There are three main doshas according to Ayurveda – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. If your Kapha is out of balance, you may experience these symptoms:
- plenty of mucous;
- thick and white tongue surface;
- high body weight;
- difficulty to rise in the morning;
- feeling dull and heavy;
- slowness and etc.
According to Ayurveda, natural treatment based on stimulation, exercise, lightening, warming and drying should be applied. Here are general dietary guidelines in order to pacify Kapha:
- Enjoy pungent, bitter and warm foods, freshly cooked, light and dry foods, warm drinks, beans, plenty of vegetables, avoid sweet, sour, salty, heavy and oily foods, highly processed, deep fried, cold and with refined sugar/corn syrup foods and drinks;
- Use heating spices such as chill, black and cayenne pepper, ginger, cumin and cinnamon, honey, a little bit of high-quality oils: corn, sunflower, canola and sesame or ghee.
- Limit alcohol, fresh fruits and fresh juice within 1/2 hour of any other food, heavy meals, red meat;
- Eat regularly in a peaceful environment.
Also, you should apply your lifestyle in order to balance Kapha. Here are some advices:
- Daily energetic routine with body and mind stimulation and 10-20min. self-massage, avoidance of stagnation.
- Regular energetic exercise: jogging, biking, hiking, sophisticated yoga, martial arts and other minimum five times per week.
- Keeping warm and dry, no matter what the weather, enjoying energetic and invigorating music and smells.
You might learn more about Kapha in order to understand how important Kapha-balancing is.