Ayurvedic Diet: Best Foods for Balancing Vata Dosha

What kind of foods should be consumed in a Vata disorder (imbalance of Air and ether elements)?

In illnesses related to excessive Vayu (wind), what kind of food should you take, so that those illnesses can be quickly healed or let’s put it this way that which could avoid those illnesses completely? Those who do not know what are Vata-related illnesses let me tell you, those ailments which are caused due to Vayu (wind). These illnesses are found in those people who have the excessive wind in their bodies.

Today we will discuss a diet for such cases. If someone is becoming very slim, or if the illness is such which is causing weight loss, then you should understand, that somewhere in his body, there is Vata or Vayu. Some people feel gas, whereas others cannot feel the gas. This is Vata illness. This covers arthritis, joints pain, and all stomach-related illnesses. There are many illnesses that fall into this category. Come on, let us find out what should be eaten in such a case?

First of all, any food that falls in the category of energetically warming types, even if its nature is slightly warming, that food is pacifying for Vata. The second quality is that the food which is moist and oily, It should not be of dry nature, but it should be in contrast, something that is lubricating, such foods are favourable in Vata conditions. Let me present an example to slowly refresh your mind, so as to train our minds… What foods are energetically warm foods? For sample fenugreek vegetable, Fenugreek seeds, Bathua (Chenopodium album), Chaulai (Green Amaranth) or Changeri (Oxalis corniculata), the vegetables made from the leaves of radish, other than this, garlic, Some spices like cumin seeds, Black cardamom, fresh and dry ginger, these are all warming foods. When you take these foods, or when you add this to your diet, these tend to pacify the Vata. Diet should be normal and balanced with vegetables and fruits, soups, flatbread (Roti) and Dalia (cracked wheat cereal), whatever you wish to take… to all of these things, if we apply these basic foods that pacify Vata, then these help in reducing the effects of Vata.

Now let us discuss which kinds of foods are oily? All kinds of oil, whether it is sesame seed oil or flaxseed oil, whether it is olive oil or mustard oil, more or less, these oils are of warm nature, and at the same time are moist and oily. Other than this, foods like clarified butter or butter, buttermilk or curd, are all oily foods. They are of an oily nature. By adding these in an appropriate quantity as per one’s requirements can help in balancing the Vata disorder. Other than this, in the category of oily foods, Is the act of massaging the body, Nasya (applying oil to the nasal passages), by oiling the anus, by oiling the navel, the act of oil-pulling in the morning before brushing your teeth, by swishing oil in your mouth and then discarding it. All these tips including the diet and some oils to be used externally, all play a role in reducing the symptoms of Vata. Remember that bitter food or dry foods increase the Vayu, whereas these balance the Vata. The basic diet will be a normal diet, these tips will be applied to those foods. Although all the lenteakhabaar promote the buildup of gas in the body, there is one lentil, known as Kulthi Dal (horse gram lentil), that reduces Vayu. If you look out for things which are energetically warming in nature, and there is an element of oiliness in it, then that will reduce Vata.