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Step Counter

Displays average daily steps over the past three days along with the corresponding Dosha type.

The feature requires a Google Fit account and compatible tracking device(most smartphones are sufficient). To create your google fit account, visit http://fit.google.com

After creating your Google Fit account, enable Google Fit Sync in your Dosha Profile.

The step counter icon changes dosha to indicate your activity level.

0 - 4000 Steps Increases Kapha

4000 - 7000 Steps Increases Pitta

7000 or > Steps Increases Vata

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How To Use:

1. Dosha Profile: Questionnaire to determine your dosha type.

2. Lifestyle: Guide to lifestyle choices compatible with your dosha type.

3. Routine: Create a daily routine compatible with your dosha type.  

4. Nutrition: Customize a nutritional program compatible with your Dosha Type.

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Clock: Displays the time of day and the dosha predominant in nature.


Clock Legend: The large icon indicates the dosha by time of day and the small one by season of the year. Fire: Pitta, Mountain: Kapha, Tornado: Vata. Touch for details.


Chart: Displays the balance of doshas in your constitution.


Activity Level: Displays your Dosha by activity level. Enable Google Fit sync in Dosha Profile to activate feature.



 

 
 
 

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Dosha Type

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Foods for Vata

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Foods for Kapha

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Dosha Type

Dosha Questionnaire:

Body Size
Hair
Hands and Feet

Weight

Skin

Face

Body Temperature

Preferred Climate

Digestion

Elimination

Sleep

Mind

Disposition

Emotions

Neck

Joints

Hips

Belly

Chest

Physical Activity

Faith

Memory & Emotion

Dreams

Speech

Financial

Percentage Vata

Percentage Pitta

Percentage Kapha

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Routine

The foundation of a healthy immune system is a disciplined daily and seasonal routine, routines that should take into account your personal constitution.
Follow the guidelines below to sculpt a routine that will match your dosha type.

Arising

Getting out of bed before dawn allows the body to harmonize with the phases of the sun.
This time is also when the qualities of Vata will naturally be emphasized and is thus well suited to the elimination of the body’s waste products. Adequate elimination will aid in the process of dispelling Kapha left over from the night. The lightness associated with Vata also makes this an apt time for meditation, sun gazing, and mild exercise.

Cleansing

Specific Recommendations

Vata types

Apply warm bath or shower with cold rinse to relax and preserve body warmth.

Pitta types

Take cool but not cold showers to remove excess heat.

Kapha types

Take cool or cold shower to help invigorate the natural sluggishness of Kapha.

General Recommendations

Avoid bathing within an hour after eating which will move blood away from the gut where it is needed for digestion. Also refrain from bathing in the event of diarrhea, bloating, chronic cold, indigestion or acute cases of toxicity.
After arising, inspect tongue for thick sour tasting coating indicating poor digestion. Scrape tongue- back to front 5x to 10x with tongue scraper and gargle salt water with a pinch of turmeric 1x weekly to keep gums, mouth and throat healthy. Following these ablutions, brush teeth and use interdental brush/floss, ensuring brush is replaced frequently. Rinse nose with salt water and insert drop of coconut oil into each nostril with pinky. Insert two or three drops of coconut oil into each ear bi-weakly to clean and lubricate them.

Meditation

Before meditation, take a shower or bath. Any activity which appeases the hunger of the mind can be a meditation, so long as it is done sincerely and regularly.
From the viewpoint of health, sun gazing is one of the most beneficial forms of meditation. Stare at the sun for a few minutes just as it is coming over the horizon each day. Once the sun becomes uncomfortably bright on the eyes, close the eyelids and continue to observe the sun for a few minutes through closed eyelids.

Exercise

Specific Recommendations

Vata types

Vata prone individuals will be attracted to vigorous exercises like jogging or handball, but it is preferable that they practice more mild forms of exercise which will not exhaust them.

These include:

  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Weight training (mild & regular)
These can be followed up with application of external sources of heat like hot tubs or saunas which will help balance the inherent coolness associated with vata.
 

Pitta types

The intensity and competitiveness natural to the pitta constitution will attract them to sports such as weightlifting and tennis. However it is preferable they participate in forms of sport that downplay personal heroics and emphasize cooperation and mental balance.
Appropriate sports include:

  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Backpacking
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Swimming

External sources of heat following exercises are not recommended for pitta type individuals.

