I love Ayurveda; the classic Indian medicine. Why? Because Ayurveda tries to keep healthy people healthy and tries to root out the cause of illness instead of treating symptoms.
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, said it ages ago. And yet nowadays Western doctors fill people up with pills. Chemicals. Even worse ask any doctor how much he has learned about keeping a healthy person healthy and he will probably say ‘zero’. The only thing doctors learn is how to cure people. Great. Amazing, but would it be better to prevent sickness? In that case you don’t have to cure at all. But prevention doesn’t bring in money, selling pills does. That’s why all the pharmaceutical companies are not interested in health. They are only interested in money and to make money they have to sell pills.
To stay healthy you have to know your dosha; your body type. As soon as you know that, you should follow the diet / lifestyle that goes along with your dosha. It’s a different approach than the West. The three doshas are:
Vata: Creative; Quick to learn and understand things, but they also forget things quickly. Their body is slender; Tall or short; They have often cold hands and feet, They don’t like cold climates; Have often digestive problems; Excitable, lively, fun personality; Changeable moods; Irregular daily routine; High energy in short bursts; Tire easily; Overexert; Full of joy and enthusiasm, but only when they are in balance; Responds to stress with worry; Act on impulse; Often have a monkey mind; Have dry skin and dry hair and don’t sweat much.
Pitta: Medium physique, strong, well-built; Sharp mind, good concentration; Orderly, focused; Assertive, self-confident; Entrepreneurial; Aggressive, demanding, pushy when out of balance; Competitive, enjoy challenges; Passionate; (Too) Strong digestion, strong appetite, get irritated if they have to miss or wait for a meal; Stressed Pittas become irritated and angry; Don’t like excessive sun or hot weather; Sweat a lot; Good management and leadership ability, but can become authoritarian; Impatience; Typical physical problems include rashes or inflammations of the skin, acne, boils, skin cancer, ulcers, heartburn, acid stomach, insomnia, dry or burning eyes.
Kapha: Easygoing, relaxed, slow-paced; Affectionate and loving; Forgiving, compassionate, nonjudgmental nature; Stable and reliable; faithful; Physically strong and with a sturdy, heavier build; Slow speech, reflecting a deliberate thought process; Slower to learn, but outstanding long-term memory; Soft hair and skin; tendency to have large eyes; Often overweight; Sluggish digestion; Prone to depression; Excellent health, good immune system; Very calm; strive to maintain harmony and peace in their surroundings; Possessive and hold on to things. Don’t like cold, damp weather; Physical problems include colds and congestion, sinus headaches, respiratory problems including asthma and allergies.
An Ayurvedic doctor can tell you your dosha, but the get an idea, you can do this questionnaire. See what fits you most. At the end count how many vata, pitta and kapha you have. The one you have most is your prominent dosha.