Introduction to an Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle.
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. Their 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.
All organic and inorganic matter is made upon these five elements
The three dosha Vata, Pitta and Kapha are made up of those five elements and that is how the very foundations of Ayurveda are made up of. Treating and diagnosing diseases and aliments from these imbalances of these dosha within the body.
Prakruti is what we call your Dosha, 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 dosha 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 cleaver eats cayenne pepper, chili pepper, black pepper and completely looses his temper and becomes angry very easily. Kapha soft and chubby eats ice cream, and eats diary products they will become more kapha.
The altered state is called Vikruti. This is when ones 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 application of herbs on the skin such as neem, coconut, turmeric, ginger, or sandalwood. The active ingredients enter the skin, superficial facia, defacia 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.