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Ayurvedic Spices That Help Balance Doshas

Ayurveda is the ancient medical system of India. It offers one of the fastest paths to health. Ayurveda is an ancient solution to our modern-day problems that need quick, effective solutions. The three ayurvedic body types, or doshas, are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each dosha has a unique set of characteristics.

In Ayurveda, each season is closely related to a dosha. The change of seasons can fluctuate the doshas, which are known to increase human physiology during the transition of seasons. The three doshas can be referred to as Kapha (spring), Pitta (fall), and Vata (winter). Desh (place) and kala (time) are important factors when it comes to a routine with diet. Not only seasonal changes has effects on doshas, but environmental changes can impact doshas.

Diet Guidelines On How To Balance Doshas:

Kapha – is known to have qualities that reflect water and earth. The best types of foods to balance kapha are very pungent, bitter, astringent flavors and light, dry and foods packed with heat.

Favor these Herbs:

Pitta – is known to have qualities that reflect fire and water. Sticking with foods that are sweet, bitter or astringent. Stay away from acidic food or drinks such as (coffee), salty or spicy food or spices.

Favor These Herbs:

Vata – is known to have qualities that reflect space and air.  Stick with cooked foods using oils and liquids. Include sweet, sour, salty or pungent flavors.

Favor These Herbs:

Spices That Help To Balance Doshas: 

Black pepper
Carob pod
Cayenne pepper
Cinnamon bark


(1) Unknown Author. (23 Oct. 2017). “Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion Made Easy.” Ayurvedic Diet, web.


Chaudhary, MD Kulreet. (23 Oct. 2017). “The Ayurvedic Diet: Eating for Your Body Type.” The Dr. Oz Show, The Dr. Oz Show, 22 Aug. 2016, web.

Unknown Author. (23 Oct. 2017). “How to Balance Vata Dosha with Warm Food : Healthy Eating Habits | Maharishi Ayurveda.”Maharishi Ayurveda Products International. The Art and Science of Health, web.

U.A. (23 Oct. 2017). “Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion Made Easy.” Ayurvedic Diet, web.

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Jaclyn Rae

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