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 Vata, Pitta, 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.
Congestion in the chest and sinuses
Excessive sleep, laziness.
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
– Figs (fresh)
VEGETABLES to avoid:
*Sweet and juicy veggies
– Olives (black or green)
– Potatoes (sweet)
– Taro Root
– Tomatoes (raw)
NUTS to avoid:
– Black Walnuts
– Brazil Nuts
– Macadamia Nuts
– Pine Nuts
GRAINS to avoid:
– Bread (with yeast)
– Oats (cooked)
– Rice (brown and white)
LEGUMES to avoid:
– Kidney Beans
– 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.
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