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Ayurvedic Body Type Quiz: Are you a Pitta, Vata, or Kapha Dosha?

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Did you know that our bodies are all a unique combination of each of the 3 Doshas (body types)? Take this Ayurvedic body type quiz to determine your type. An imbalance of the doshas is what results in illness. To sustain an equilibrium, medieval Ayurvedic medical texts bear down on the importance of a proper diet using six major tastes: pungent, salty, sweet, astringent, sour and bitter. If you want to balance your health with the right diet, knowledge of your predominant dosha is critical.

Ayurvedic Body Type Quiz: A Little History

Long ago before the advancement of modern medicine, insightful men from India came up with Ayurveda, traditional therapies, and other practices to uplift wellness. To achieve wellness, the principle of Ayurveda works to equate the three elemental doshas (also known as mind-body types) of Pitta, Vata, and Kapha within the body. These doshas are derived from the five elements- water, earth, fire, ether, and air, but each is predominantly composed of two elements.

Vata = Air + Ether

Pitta = Fire + Water

Kapha = Water + Earth

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Why Do Body Types Matter?

It is important that we know our body types for purposes of diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance of optimum health. The three body types reflect qualities of nature. Knowing your unique dosha combination and your constitution can help bring out your congenital intrinsic strengths and disclose your weaknesses and challenges too. It is thus a fundamental step towards self-discovery.

Discover Your Dosha: The Quiz

To reveal your Dosha, this Ayurvedic body type quiz uses information about your basic personality – your nature as a child and your basic principles for most of your life. If, say, you have been sick during childhood or as an adult, think of how your life was before that illness. If you display more than one quality in each characteristic, settle for the one that is most applicable.

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Your answer to objective physical characteristics should be obvious. However, mental traits and behavior are usually subjective. Thus, your response will be inclined towards how you have felt and been most of your life or in recent years. The Ayurvedic body type quiz below (take it honestly) will help you determine your dosha type.

1. How would you describe your body stature?

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This includes your height, body build, muscle development, and size. Are you tall, short, thin, stout or thick? How would you best describe your body frame? Maybe you have a symmetrical build with fair muscle development.

Vata: tall or short height, narrow bone.

Pitta: strong build, good muscle tone.

Kapha: curvy shape.

2. Weight

What effect do your eating habits have on your body weight? Some people eat more but still don’t put on weight. Is it easy for you to gain or lose weight?

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Vata: slim, it’s hard to put on weight.

Pitta: moderate weight, it’s easy to drop weight as well as to put it on.

Kapha: a tendency to be overweight. Weight is quickly gained, and it is very difficult to lose it.

3. Skin complexion (color and texture)

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Is your skin dark? Is it rough or smooth?

Vata skin is thin, tans easily, fresh, fine-pored, it doesn’t blush easily, slightly dry, wrinkles early, has dark circles under the eyes.

Pitta skin is delicate, oily in “T” zone, blushes easily, has broken capillaries, has peaches and cream or coppery tone, has whiteheads, changes in pigmentation, freckled, it has allergic reactions.

Kapha skin is thick, well hydrated, ages well, slightly oily or excessively oily, has blackheads, sweats easily, has enlarged pores and cystic acne, puffiness under the eyes, has pale/white tone.

4. Hair

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Depending on your dosha type, your hair could be dry, brittle, or fine. Do you have abundant, thick and oily hair?

Vata hair: stiff, curly, dry.

Pitta: thin, mostly straight.

Kapha: thick, shiny, long, can be straight or wavy.

5. Sleep pattern

Some people are light sleepers while others are deep sleepers. Do you awaken easily in the morning? Or do you struggle to get out of bed?

Vata: hard to fall and/or stay asleep.

Pitta: don’t struggle to fall asleep, but don’t stay asleep for long durations.

Kapha: fall and stay asleep without struggling

6. Stress management

Stress is normal in our day-to-day lives. However, we each cope with stress differently. Do you become withdrawn and/or reclusive under stress?

Vata: increased susceptibility to anxiety.

Pitta: a tendency to irritability and anger.

Kapha: fatigue, lack of vigor, slow reaction.

7. Temperament

Are you easy going and accepting or are you lively and enthusiastic by nature?

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Vata: melancholic temperament.

Pitta: choleric temperament.

Kapha: phlegmatic temperament.

8. Decision-making

Your ease at decision-making will vary depending on your dosha type. This may also influence how well you handle stress. Are you usually calm and collected or are you tensed at the slightest provocation? The category of Vata dosha is built to process things more quickly. Hence, they are the best at decision-making.

Vata: problematic decision-making.

Pitta: fast and decisive decision-making.

Kapha: carefully thought out decision-making.

9. Your energy type

Different doshas exhibit different energies around them. You will observe that some people are more lively, talkative, or active than others.

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Vata: energetic, creative, active.

Pitta: ambitious, brave, confident.

Kapha: calm, slow, lazy, confident.

