Knowing your metabolic type is a major key to optimising vitality and longevity
I THINK WE ALL REALISE THAT NOW MORE THAN EVER IT’S IMPORTANT TO STEP UP AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING.
Ayurveda recognises that when we eat, live and exercise in ways which are not in alignment with our natal metabolic nature, then we are seriously undermining our health. Those niggling symptoms that we all experience are most likely a consequence of this kind of misaligned living. And Ayurveda sees these as the first signs of disease. If we continue to live in this way, = imbalances become more and more entrenched in our bodily tissues, and/or in our minds, until we find ourselves with chronic ailments or possibly serious illness.
On the other hand, adjusting your nutrition, your dietary habits, and your lifestyle including your working habits and exercise regimes to your metabolic nature can quickly start free you of those little niggling symptoms. It can be amazing how readily the body can return to equilibrium given the right conditions. Living with respect for your natural metabolic nature also plays a major part in relieving symptoms of chronic illness, restoring health and vitality to the body and mind from an Ayurvedic viewpoint, and optimising vitality and longevity.
What’s your natal metabolic type? Read below and see if you can identify your possible Ayurvedic metabolic type:
Kapha – “Manda” or Slow metabolic type: Tends to move slowly and methodically in life.Speaks slowly. Has an aversion to cold and damp. Gains weight easily and loses it slowly. Learns slowly but forgets slowly also. Tends towards heavy feelings in the stomach after eating. May bloat and experience nausea, and may experience constipation (the sticky kind of stool that is hard to pass). Loves to comfort eat and finds much emotional nourishment in foods.
Pitta – Tikshna or piercing metabolic type: Tends to move and talk moderately quickly. Is quite driven and motivated in life. Often feels hot. Does not mind the cold or cooler climates. Maybe keeps the feet out of the covers at night. Can digest most things but tends towards loose stools sometimes, especially for example after spicey and/or oily foods. Sweats readily. Can easily become irritable or frustrated, impatient or critical.
Vata – agama or variable metabolic type: Tends to move a lot, and speak quickly. Can be quite inconsistent: might start projects and move onto another before finishing. Might have a few projects going at the same time. Can become confused, forgetful. Is quite fragile physically, with a light frame perhaps. Can experience bloating and flatulence, irregular bowel movements and/or hard dry stools, sometimes like rabbit pellets. More likely to become fearful and anxious than irritable and angry, though of course we all experience all emotions. Dislikes confrontation. Dislikes the cold. Tends toward dry skin and hair.
Do you fall into any of these categories? Once you have pinpointed your type, then you have a lifelong indication as to what steps to take to best support your physical, mental-emotional and spiritual well-being, and how to adjust those steps as you journey through life and/or as symptoms possibly present themselves. When we understand our metabolic type, Ayurveda gives us a clear and time-tested road map for staying on track and living our best life.
By the way, these metabolic differences mean that it is not just about eating healthily. Some healthy foods will suit one metabolic type but not another and are best avoided especially in certain seasons, according to the nature of that season. It also means that the various popular diets like the ketone diet, Atkins diet, high carb, low carb, high fat, or low fat diets are going to work for one metabolic type but may even be detrimental to another.
Knowing and living by your Ayurvedic metabolic nature is the best thing you can do for your health and happiness. Follow these blogs for further tips on getting to know your metabolic nature and living and eating to support it’s optimum functioning. This is the Ayurvedic key to a life of physical, mental-emotional and spiritual well-being.
TO ENQUIRE MORE COMPLETELY INTO YOUR METABOLIC TYPE PLEASE EMAIL “AYURVEDA TYPE” TO ME. I WILL SEND YOU AN AYURVEDIC TYPE QUESTIONNAIRE AND ASSESS THE RESULT FOR YOU.
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