How To Balance Kapha Dosha

If you have some Kapha in your constitution then the information presented in this article will be extremely important for you to maintain your Kapha balance.

Even if you don’t have much Kapha in your dosha or constitution you can still have a Kapha imbalance so these tips and strategies can be very beneficial.

Due to your lifestyle, eating habits and external environments Kapha can easily be accumulated in excess which can affect your health and wellness in a negative way.

Kapha is most easily provoked by having too much water and earth elements in the body.

Balancing Kapha requires changing specific habits that tend to increase Kapha. Therefore, measures need to be taken so you can reduce the amount of Kapha you have.

Before you take the appropriate action to reduce the amount of your Kapha dosha, you should first know and understand the main causes of high Kapha.

Causes of high Kapha

Exposure to cold & wet weather

Eating a diet consisting of too many cooling foods, beverages and spices; not including enough hot or warm spices

Eating too many earthy and watery foods such as potatoes, yams, beets, turnips, carrots, celery, cabbage, lettuce and cucumber

Eating too many mucus producing foods such as milk, butter and dairy

Eating too many sweets including sweet fruit

Eating too much red meat, and fried foods

Eating to many grains including wheat, barley and oats

Drinking alcohol

Not too many heavy meals and too many meals throughout the day

Not enough exercise or physical activity

Being unmotivated, and not being goal – oriented

Lack of passion and working in an environment that is not self-satisfying

Too much sleep and resting throughout the day

Symptoms of high Kapha

Excess mucous

White coated tongue – indicating high mucous and toxins

Slow, sticky, sluggish bowel movements

High/Heavy body weight

Difficulty rising in the morning

Feeling slow, foggy, dull, lethargic or heavy

Being easily attached or possessive

Being overly emotional and sentimental

Being complacent or stubborn

Having a tendency for “emotional overeating”

When Kapha is high, one desires food, clothes and environments that are warm and dry in nature.

One is more prone to diseases and conditions such as mucus producing coughs, colds and flu.

One puts on weight easily and can develop high cholesterol, heart conditions and stomach diseases.

How to reducing Kapha dosha

Reducing Kapha mainly involves adopting a Kapha diet – eating the right foods for Kapha constitution and avoiding those foods that increase Kapha.

Reducing Kapha requires changing ones attitude and actions for reducing Kapha, and staying dedicated  towards your Kapha diet and treatment.

The main actions for decreasing high Kapha require doing the opposite of what cause high Kapha – mentioned above. This includes decreasing the main qualities of cool, moist, and heavy and adding more hot, dry and light qualities.

For example, suppose you live in a cool & wet climate in the upper northern hemisphere. A good example would be a place like Vancouver, Seattle or England.

And suppose you regularly snack on cool, wet, heavy foods such as ice cream and milk.

These qualities would greatly increase your Kapha and if you are predominantly Kapha dosha, then you would easily aggravate your Kapha creating an imbalance in your system.

In this case, you would need to take measures to change your environment to one of a hot and dry nature. For example you could move south to a warmer dryer climate or simply create that environment in your home.

As far as your diet is concerned, you would have to eliminate the cool and wet foods described above, especially dairy, grains, sweets and high saturated fats. Read my Ayurvedic Diet book to find out more about the Kapha diet.

You would need to consume drier and warmer foods such as such as cooked vegetables, dal, and beans – lightly cooked with the appropriate spices and oils.

Due to the slow quality of Kapha you may be naturally inclined toward relaxing and calming activities. In excess, this quality may lead to stagnation.

Activities and environments should be warm in nature where you can sweat more and increase your heart rate. Fast walking, jogging, hiking, biking, vigorous yoga (power yoga) and martial arts are good activities for Kapha types.

You should also listen to stimulating music and use scents or aroma therapies that are refreshing, stimulating and invigorating.

Avoid snow, wet cold and work in an environment where you are moving a lot.

Kapha people need to motivate themselves to take action and “just do it” instead of becoming lazy and slothful.

Kapha people should keep company and hang out with people who are motivated and inspiring

image courtesy of brandon c warren

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