The 3 Dosha Types in Detail

Below is a description, in summary, of the three dosha types. Compare it against your responses in the Ayurvedic body type quiz above to find out your dosha type.

Vata Dosha

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People of this Dosha type have a lean or delicate body build with fine hair and dry skin. Generally, Vata is very vibrant and energetic. They also have very inventive and creative minds. However, their mood can be quite unpredictable at times.

Although Vata Doshas are quick learners, their long-term memory is not that good. Since they are flexible at decision-making, they will seldom be stressed or anxious. Vata dosha is usually live around people and quick to speak. But, they can be lighthearted at times.

Vata Dosha is good at multi-tasking, but they can also be very sensitive. They also find it hard to fall and/or stay asleep.

Pitta Dosha

Pitta Dosha

These ones have a relatively medium build with fair muscle development. They have a passion for leadership and are not afraid to speak up and take charge. Pitta dosha tends to be quite protective when provoked and is fierce opponents.

However, they have a knack for building connections and make very good friends. Pitta dosha is often honest and straight to the point. Although they may seem intimidating, Pitta dosha is very social beings.

They can be quite determined and don’t give up easily. They have bursts of energy to take on challenges. Their sleep patterns are moderate. Although they don’t struggle to fall asleep, they can’t stay asleep for long durations.

Kapha Dosha

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Thick bones and solid stature can identify Kapha Dosha. They are usually calm, collected and slow to anger, and therefore, not easily provoked. They are loving and caring, and this makes them good acquaintances.

However, Kapha Dosha is often conservative and learn slowly with a high level of retention. They fall and stay asleep without struggling. Although they move slowly, they are very purposeful and enterprising people.

Most people will relate freely to Kapha Dosha due to their easygoing personality. They can be shy, however, and even depressed if it is too much.

Now I know My Dosha Type, What’s Next?

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We believe that after taking the Ayurvedic Body Type Quiz you figured out your Dosha type. Now try to adjust your diet and maintain a lifestyle that matches your dosha type.

The following are General guidelines for each Dosha type.

Tips For Vata Dosha

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  • Maintain healthy habits, eat and go to bed at the same time.
  • Get enough rest and choose warm, nutritious and easy to digest food. Sweet berries, fruits, beans, rice, and all kinds of nuts will serve as an excellent choice for Vata Dosha.
  • The intensity of exercise should be average. Yoga, Tai Chi, hiking and swimming are equally good. Avoid stressful and extreme (at the limit of your capabilities) training.

Tips For Pitta Dosha

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  • It is important to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
  • Avoid fried and spicy food.
  • Eliminate alcohol, nicotine, workaholism and overheating.
  • Eat fresh vegetables, sweet and juicy fruit and berries, such as cherries, mangoes, cucumbers, watermelons and avocados.
  • Eat more salads with dark greens, such as arugula, dandelion, and kale.
  • Avoid conflict.
  • Cultivate virtues such as honesty, morality, kindness, generosity, and self-control.

Tips For Kapha Dosha

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  • Since Kapha is prone to slowness, depression and weight gain, daily activity should become a solid foundation for you.
  • It is recommended to stay at home less and try to look for new activities.
  • Be receptive to useful changes and aware of the actions that increase vital activity.
  • Choose light, warm food with spices.
  • Ginger tea with lemon is good for Kapha Dosha people.
  • Avoid harmful heavy oils and refined carbs.
  • Eat a sufficient amount of spices such as black pepper, ginger, cumin, chili, and more dark bitter greens.

In Conclusion

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Learning your ayurvedic body type is not only essential in sustaining good health but also nurturing your body’s inner intelligence. This understanding will guide you in making the sanest decision matters your health and wellbeing. Ayurveda appreciates that your body and mind are inextricably integrated. For every activity that the brain processes, the body produces a corresponding reaction. For instance, a flux of neurotransmitters and hormones is triggered in the central nervous system by happy thoughts such as love and compassion. I hope the above Ayurvedic body type quiz has cleared your doubts.

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Cruelty-Free Brands Information That May Change Your Perspective

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Picture this: someone chopped off your favorite cat’s ears just to have them stitched onto their purse or coat. That may sound obscene. But that’s precisely what you are doing each time you wear fur coats, leather handbags, and shoes, and basically, any product that is either made from animal products (like leather and wool) or has animal products finishes (like fur and horns).

People have always argued that it’s okay to eat animal products and to use their body parts to adorn humanity. But I firmly stand against this. The same way you can’t stand your cat’s ears being chopped off is the same way I can’t stand everyday torturing, killing, and slaughtering of animals all in the name of science experiments, food, and value addition. And I am certain that I’m not alone. What happened to Empathy?

