Balancing Vaat

Updated: Apr 17, 2019


The alleviating factors of the Vaat are those which bring about

Snigdha – unctuousness, oiliness

Guru – heaviness,

Ushna – heat,

Shlakshna – smoothness,

Mrudu – softness,

Picchila – sliminess and

Ghana – compactness.

By the use of these qualities, Vata gets dislodged from the affected place and gets alleviated. 

Diet/ Nutritional guidelines to calm the aggravated Vaat:

FavorThese Food Items:

Foods that are naturally sweet, sour and salty in taste.

Warm foods, both energetically and in temperature.

Favor foods that are liquid rather than dry, and warm rather than cold.

Warming spices like ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and cumin.

Plenty of room temperature or warm drinks.

Dairy, as long as it is not very cold. 

Avoid drinking milk with your meals. It is best to have it warm and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg especially in the morning or before you go to bed.

A generous amount of high-quality oils or GHEE in your daily diet.

nuts, especially soaked in water and not eating them dry.

Fruits:

Oranges, bananas, avocados, grapes, cherries, peaches, melons, berries, plums, pineapples, mangos and papayas. 

Vegetables: 

Vegetables should be eaten cooked.

Beets, carrots, asparagus and sweet potatoes, Okra, Pumpkin, Garlic, Parsnip, Mustard greens, Cucumber, Cilantro, Green Beans are good choices. 

Avoid These Food Items :

Foods that are bitter, astringent and pungent

Foods that are cooling, both energetically and in temperature.

Dry and light foods (e.g. popcorn and crackers).

Too much raw food.

Most beans, including cold soy products.

Highly processed foods (like canned or frozen foods) Cold, chilled or carbonated drinks.

Overeating or eating very heavy meals.

Eating fresh fruit or drinking fruit juice within ½ hour of any other food.

Too many vegetables from the nightshade family (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant), Green peas, the cabbage family (broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflow