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.

This quick Ayurvedic Intake will help you determine your unique dosha.

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, avoid these foods until you are able to pacify Kapha or eliminate forever. For the purposes of keeping it simple in this article, I will only cover fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and legumes. For a more in depth list, contact me! 

FRUITS to avoid:

*Sweet and sour fruits
– Bananas
– Coconut
– Dates
– Figs (fresh)
– Grapefruit
– Kiwi
– Melons
– Oranges
– Papaya
– Pineapple
– Plums
– Rhubarb
– Tamarind 

VEGETABLES to avoid:

*Sweet and juicy veggies
– Olives (black or green)
– Potatoes (sweet)
– Pumpkin
– Squash
– Taro Root
– Tomatoes (raw)
– Zucchini 

NUTS to avoid:

– Black Walnuts
– Brazil Nuts
– Cashews
– Coconut
– Filberts
– Hazelnuts
– Macadamia Nuts
– Peanuts
– Pecans
– Pine Nuts
– Pistachios
– Walnuts

GRAINS to avoid:

– Bread (with yeast)
– Oats (cooked)
– Pancakes
– Rice (brown and white)
– Wheat

LEGUMES to avoid:

– Kidney Beans
– Miso
– Soy Beans
– Soy Sauce
– Tofu (cold)
– Urad Dal

If you find yourself with symptoms of an imbalanced Kapha, avoid these foods and check out the Recommended Foods For Kapha Dosha. Soon, you’ll be on your way towards balanced healing.

Want some tridoshic options that are balancing for everyone? 

Recommended Foods For All Doshas

Check out these other articles:
Recommended Foods For Pitta Dosha
Foods To Avoid For Vata Imbalance


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