A guide to cleansing for the vata dosha
Vata types can struggle with energy, so a vata-specific cleansing regime must support regular energy levels and keep them feeling balanced and strong. Incorporating daily practices of meditation and mindfulness, to begin and end the day will help keep them focused.
Warm food is vital for a vata type, no raw or cold foods, juices or smoothies! Simple, warm and lightly spiced foods such as kitcharee, dahl, soups and vegetable stews are ideal. Think about adding aromatic but not hot herbs such as fennel, cumin, coriander and turmeric into your meals. Herbs that really support the vata constitution are those that will help create a sense of balance and stability, but also nourish the body at a deep level.
Hydrate with warm herbal teas that support optimum digestion such as fennel, cardamom and ginger. Gentle but nourishing herbal remedies such as Pukka Essential Spirulina capsules and Pukka Clean Greens powder will support the body throughout every stage of a cleanse without letting it become depleted. Balancing herbs such as ashwagandha will also help to support the nervous vata emotions.
Pointers that are helpful for all three dosha would be to keep diets simple; vegetable-based and dairy-free as well as reducing or cutting out caffeine and alcohol. Keep exercise to a minimum and remember not to overdo it as your body will be working harder than usual during a cleanse.