Kapha types

Kapha types benefit most from regular exercise to counterbalance their natural lethargy. In general they are attracted to mild, repetitive sports like bicycling or swimming which can be done on autopilot, however, strenuous sports or complicated aerobic routines are more beneficial.
These include:

  • Ice hockey
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Yoga (done vigorously)
  • Tai Chi (done vigorously)

External sources of heat like hot tubs or saunas are acceptable.

General Recommendations

Exercise increases the body’s stamina and resistance to disease and is therefore recommendable to individuals of all constitutions. A few minutes of deep abdominal breathing each day will compliment whatever exercise program one undertakes.

Massage

Specific Recommendations

Vata types

Individuals with a vata constitution require more frequent professional massage than do others, not less than once a month. Scheduling the massage for the same time and day each week or month will enhance the effects of the massage.

Pitta types

Pitta types benefit from frequent change and variety in their massage regimen. Try Shiatshu one week, and acupressure, polarity and various other techniques in subsequent sessions.

Kapha types

Kapha types will benefit most from a strong, deep and penetrating massage. This is necessary to increase their naturally sluggish circulation. Oil should be used minimally or not at all. Sunflower, safflower, or in winter, mustard oil is appropriate to rejuvenate their skin.

General Recommendations

Give yourself a self-massage on a daily basis. If this is not convenient, massage the soles of the feet before going to sleep which promotes relaxation. Massage sandalwood powder into the scalp on a weekly basis and wait twenty minutes before washing it out . This increases mental balance and strengthens the sense organs.

Eating

Specific Recommendations

Vata types

Vata individuals will profit from three to four meals a day and can take snacks as necessary.

Pitta types

Pitta individuals are suited to three meals a day with a four to six hour gap between, with occasional, light snacks.

Kapha types

Kapha predominant individuals are well suited to two meals a day- a large one at midday and a smaller one either in the morning or evening, allowing for a six hour gap between them, without snacks.

General Recommendations

Refrain from eating when –

  • The body exhibits symptoms of  improper digestion including nausea or heaviness of the limbs
  • Not physically hungry
  • Depressed
  • Bored
  • Emotionally unstable
  • After strong physical exertion

Observe the following guidelines to maximize your digestive health.

  • Bathe before eating or wash hands, face and feet
  • Sit while eating, preferably in an isolated, clean environment. Face east when possible– this is the direction of the rising sun, the earth's source of heat and fire and through the principle of resonance helps to enkindle ones own digestive fires.
  • Eat alone, or with trusted friends. Pleasant music, fresh flowers, and similar additions to the dining environment are advisable.
  • Food should be prepared by someone who loves you, especially if they are cooking on a continuous basis. Women should avoid cooking while menstruating.
  • It is best to breathe through right nostril while eating. To do so, squeeze the left nostril closed and breathe through the right one for a few minutes, thereafter your body will naturally continue to breathe through the right one for a half hour or so. Before eating, offer thanks in the form of some prayer for the sacrifice those life forms underwent to nourish you. Taking a moment to offer food to some other being- be it pet, stranger, or friend, before eating will serve as a practical demonstration of gratitude.
  • Avoid eating with radio, TV or other distractions and chewing slowly and in silence is preferable to conversation.
  • Eating with the hands is preferable, as it allows the skin to send texture and temperature cues to the brain and stomach.
  • Drinking a mixture of yogurt churned with water following the meal aids digestion.
  • At the end of the meal, again offer thanks, rinse the mouth and face with water, and take a brief walk of 100 steps to encourage digestion. Avoid exercise, sex, studying or sleep within an hour of eating.
  • The heaviest meal of the day should be at noon, when the digestive fire is strongest, and it is preferable to eat nothing after sunset.
 

Sex

Specific Recommendations

Vata types

Vata predominant individuals are prone to the temptation for taking a variety of partners and it is therefore necessary that they exercise restraint in this regard, fulfilling their need for variety by exploring new techniques and positions, rather than hopping from bed to bed.

Pitta types

Pitta individuals are likely to seek a multiplicity of partners, motivated by intensity of experience. They can easily dominate their partners or succumb to perversion in their pursuit of intensity. Finding balanced and positive means to satisfy their yearning for intensity is crucial.

Kapha types

Kapha individuals benefit from the vigorous exercise provided by sustained sexual interludes and because they are less likely to roam or become mesmerized into perversion, they can enjoy sex with less danger to themselves or others.

General Recommendations

As the basis by which a human is created, Ayurveda posits that the mood in which intercourse takes place is paramount, not only for the two people engaged but to set a positive course for the fetus should conception occur. Absorb the following information about sex to maximize the benefits of your sexual experience.

