Regardless of the body type, imbalances of any of three doshas can occur in response to lifestyle factors. For example, naturally athletic individuals who have the dominant element Pitta can lose weight due to Vata excess, or gain weight as a result of Kapha excess. Dr. Pankaj Naram can help you repair imbalances in your doshas with Ancient Healing Secrets and Secret Remedies.
Dr. Pankaj Naram says that the Ayurvedic diet recognizes six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Each taste has a different energetic effect on the mind and body. Either aggravating or calming doshas. Someone with the excess of the element Pitta may add “fuel to the fire” by consuming hot, spicy foods.
When Vata is aggravated, your system becomes irregular and depleted, which affects weak organs and tissues. Excessive consumption of bitter, astringent and spicy tastes contribute to the imbalance of Vata. Dr. Pankaj Naram recommends calming it with sweet, sour and salty flavors and easily digestible foods like boiled or steamed starchy vegetables, ripe fruits, warm milk. Soupy grains like rice and wheat, mild spices such as cumin, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, coriander, salt, cloves, mustard, black pepper are also helpful. Camomile, fennel, ginger,and lemon tea will also help balance Vata. During winter time nourishing soups, casseroles and dahls are perfect for balancing vata, says Dr. Pankaj Naram.
When the element Pitta is unbalanced, you can become aggressive and sensitive. Regulating this element can increase your self-criticism, resulting in perfectionism says Dr. Naram. Pitta imbalance may result from excessive alcohol or hot, spicy, oily, fried, salty, fermented foods. Dr. Pankaj Naram suggests rebalancing this element with sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and cool, heavy foods such as boiled or steamed raw vegetables, sweet fruits, moderate amounts of dairy and soupy grains like rice, wheat, barley, oats. Mild spices will also help (coriander, cardamom, cloves, turmeric, cumin, curry leaves, mint ) and fennel, camomile, peppermint, spearmint, red clover tea.
If the Dosha Kapha is unbalanced, there is a tendency for mental and physical stagnation. Excessive food consumption can contribute to Kapha imbalance. Dr. Pankaj Naram recommends a light, warm, low-fat diet of pungent, bitter and astringent tastes like boiled or steamed raw vegetables, ripe fruits (except banana), fat-free buttermilk (or other reduced dairy products). Grains such as corn, millet, rye, oats and barley will also help balance Kapha. Strong spices like pepper, paprika, salt, garlic, basil, cloves, allspice, fennel, mustard, turmeric, cumin, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, black pepper can also help restore the balance of this element. Dr. Naram suggest using honey instead of sugar
and consuming cinnamon, fenugreek, peppermint, raspberry tea.
When we think about sustaining our bodies, we must think about optimal nutrition on all levels. We’re only as healthy as the cells that make up our body, and so we need to offer our body food that contains the most nutrients in every bite. Learn more about Dr. Pankaj Naram’s Secret Remedies to deal with imbalances in the body, mind, and emotions.