Making friends with kapha dosha is about embracing stability, compassion and even-mindedness. Cultivate balance in kapha and you experience the sweeter side of life.
Even if kapha is not a primary part of your constitution, the qualities that make up kapha (heavy, dense, cool, wet, soft) exist in you. Your body itself is made of kapha tissues such as bones, muscles and fat. Without the structure kapha provides, vata could not move and pitta could not transform. You need to maintain balance in all three doshas to enjoy true health in body, mind and spirit.
Kapha is strong and stable
Although kapha is associated with the gentle emotions that many of us want more of, this dosha is heralded for strength and endurance. People with primarily kapha constitutions are known to live long, healthy lives, so long as they maintain proper ahar (diet) and vihar (lifestyle). This is because of kapha’s close association with ojas, the substance that provides vitality and immunity in your body. A person with a balanced kapha constitution rarely gets sick and they are resilient when illness hits.
While kapha has fewer diseases associated with it than the other doshas, a significant form of imbalance, obesity, is predominant in today’s culture. The modern diet is fueling this problem at an unprecedented rate, yet we also live in a culture fixated on thinness. This creates a damaging dichotomy that causes great amounts of unnecessary stress and illness. The solution is balance -- you need the right amount of high-quality fat to protect your organs, joints and mental state, but not so much that your body has to manage the stress of carrying excess weight or becomes a storehouse of toxins. By making gradual changes in how and what you eat, you can nurture the right amount of life-affirming fat and keep kapha dosha’s structure strong.
A diet to balance kapha dosha
You have the ability to take back the reins of your diet and eat with ahimsa, or nonviolence, toward your body. Here are a few tips to bring to your dining table:
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