Ayurveda Vata Diet – What To Take And What To Avoid For Vata

Ayurveda Vata diet means the diet suitable for those having Vata body type.  Ayurveda explains that a person with Vata body type should consume such food that balances Vata. This is because, people with Vata body type tend to suffer more from Vata related disorders (degenerative and bone, muscle and joint related disorders). So, to avoid such health conditions, they are advised to follow the below mentioned Vata pacifying food types.

Ayurvedic diet for Vata  Dosha –
Slightly oily and unctuous food stuff, sweet, salt and sour tasting food stuff, food articles that are neither heavy nor light to digest, hot food items are usually advised.

Specific Dosha diet for Vata –
below mentioned are the food articles that you should take if you have Vata body type.
Sweet and sour grapes – Both balance Vata dosha.
Wheat – wheat is sweet, coolant, oily and aphrodisiac in nature. It strengthens the body and balances Vata.
Black gram – is aphrodisiac, oily, hot, sweet, heavy to digest, improves body strength  and balances Vata Dosha.
Sesame seeds – is oily and hot in nature.
Rooster and Fish – is good for balancing Vata due to its hot nature, sweet taste and oiliness qualities.
Mango – Sweet mango fruit balances Vata Dosha. Being rich in fibers, it clears bowels and regularizes normal path of Vata Dosha.

Onion – Apart from balancing vata, it also improves strength and vigor. (Harate kevalam Vaatam balaveeryakaro guruhu | – Bhavaprakasha)
Garlic – Balances Vata (Vataghna – Charaka Samhita)
Saffron –  Balances Kapha and vata (shleshma sameera jit – Dhanvantari Nighantu)

Betel leaf – Balances vata and kapha
cinnamon – Balances kapha and vata
sugar cane – It calms Vata,  Sugarcane does kidney bladder cleanse. Click to readSugarcane juice benefits

long pepper –  Balances vata and kaphavata and kapha
ginger – Balances vata and kapha
Curds – How to make curds curds benefits
ButtermilkIt is a very good habit for people with Vata body type to consume Buttermilk regularly
Butter – Click to read about How to make butter according to Ayurveda and Butter benefits
Tamarind – Usually sour tasting herbs and fruits balance Vata
Almond – Badam – known as Vatada in Ayurveda, is mainly for the treatment of nerve disorder, general debility, to improve the memory power and increase the sexual vigor.
Tintideeka – Rhus parviflora

Hedge Mustard
Poppy seeds, Pomegranate
Sesame seed and sesame oil
Kakandoma (a type of shimbi)
Atmagupta (Mucuna prurita Hook.)
Linseed (Uma)

Diet tip: People with Vata body type should not leave the stomach empty. Fasting is not advisable to them.

Generally the diet articles having dryness, cold, very light to digest, are not suitable for them, as these qualities cause Vata imbalance.

Herbs that balance Vata Dosha –
Flower of Kareera – Capparis decidua
Cotton plant seed – Karpasa – Gossypium herbaceum

Cow-pea  (Rajamasha)
Indian bean / Lablab bean
Pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) – Adhaki – Arhar dal / toor dal
Water lily
Parpataka – Fumaria parviflora
Fox nut
Agastya – flower of Sesbania grandiflora
Flower of Asana – Pterocarpus santalinus

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  1. The info lacks depth diet usually includes list of vegetables, greens and fruits to be taken and what to do if you happen to eat those which cause gas etc….

  2. Thanks for the informative article.

    I suffer from Vata (cold hands and feet, flatulence, intolerance to cold, etc.). I severely suffer from flatulence when I take any veg. protein food (black beans, toor dal, etc.).

    Could you please suggest whether I should be paying attention to protein food. What kind of veg. protein sources do you suggest?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      You can try – beans, cashew, peanut, sesame seed, pistachio, lentil, yogurt, spinach, beetroot, cheese, egg, soyabean
      Fish, Cheese,Yogurt, milk, soyamilk, soyabeans, legumes,
      These may also cause a little bit of bloating. Try adding a small pinch of asa foetida, ginger and black pepper to your diet. This would reduce the symptoms.

  3. Gaurav says:

    Very good to know that onion reduces Vata. Please explain the gap between this and the common understanding that onion causes flatulence too.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, onion does not cause flatulence. Those who fear so can fry it a little with sesame oil and enjoy it.

  4. sakhawat says:

    I found very useful of using tamarind in my vegetables. can I use tamarind daily in cooking vegetables? is there any side effects of daily tamarind use of this kind ?

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