In Ayurveda, the human body is said to be made up of five elements — ether, air, fire, water and earth. Seeing as how each human being is uniquely different from the next, every one of us is a different combination of these five elements.
While these combinations are always fluctuating and changing, much like the human life cycle, one reigns supreme in everyone. That reigning element is what makes your dosha type. The Vata dosha, for example, is governed by ether and air.
The Vata dosha type is often drawn towards cold and dry elements, whether it be through food, environment or otherwise. As such, it is important for the Vata type to consume warm foods that are moist and heavy in contrast, in order to achieve a balanced lifestyle.
One of the best foods to incorporate into the Vata diet is Ghruta (also known as ghee). A central element of the Veda culture, Ghruta offers a number of health benefits.
What is Ghruta?
Ghruta is a superior form of ghee used in much of Middle Eastern, Indian and Asian cuisine. It is traditionally made through a multi-step process of churning and simmering dahi or curd, a type of fermented milk, until only the clear liquid fat of the dahi is left behind. The result is a stunning golden colored spread, perfect for cooking with and melting over piles of sticky white rice.
Although Ghruta is made from butter, it is much easier to digest, thanks to the simmering process, which strips away many milk solids and impurities. This typically makes it safe to be consumed by those who are lactose intolerant or have sensitivities to dairy.
Ghruta Health Benefits on the Mind of a Vata
Ghruta is an ideal food for Vata types, as it is heavy, oily, and warm which brings balance to the life of the Vata that can otherwise be hectic and overwhelming. When the Vata type is out of balance, they are prone to experience anxiety and an overstimulated thought process. But after consuming Ghruta, Vatas will notice an increase in Kapha (the nurturing, earth and water based dosha type), and will therefore enjoy the calming qualities of strength and stability.
Ghurta Health Benefits on the Body of a Vata
Not only will the Vata type experience mental stability when incorporating Ghruta into their diet, but they will also notice its many benefits on the physical body. For instance, thanks to the oily quality, it will help to increase rasa within oneself. This ultimately helps with digestion and aids in relieving constipation, a symptom that the Vata type often suffers from when out of balance. Additionally, Ghruta helps to remove toxins from the body.
If you are a Vata dosha type seeking to find balance in your life with the incorporation of heavier foods, consider using Ghruta in recipes for kitchari, masala, curry, and even baked fruits and vegetables. Ghruta health benefits are some of the most highly regarded in Ayurvedic practice.
Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)