April 15th, 2019 | Updated on March 4th, 2020
Ayurveda is more than 5,000 years old practice. This ancient Indian healing system is based on the principles that the five elements — earth, fire, water, air and space — make us what we are.
Its ability to balance, body and spirit is a well-established fact. More and more people are embracing this traditional therapy thanks to its A-list fans which include Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts.
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For women, menopause has always been a tough condition to deal with. Now 52-year old Jody Vassalo, herself an Ayurveda expert, has shown that Ayurvedic lifestyles and diet choices can make positive impact on women, affected by the complications related to peri-menopause and menopause.
For women, aged between 45 to 55 years, it is common to feel symptoms like mood swings, headaches, dryness, hot flashes and vaginal discharge.
How Can Ayurveda Prevent And Ease Such Conditions?
Vassallo explains how each of five doshas in a woman, could be dealt with the natural diet and healthy lifestyles.
Vata Dosha (Air, Space)
It is related to air and space. Women suffering from this dosha (problem) face symptoms like joint pain, anxiety, inability to focus and gut issues at the start of menopause.
If you are suffering from Vata dosha, you should eat only cooked foods. Foods causing gas must be avoided. Dairy products contain natural sweet. Hence it is good for Vata.
Never skip meals, always eat slow-cooked vegetables and rise early, preferably at the same time everyday.
Pitta (Fire, Water)
This type are insomniac. Generally, they are not overweight. For Pitta, 10am to 2pm and 10pm to 2am are the hottest parts of the day. Again, yin yoga is helpful for you as it cools your whole body.
Are you addicted to tea or coffee? You can easily replace tea or coffee with mint infused water. Cooling herbs will be effective for you. Avocado, cucumber, fennel parsley will be good for your health. Sweet fruits such as berries and watermelon should be preferable to laced foods.
What Not To Eat?
Red meat and red wine, and all heating foods must be avoided.
Kapha (Water, Earth)
Weight gain, low mood are some of the common symptoms. Women suffering from this dosha, generally have an issue of imbalanced earth and water in their body.
Sweet foods are not good for kapha types. Neither do white foods. hence, you must avoid pasta, honey, toast and potatoes. Control your craving for ice cream as cold foods don’t suit your metabolism.
What To Eat Then?
Buckwheat, corn, millet, chicken and freshwater fish are beneficial. You can also add these items to your menu: cabbage, turmeric, ginger, broccoli, pepper.
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