Why are we all so different?
Author: Linda Sinden Date Posted:13 May 2020
Why are we all so different?
- One person sleeps like a log, yet another person wakes if a pin drops!
- You may enjoy hot spicy foods with extra hot chilli sauce while your friend hates it.
- Yet your sister loves salad food and can’t stop talking about how good she feels when she eats plenty of vegetables and lean proteins while another person loves warm roast meals and can’t get enough of them.
- What causes these unique characteristics?
Just as our fingerprints are unique, Ayurveda explains so are the tendencies in our mind and body. These individual differences Ayurvedic says are linked to one’s unique mind-body type. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to the best choices for restoring or maintaining mind-body balance and robust immunity.
What is interesting is that our innate characteristics established at the point of conception are like our blueprint for life. Then as we live life and through the choices we make, we can move away from or out of balance with these innate characteristics, giving rise to discomfort or imbalance. Our unique mind-body type guides the types of imbalances we are likely to experience.
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According to Ayurveda, there are three doshas (organizing principles of nature) called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The doshas can be seen in the environment around, and they express within our mind and body too. Below are the key characteristics and tendencies for each of the doshas. What fits you best?
Do you speak fast, walk at a good pace naturally and find your mind is often busy with a tendency to worry or feel restless? Are you typically thin with brown eyes, curly or dry hair, and find you can eat like a horse but rarely gain weight? Is your idea of a good day one that provides a lot of variety and stimulation? Do you find cold, raw or dry foods can cause stomach discomfort or leave you feeling unsatisfied wanting something warm to eat?
When feeling out of balance, do you experience sleep disturbances, mental worries, poor memory, constipation or alternating constipation and diarrhoea, dry skin or circulation issues? If this sounds very familiar to you, then the qualities of Vata dosha are strong in you either by nature or due to current imbalance.
- To help balance favour Vata Pacifying Food.
- Herbal support: As your digestion can be irregular, consider taking one tablet of Digest Plus after meals. To support your sensitive nervous system take one tablet of Stress Relief before breakfast and evening meals. If you tend towards dry hard stool or have a bowel movement less than daily take 2-4 tablets of Digest Tone at bedtime.
- Consider establishing a regular time to eat Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, favour warm food and drink and go to bed by 9.45 pm each night. Light out by 10.00 pm.
Would you say your body temperature tends to be quite warm and you prefer not to eat spicy foods? Do you have a medium build with well-defined muscles? Do you like challenges and achieving goals? Do you have an appreciation for beauty, order and perfection?
When feeling out of balance, do you experience digestive discomfort, acidity and indigestion? Do you have a hot body temperature and sweat easily?, Do you have loose or soft bowel motions, experience skin irritations, increased urination, increased feelings of impatience, and when very stressed can you have fits of anger? If this sounds very familiar to you, then the qualities of Pitta dosha are strong in you either by nature or due to current imbalance.
- To help maintain balance favour Pitta Pacifying Food.
- Herbal support: Take one tablet of Aci Balance after meals. To help support your mind and body take two tablets of Stress-Free Emotions after breakfast and evening meals. To support immunity take two tablets of Energy Plus prior breakfast and evening meals.
- Consider adopting moderation to help balance your innate passion and drive. Practising Transcendental Meditation each day is particularly helpful for you and can help you achieve your goals. Be sure to stop and eat at lunchtime.
Would your friends say that you are naturally relaxed and easy-going? Are your family and friends most important to you? Has anyone told you are a good listener? Are you curvy in shape (maybe even overweight) with a tendency to easily gain weight? Do you need to be motivated to exercise and feel better when you regularly exercise? At times do you crave sweet foods, or find your diet contains deep-fried foods and generous portions of carbohydrate foods such as bread, pasta, rice, cakes, slices, pies and savouries?
When out of balance, do you gain weight and find it challenging to reduce weight? Do you tend mucus build-up, sinus congestion, high cholesterol, blood sugar issues and at times a low mood state that makes it difficult to feel motivated? If this sounds very familiar, then the qualities of Kapha dosha are strong in you either by nature or due to current imbalance.
- To help maintain balance favour Kapha Pacifying Food.
- Herbal support: Take one tablet of Be Trim before meals three times a day to help balance your digestion and metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Drink Be Trim tea to help reduce cravings. To help support your mind and body take two tablets of Blissful Emotions after breakfast and evening meals. To support immunity take two tablets of Digest Tone at bedtime.
- Daily exercise is the most important lifestyle choice you can make to help balance your mind and body and to support robust immunity.
Wishing you the bliss of balance!
Linda Sinden and the Get Balance Team