  • Sex is more important for women than men as the pheromones imbibed during sex help regulate her fertility and ensure reproductive health. A sexually dissatisfied woman will communicate that dissatisfaction to the fetus, making anger and disappointment the basis of that child’s constitution.
  • When a couple unites with genuine pleasure and openness, some of that excitement and satisfaction is transmitted to the unborn child, providing a foundation of satisfaction for the remainder of their life.
  • Lack of strong identity causes individuals to lose willingness to surrender themselves to their partner during sexual union. Strengthening and rejuvenating the body and mind is thus at the core of a healthy sexual partnership.
  • Orgasmic sex is a tremendous drain on the bodies energy, and should be carefully regulated so as not to weaken Vata.
  • Sex is best enjoyed at night, since this is the time when Kapha is predominant in nature and thus the chances of debilitating the Vata portion of ones vitality is minimized.
  • Seasonal changes also effect the frequency with which someone can prudently enjoy sex. During summer or otherwise exceedingly hot times of year, sex once every two weeks is sufficient. In winter, it is recommended to  limit intercourse to twice a week and during spring and fall, once a week.  
  • Yogis and others concerned with accumulating energy are advised to not partake of orgasmic sex more than once a month regardless of season.
  • It is best to refrain from sex during illness, convalescence and menstruation, as these are times when the body needs its energy reserves for purification and healing.
  • When sex is transformed into an act of ritual worship, it increases the bodies energies rather than diminishing them.
 

Sleep

Specific Recommendations

Vata types

Vata individuals will find frequent ten minute catnaps beneficial. Being light sleepers prone to unsatisfactory rest, they are also the type who benefit most from going to bed early. A cup of warm milk mixed with saffron can act as soporific in the event that they find it difficult to sleep.

Pitta types

Pitta individuals must ensure that they sleep before midnight, as they are likely to become hungry again at this hour and tempted to snack.

Kapha types

Kapha and Pitta individuals should avoiding sleeping during the day except in the peak of summer when the nights are short and days are long. Ten or fifteen minute “power naps” are preferable to prolonged binge napping. The exception to this being in the case of people who are– over sixty or under three years of age, are weakened and recovering from disease, or exhausted by some trauma such as travel, overwork, excessive sex or intoxication.

General Recommendations

Kapha is the vitality most closely associated with sleep. As evening is the time when Kapha predominates in nature, it is preferable to align ones organism to this planetary rhythm by retiring for sleep at sundown and arising slightly before day break. Observe the following suggestions to maximize the benefits of sleep.

  • All mental and physical meals should be consumed at least two hours prior to sleep, so as to give the organism proper time to wind down and prepare for slumber.
  • The best position for sleep is sitting up. If this is not possible than sleeping on either of the two sides of the body is preferable.
  • Sleeping on the right side promotes relaxation, meditation, and introversion.
  • Sleeping on the left side promotes digestion, sensory enjoyments, and extroversion.
  • Sleeping on the back causes both nostrils to function simultaneously and thus disturbs body mind integration as well as the proper functioning of vata. Sleeping on the stomach obstructs proper breathing and thus indirectly promotes disease.
  • To lie with the top of one’s head pointing east and the feet pointing west encourages meditative sleep. Sleeping with the head to the north and the feet to the south draws energy out of the body, thus promoting astral travel but weakening the body's health and immune functioning. Sleeping with the head to the south draws energy into the body and supports the health. Sleeping with the head to the west and feet to the east is said to cause disturbing dreams.
 

 

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Lifestyle

Lifestyle choices serve as shield against undesirable outside influences and to create and internal environment that is conducive to health and well-being.

Use the following guidelines to make lifestyle choices that will be compatible with your dosha type.

Relationships

Specific Recommendations

Vata + Pitta

This pairing has the advantage that the practical and level headed Pitta type can give greater organization and clarity to the Vata persons erratic and often whimsical thinking process, while in return a Vata individual will challenge the communication skills of the Pitta type and shake them out of the narrowly defined goals they set for themselves.

Conversely, the aggression and heat of the Pitta type can react with the airiness of the Vata individual to overheat and burn up the relationship. Such a relationship is likely to spontaneously combust unless strong mitigating factors act to fuse these divergent personalities together.

Pitta + Kapha

The Kapha individual will cool and temper the Pitta types aggressive fiery side, while Pitta's heat can activate and energize the Kapha person's naturally retiring demeanor.

However, if not properly proportioned, the same coolness can completely smother and put out the Pitta persons fire, or the heat of Pitta type may overheat the kapha individual and incinerate the relationship entirely.

