Vata Dosha comprises elements of air and space and is responsible for movement, communication and creativity. When it is in balance, it promotes mental clarity, agility and vitality. However, when it becomes excessive or imbalanced, it can cause a range of physical and mental symptoms.
Here are five signs that your Vata is high and your body needs help according to Ayurveda.
Dry skin and hair
Vata Dosha governs the moisture balance in the body. When it is high, it can cause dryness in the skin, lips and hair. You may notice flakiness, roughness and itching in your skin, as well as split ends and brittle hair. To balance Vata, Ayurveda suggests using warm oils, such as sesame or coconut oil, to moisturize the skin and hair. Avoid using harsh soaps and shampoos, as they can strip away natural oils and aggravate Vata Dosha.
Vata Dosha is responsible for the movement of food through the digestive tract. When it is high, it can lead to irregular bowel movements, bloating, gas and constipation. You may also experience abdominal pain and discomfort after eating. For balancing, Ayurveda recommends eating warm, cooked foods that are easy to digest, such as soups, stews and cooked vegetables. Avoid cold, raw and processed foods, as they can aggravate you Vata.
Anxiety and nervousness
Vata Dosha is associated with the nervous system and the mind. When it is high, it can lead to anxiety, nervousness and racing thoughts. You may feel overwhelmed, scattered and unable to focus. To balance Vata, Ayurveda recommends practicing grounding and calming activities, such as walking in nature, taking warm baths and using aromatherapy oils, such as lavender or sandalwood.
If you have low tolerance to cold, that may be the result of high Vata. For balancing it protect yourself from cold, reduce long showers. You have to avoid cold showers completely. Use only warm water for the body. Wear a footwear on cold surfaces, keep your feet always warm, use socks in the night and cover yourself well when exposed to cold breeze, winds or even A/c.
Joint pain and stiffness
Vata Dosha governs the movement of the body, including the joints. When it is high, it can cause joint pain, stiffness and cracking sounds. You may also experience muscle tension and spasms. To have a perfect balance, it is better to do some gentle stretching exercises, such as yoga or tai chi, as well as using warm compresses and massage oils to soothe the joints and muscles.
High Vata Dosha can manifest in a variety of physical and mental symptoms. To balance it, Ayurveda suggests adopting a warm, nourishing and grounding lifestyle, including a diet rich in warm, cooked foods, regular exercise, relaxation techniques and self-care practices that promote relaxation and inner calm.
You can consult an Ayurvedic practitioner for advice regarding diet and lifestyle that helps balance your Vata.