Are there dietary recommendations from Maharishi Ayurveda for correcting this imbalance?
Vaidya Manohar: In general, it’s best to follow a Vata-Pitta balancing diet. Especially during the Vata season (winter), you should eat foods that balance the dry, fast-moving, irregular Vata dosha. To help balance Vata, you’ll want to eat foods that are cooked, warm, and unctuous (meaning that they have a small amount of good fats such as ghee and olive oil). Eat foods that are predominantly sweet, such as whole grains, light dairy products and sweet fruits, as this balances both Vata and Pitta dosha. Also favor moderate amounts of bitter and astringent tastes (which include legumes, greens and most vegetables) as these pacify Pitta dosha. While salty foods are soothing to Vata dosha, you’ll want to moderate your salt intake, because high sodium diets are associated with varicose veins. Drink Calming Vata Herbal Tea and flavor your food with Calming Vata Spice Mix. One of the signs of imbalanced Vata is constipation, and straining while passing the stool can build up pressure and aggr