How to balance the Vata Dosha

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How to balance the Vata Dosha

Ayurveda suggests the principle of opposites to keep a balance between all energies. Since the primary features of Vata are dryness, movement, lightness and chilliness simply spoken everything that is moist, steady, heavy or warm might help to balance an aggravated Vata Dosha—not only in primary Vata types, but in every case of an unbalanced Vata Dosha.

Main remedies for too much Vata:

  • the application of heat and oil both externally and internally
  • salty foods, also good are sour and sweet ones (in combination with the first point warm, heavy oily foods with a salty taste are perfect)
  • relax and get some space for yourself

General Guidelines to balance an aggravated Vata Dosha:

  • try to keep warm: avoid chilli workplaces and airconditions or staying at windy places for too long. Wear several layers of clothing, a cap and a scarf when the weather gets cold.

  • avoid over-consumption of cold/frozen, very dry or raw foods and eat warm and spicy foods instead. Oily or moist and heavy foods should also do you good.

  • maintain a routine to balance the restlessness: get up and eat roughly the same time each day and go to bed early to get plenty of rest. Do not skip meals and try to establish a pattern for every day