And on that note, science experiments on animals also need to stop sooner or later. Testing cosmetics, cleaning products, personal-care products, and some fruit juices on animals is not fair. The only way to make these companies stop experimenting with animals is by boycotting their products. Because every time you buy and use a product tested on animals, you give that manufacturer more income and reasons to continue experimenting. But if we all shop consciously and boycott products without PETA’s bunny or CCIC’s Leaping Bunny logo for the sake of our animals, they will have no one to sell to unless they change.

How Do They Test Products on Animals?

You might not have an idea of how they test products on animals so let me explain it to you briefly. It is more brutal than you see in the media. The poor animals are confined in cages, pricked to draw blood samples, shaved to expose their skin for tests, and much more. When these companies produce a new product, say a face cream, for example, they apply a certain amount in the animal’s eyes, or on a portion of its shaved skin, and observe the reactions without giving the animal pain relief or an antidote.

In severe cases, these animals go blind. And when this happens, the manufacturer discontinues the product or they improve it. Alternatively, in mild eye irritation, the manufacturer gives a stern warning on the dangers of exposing that product to your eyes. Sadly, more than 115 million animals are caged in laboratories to be used for product testing worldwide.

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Non-vegans argue that it’s better for an animal to go blind or have a severe skin rash instead of the human consumers. But in my opinion, technology in this day and age is super advanced. They can test the effects of any product on a hypothetically created eye and skin.

The companies that don’t test on animals, by the way, have some of the best products on the market. I haven’t heard consumers complain of allergic reactions to any cruelty-free brands of cosmetics. Most of the negative reports come from non-vegan brands so spare me that lecture. And for your information, the law hasn’t mandated companies to test products on animals. It is a choice they make. And in some countries within Europe, Cosmetics testing using animals has been banned since 2013.

Cruelty-Free Brands

Moving on, in the spirit of embracing animal rights, let’s discuss the top cruelty-free brands on the market for animal lovers and like-minded shoppers. And, with 1,700 companies producing cruelty-free products, you have plenty of options to spritz, swipe, and lather, without worrying about our dear furry friends. So now you have no reason to hang on to your favorite brand if they haven’t pledged to be cruelty-free.

And by cruelty-free brands, I mean products manufactured using methods which do not in any way whatsoever involve brutality to animals. This includes physically slaughtering the animals and testing products on them.

Cruelty-Free Cosmetic Brands

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Do you love shopping at Sephora? The following brands retail at Sephora, and they are cruelty-free.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare – This brand deals with rejuvenating your skin and everyday improvement formulas such as anti-aging lotions, facelift serum, anti-collagen creams, and eye gels.

REN Clean Skincare – Ren have majored their products to skin cleansing and toning. Their cleansers work with any skin type because they are organic and of course vegan.

Amika – Founded in 2007 and based in Brooklyn, Amika specializes in hair products such as shampoos, vegan hair foods, hair sprays, and brushes.

Tarte – In addition to everyday make up items such as lipsticks and eye-shadows, Tarte also deals with skin cleansers, toners, and correction products like their famous Maracuja Oil.

Too Faced Cosmetics – These deal with all categories of makeup; foundation, bronzer, setting powder, mascara, lipstick, lip gloss, primers, eye-shadows, and other makeup products along this line.

Peta has also created a list of cruelty-free brands. Take a look at the list here.

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The above list has cosmetic manufacturers for all your skin and hair needs. However, the products are endless. Be sure to check out more cruelty-free brands in their store.

Cruelty-Free Fashion Brands

Similar to cosmetics, fashion designers are also quickly embracing the vegan lifestyle.

SUSI Studio – Based in California LA, Susi studio is famous for up-cycled footwear. They make lovely shoes and sandals from vegan materials such as rubber.

Della – An apparel manufacturer whose factory is based in Ghana, Della makes 100% cruelty-free outfit and retails them in Los Angeles.

Vaute – Are famous for cruelty-free sweaters, coats, and gowns.

Doshi – Based in southern California, Doshi deals with school style bags, wallets, backpacks, handbags, belts, and anything along this line. This year they are launching their line of vegan shoes.

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An Alternative Approach

Are you familiar with DIY? I didn’t discover DIY by chance; for me, it was more of a way to save a few bucks. However, looking back I can say that it is the best decision I ever made. I make my soap, lotion, shampoos, and several other toiletries as well as jewelry and handbags. I don’t expect you to do all this for a start. But some DIYs are a perfect solution to our vegan lifestyle.

Soap making processes are easy to follow, and the ingredients are locally available. I make mine using freshly squeezed oils from plants in my garden. My all-time favorite is the aloe and lemongrass exfoliating beauty soap. The only ingredients you need are the essential oils, water, and lye (a metal hydroxide that you can purchase online, but I make mine from leaching ashes left in the fireplace after burning hardwood overnight.) As you get better at the skill, you can custom make your own version of these products!

In Conclusion

With all the information I’ve shared above, you have no reason to continue using animal products. Embrace cruelty-free brands and be the change you want to see. And together, we’ll make this world a better place for both humans and animals to live in.

 

 

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