CHARACTERISTICS OF VATA TYPE PERSONS
VATA - is made up of the elements space and air
What are the most recognizable features of a Vata body type?
A vata body is usually slim and lean, light frame, bony limbs with straight body shapes. Vataj person can typically have dry skin, dry and wavy hair, cold hands and feet, and eyes smaller than others however more dry than wet, they feel cold easily and have difficulty sweating. They have inconsistent appetite and tend to gain weight around the stomach. Constipation, IBS or bloating and irregular sleep are common features experienced by a Vata personality.
What are distinct features of a Vata mind?
A Vata mind tends to perform activities quickly, in fact they like to multi-task. They have a unique ability to learn quickly and also forget quickly, therefore they are quick to get angry and can easily forgive. Their quick thinking mind gives them an edge in creative problem solving. They do not have a great memory however learn new things rather fast. They are spiritually inclined and love being outdoors especially amongst nature. They have an intense sense of touch, love beauty and excel in creativity. They're known for thinking outside the box but can become easily distracted. They are highly sensitive and their mood depends heavily on three factors (1) The weather (2) The food they eat and lastly (3) The people they spend time with.
Imbalanced Vata are prone to:
Fear, tend to worry and be anxious. Therefore they often suffer from insomnia. Some time, they can loose body weight due to this imbalance. Almost always their digestion will get affected. Some of the diseases that are common with Vata imbalance are: arthritis, restlessness, weakness, constipation, hypertion e.t.c.
Vata related disorders and its medicines:
•Bones & Joints- Joint formula, Shallaki xt
•Brain & Memory- Memory plus, Brahmi
•Heart health- Arjun,Cardiac kare
•Immunity- Chyawanprash & Nutrijam (Immunity kit)
•Mens vitality – Musli XT, Mumio
•Women vitality- Shatavari
•Gut health- Haritaki , Bowel kare
•Insomnia – Natural sleep aid
•Stress & Nervine problems- Ashwagandha, Tagar XT
•Antioxidants & Rejuvenator- Chyawanprash & Guduchi xt
Aggravated Vata recommends, oily and heat generating foods. One can also include moist and soft foods. Oily foods will be lubricating and hence provide stability. Salty foods have a pacifying effect and as such should be included in a Vata diet. A list of suggested foods is mentioned below:
Foods to eat
Dairy: milk, butter, yogurt, cheese, ghee
Fruits: fully ripe, sweet, and heavy fruits, such as bananas, strawberries, grapefruit, mangoes, and
Vegetables: cooked vegetables, including beets, sweet potatoes, onions, radishes, turnips, carrots, and green beans
Legumes: chickpeas, mung beans
Grains: cooked oats, cooked rice
Nuts and seeds: any, including, walnuts, pistachios, chia seeds, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds
Herbs and spices: cardamom, ginger, cumin, cloves, oregano, thyme, black pepper
Foods to avoid
Bitter, dried and cold foods (e.g. raw vegetables, cold desserts, dried fruits, nuts and seeds)
Due to their “on-the- go” nature, those with vata-dominant doshas should focus on activities that involve constant movement, such as cycling, running, walking, yoga etc.