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 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.
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. 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 eat:

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


* 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 a high, off-balanced Kapha or happen to be suffering from a Kapha disorder. Eat these foods and you’ll be on your way towards balanced healing.

Want some tridoshic options that’s balancing for everyone? Stay tuned for my next post and find out.

Check out these other articles: 
Foods To Avoid For Kapha Dosha
Recommended Foods For Pitta
Tridoshic Foods For All Doshas

*Special thanks to Dr. Lad and The Ayurvedic Institute who’s research made this article possible.