Kapha + Vata

The well-grounded nature of the Kapha individual will help anchor the Vata type, who in return can shake the Kapha person out of their habitual torpor. Conversely the Kapha individual may find the Vata individuals erratic ways too jarring and retreat into stubbornness while the Vata individual could feel trapped and restrained by the Kapha persons too placid nature.

General Recommendations

When selecting a long term partner, one should bear in mind constitutional qualities of both individuals.  These same guidelines can equally be applied to friendships and other social interactions. The principal that like begets like applies, by associating with individuals who radiate kindness and generosity, those same characteristics will be increased in oneself.

  • The ancient scriptures of India maintained that like constitutions should be paired together so that their sexual proclivities would match. Still, an inexact fit should never be used to dismiss an otherwise harmonious relationship, for as in food, often the most delectable combinations are made from the pairing of opposites, sweet and sour etc.
  • The choice of a partner depends upon what one is seeking from the relationship- if mutual understanding and stability is desired, than the pairing of like constitutions is recommended as there is greater ability to tolerate our partners foibles when we share a similar  disposition. If one wishes the relationship to be a vehicle for self-observation and evolution, choosing a partner who is of a different constitution will likely provide the necessary challenge.
 

Employment

Specific Recommendations

Vata

Vata individuals will naturally prefer jobs that require sudden and intense bursts of energy, but this exhausts them and thus it is better that they take a job that is somewhat repetitive in nature.

Work that entails staying in a cold dry or dusty atmosphere is especially aggravating for them. It is important that their home and work environment be a soothing one and allow for a ten minute catnap at midday when they are prone to exhaustion. Pacing themselves, especially through the mid-afternoon hours is especially important for vata individuals lest they try to accomplish too much at once.

As exceptional original thinkers, they can do well theorizing for a living but must ensure that the other elements of their life are more routine so as to remain grounded. Change and stimulation in the workforce are addictive for vata individuals and thus they must balance these with sufficient routine.

Pitta

Pitta individuals are by nature practical and excel at any task that requires efficiency and implementation. Given to aggression, they can easily become relentless task masters, driving both themselves and others beyond healthy working limits.

Seeing things in terms of competition and conquest, they will likely be attracted towards careers in sales, but should be mindful that the constant comparison to others that such a career entails can lead to excessive stress. A less competitive job like teaching will be more profitable for them in the long run. Also they should avoid jobs that put them in violent situations, such as police or military officers, which will enflame their tendency towards aggression. Also jobs that involve proximity to intense heat should be avoided, like welding or metal casting.

Cool, wet and peaceful environments are the ideal working atmosphere and they should make strict allowance for adequate time with family and friends.

Kapha

Kapha individuals, though not given to original thinking or theorizing, make brilliant administrators. The balance and stability they bring to any workspace will immediately benefit those around them. However, they must ensure that their job provides ample variety and change if they are not receiving sufficient amounts of these outside the workplace.

Frequent changes in their work environment will benefit them, even if its only rearranging their desk. Also they should guard against sloth, if their work does not provide ample physical exercise; then it is essential they receive this during their leisure hours.

General Recommendations

Work consumes on average a third of a person’s life and it is thus important that their career agrees with their constitution.
 

Location

Specific Recommendations

Vata

Vata types are advantaged by tropical climates that offer plenty of wetness and heat to offset their cool and dry constitution. Conversely they may find cold climates disheartening and are easily prone to seasonal distress when they don’t receive enough warmth and sunlight.

Socially they will prefer simple living circumstance that can maximize their mental and spiritual pursuits.

Pitta

Pitta individuals must exercise caution in order to avoid exposing themselves to hot environments, and even the mid-day sun. They are better suited to mild or cold climates.

Socially, they have the ability to digest a wide variety of gatherings and will want to seek out situations which continually challenge them interpersonally.

Kapha

Kapha individuals are best suited to warm, dry environments like the deserts of the American west. Swampy, wet environments are counter indicated and may increase the torpor and lethargy associated with this metabolic type. Regular exposure to sunlight is however, a must, as it will activate and invigorate them.

Socially, they will be drawn to environments which afford them as much opulence as possible and neighbors who share similar taste and dispositions.

General Recommendations

Deliberately choosing ones surroundings can balance constitutional deficiencies. The qualities emphasized in the environment will tend to exacerbate those same qualities in a person.

