Vatta is the air element. The qualities of Vatta are dry, light, cool, rough, subtle and mobile. The persons with vatta are very generous, agile and are quite proficient in multitasking. Vatta imbalance can be controlled by using Ayurvedic techniques. The causes of vatta imbalance are:
A vatta-predominant person’s prakriti has its own strengths and weaknesses.
How we can balance vatta
A basic tenet of Ayurveda is ‘like increases like’. As a result the inherent qualities of vatta will increase vatta in mind, body and spirit. Dry seasons, foods and places like desert areas increase the dry quality of vatta.
Need to know the tastes that increase and decrease Vatta
Bitter, pungent and astringent tastes increase vatta since they increase its drying and cooling qualities. For example chilli, leafy greens and many herbs.
However, the sweet, sour and salty tastes decrease vatta as they bring moisture, bulk and warmth to the body. Such qualities are opposite to those of warmth. Examples of naturally sweet taste are wheat, pickles and seaweed, etc.
How Ayurveda can help to balance the Vatta
The predominant doshas --- vatta, pitta and kapha increase or decrease more quickly than the other doshas. A vatta dominant person is naturally inclined towards a life filled with activity. However, too active people may tend to aggravate vatta and thus prone to exhaust the nervous system. The best way to balance vatta is to maintain proper lifestyle coupled with healthy eating habits, of course, conducive to your prakriti. Though the modern western medicine system does not have any answer to balance the vatta dosh, Ayurveda certainly has. Herbs like Ashwagandha, shavatri and vidari kada help a lot in controlling Vatta.
Diet for Vatta Predominant Persons
A vatta-predominant person should have warm, freshly cooked, nourishing, mushy foods like soups, stews and one-pot-meals. Since the sweet, sour and salty tastes decrease vatta, there should be predominance of such things in the diet. Naturally sweet foods like many grains, squashes, and most fruits balance the vatta however the processed foods high in refined sugars are not at all balancing for vatta.