You scored evenly across all doshas in the Discover your Dosha test, which makes you tri-doshic.

If you answered the Discover your Dosha test while considering how you feel right now, then that’s great. You are currently very balanced. Tri-doshic types tend to have robust bodies, rarely get ill, they are adaptable, resilient, calmer by nature, optimistic and at peace with themselves.

If you answered the Discover your Dosha test while considering how you ordinarily feel (but may not feel at present), then you can assume your natural ‘born with it’ type (or Prakriti) is tri-doshic, but perhaps if you took the test again and answered for how you feel precisely at this time (and not just ‘in general’) you may find that certain doshas are imbalanced. It’s easy to tweak and adapt your doshic balance, by adapting your diet and eating the foods that will help reduce certain doshic imbalances, and help raise other doshic shortcomings.

There are 5 ELEMENTS in Ayurveda, and they make up all living and non-living matter, from the various tissues and processes in our bodies, to the food that we eat. They are metaphorical, and explain the way in which things ‘work’ or behave e.g. pitta, which is fire, is linked to our digestion, and the fire of our appetites and acid of our stomachs. The elements are AIR, ETHER, EARTH, FIRE and WATER.

Being tri-doshic means that all the 5 elements are on a solid and equal footing within your constitution. This also means that you are inherently more balanced by nature. The sole aim of Ayurveda is for all of us to balance our relative doshas, and in so doing, become perfectly tri-doshic. It is the ideal, so you should be very happy with that!

Naturally tri-doshic types will very likely have been a bit ‘up and down’ over the years – the natural effect on your inherent constitution, caused by various seasonal and lifestyle changes. Perhaps you can recall times when you were extremely motivated, upbeat, energised and active, and others when you felt very lethargic, demotivated and listless? Imbalances in any one dosha (kapha, making you more lethargic; vata, making you feel ‘flighty’ and fidgety; pitta, making you more driven and energised) will express themselves in differing moods and outlooks, so just keep an eye on how you’re feeling, as if you’re having a fair few ups and downs (a natural knock-on effect of modern life!), it will help you to eat an even and balanced amount of all the tastes and food types.

The weather and environment can also imbalance tri-doshic types (it affects all of us), but given that you’re inherently balanced, it’s even more crucial for you to eat seasonally, to ensure your body gets foods that pacify the imbalanced dosha as and when it elevates or reduces. In winter, for example, our kapha naturally elevates (because it’s cold and damp, the same elements that make up kapha itself), so you’d do well to eat more pungent and sour foods, which shift the cold and damp. This will lower kapha, raise pitta, and help balance you out again. In summer, when pitta elevates, you should switch to more cooling bitter, sweet and astringent foods.

It is also important to take your lifestyle into consideration – to learn about the things that most imbalance each dosha, read about PittaVata and Kapha here.

Read more about which of the 6 TASTES to eat to maintain optimal balance

Read more about how to stay balanced as the seasons change

And for a detailed list of over 500 foods suitable for the different doshas, please refer to The Body Balance Diet Plan book