Pets

Specific Recommendations

Vata

Vata individuals are well suited to owning dogs, especially breeds that are goofy, loveable and openhearted, like the St. Bernard. The qualities of such a dog will relax and reassure the fearful, tense, and jittery Vata personality. They should avoid “flighty” animals such as birds, especially of the parakeet variety which will exacerbate their owner’s fearful and erratic nature.

Pitta

Pitta individuals should be careful not to select any pet with a disposition towards violence, such as aggressive guard dogs. The complex and aloof nature of a cat presents a constant challenge to their owners and can balance the tendency to dominate and self-promote inherent to Pitta individuals.

Long lived birds such as the African Gray can provide a similar fly wheel for the Pitta individual. Small and cheerful dogs that remain puppy like for a long duration can also help offset the harsh, fiery side of the Pitta personality.

Kapha

Kapha individuals will benefit from the company of small animals like birds. The cheerful, light and bright personality of a bird will balance the inert and ponderous nature of the kapha individual. Also animals that require their owners to exercise, like a large breed of dog that needs regular walking, will benefit the kapha individual.

General Recommendations

Pets often become extensions of their owners personalities, reflecting both their neurotic and healthy dimensions. Selecting a pet that will harmonize well with one’s personal constitution is important.

Clothing

General Recommendations

As a form of removable armor that protects against negative environmental influences, clothing should be chosen with careful assessment of its qualities.

  • Natural fibers such as cotton, wool or linen, are preferable to artificial varieties. Favor clothing that is loose, light and airy, so it does not obstruct the energetic circulation within the body.
  • Silk is ideal for protecting against negative external vibrations. Rayon is said to have the same property.
  • Avoid wearing another person’s clothing or footwear as their personal vibration will be resident in the material and could have an unsettling influence. One can safely wear another person’s clothes only when sure that person has reached a higher state of consciousness than oneself, such as the clothing of a saint. In such a case the clothing will have an uplifting and harmonizing effect upon the wearer.

Seasons

Both the 24 hour day and seasonal year can be differentiated into the periods in which a particular dosha is predominant in nature. Knowing this and adjusting ones diet and routine accordingly is essential to maintaining a healthy body and mind.

The ayurvedic clock on the homescreen displays the dominant dosha type in nature with respect to both the user’s present local time and the season of the year. The large icon indicates the dosha by time of day and the small one by season of the year. Fire: Pitta, Mountain: Kapha, Tornado: Vata.

Personalized lifestyle recommendations corresponding to the season in question are available in the Pro version of Ayurveda Guru.(download now)

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Food Combining

General Recommendations

Avoid

  • mixing heavy(rich & oily) food with light foods in the same meal
  • mixing raw food with cooked in the same meal
  • mixing leftovers with fresh food in the same meal
  • mixing very hot and very cold items, like a spicy creole dish followed by ice cream

Specific Recommendations

Avoid mixing the item in the left column with the corresponding items in the right column.

Items in all caps indicate worst combinations

Beans

Counter indicated Items

  • Fruit
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Milk
  • Meat
  • Yogurt

Eggs

Counter indicated Items

  • Fruit(MELONS)
  • Beans
  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Kitchari
  • MILK
  • Meat
  • Yogurt

Grains

Counter indicated Items

  • Fruit
  • Tapioca

Fruit

Counter indicated Items

With any other food group. There are a few exceptions such as dates plus milk and various cooked preparations like pies

Honey

Counter indicated Items

When mixed with equal proportion of ghee or butter. Or when, cooked, baked or boiled.

Hot Drinks

Counter indicated Items

  • Mangos
  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Starch
  • Yogurt

Lemons

Counter indicated Items

  • Cucumbers
  • Milk
  • Tomatoes
  • Yogurt

Melons

Counter indicated Items

Everything- most importantly dairy, eggs, fried food, grains.
Nightshades

Counter indicated Items

  • Cucumbers
  • Melons
  • Dairy Products

Radishes

Counter indicated Items

  • Bananas
  • Raisins
  • Milk

Tapioca

Counter indicated Items

  • Fruit(especially banana and mango)
  • Raisins
  • Beans
  • Jaggary(Brown Sugar)

Yogurt

Counter indicated Items

  • Fruit
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Hot drinks
  • Meat
  • Milk
  • Nightshades

 

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Special Foods

Milk - Special Properties

  • Milk is best suited for individuals with strong digestive power, who are active sexually, emaciated, or convalescing.

  • Milk in appropriate doses will nourish the mind of the individual by encouraging motherliness and helps integrate body, mind and spirit.
  • It combines the purity of a plant based diet, with the groundedness of a meat based one.

