Introduction to an Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle.

Here Vasant Lad gives a concise explanation of what the doshas are inside the body and explains why Ayurveda is so helpful.


Vasant Dattatray Lad is an American author, Ayurvedic physician, professor and director of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lad is the author of numerous articles and many books on the subject of Ayurvedic Medicine. He is considered one of the foremost experts on the subject.


Below is the extract from the transcribed version of this video.

Knowledge Tree - Source Vasant Lad

Man is a miniature of nature,  individual is invisible,  and that means undivided complete,  a totally unique expression of consciousness.  In this universe there is space, there is a consciousness, the same can be said of inside the body.  There is air outside the body as there is air inside the body.  There is fire out-side of the body  & there is fire inside the body as body temperature.  There is water outside the body  &  inside as lymph, plasma and spinal fluid.  There is earth outside the body &  inside the bone cartilage as, calcium, magnesium and  zinc.  Earth is in the bone..


All organic and inorganic matter is made upon these five elements Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.  So man is a miniature of nature.  Everything that is in the nature is in the man.  So according the Ayurveda Vata Pitta and Kapha are the three important factors.  Vata is the principle of movement.  Pitta of heat transformation of food into energy.  Kapha is the building block material.  So Vata, pitta, Kapha they are present in particular permination and combination in every usual.


Additional note by Amrita: (The three doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha are made up of nature's five elements.  The very foundation of Ayurveda well ness diet are made up of balancing these three principles by the right combination of diet and lifestyle.   Ayurveda teaches us through diet how to diagnose, treat and heal diseases and ailments from these imbalances within the body).  

Prakruti is your unique nature,   your unique constitution of physiology it is recorded in the body as a code.  It is the way we are but we are constantly changing due to seasons ; 

  • summer is hot so Pitta is more predominate,

  • Winter is more wet and cold so more Kapha is predominate,

  • Fall is more dry and windy, so Vata is more dominate

  • Spring is windy, wet, and hot so all doshas are there at different times.

Different people should  eat different foods,  the food we eat can help to balance us (which you can read by clicking here) or unbalance our dosha.   For example:  if a  Vata dosha  eats lettuce, pinto beans and does a lot of jogging and jumping around they will send Vata high.  Pitta person whom is smart and clever eats cayenne pepper, chilli pepper, black pepper and completely  looses his temper and becomes angry very easily.  Kapha soft and chubby eats ice cream and eats dairy products they will put on weight and become full of mucous.

The altered state is called Vikruti.  This is when one's state either  by  diet, lifestyle, age, emotions, and environment is not in harmony with ones prakruti.   No matter what the constitution it is through cooking and eating methods and lifestyle realignment that bring the individual back into balance.   We can use herbs to balance the dosha this we can use through;  the taste "Rasa" ,  the energy heating and cooling"Virya" , or the action on excreting, sweat and urine"Vipaka".


 Vata persons sweat is cold dry that is why they get rough dry scaly skin.  Pitta sweat is rich in pitta so there is more red rashes, eczema, sorosis, herpes.  And Kapha have more sebaceous in their sweat and get fungal infections. 


A transdermal action can be made through an application of  herbs on the skin such as neem, coconut, turmeric, ginger, or sandalwood.   The active ingredients enter the skin, superficial facia,  penetrate down into the nerve ending and there at the nerve ending they yield certain neuro transmitters  and these are the same nerve transmitters that are in  the central nervous system and maintain psycho neuro immune response.

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