Ayurveda is 5000 years old eternal Science which is a branch of Atharvaveda. The principles in Ayurveda can even be applied to current era because they are eternal. Ayurveda has considered every person on individual basis and not commonly like particular human race.
So, the medicines / diet / exercise / yoga / lifestyle management differ from person to person. And most importantly it is crucial to understand that same type of food cannot benefit different people in the same way.
Judge a meal by how you digest and evacuate it nicely, taste is important but secondary to the above. So, try to choose your food wisely after knowing your body type and not on the parameters designed for whole race.
“Unfortunately, everything the experts tell us about diet is aimed at the whole population and we are not all the same.”
- The Scientist Magazine.
So the easiest way to be healthy is to know what your prakruti is. When you start understanding your body, automatically you can catch any change in its routine and so you will come know that if something goes wrong then it may be a beginning of a disease.
|Characteristics||Vata prakruti||Pitta prakruti||Kapha prakruti|
|Body frame||Thin, tall||Moderate||Thick, Strong|
|Body weight||Low||Moderate||Healthy, Overweight|
|Skin||Dry, rough, cool to touch||Soft, oily, sensitive, warm, fair||Thick, cool, pale, white, oily|
|Hair||Dry, easy to break, broken ends, curly||Soft, oily, early greying, thin||Thick, oily, good volume, black|
|Teeth||Big, irregular, crooked||Moderate in size, yellowish, regular||Strong, white, regular|
|Voice||Fast speech, breaking voice||Sharp and cutting||Slow, monotonous, deep voice|
|Sleep||Disturbed||Less but sound||Heavy and sound|
|Hunger||Variable||Excessive, unbearable||Slow but steady|
|Bowel habit||Dry, hard, constipated||Soft, oily, loose||Thick, slow|
|Physical activity||Very fast but tires soon||Moderate||Slow with less effort|
|Memory||Quickly understands and quickly forgets||Sharp, intelligent||Takes time to understand but remembers for ever|
|Thinking||Very changing frequent ideas with no action||Precise, logical, good planer and gets plans carried out||Calm, slow. Good organizer and completes each task|
|Emotional tendency||Insecure, fearful, anxious||Angry, judgemental||Greedy and possessive|
|Dreams||Scary, always in motion||Calm water, beautiful nature||God, temple|
|Eyes||Small, dusky||Yellowish, small||Big, white and beautiful|
|Temper||Short tempered and forgives in short time||Short tempered but holds on anger for long time||Rarely get angry and holds on anger for many years.|
|Immunity||Low, frequently catches cold and cough||Medium not frequently affected by infectious diseases||Very good, rarely fall ill and suffer from infectious diseases|
|Common diseases||Pain in body, irregular menses, indigestion||Acidity, skin rashes, hair fall||Cold and cough, asthma, laziness|