Know your dosha
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Learning about your Ayurvedic body type, or dosha, is essential to knowing what kinds of foods balance your physical and mental constitution.
Balancing your dosha is key to boosting your immune system and preventing undigested toxins from food. Ama, toxins caused by undigested food, is believed to be the root cause of all disease.
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The Vata dosha is governed by the elements of ether and air, and corresponds to the fall season.
The best foods for vata types are foods with sweet, sour and salty tastes, as well as foods with dense properties to balance the airy bloating of Vata.
The Pitta dosha is governed by the elements of fire and water, and corresponds to the summer season.
The best foods for pitta types are foods with sweet, bitter and astringent tastes, as well as foods with cooling properties to balance the heat of Pitta.
The Kapha dosha is governed by the elements of water and earth, and corresponds to the winter and spring seasons.
The best foods for kapha types are foods with bitter, astringent and pungent tastes, as well as foods with warming properties to balance the water retention of Kapha.