Vata type: diet according to Ayurveda

Sometimes a Vata type can digest all foods well, but often he also suffers from flatulence and colicky digestive complaints. At the latest, when a person with a high Vata content experiences internal stress or is in a foreign environment, he reacts with constipation and bloating. In order to give the changeable Vata metabolism more stability, affected people should pay attention to a calm and regular lifestyle. A harmonious and loving environment and a conscious attitude during meals ensure a regulated digestion.

Light cuisine, warm dishes

Vata-dominated people freeze easily and have a sensitive intestine. Easily digestible and warming foods, such as succulent cooked vegetable stews with rice or oats, creamy soups and some warm milk with nutmeg before bed, help here. Eating overabundant and overcooked foods, foods that are difficult to digest (such as legumes, peppers, cabbage, and mushrooms), cold foods and drinks, an irregular lifestyle, and prolonged fasting should be avoided if you have a strong or disturbed Vata system.

Many Vata disorders are especially noticeable in winter: unstable health, inner weakness and feeling drained, dry and brittle skin. Cold-pressed oils and butterfat in food, spices such as anise, cinnamon and ginger and regular massages with sesame oil help here to dampen the increased Vata and return the body to its natural balance.

Vata woman

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5 tips for the diet for Vata disorders

    Vata reacts quickly to cold, wind, restlessness and mental overload. We become restless inside, can concentrate less well and are tired and exhausted more quickly. Physically, the increased Vata is manifested by dry skin, abdominal cramps and constipation, the joints crack or the immune system becomes weaker. Brittle fingernails, ringing in the ears, frequent headaches and restless sleep are also harbingers that we are well on our way to developing a "real" Vata disorder. What is good for us now? Everything that gives life structure and rhythm, and balances the inner restlessness.

  1. Accustom yourself to a steady and harmonious rhythm of life and maintain your habits.

  2. Eat three regular, lovingly prepared and cooked meals a day.

  3. Avoid all cold, flatulent, and hard-to-digest foods such as cabbage, peppers, mushrooms, legumes, and raw vegetables, especially after 4:00 pm.

  4. Go to bed early and massage your feet with sesame oil beforehand.

  5. Have faith in your own strength and find peace within yourself.

Ayurvedic diet for the Vata type

What belongs in the Vata diet plan?

A healthy person can eat anything - and yet, from an Ayurvedic point of view, there are some foods that are especially recommended if you are a Vata type or want to balance your Vata dosha. The following table gives you an overview.


Fruits Dates, raisins, grapes, figs
Vegetables leafy vegetables, pumpkin, zucchini, cucumber, sweet potato
Grains Barley, wheat, rice
Legumes mung beans, red lentils
Nuts Almonds, walnuts
Oils and fats ghee, butter, sesame oil
Spices Ajwain, asafoetida, rosemary, fenugreek seeds, ginger
Other milk, honey, ayurvedic buttermilk

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