Ayurveda — Recommended Foods For Kapha Dosha

In Ayurvedic medicine, everyone has a specific dosha that will determine the foods, activities and lifestyle that is best suited for their combination.

These doshas are based on the elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. and are categorized by VataPitta, and Kapha. When these three doshas are in balance, mentally, spiritually, and physically, good health is experienced. When our doshas are out of balance, we begin to experience illness.

Once you’ve determined you’re dosha, you will have a better idea of how to care for your combination and live a healthier, more balanced life.


Qualities of Kapha
Physically they are static. They love sitting and doing nothing.
Emotionally they are deeply attached in love and relationships.
Mentally they are cloudy in the mornings and require coffee.
Spiritually they are compassionate and forgiving.

Kapha Disorders
Excess salivation
Congestion in the chest and sinuses
Excessive sleep, laziness.
Weight gain
Water retention
High cholesterol

If you find yourself with a Kapha imbalance, EAT THESE FOODS to pacify Kapha.

To keep it conscious and kind, I will only cover fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and legumes.


 

FRUITS to eat:

*Most astringent fruit
Apples
Applesauce
Apricots
Berries
Cherries
Cranberries
Figs (dry)
Grapes
Lemons
Limes
Peaches
Pears
Pomegranates
Prunes
Raisins
Strawberries

VEGETABLES to eat:

* Most pungent and bitter tastes
Artichoke
Asparagus
Beet Greens
Beets
Bitter Melon
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Burdock Root
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Cilantro
Corn
Daikon Radish
Dandelion Radish
Eggplant
Fennel
Garlic
Green Beans
Green Chilies
Horseradish
Jerusalem Artichoke
Kale
Kohlrabi
Leafy Greens
Leeks
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Okra
Onions
Parsley
Peas
Peppers (sweet and hot)
Potatoes (white)
Prickly Pear
Radishes
Rutabaga
Spaghetti Squash
Spinach
Sprouts
Tomatoes (cooked)
Turnip Greens
Turnips
Watercress
Wheat Grass

 

NUTS to eat:

Charole

 

GRAINS to eat:

Amaranth
Barley
Buckwheat
Cereal (cold, dry or puffed)
Corn
Couscous
Crackers
Durham Flour
Granola
Millet
Muesli
Oat Bran
Oats (dry)
Polenta
Quinoa
Rice (basmati, wild)
Rye
Seitan (wheat meat)
Spelt
Sprouted Wheat Bread
Tapioca
Wheat Bran 

LEGUMES to eat:

Aduki Beans
Black Beans
Black Eyed Peas
Chick Peas
Lentils (red and brown)
Lima Beans
Mung Beans
Mung Dal
Navy Beans
Peas (dried)
Pinto Beans
Soy Milk
Split Peas
Tempeh
Tofu (hot)
Tur Dal
White Beans


If you find yourself with an imbalanced Kapha, these foods will help you to pacify the problem. Try to limit or eliminate these Foods To Avoid For Kapha Imbalance.

With extra care and attention, you’ll soon be on your way towards balanced healing.

Want some tridoshic options that’s balancing for everyone? 

Tridoshic Foods That Balance All Doshas

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Resources:

1. Tirtha, Sada Shiva. The Āyurveda encyclopedia: natural secrets to healing, prevention & longevity. Ayurveda Holistic Center Press, 2007.

2. Lad, Usha, and Vasant Lad. 
Ayurvedic cooking for self-Healing. The Ayurvedic Press, 2016.

3. 
Frawley, David, and Vasant Lad. The yoga of herbs: an ayurvedic guide to herbal medicine. Lotus Press, 2008.

4. 
Immel, John. “School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion.” Ayurvedic Diet & Recipes, www.joyfulbelly.com/.