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What is Kapha Dosha?

Ayurveda believes that whenever a person is not in good health it is because of some turbulence in their body humour. The body humour or the dosha is of three types. When asked what is Kapha Dosha? We can say it is essentially composed of earth and water components. Kapha provides structure and robustness to all things; it gives the cohesiveness needed to maintain a particular form. Kapha additionally hydrates all cells and frameworks, lubricates the joints, saturates the skin, maintains immunity and safeguards the tissues. Kapha is often associated with water energy, and with love and compassion.

The Kapha body is physically solid, compact and wide with extensive thighs, hips, and chest and tends to be perpetually overweight. Kapha types ordinarily have large, appealing eyes that are blue or dark in colour. Their skin is fair, cool and always glowing. Kapha hair is thick, extravagant, and abundant, typically blond or dark, and wavy. Kapha individuals tend to over-produce mucus and other milky secretions, and their voices are delicate, regularly obstructed by excess mucus. Kapha types are extremely elegant, have a natural, erotic sensuality about them, and are generally very fertile.

Kapha individuals love heat and they suffer in cold

, damp climates. Kapha types emanate strength and balance, to such an extent that Vata and Pitta types are frequently replenished by simply being in their essence. Kapha types are dedicated however they generally prefer to lay low, even to the point of lethargy. Due to their inclination towards laziness, Kapha types do best to focus on a non-sedentary life, following a strict schedule that keeps them moving. Among all the doshas, Kapha types can persist and advantage from the most intense forms of exercise

The kind of diet that a Kapha person needs to consume includes the consumption of low-fat milk. Always boil milk before drinking it which makes it easy to digest, try adding turmeric or ginger to the milk before boiling it to diminish any Kapha-increasing qualities in the milk. Eat lighter fruits like apples and pears. Avoid heavy and sour fruits like oranges, bananas, dates, figs, pineapples, coconuts, melons and avocados. These fruits can increase Kapha in the body.

One should also try to reduce the consumption of sugar products since they aggravate Kapha in the body. However, honey can be consumed; it is excellent in balancing Kapha. Beans can be taken except tofu. Avoid eating nuts. Grains can be taken especially barley and millet. Avoid consuming too much wheat and rice because it increases Kapha. All spices can be taken except for salt. Avoid tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, sweet potatoes as they increase Kapha.

Kapha individuals can sleep for long durations, for the most part on their stomachs or in the fetal position. They commonly sleep for eight to twelve hours every night and can indulge in more sleep than they truly require. Ideally, Kapha types require sleeping for around seven hours each night. If a Kapha individual sleeps past six am, when Kapha becomes dominating in the environment they may find it quite hard to get up from the bed and may encounter an enduring feeling of heaviness and laziness throughout the day. Thus, Kapha individuals do great when they wake up before six in the morning.

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