Simple Guidelines For Decreasing Kapha
Signs and Symptoms of Kapha Imbalance
Is your kapha out of balance? If so, you are probably experiencing some of the following signs or symptoms:
thick, white tongue coat
slow, sticky, sluggish bowel movements
high body weight
difficulty rising in the morning
feeling slow, foggy, dull, lethargic or heavy
easily attached or possessive
complacent or stubborn
tendency for “emotional overeating”
To reduce or pacify kapha, Ayurveda has given us dietary, lifestyle and herbal treatment strategies. Here are a few underlying concepts that these strategies are based on:
General Guidelines for a Kapha-Pacifying Diet
Warm foods, both energetically and in temperature.
Whole, freshly cooked foods.
Light, dry, and warm foods.
Only room temperature or warm drinks.
Most beans. Mung dahl, well-cooked tofu or tempeh, or warm soy milk are all okay.
Lots of veggies.
Routine times for your meals.
Taking a deep breath after swallowing your last bite and heading off for your next activity.
Eating your meal in a peaceful environment.
Cooling foods, both energetically and in temperature.
Heavy and oily foods (e.g. cheese, pudding, nuts, cake).
Highly processed foods (e.g. canned or frozen foods, “TV” dinners or pastries).
Cold or carbonated drinks.
Overeating or eating heavy meals.
Eating fresh fruit or drinking fruit juice within ½ hour of any other food.
Foods or drinks that contain refined sugar or corn syrup.
Deep fried foods.
Alcohol, except for an occasional glass of dry red or white wine.
Kapha-Pacifying Herbal Remedies
Herbs are useful allies when it comes to balancing the doshas. Ayurveda has a long history detailing the use of herbs and herbal combinations. Some Ayurvedic practitioners will customize herbal formulas to suit the unique constitutions of their clients. General formulas based on traditional combinations of herbs are also used. Below are some formulations that are especially useful for balancing kapha.
For a broad spectrum kapha pacifying herbal formula consider Healthy Kapha
To support the healthy elimination of excess mucous consider Lung Formula
If you have a thick, white coating on your tongue, consider Triphala to support natural detoxification
To support healthy elimination consider Triphala
To promote optimal weight management consider Trim Support
For difficulty rising in the morning consider Healthy Kapha
To support emotional composure consider Mental Clarity
To support mental flexibility and motivation consider Mental Clarity
General Guidelines for a Kapha-Pacifying Lifestyle
An energetic routine. Avoid stagnation.
Stimulating your body and mind on a daily basis.
A vigorous exercise routine that includes jogging, hiking, biking, vigorous forms of yoga or martial arts, or other challenging forms of exercise, a minimum of five times per week.
Keeping warm and dry, no matter what the weather.
Lively and invigorating music, smells, experiences, and company.
Our lives, environments and health change regularly. We recommend that you take this Vikriti test again in about month. Then you can see how things have changed and decide which remedies would be the most beneficial to regain balance. It may be helpful to learn more about kapha so that you can understand why following these simple guidelines really can help. For more information about kapha, click here.