The Vata-Pitta-Kapha Type in Ayurveda

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The Vata-Pitta-Kapha Ayurveda type is naturally in balance, as all three Doshas (life forces) are present in approximately equal proportions. A meditative, harmonious lifestyle seems to be inherent in this type of person.

What Does Vata-Pitta-Kapha Mean?

The individual constitution of a person is derived from the relationship of the three Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Because this innate constitutional type predetermines how we are doing physically, mentally, and emotionally, it is of the utmost importance in Ayurveda medicine.

It is quite rare that Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are equally pronounced in a human being, a state that is also called the TriDosha. When this is the case, a natural balance is present that is the foundation of health, fitness, and wellbeing par excellence.

Character of the Vata-Pitta-Kapha Type

The poise of Vata-Pitta-Kapha types stands out above all. Nothing flusters them. They are neither lethargic nor wound up; their mind is alert and relaxed. In short, they are the happy types, at peace with themselves.

Should it happen that a Vata-Pitta-Kapha type negates his/her nature, Vata, Pitta, or Kapha can get out of line. In this case, the typical characteristic features of the respective Dosha occur, including disorders, can occur.

Physical Characteristics of the Vata-Pitta-Kapha Type

There is also little to be said concerning the physique of the TriDosha Ayurveda type, since it is usually a medium build. In other words, such a person is neither too slender nor too corpulent and radiates peace and strength.

Typical Vata-Pitta-Kapha Disorders

If Vata-Pitta-Kapha types—who are inherently at ease and in harmony—eat the wrong foods, travel too much, and do not stay true to themselves over a longer period of time, Vata issues such as sleep disorders, digestive disorders, and anxiety may occur. Pitta disorders such as gastritis, heat flashes, difficulty falling asleep, and mushy bowl movements are also possible. If Kapha acts against the Vata and Pitta disorders, obesity, lethargy, and depressions may occur.

Health Tips for Vata-Pitta-Kapha Types

As people with a Vata-Pitta-Kapha constitution are usually in balance, only a few regulating measures can be recommended. Should the digestion fire Agni get out of balance, Plumbago Zeylanica (Bai 01) is recommended, and a short-term purification with the “Three Fruits” (Bai 35) is also a gentle measure option.

Cyavanprash, the Amla fruit jam (Bai 203), can be used as Rasayana (rejuvenation agent). The diet should be well balanced and contain all the elements so that the already existing balance can be maintained.

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The Best Diet for Vata-Pitta-Kapha Types

Warm, well-seasoned food and drinks are the best for the TriDosha person. Due to the balanced digestive strength, this Ayurveda type can also digest cabbage and legumes with ease.

The following list of beneficial foods helps to pacify the more dominant Dosha during the respective season: Kapha is the most active from February to May, Pitta from June to September, and Vata dominates from October to January.

Vata

Sweet fruits such as bananas, coconuts, apples, figs, grapefruits, grapes, mangos, melons, oranges, papayas, peaches, pineapples, plums, berries, cherries, apricots, and avocados. Dried fruits can also be eaten, but not too much.

Pitta

Sweet fruits like: apples, avocados, coconuts, figs, melons, oranges, pears, plums, pomegranates, and mangos. Dried fruit is to be avoided.

Kapha

Apple, berries, cherries, mangos, peaches, pears, and raisins are recommended. Dried figs and plums are good, but other dried fruits should be avoided if possible.

The following general rule applies to fruit consumption: at least one hour before or after meals, but not in the evening.

Vata

Cooked: asparagus, red beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, radish, zucchini, spinach (in small quantities), sprouts (in small quantities), tomatoes (in small quantities), celery, garlic, and onions (only steamed).

Pitta

Sweet and bitter: asparagus, cabbage, cucumber, cauliflower, celery, green beans, lettuce, peas, parsley, potatoes, zucchini, sprouts, cress, chicory, and mushrooms.

Kapha

Spicy and bitter: red beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, garlic, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, parsley, peas, radish, spinach, sprouts, fennel, and Brussels sprouts.

Vata

Oats (boiled), brown rice, wheat.

Pitta

Barley, oats (cooked), basmati or white rice, and wheat.

Kapha

Barley, corn, millet, oats, basmati rice (small quantities).

Vata

Eggs (omelets/scrambled eggs), fish, chicken, and other white meat.

Pitta

Eggs are fine. Other animal products are best to avoid.

Kapha

Eggs (scrambled eggs, no fried eggs), chicken, turkey, and rabbit.

Vata

No beans, with the exception of mung beans and black lentils.

Pitta

All legumes, except for lentils.

Kapha

All legumes except for white beans and black lentils. Azuki and black beans are good.

Vata

Jaggery (dried sugar cane juice), brown sugar.

Pitta

Brown sugar, honey (not older than six months).

Kapha

Only organic honey and jaggery.

Vata

All spices, peppers, and chili in small quantities.

Pitta

No spices except for cilantro, cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom, fennel, and some black pepper.

Kapha

All spices.

Vata

Ghee (clarified butter), fresh milk, paneer; soy milk and tofu as a substitute.

Pitta

Butter (unsalted), ghee, goat milk, cow milk, pans, and cheese. Soy milk and tofu as a vegan substitute.

Kapha

Reduced-fat milk in small quantities; avoid fatty cheeses and curd (quark). Soy milk is preferable in general.

Vata

All organic oils.

Pitta

Coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, and soy oil.

Kapha

Walnut and corn oil, but just a little.

Vata

Lukewarm water or milk.

Pitta

Ghee, cold water, and milk.

Kapha

Organic honey.

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