Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D., is a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine and an Ayurveda expert. In this piece, she explains how to use ancient practices to keep your gut healthy all summer long. To learn more, check out her class How to Use Ayurveda to Heal Your Gut & Achieve Long-Lasting Weight Loss.
In ancient texts of Ayurveda, there are three fundamental doshas, or mind-body types, that are present in everyone: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each person has characteristics of all three doshas, but one dosha is usually the most dominant.
In Ayurveda, disease is caused by either an excess or deficiency of Vata, Pitta, or Kapha, which results in cellular dysfunction. Creating total physical, mental, and emotional balance requires an understanding of how these three doshas work together in the body.