  • To receive the maximum benefit from milk, it should not be:
  • Drunk cold- this compounds the already cold and heavy properties of milk.
  • Homogenized- this changes molecular structure of the fat in milk, making it more difficult to digest.
  • Consumed with other food- in general milk should be consumed alone or with gee and honey.
  • Over consumed- more than 12 oz of milk per serving taxes the body's digestion.
  • Unspiced- adding turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and saffron will all aid in making milk more digestible. If combined with honey as well, the benefit is magnified.

Honey - Special Properties

  • Honey has the unique capability to spread through the whole body, nourishing the tissues, almost immediately upon ingestion. Honey is:
  • • Beneficial for the eyes and the heart
  • • Promotes the healing of wounds when applied externally.
  • • Removes poisons from the body.
  • • Promotes diffusion into the tissue of herbs with which it is mixed
  • • Possesses aphrodisiac qualities
  • • Should never be used in baking or cooking
  • • Ghee(butter) and honey compliment each other when taken together but should never be mixed in equal quantities

Ghee/Butter - Properties

  • Butter helps stimulate and enliven the brain, especially after it has been converted into ghee. The other special qualities of butter include:
  • • Increases the digestive fire without side effects
  • • Helps diminish the effects of poisons
  • • Increases beauty and bodily luster
  • • Promotes diffusion into the tissue of herbs with which it is mixed
  • • Useful as an aphrodisiac
  • Daily recommendation:
  • • One tablespoon of melted butter with a half teaspoon of sugar or maple syrup, taken early in the morning will help Pitta individuals remain cool and balanced
  • • One tablespoon of melted butter with a half teaspoon of honey, taken early in the morning will help Vata individuals remain mentally balanced and diminish their erratic tendencies.

Salt - Special Properties

  • Aside from improving the taste of food, salt has many detrimental qualities, especially to Pitta and Kapha individuals and should thus be consumed minimally by them. Overuse of salt hastens the aging process, increasing wrinkles, loosening the joints and diminishing vital reserves of energy.

Yogurt - Special Properties

  • Yogurt aggravates almost all qualities related to excess of kapha in a person’s constitution and thus requires special preparation to make it appropriate for digestion.

  • The addition of various spices and honey to yogurt reduces some its sluggish and heavy components, while churning it with water also makes it more easily digested. Thus prepared and taken at the end of a meal, yogurt is beneficial for all constitutions.

Meat - Special Properties

  • Meat can be beneficial for those recovering from over exertion or disease. Those wishing to promote the qualities of warriorship in their disposition will likewise find it useful. However, of all the food groups, it is the most difficult to digest and spoils the fastest.

  • Moreover, the fear and anger experienced by feedlot animals as they are slaughtered communicates itself into their tissues and eventually to the humans that consume that flesh. Thus the consumption of meat indirectly increases the propensity towards violence in a society. For these reasons it is best to avoid meat when possible.

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Hazard Items

These items are particularly detrimental to the dosha type specified and should be avoided if possible.

Pitta -

Counter indicated Items

  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Alcohol
  • Salt

Vata -

Counter indicated Items

  • Tobacco
  • White sugar
  • Caffeine

Kapha -

Counter indicated Items

  • Fried food
  • Oily food
  • Fatty food

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Vegetables Vata

Recommended

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Counter indicated

Avoid frozen, raw or dried vegetables

  • Artichoke
  • Beet greens**
  • Bitter melon
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Burdock root Cabbage (raw)
  • Cauliflower (raw)
  • Celery
  • Corn (fresh)
  • Dandelion greens
  • Eggplant
  • Horseradish **-
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mushrooms
  • Olives
  • green Onions (raw)
  • Peas (raw)
  • Peppers(sweet & hot)
  • Potatoes (white)
  • Prickly pear(fruit & leaves)
  • Radish (raw)
  • Squash(winter)
  • Tomatoes(cooked)**
  • Tomatoes (raw)
  • Turnips
  • Wheat grass sprouts

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Grains Vata

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Barley
  • Bread (with yeast)
  • Buckwheat
  • Cereals (cold, dry, or puffed)
  • Corn
  • Couscous
  • Crackers
  • Granola
  • Millet
  • Muesli
  • Oat Bran
  • Oats(dry)
  • Pasta**
  • Polenta**
  • Rice Cakes**
  • Rye
  • Sago
  • Spelt
  • Tapioca
  • Wheat bran

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Dairy Vata

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Cow's milk(powdered)
  • Goat's milk(powdered)
  • Yogurt (plain, frozen or with fruit)

