17 Jan Dietary Requirements of Teenage Girls
Men, women, children, elderly or adolescent, Ayurveda in its vast collection of cures and curbs, has one thing which never changes. And that is, knowing one’s Dosha, the three basic elements and body types which every human being anywhere on the planet has to have, to qualify for being called a living being.
Doshas typically are three in kinds, Vata, Pitta and Kapha which if viewed carefully, is about season change and accompanying characteristics of the existing season. Vata typically is about dryness and roughness, airiness and the feeling of being light windy, and typically comes around the winter season which arrives at the end of Monsoons and stays till the earth begins to heat all over again. Pitta speaks of heat, fire, absorption, consumption and flow, being light, oily and sharp. Kapha is the feeling which comes around the monsoons and is said to be slow, dense (but soft), heavy, cold and slimy and yet, stable.
Doshas affect us either singularly or as a combination of two or all. For this reason, across types, it’s important to know one’s basic nature i.e., Prakriti which only a seasoned Ayurvedic practitioner can gauge correctly.
That said, there are a few things which become apparent in people the moment you see them. For their own good, people ought to gauge their dosha, their age and their temperaments which follow from their doshas and take steps which includes doing the right activity and eating the right foods.
Today we tell you about Doshas in Young girls, and diets recommended for them.
Vata Dosha – Girls with this quality are either quite tall or equally short. They do not gain weight too fast and could have very little fat on their bodies. Hair and skin of these girls would always be dry and rough. Their immune system is said to be weak and so too their blood circulation. With time, they take these qualities ahead when they begin their menstruation. As for their food, they ought to eat foods that warm them, keeps their internal systems moist and them effectively grounded. They should avoid foods and fruits that have a capacity to dry, including fruits. They should stay away from salty foods that cause dehydration and dryness, bitter foods and also stay away from raw vegetables. Warm, moist foods are what they ought to consume more.
Pitta Dosha – Girls with this dosha are medium built in height and weight and do not gain weight fast. Mind you, they do gain weight but that could be due to their condition of adolescence and movement towards adulthood. Hair and skin are just about adequately oily and nourished. If they go overboard even slightly with the skin, they immediately tend to get pimples and various other afflictions. Girls with this dosha ideally need to eat foods that cool the body besides getting essential energy. They should stay away from spices given their fiery tendencies and sharp reaction to anything with chillies and spices. They ought to consume foods that cool them down while providing them with lots of energy.
Kapha Dosha – Of all the girls and their doshas, it’s the Kapha Dosha girls who remain the strongest physically due to bigger and heavier structure including bones and muscle mass. But where they lack is their ability to gain and retain bodyweight rather fast. Kapha being heavy, slimy and slow-moving, their skin and hair texture remains the most nourished with the most shine and colour. Internally, their immune system could be the strongest though their circulation system may trouble them. Kapha Dosha girls should eat light throughout and stay away from foods that need excessive efforts to digest such as fried foods, foods with too many fats and carbs. They should instead, try and consume lots of fruits, veggies and nuts to get all their nutrition.
These besides, there are Ayurvedic preparations which need to be consumed daily for general nourishment of all the vital organs of the body like Shatavari Kalpa, Chyavanprash, Gulkand to name some. These foods are the efforts of hundreds of years and are essentially energy and immunity boosters which help fight the ill- effects of environmental pollution and preservative-laden foods with low nutrition. They also help take away the bad effects of an easy lifestyle that most youths go through these days, more so girls.
Put together, where one cares to know one’s Prakriti, one’s doshas and is careful with foods and exercise, man, women or child, they are guaranteed a long and happy life, irrespective of other considerations.
This article is meant solely to provide information about remedies under Ayurveda and is not meant to be used for diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.
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