Ayurveda’ is the ancient science of healing. It is popular due to its underlying principle of healing the root cause rather than treating the symptoms, but before making use of any method of healing its necessary to understand yourself how to know your body type.

From the below article will help you understand what is your body type and how to know your body type and how to eat for your body type.

As per Ayurveda our body is made up of different energy levels or doshas. These doshas are present in every body but in varying proportion. Depending on the dominance of these doshas we get our physical and personality traits or rather called the ‘prakriti/nature ‘ of body. Prakriti or nature of body is classified into 3 categories namely – Vata, Pitta and Kapha and are compared to five energy sources: Air, Fire,Space,Earth and Water . VATA corresponds to space and air/vayu , PITA is compared to fire and KAPHA to water and Earth.  Identifying our body type and eating the food that is suitable for our prakriti helps to keep the body in balanced state and healthy.

how to know your body type
A Balanced Body

The Three Dosha’s explained:

Vata Dosha — Energy that controls bodily functions associated with movement, like blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and your heartbeat, when balanced there is creativeness and energy, if not balanced it can produce fear and anxiety.

Pitta Dosha — Energy that controls the body’s metabolic systems like digestion, absorption, nutrition, and body temperature, when balanced it leads to satisfaction and intelligence, if not balanced can cause boils and anger.

Kapha Dosha— Energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system, when balanced it is Conveyed as love and forgiveness, if not balanced it leads to lack of confidence and jealousy.

How to know your body type

Below are the characteristics of each doshas which helps you to figure out your body type:

INTELLECTUALLY Creative, Sensitive Intelligent, Competitive Slow learner but sharp memory
BEHAVIORAL Active, Restless Dominating, Loud Talkers Calm, Composed
PERSONALITY Loners, Reserved, Shy and Jittery Outgoing Slow, Lazy but methodical
PHYSICALLY Thin, Slender. Dry and rough skin Medium built. Soft, warm and moist skin. Strong and large build. Oily skin.
SLEEP Light sleepers. Sleep soundly. Sleep a lot and sleep heavily

 Signs of Dosha Imbalance

When any of the doshas get out of balance person shows the following symptoms:

MENTAL Anxiety, indecision, forgetfulness, lack of focus Rigidity, anger, excessive judgment and criticism of others Depression, attachment, stubbornness, lack of motivation
PHYSICAL Insomnia, gas and bloating, dry skin, constipation Skin rashes, acne, heartburn, ulcers, inflammatory conditions Overweight, diabetes, excess mucous conditions, sluggishness


 How to eat for your body type?

As per our body type Ayurveda advises us to eat certain types of food and not to eat few foods. Here is a list of few:


TEMPERATURE Warm & moist Cool & juicy Warm, Dry & Light
TYPE Sweet, Sour, Salty Sweet, Bitter, Astringent Pungent, Bitter, Astringent
VEGETABLES  Beet, carrot, eggplant, pumpkin, radish, sweet potato, spinach. Bell pepper, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, lettuce, mushroom, pea, potato. Beet, cabbage, carrot, pea, eggplant, radish, spinach.
FRUITS Avocado, apricot, banana, cherry, mango, papaya, grape, pineapple, peach Apple, banana, grape, lychee, melon, pomegranate Apple, apricot, pear, berries, cherry, peach, papaya, cranberry, pomegranate
CEREALS Rice, oat, wheat Barley, oat, rice, wheat Barley, corn


Should NOT EAT for your body type

VEGETABLES Cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, mushroom, potato.  Beet, carrot, chili, eggplant, onion, radish, spinach, tomato, turnip. Cauliflower, cucumber, mushroom, potato, pumpkin.
FRUITS Apple, pear, pomegranate, melon Apricot, berries, cherry, papaya, peach, pineapple, plum Banana, grape, mango, melon, pineapple, plum, strawberry
CEREALS Barley, corn. Corn Oat, rice, wheat


Science Behind The Body Type

Now we are clear on how to know your body type, lets also understand the science behind why you should know your body type.

All organs in our body, for example, the liver, the stomach and the heart are built up from a specific sequence of vibrations at the quantum level. In the case of a defect, these vibrations get out of sequence or are at imbalance. By knowing our body types, Ayurveda tries to identify the particular body’s tendencies to get out of balance. This balance can be restored to a great extent by eating proper food and doing suitable exercises. This gives better chances for staying healthy, fit and happy.