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Holistic Recipes for an Ayurvedic Diet: Foods that Heal

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If looking to revamp your diet and consider a more holistic approach to eating and your lifestyle, the Ayurvedic approach can be a great healing approach. Ayurveda is defined (according to Google) as “the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of “balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatments, and yogic breathing.” Within this practice, there are three pillars, or the three dosha’s, which derive from the natural elements and their properties. The Dosha’s include: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  



Vata derives from the elements of Air and Space and focuses on movement. Vata relates to body areas such as the colon, thighs, bones, joints, ears, skin, brain, and nerve tissues. Vata balancing foods focus on fresh fruit rather than dried and fresh cooked vegetables over frozen or raw vegetables. This diet balance focuses on warm foods and satisfy the sweet, sour, and salty flavors.


Vata Balancing Tea

To balance your Vata, tea is great thing to try. This recipe from John Immel of Joyful Belly is filled with ginger, cardamom, lime, and raw sugar.



Pitta derives from the elements of Fire and Water. Pitta relates to the body locations of the small intestine, stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas, blood, eyes, and sweat. Pitta balancing foods focus on fresh, whole foods, that are cooling, hearty, and energizing. This diets favors cool foods over warm, and emphasizes the flavors of sweet, bitter, and astringent.


Golden Turmeric Milk

Turmeric is a great spice that appeases the pitta balance. This recipe from Natalie of Happy Healthy Blog is a delicious drink to enjoy before bed. Filled with warming spices and a touch of sweetness, this drink will appease your pitta!



Kapha derives from the elements of Earth and Water. Kapha focuses on the body areas of the chest, throat, lungs, head, lymph, fatty tissue, connective tissue, ligaments, and tendons. Kapha balancing food favor light and airy over dense and heavy as well as warm foods over cool or cold. Flavors to be focused on include pungent, bitter, and astringent.


Kapha Tea Recipe

To help balance your Kapha, check out this tea recipe from Cathy Wong on Very Well. Made with ginger, clove, fenugreek seeds, and dill seed, this savory tea will help balance you out!

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