Overeating and Dosha Imbalance in Ayurveda
When it comes to ayurvedic diet and wellness, in a holistic sense, we should remember that we truly are what we eat. Overeating (regardless of food type) will have lasting effects on our strength, complexion, weight, longevity, virility, and ojas (the pure and subtle substance that’s extracted from completely digested food).
In terms of cause and effect (Kamma in Buddhism) overconsumption inevitably afflicts the body, mind, and senses; eventually bringing about harm to the dhatus (7 bodily tissues). Obstructions start forming in the stomach, moving through the upper and lower tracts; and in time the Srotamsi (Circulatory Channels) get all clogged up, leading to disease tendencies according to one’s dosha in Ayurveda:
For Vata – constipation, dry mouth, fainting, malaise, sudden giddiness, irregular digestion, stiffness and rigidity, hardening / contracting of vessels.
For Pitta – diarrhea, increased internal heat and burning sensation, deep thirst, feeling of intoxication, fever, delirium.
For Kapha – Vomiting , laziness, heaviness, anorexia, indigestion, cold fever, swelling.
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