Example of Kapha increasing Lifestyle and Foods

Kapha Type

People with a predominant kapha dosha tend to have a heavy and solid, or large build. They are often overweight, gain weight easily and have high muscle development (plump and round).: skin is thick, smooth and moist with few wrinkles. Their complexion is usually clear, fair or pale, and hair is oily, thick and wavy. Their teeth are strong, white and well formed.People of the kapha type have a moderate or low appetite and slow digestion. They enjoy eating gourmet or luxury foods (that appeal to taste and smell) or buying and preparing food. In movement and activity, they tend to be slow and methodical, with a lot of endurance. However, they are sluggish and lethargic or difficult to motivate. They are prone to sleep heavily and excessively. Their pulse is slow, steady and regular. They have a pleasant appearance and voice. Those with kapha dosha dislike damp conditions.

In temperament, they prefer familiar surroundings and tradition. They learn slowly, but have excellent memories. Money is hoarded (or they are thrifty) and they are good, stable providers. Typically, they are serene and tranquil and their emotions are slow to become excited or aroused. However, they can be sentimental, nostalgic and romantic in nature. They are highly tolerant and forgiving, with medium intelligence. They prefer to belong to a group, club or community. They cling to their family or familiar associations.

You cannot change your elemental nature or dosha. For instance, if you wish to acquire kapha qualities, you cannot do so by eating a lot of food high in kapha elements of water/jala and earth/prithvi. By doing so, you will only disturb your primary dosha. Changing your nature through acquiring positive qualities, and minimizing negative temperamental characteristics, is the role of the mind.

When you are healthy, you are generally instinctively attracted to foods and activities similar in elemental composition to your own body. When you are sick and the elements are unbalanced, you are attracted to those foods opposite in nature. For example, if you are suffering from a cold, or chest congestion (due to an imbalance in kapha), you usually choose to avoid those foods that are kapha in nature such as dairy products, or heavy and oily foods.

Dietary Guidelines for Kapha:

Kapha Diet

People with a predominant kapha dosha tend to have a heavy and solid, or large build. They are often overweight, gain weight easily and have high muscle development (plump and round). Their skin is thick, smooth and moist with few wrinkles. Their complexion is usually clear, fair or pale, and hair is oily, thick and wavy. Their teeth are strong, white and well formed.

Item Eat more Eat less
Dry, light, spicy, heating foods Heavy, cold, sweet, sour, watery foods
Vegetables Asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, peas, eggplant, lettuce, bell peppers, radish, spinach, zucchini Avocado, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, mushroom, potatoes, pumpkin, parsnip
Fruits Apples, apricots, pears, berries, cherries, peaches, dried fruits, papaya, cranberries, pomegranate Banana, citrus, dates, coconut, figs, grapes, mangoes, melons, pineapple, plums, rhubarb, strawberries
Grains Barley, corn, rye, millet, buckwheat Oats, rice, wheat, pasta
Beans Mung beans, tofu, lentils Kidney beans, chick peas
Nuts & Seeds Sunflower and pumpkin seeds All nuts, sesame seeds
Dairy Skim milk, butter milk, goat milk Most dairy products
Herbs & Spices All spices Salt
Oils Corn, sunflower, mustard Most oils
Beverages Warm drinks, herbal and spice teas, fruit and vegetable juice Carbonated drinks, cold or iced drinks, coffee, tea, alcohol

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