Let's bring a delicate topic out in the open...
Many of my clients get a bit shy when I bring up the topics of burping, gas, poop, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, acid reflux, or heavy digestion, yet it's an important discussion to have if you want to feel healthy and happy. Your Ayurvedic body type and imbalances pretty much determine the challenges your gut will have in order to maintain balance. If you don't know your body type, you can find that out through my Ayurvedic Food Lifestyle Program. And for a further peek into my program, get your free Ayurvedic Tips for Better Digestion using the link at the bottom of this article.
Vata's body type is generally light, thin, and sensitive. Inside, the intestinal skin (i.e. the lining of the intestinal tract) can also be sensitive. Vata-type digestion regularly involves indigestion, constipation, gas and bloating. The appetite can vary in strength during any given day and they can lose their appetite easily. The dry and cold qualities of vata can lead to enzyme deficiency, along with poor nutrient absorption and sometimes undigested food in the stool. Other people wonder how a vata person can eat so much and not gain weight. It's because their body sometimes isn't able to extract enough nourishment. Vata types should always take time to relax and eat with a stress free mind to aid digestion. Also it's important to eat foods that are warm, moist and oily to counteract the cold, dry nature of their constitution.
Pitta's body type is strong with medium build and a fiery or passionate temperament. Pitta-type digestion is hot and strong, with strong appetite and hunger pains. No problem with low stomach acid here! In fact there can be a tendency towards hyperacidity and burning sensation in the stomach. Food can often be digested too quickly so there can be a tendency to have loose stool. Because of the strong digestive fire, food might move through too quickly. Pitta-type digestion can handle foods that are more difficult to digest, such as raw foods. Pitta types need to slow down to eat and take time to chew their food well to calm their overactive digestive system, eat lots of cooling green foods and avoid hot spices.
Kapha's body type is heavy and dense and digestion tends to be slow and boggy. The heavy, oily nature of Kapha-type digestion can create excess mucus in the stomach. This mucous coats the food and interferes with enzyme production and so the digestion slows down. The stomach acid can also be low, leading to fermentation in the stomach and acid reflux. There might be an urge to burp but it's difficult to release the gas because of the mucous. There is a tendency to have sludgy bile and even gallstones and weight gain because of the heavy, static nature of kapha. The stool could also be thick and sticky or you might notice oil sitting on the water in the toilet after a bowel movement. There could be a type of constipation caused by lack of peristalsis where the colon doesn't contract well to move the poop along. Kapha types need to eat warm and light non-oily foods with lots of stimulating spices to counteract the cold and dense constitution.
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All information is provided for educational purposes only. Please consult your licensed medical practitioner in case of health problems.