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So you’re a kapha…

When in balance you are:

Calm; Peaceful; Easy going; Contented; Family oriented; Loving; Affectionate; Loyal; Have good stamina and endurance; Are patient and forgiving; Highly compassionate; Enjoy the good things in life; Feel physically strong; Have good immunity and resistance to disease

 

Signs of imbalance:

Feeling mentally dull and foggy; Laziness and lacking in motivation; Over-sleeping; Being unnecessarily stubborn; Going into denial and refusing to face reality; Comfort eating or overeating; Putting on weight; Feeling greedy, possessive and emotionally clingy; Suffering from sinus congestion; Feeling heavy and bloated in the stomach; Getting frequent colds; Feeling lethargic and sluggish; Developing cellulite, Having breathing problems; Low thyroid
function

 

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Key advice:

MOVEMENT – Kapha constitution people have a slower metabolism naturally, and tend towards internal sluggishness. To offset this tendency and maximise the benefits of this constitution, vigorous physical exercise is the primary medicine. It will drastically improve things both physically and mentally.
Movement is the key to health if Kapha features prominently in your constitution.

Diet guidelines:

Kapha is balanced by a diet of freshly cooked, whole foods that are light, dry, warming, wellspiced, and relatively easy to digest—ideally served warm or hot. These foods calm kapha by balancing mucous production, regulating moisture levels, maintaining adequate heat, and by supporting proper digestion and elimination. Because kapha is substantive in nature, an appropriate diet is one of the most effective ways to keep it in balance. Kapha thrives on a minimalistic diet with smaller meals, little to no snacking, fewer sweets, an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, a variety of legumes, minimal alcohol, and lighter fare all around.

Below are some general guidelines that can help turn your food into medicine:
• Favour light and airy over dense and heavy
• Favour warm over cool or cold
• Favour dry over moist or oily
• Favour rough over smooth
• Eating more bitter, astringent, and pungent foods
• Eating less sweet, salty, and sour foods

Foods to favour:

Apples, berries, peaches, prunes, mangoes, cherries, apricots, broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, beets, lettuce, radishes, green beans, artichokes, garlic, kale, potato, cauliflower, celery, cabbage, chili, barley, buckwheat, couscous, polenta, quinoa, spelt, lentils, mung beans, split peas, white beans, cottage cheese, goats cheese, almonds (soaked and peeled), pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, popcorn, white meat, turkey, freshwater fish, almond oil, sunflower oil, flaxseed oil, ghee (in moderation)

Foods to avoid:

Vinegar, cheese, sour cream, ice-cream, milk, bananas, watermelon, dates, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, root vegetables, avocado, pumpkin, sweet potato, rice, wheat, oats, soy products, cashews, peanuts, pistachios, peanut butter, red meat, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil

 

What to do when you feel unbalanced:

Move your body! Whether it’s walking, boxing, yoga or sport, push yourself hard enough to break a sweat. This is your primary medicine. Add some pungent spices to your food (Chili, garlic, paprika, cinnamon, cloves etc) to get things moving. Avoid sleeping for long periods and make sure you are up each day no later than 7am. Strictly cut out any day naps. Keep your meal portions small – medium in size. Opt for a late, light breakfast and feel free to skip dinner occasionally in the evenings. Coffee can help to stimulate you both physically and mentally. Avoid snacking on creamy, cold, sugary things.

Helpful herbs:

Trikatu – can help ensure proper digestion, warms and lightens up the internal environment as well as helping to burn up any toxin accumulation in the body
Fenugreek – take ½ tsp fenugreek powder in hot water with fresh ginger, lemon and honey on an empty stomach each morning to help aid weight loss and boost metabolism

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