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Dietary Prescription according to Vata, Pitta and Kapha Constitution: All human beings, animals, and plants are born or grow with a particular Vata, Pitta or Kapha constitution type, given their particular place of birth and time. As such, a person with a particular constitution of Vata, pitta or Kapha needs a particular dietary prescription conforming to his constitution type, so that his/her Vata, Pitta and Kapha constitution is not vitiated and remains pacified/balanced. The vitiated Vata, Pitta and Kapha or their permutations and combinations cause various types of ailments. For example, vitiated Vata causes around 80 diseases, vitiated pitta is the cause of other 40 diseases and vitiated Kapha is the cause of yet other 20 diseases in human beings. The permutations and combinations of these vitiated Vata, pitta and Kapha cause hoards of mental and physical problems in human beings. So their balance or pacification is quite vital to keep the body hale and hearty. In view of the same, a particular type of dietary regimen is prescribed for a particular normal healthy person or a patient suffering from a disease on the basis of their Vata, Pitta or Kapha constitution type, so that he/she may recover from his/her disease soon and a healthy person is never afflicted with diseases. During the first census of India done by Britishers in 1881, it was found that 4 out of 5 persons were healthy. Now the position has reversed. Even after so much of the development of medical science, we have 4 out of 5 persons ill if we go by the definition of allopathic .system of treatment. As per Ayurveda, today we have 5 out of 5 persons ill. If we go back some 500 years ago in India, we find that nobody used to be ill by then. In Sanskrit literature, we find a word for the hospital as Aturalaya which used be manned by one Doctor. This means some 500 years back there was no need of big hospitals in India, as there were sporadic cases of illness only the Bhishak (physician) was able to deal with them. But now everything has changed. Here is form to know your dietary prescription according to Ayurveda. If this prescription is followed in letter and spirit, a healthy person will be able to maintain his health and an ill person may get himself/herself recovered his/her illness soon with little medication.
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If you know your constitution type, you can know your Dietary Prescription according to your Vata, Pitta and Kapha constitution type click 'know your diet' button here
According to the Vedic seers during seasonal junctions (change of seasons), we experience a change in our metabolism and our resistance power weakens. The equilibrium of Vata, Pitta, Kapha is disturbed and we are likely to become vulnerable to diseases. Kaushitaki Braahamana (5.1) points out this fact as bhaishajyayajnaa vaaeteyaccaaturmaasyaani.tasmaasdritusandhishuprayujyante. ritusandhishu hi vyaadhirjaayate. ‘During seasonal junctions, viruses are born. Therefore, Caaturmasya yajnas are performed to make the environment clean and virus-free’. As per the above statement, one should perform daily yajnas to save oneself from the attack of viruses, and take other precautionary measures like observing a Vedic food regimen, cleansing, nourishing and securing the body to keep oneself healthy. The period of 15 days between the meetings of two seasons is known as a seasonal junction. For the knowledge of our readers, periods illustrating various seasonal junctions and various dietary items recommended in various seasons given below. There are some food items that are recommended for all seasons. They are:
Specific Dietary Prescription: According to Ayurveda, the mystery of good health lies in the foods that are taken corresponding to a particular season. If you want to keep yourself hale and hearty, It is necessary to take diet as per season. To know about season-specific diets click 'season-specific diet' button here