Although Ayurveda was discovered in India 6,000 years ago, it is an alternative medicine system that has become quite striking recently and offers a different nutritional recommendation.
Ayurvedic nutrition has made a rapid introduction to the agenda, especially with the increasing popularity of yoga. It is not possible to consider Ayurvedic nutrition, which is at the top of the list among alternative medicine sciences, separately from yoga. Because these two sister disciplines have qualities that support each other. Considered as two Vedic disciplines, Yoga and Ayurveda work together to strengthen the benefits they offer us in all areas and levels of life.
So, Ayurveda can also be called as a kind of healing yoga. This ancient teaching uses the systems of all yogas for the individual's healing and attaining the right lifestyle. It aims at the integrity of body, soul and mind by moving an ordinary diet system to a completely different bar. of the person to the creation It promises inner well-being and happiness based on nutrition.
Ayurveda compares people with the elements of nature and divides the 5 elements into 3 categories. states. Personal body types, called prakruti, are determined at birth, show different proportions depending on the person, and remain the same throughout life.
5 Elements and 3 Doshas; Vata, Pitta, Kapha!
Vata Dosha represents the movement phenomenon of the body as a combination of ether and air elements. It is quickly affected by cold and dry products. Physically, it can show problems such as gas problems, dryness, constipation. Psychological mobility is also included in this field. High vata can also cause psychological reactions such as lack of concentration, anxiety and uneasiness. Anxiety and fears that can lead to stress are triggered.
Pitta Dosha is in charge of operating systems with fire and water elements.
Pitta high can cause blood pressure and liver problems. In this case, it directly affects your level of stress and creates an angry mood. Pitta characteristics are expressed as heat, fire and energy. It is recommended to avoid spicy foods and consume cold foods to balance the pitta level.
Kapha Dosha, on the other hand, reflects the earth and water elements and symbolizes structures. It is cold, heavy and sticky. The most important symptom of the increase in structure is weight problems and lubrication, which many people are victims of. To balance Kapha, hot and dry foods are recommended as opposed to cold, heavy and sticky.
To summarize, the basic logic of Ayurveda teaching is not to eat according to body type! Getting to know your body and focusing on your out-of-balance dosha. It is possible to create a system of scales by applying the opposite of what these doshas represent.
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