In our continuing series on Ayurvedic body types and the wellness tips that go along with them, Melissa Freedman of Cleanse Chick, introduces ‘Kapha.’ This series will conclude at the end of the week with a great post on Ayurvedic Cleansing 101. Not sure which body type you are? Check out Pitta & Vata or start with the first of this four part series HERE.
|Element||earth and water|
|Body Type||larger body type, not necessarily overweight, gains weight easily, holds fat and water, strong, great powerful athlete when in shape|
|Characteristics||grounded, stable, solid, clear about the ways of the world, sensual, strong sexuality, sense of physicality, steady appetite but not overly strong like pitta, can miss a meal, slower metabolism, resists exercise and is slower moving, often trying to lighten up (physically and emotionally)|
|Signs of Balance||reliable, dependable, calm, peacekeeper, even-tempered, loving, affectionate|
|Signs of Imbalance||holds on to emotions, lethargic, sleeping too much, depressed, lack of enthusiasm, feeling dull and sluggish, overweight, congestion|
|Organs to Nourish||lungs, stomach, body fat, lymphatic system|
|Foods to Reduce||High-fat foods, heavy and fatty proteins, dairy, gluten-based grains, red meats, starchy vegetables|
|Foods to Increase||drying and heating foods, heating and pungent spices for their thermogenic properties, lighter grains, light proteins, vegetables|
|Beneficial||beans, quinoa, spinach, dandelion, salads, cayenne, pepper, ginger, self-acceptance and body-image affirmations, cardiovascular exercises, love the body you have (Kapha woman trying to be Vata)|
- Kaphas need the stimulation of new sights, sounds, and experiences.
- Follow a regular daily routine, ideally awakening before 6am each morning. Avoid taking naps during the day.
- Stay warm and avoid dampness. Use dry heat if you are congested (a common Kapha complaint). Using a heating pad under your back or a sunlamp at your chest is often helpful. Avoid exposing your nose, throat, and lungs to cold winter air if you aren’t feeling well.
- Perform a daily dry massage on your body to stimulate circulation.
- Use a neti pot is a powerful tool for nasal cleansing.
- Clear your space. To avoid clutter from accumulating in your home, office, car, and other physical spaces, regularly clean out and give away things that you know you’ll never use.
- Get regular exercise – preferably every day. Favor running, bicycling, swimming, aerobics, and competitive sports. Dance to energizing rhythmic music.
- Use warm, stimulating aromas including cloves, camphor, cinnamon, eucalyptus, juniper, and marjoram.
- Favor colors that are warm and bright, including yellow, orange, and red.
Kapha-Balancing Nutritional Guidelines
It is important to eat foods that have a balancing effect upon the dominant dosha or that will pacify (stabilize) a dosha that has become excessive or aggravated. Because Kapha is heavy, oily and cold, favor foods that are light, dry, or warm. Foods with pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes are most beneficial for pacifying Kapha. Reduce foods with sweet, sour, and salty tastes.
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