Reasons for Vata Imbalances :
1). Suppression of urges : Suppressing the natural urges of the body such as defecation, urination, sneezing and so on.
2). Dietetics : Eating before the digestion of the previous meal, eating foods with too many dry, pungent, bitter and astringent tastes, excess intake of dry fruit, overeating, eating cold foods, fasting, skipping meals habitually, ignoring the body’s hunger signals.
3). Stress : Physical and mental stress, too much worry, anxiety and tension, overwork, working more than one’s capacity, suffering emotionally from grief, fear and frightening experiences, unexpected shocks, long trips and uncomfortable rides in vehicles, strain and exhaustion.
4). Habits : Poor sleep, sleeping late at night, talking loudly and over indulgence in sexual activity.
5). Season : During monsoon, Vata gets aggravated naturally without the onset of these conditions, as the weather is windy.
Reasons for Pitta imbalances :
1). Dietetics : Consumption of large quantities of pungent, bitter, spicy, sour, hot, oily substances, fried foods and large amount of sour or fermented foods such as cheese, vinegar, sour cream, alcoholic beverages and fermented drinks. In addition, consuming dry vegetables and salty foods (alkaline substances); irregular food habits (not eating at a fixed time, not eating when hungry, eating without hunger) and indigestion; certain foods like sesame oil, mustard, horse gram, whey, certain green vegetables, citrus and acidic fruits, yoghurt, buttermilk, cream of boiled milk, vinegar, intoxicating drinks, Goha and Katvara fish and flesh of sheep and goat especially aggravate Pitta.
2). Emotional disturbances and stress : Anger, fear and depression, stress, constant pressure, heat and fatigue also affect Pitta dosha.
3). Habits : Excessive sexual intercourse and too much exposure to heat and sun.
4). Season : It is also aggravated naturally in autumn, when the weather is in transition phase.
Reasons for Kapha imbalances :
1). Dietetics : Overeating sweet, sour (acidic), heavy, oily, moist foods and liquids; food preparations from mutton (flesh), fish and sesame; excess intake of sugarcane, milk, salt and watery substances; carbonated drinks (soft drinks), cold refrigerated water; eating before the digestion of previous meal and overeating are some causes of Kapha aggravation. Some other food substances that increase Kapha are yoghurt, milk, sesame and black gram gruel (khichari), rice pudding, sea food, animal flesh (mutton), lotus stem, fat of all types, water chestnut, coconut, bottle gourd, pumpkin and other heavy vegetables.
2). Habits : Noon siesta, lethargy, laziness, lack of exercise and physical activity increases the Kapha dosha in the body.
3). Season : Kapha dosha has a tendency to increase naturally during spring and winter when the weather is cold, damp and snows.
4). Natural tendency : Kapha is aggravated naturally in the morning, during the first part of the night, after meals, during infancy and childhood.
5). Heredity : If diabetes, obesity or allergies run in your family you are more likely to be affected. Depression from gaining weight also causes aggravation of Kapha dosha.