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Beans Vata

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Aduki beans
  • Black beans
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Chick peas(garbanzo beans)
  • Kidney beans
  • Lentils (brown)
  • Lima beans
  • Miso**
  • Navy beans
  • Peas (dried)
  • Pinto beans
  • Soy beans
  • Soya flour
  • Soya powder
  • Split peas
  • Tempeh
  • White beans

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Meats Vata

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Rabbit
  • Venison
  • Turkey (white)

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Ayurvedic Clock

The ayurvedic clock on the homescreen displays the dominant dosha type in nature with respect to both the user’s present local time and the season of the year. The large icon indicates the dosha by time of day and the small one by season of the year. Fire: Pitta, Mountain: Kapha, Tornado: Vata.

Personalized lifestyle recommendations corresponding to the time period are available in the Pro version of Ayurveda Guru(download now)

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Condiments Vata

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Chocolate
  • Horseradish

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Nuts and Seeds Vata

Recommended

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Counter indicated

 

  • Popcorn
  • Psyllium**

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Spices Vata

Recommended

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Counter indicated

None

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Sweetners Vata

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Maple syrup**
  • White Sugar

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Supplements Vata

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Barley green
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Vitamin K

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Beverages Vata

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Alcohol (hard; red wine)
  • Apple juice
  • Black tea
  • Caffeinated beverages
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Chocolate milk
  • Coffee
  • Cold dairy drinks
  • Cranberry juice
  • Iced tea
  • Pear juice
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Prune juice**
  • Soy milk (cold)
  • Tomato juice**
  • V-8 Juice

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Oils Vata

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Flax Seed

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Fruits Vata

Recommended

Most sweet fruit

  • Apples (cooked)
  • Applesauce
  • Apricots
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Cherries
  • Coconut
  • Dates (fresh)
  • Figs (fresh)
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mangoes
  • Melons
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Pineapples
  • Plums
  • Prunes (soaked)
  • Raisins(soaked)
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Tamarind

Counter indicated

Most dried fruit

  • Apples (raw)
  • Cranberries
  • Oates (Dry)
  • Figs (Dry)
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Pomegranate
  • Raisins (dry)
  • Prunes (dry)
  • Watermelon

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Vegetables Pitta

Recommended

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Avoid
pungent(hot & spicy) vegetables

  • Beet greens
  • Beets (raw)
  • Burdock root
  • Corn (fresh)**
  • Daikon radish
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Green chilies
  • Horseradish
  • Kohlrabi **
  • Leeks (raw)
  • Mustard greens
  • Olives, green
  • Onions (raw)
  • Peppers (hot)
  • Prickly pear (fruit)
  • Radishes (raw)
  • Spinach (cooked)**
  • Spinach (raw)
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnip greens
  • Turnips

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Grains Pitta

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Bread (with yeast)
  • Buckwheat
  • Corn
  • Millet
  • Muesli **
  • Oats(dry)
  • Polenta*
  • Rice (brown)**
  • Rye

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Dairy Pitta

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Butter (salted)
  • Buttermilk
  • Cheese (hard)
  • Sour cream
  • Yogurt (plain, frozen, or w/fruit)

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Beans Pitta

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Miso
  • Soya Souce
  • Soy Sausages
  • Tur Dal
  • Urad Dal

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Meats Pitta

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Beef
  • Chicken (dark)
  • Duck
  • Eggs (yolk)
  • Fish ( sea)
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Seafood
  • Tunafish
  • Turkey (dark)

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Condiments Pitta

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Chili pepper
  • Chocolate
  • Chutney, mango (spicy)
  • Gomasio
  • Horseradish
  • Kelp
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Lemon
  • Lime pickle
  • Mango pickle
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pickles
  • Salt(in excess)
  • Scallions
  • Soy sauce
  • Vinegar

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Nuts and Seeds Pitta

Recommended

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Counter indicated

Nuts

  • Almonds (with skin)
  • Black walnuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • Cashews
  • Filberts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts

Seeds

  • Chia
  • Sesame
  • Tahini

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Spices Pitta

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Ajwan
  • Allspice
  • Almond extract
  • Anise
  • Asafoetida thing
  • Basil (dry)
  • Bay leaf
  • Cayenne Cloves
  • Fenugreek
  • Garlic
  • Ginger (dry)
  • Marjoram
  • Mustard seeds
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Pippali
  • Poppy seeds
  • Rosemary Sage
  • Salt
  • Star anise
  • Thyme

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Sweetners Pitta

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • White sugar **
  • Honey **
  • Jaggary
  • Molasses

