Balancing Kapha

Do You Need to Balance Kapha?

Kapha dosha governs structure and fluid balance in the body. Answer these questions to see if you need to balance Kapha.

  1. Do you tend to be overweight?
  2. Are you often unmotivated and lethargic?
  3. Do you experience sinus problems?
  4. Do you sleep long hours yet wake up unrefreshed?
  5. Are your skin and hair oily?
  6. Do you find that you are possessive and over-attached?
  7. Do you feel discomfort in cold damp weather?
  8. Do you feel lazy or complacent?
  9. Do you experience bloating, water retention?
  10. Do you feel stiff and heavy, especially in the morning?
  11. Do you experience congestion?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, you may need to balance Kapha. I can help evaluate your specific needs during yourNutritional & Lifestyle Consultation.

Tips for Balancing Kapha

  • All Kapha products: drink Kapha Tea and season meals with Kapha Churna, diffuse stimulating Kapha Aroma Oil in your home or office.
  • Vigorous regular exercise, a little each day.
  • Warm temperatures.
  • Fresh fruits, vegetables and legumes.
  • Favor pungent, bitter, astringent tastes and light, dry and warm foods.
  • Reduce heavy, oily, cold foods and sweet, sour and salty tastes.
  • Seek out variety and new experiences.
  • Stay warm in cold, damp weather.
  • Early to bed, early to rise.

Kapha-Pacifying Diet

  1. Dairy. Low-fat milk is better. Always boil milk before you drink it — which makes it easier to digest — and take it warm. Do not take milk with a full meal or with sour or salty food. You might add one or two pinches or turmeric or ginger to whole milk before boiling it to help reduce any Kapha-increasing qualities in the milk.
  2. Fruit. Lighter fruits, such as apples and pears, are better. Reduce heavy or sour fruits, such as oranges, bananas, pineapples, figs, dates, avocados, coconuts and melons, as these fruits increase Kapha.
  3. Sweeteners. Honey in moderation is excellent for reducing Kapha. Avoid sugar products, as these increase Kapha.
  4. All beans are fine, except tofu.
  5. Reduce all nuts.
  6. Grains. Most grains are fine, especially barley and millet. Do not take too much wheat or rice, as they increase Kapha.
  7. Spices. All are fine except for salt, which must be used in moderation. It increases Kapha.
  8. Vegetables. All are fine, except tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes and zucchini. They all increase Kapha.

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