Natalie Imbruglia recently revealed that she is currently following an Ayurvedic eating plan and feeling great. The Australian born singer, who has just turned 40, told ES magazine: “I’m having an Ayurvedic phase right now…Food as medicine. And I feel great.”

The singer spoke about suffering from depression in the past and her “predisposition for melancholy.” She went on to joke that she would ‘self-medicate’ with pasta. During the interview the singer ordered a roasted beetroot salad and explained that her toned physique and youthful looks are partly to do with her regular yoga practice.

Ayurveda is the ancient healing system from India which has been around for over 5000 years. ‘Ayur’ means life and ‘Ved’ means knowledge, the aim is to balance body, mind and spirit, restoring harmony. Ayurvedic practitioners may use herbs, diet, yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic massage to treat a patient.

Ayurveda views illness as the result of an imbalance of the doshas. The three doshas are Vata (air and ether), Pitta (fire and earth) and Kapha (water and earth). Most people are a mixture of these elements and the aim of the Ayurvedic practitioner is to restore the doshas to their perfect balance thereby promoting optimum functioning. The best way to find out which dosha type you are is to visit an Ayurvedic doctor who will discuss your health and medical history with you and carry out a physical examination.

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