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Supplements Pitta

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Amino acids
  • Bee pollen*
  • Royal jelly*
  • Minerals: copper, iron

 

  • Vitamins: B2,B6,C, E,P and
  • Folic Acid

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Beverages Pitta

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Alcohol (hard, red & sweet wine)
  • Apple cider
  • Berry juice (sour)
  • Caffeinated beverages
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Carrot juice
  • Cherry juice (sour)
  • Chocolate milk
  • Coffee
  • Cranberry juice
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Iced tea
  • Lemonade
  • Papaya juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Tomato juice
  • V-8 juice
  • Sour juices

Herb Teas:

  • Ajwan
  • Oove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fenugreek
  • Ginger (dry)
  • Ginseng
  • Hawthorne
  • Juniper berry
  • Mormon tea
  • Pennyroyal
  • Red Zinger
  • Rosehip**
  • Sage
  • Sassafras
  • Yerba Mate

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Oils Pitta

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Almond
  • Apricot
  • Corn
  • Safflower
  • Sesame

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Fruits Pitta

Recommended

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Counter indicated

Most sour fruit

  • Apples (sour)
  • Apricots (sour)
  • Bananas
  • Berries (sour)
  • Cherries (sour)
  • Cranberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes (green)
  • Kiwi **
  • Lemons
  • Mangoes (green)
  • Oranges (sour)
  • Peaches
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapples(sour)
  • Plums (sour)
  • Rhubarb
  • Tamarind

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Vegetables Kapha

Recommended

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Counter indicated

Avoid
sweet and juicy vegetables

  • Cucumber
  • Olives, black or green
  • Parsnips**
  • Potatoes, sweet
  • Pumpkin Squash(summer)
  • Taro root
  • Tomatoes(raw)
  • Zucchini

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Grains Kapha

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Bread(with yeast)
  • Oats(cooked)
  • Pancakes
  • Pasta**
  • Rice (brown, white)
  • Rice cakes**
  • Wheat

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Dairy Kapha

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Butter (salted)
  • Butter(unsalted) **
  • Cheese(soft and hard)
  • Cow’s milk
  • Ice cream
  • Sour cream
  • Yogurt (plain, frozen or w/fruit)

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Beans Kapha

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Kidney beans
  • Soy beans
  • Soy cheese
  • Soy flour
  • Soy powder
  • Soy sauce
  • Tofu (cold)
  • Urad dal
  • Miso

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Meats Kapha

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Beef
  • Buffalo
  • Chicken(dark)
  • Duck
  • Fish (sea)
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Seafood
  • Tuna fish
  • Turkey (dark)

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Condiments Kapha

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Chocolate
  • Gomasio
  • Kelp
  • Ketchup**
  • Lime
  • Lime pickle
  • Mango pickle
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pickles
  • Salt
  • Soy sauce
  • Tamari
  • Vinegar

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Nuts and Seeds Kapha

Recommended

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Counter indicated

Nuts

  • Almonds (soaked & peeled)**
  • Black walnuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • Cashews
  • Coconut
  • Filberts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Wanlnuts

Seeds

  • Halva seeds
  • Psyllium**
  • Sesame
  • Tahini

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Spices Kapha

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Salt

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Sweetners Kapha

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Barley Malt
  • Fructose
  • Jaggary
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Rice syrup
  • Sucanat
  • Turbinado
  • White sugar

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Supplements Kapha

Recommended

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Counter indicated

Minerals:

  • potassium

Vitamins:

  • A, B1, B2, B12, C, D, E

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Beverages Kapha

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Alcohol (hard; beer; sweet wine)
  • Almond milk
  • Caffeinated beverages**
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Cherry juice (sour)
  • Chocolate milk
  • Coffee
  • Cold dairy drinks
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Iced tea
  • Lemonade
  • Miso broth
  • Orange Juice
  • Papaya juice
  • Rice milk
  • Sour juices
  • Soy milk (cold)
  • Tomato juice
  •  V-8 juice

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Oils Kapha

Recommended

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Counter indicated

  • Avocado *
  • Apricot
  • Coconut
  • Flax seed **
  • Olive
  • Primrose
  • Safflower
  • Sesame(internal)
  • Soy bean
  • Walnut

* Occasional use OK
** Infrequent use OK

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Fruits Kapha

Recommended

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Counter indicated

Most sweet or sour fruit

  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Coconut
  • Dates
  • Figs(fresh)
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos**
  • Melons
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Tamarind
  • Watermelon
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  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Rhubarb

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