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KAPHA = EARTH +WATER

heavy - slow - cool - oily - static - dense - soft

Responsible for lubrication (nourishment)

FUNCTIONS OF KAPHA:

  • brings strength and stability

  • softness of the body and maintenance of body fluid

  • lubrication

  • long-term memory

  • groundedness & compassion

 

 

managing kapha 

WITHOUT KAPHA THERE WOULD NOTHING HOLDING IT ALL TOGETHER- ‘that which binds things’

Kapha is the energy that form’s the body’s structure, and provides the ‘glue’ or cohesion that holds the cells together. Kapha supplies the water for all bodily parts and systems. It lubricates joints, moisturises the skin and maintains immunity.

‘In balance’ Kapha is expressed as love, calmness, and forgiveness and ‘out of balance’, it leads to attachment, greed, possessiveness and congestive disorders.

Signs and Symptoms of Pitta Imbalance

  • Sluggishness, heaviness, dullness

  • Excess mucous

  • Excess body weight and or water retention

  • Thick white coating on the tongue

  • Slow to wake and get out of the bed in the morning

  • Tendency to overeat during emotional times or stress

  • Thick, slow, mucous stools

  • Stubborn, possessive, freely attached


BALANCING kapha

FAVOUR

  • Favour warm foods both energetically and in temperature

  • Favour spices ginger, cumin, fennel, coriander, fenugreek, ajwain, cinnamon, chilli

  • Favour plenty of hot and or room temperature water

  • Balanced diet of protein, carbohydrate and vegetables with fresh seasonal fruit.

  • Snack recommendation is a handful of almonds (soaked over night and peeled with a some sultanas)

  • Routine in your meals and daily routines

  • Minimal amount of high-quality oils like olive, coconut oil or ghee in your daily diet

  • Favour bitter, astringent, pungent tastes : click more for info on Ayurvedic Tastes

 

AVOID

  • Avoid heavy foods such as cheese, bread, pasta, chips, cakes

  • Avoid cold or carbonated drinks

  • Avoid processed or frozen foods

  • Overeating or eating very heavy meals

  • Avoid Deep fried foods

  • Avoid fruits such bananas, watermelon, melons

  • Avoid vegetables such as avocado, pumpkin, potato, sweet potato, tomato

  • Avoid sweet, salt, sour tastes : click more for info on Ayurvedic Tastes


recommendations for a KAPHA-Pacifying Lifestyle


  • Start your day with movement: soft yoga or surya namaskara

  • Daily Abhyanga - applying oil to the body for minimum of 7 minutes, maximum of 48 minutes. Click here for more info on Abhyanga

  • Energetic exercise routine (no stagnation) eg. yoga, hiking, swimming, bike riding

  • A regular, daily routine with regular times for eating, sleeping, working, etc

  • Keeping warm and dry, no matter what the season

  • Daily Nasiya - nasal drops with medicated oil or plain black sesame oil