What's all the Dosha about?

As science unveils more about precision medicine and precision nutrition, we find we need to take a step back, way back to thousands of year ago where these differences had been classified in an ancient science called Ayurveda. In this ancient system of healing based on consciousness, Doshas were a way to define the individual body types or constitutions. There are 3 major doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These three major constitutions have significantly different characteristics. Doshas are subdivided basic observational characteristics based on physical characteristics, behavioral traits, emotional characteristics, a persons likes and dislikes and how they tend to interact with the world. Interestingly, these same individual characteristics map out to how someone should eat, sleep and interact with others. The persons Doshas are defined based on the date and time of their conception and this constitution defines their Prakriti. Each person is usually dominant in either one or two of the body constitutions (prakriti’s) and they often have a secondary constitution that closely follows their dominant one. Some individuals are considered to be tri-doshic, that is they display each of their dosas in equal balance. An individuals prakriti is just the underlying basis of their constitution. What becomes even more important is their Vikruti. The vikruti is the state of balance you find yourself in at any given point in time. A skilled ayurvedic doctor can look at your tongue, feel your pulse and know exactly what your prakriti and vikruti are. Another way to determine you Prakriti and vikruti is to take a questionnaire that helps determine what they are. To learn more about yours you can find your Dosha type here.

Your Dosha will determine what type of food you should be eating to be most in balance with your body’s natural constitution as well as how to bring your body which may be off balance, back to balance. In Ayurveda, if you are not completely feeling healthy, vibrant and having an ideal body weight, it is likely that your vikruti is dominating your current state to create this imbalance. In order to feel better, you need to recreate balance in your Vikruti and it is often mandatory to adjust your diet to bring it back into balance. This was the premise of personalized nutrition even thousands of years ago. For example, if you are feeling lethargic, sluggish, and depressed you might have a kapha vikruti imbalance. This imbalance can be corrected by changing your behavior and diet to accommodate it by having more energizing foods and activities. For this particular type of vikruti, the Kapha imbalance, a correction would include decreasing certain foods that have a lot of salt, sugar and sour flavors and increasing ones that are more pungent or Pitta-like.

To achieve a state of perfect health, Deepak Chopra designed the Perfect health program to help you learn how to balance your diet and bring your state of health into balance. Daily routines, emotional release, types of foods and exercises all make difference in how your body interacts with the world based on your Dosha. By learning and bringing some basic Ayurvedic practices into your daily life you can learn to naturally bring your body back into a state of balance and prevent disease. Disease in Ayurveda is considered an accumulation of energy that starts to build up when something is repeatedly off balance. As the energy builds up it eventually starts to form an accumulation which then can travel and turn into toxic substances called Ama. This Ama is the metabolic state in which we are not able to clear out toxins from the body mind and spirit properly. In a balanced state, the body has a strong Agni, or metabolic power, to be able to quickly eliminate negative energy and toxins. In the state of imbalance, even some of the purest foods and thoughts can result in demise. This is why Ayurvedic practices often include much more than just food and disease as part of its framework. In this system of healing, you also address sleep, stress, emotions and how one interprets the environment. All arecritical components to achieve a state of health and vibrancy.

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Mima Geere MD MS Nutr.

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