Foods for Kapha Dosha and what should avoid

Best Foods for Kapha dosha-body and mind

Below are the most suitable foods for Kapha dosha and what should avoid maintaining your balance. (1)

It's a lot easier to make choices for the right food once you know what kind of foods balance your dosha.

"Ayurvedic food," is organic, GMO-free and represents the foods that nourish you, it helps to regain your balance; is suitable for your main body-mind characteristic.

As long as Kapha dosha is naturally oily, heavy, dense with sweet energy, you need with opposite qualities to keep your balance. 

Light, dry, astringent, bitter and/or pungent products help Kaphas to restore the weight gain, mucus building, swelling, lethargy, and sluggish metabolism imbalance.

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Fruits

Fruits that pacify Kapha dosha are astringent, light and mildly sweet or sour.

With the characteristic of getting weight easy, the excess sugar in fruits leads Kaphas to imbalance (dried fruits are acceptable, but should be enjoyed in small quantities because they are too dense and concentrated).

For proper digestion fruits and fruit juices are best enjoyed alone—30 minutes before, and ideally at least 1 hour after any other food.

Favor

Apples
Apricot (fresh)
Berries
Cherries
Cranberries
Grapes (red, purple, black)
Lemons
Limes
Pears
Pomegranates
Raspberries
Strawberries

Avoid

Avocados
Bananas
Cantaloupe
Coconut
Dates
Figs (fresh)
Grapes (green)
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Mangos
Melons
Oranges
Papaya
Pineapple
Plums
Rhubarb
Tamarin
Watermelon

Vegetables

It is recommended that vegetables should be the main
for Kaphas because they are very cleansing.

Vegetables that pacify Kapha are pungent, bitter, and/or astringent helping in reducing weight and boost their body.

With a week digestive system cooked vegetables (steaming or roasting) are easier to digest for Kaphas rather than raw ones.
It is s best to have raw foods on the menu at lunch when digestive strength is at its peak. 

Favor

Artichoke
Asparagus
Beet Greens
Beets
Bell Peppers
Bitter Melon
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Burdock Root
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Chilies
Cilantro
Collard Greens
Corn
Daikon Radish
Dandelion Greens
Eggplant
Garlic
Green Beans
Kale
Kohlrabi
Leafy Greens
Leeks
Lettuce
Mustard Greens
Okra
Onions
Peas
Peppers, Sweet & Hot
Potatoes, White
Radishes
Rutabaga
Spaghetti Squash
Spinach
Sprouts
Squash, Winter
Tomatoes (cooked)
Turnips
Watercress
Wheat Grass

Avoid

Olives
Parsnips
Pumpkin
Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes (raw)
Zucchini

Grains

Grains are sweet and can cause weight gain, to pacify Kapha grains should be light, rough and dry in energy.

To balance Kapha reducing grain consumption can be a huge benefit. Avoid grains that are heavy, moist or dense (like wheat, flours, cooked oats, and pasta) as much as possible.

It is recommended to supplement meals with extra vegetables or legumes, which are nutritionally rich, but also are more effective in balancing Kapha.

Favor

Amaranth
Barley
Buckwheat
Cereal (unsweetened, cold, dry)
Corn
Couscous
Crackers
Durham Flour
Granola
Millet
Muesli
Oat Bran
Oats (dry)
Polenta
Quinoa
Rice (basmati, wild)
Rice Cakes
Rye
Seitan
Tapioca
Wheat Bran

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Avoid

Oats (cooked)
Pancakes
Pasta
Rice (brown, white)
Wheat
Yeasted Bread

Legumes

Legumes are astringent in taste, one of the flavors that balance Kapha and should be well-cooked and well-spiced, especially with cumin to make them more digestible.

The beans that don’t fit Kapha are just too heavy or oily. 

Favor

Black Beans
Black-Eyed Peas
Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
Lentils
Lima Beans
Mung Beans
Mung Daal (mung beans)
Navy Beans
Pinto Beans
Split Peas
Tempeh
Tofu (served hot)

Avoid

Kidney Beans
Miso
Soy Beans
Soy Cheese
Soy Flour
Soy Powder
Soy Sauce
Tofu (served cold)
Urad Daal

Dairy

From the nature lovers of cheese and ice cream, Kaphas need to stay away from products that make them heavy, dense, cold, increase mucus production and dairy products are one of them because they are cooling and heavy like Kapha energy.

Goat’s milk and products are for some Kaphas easy to digest because they contain less lactose and are lighter in energy.

As an option for Kaphas that cannot resist with a non-dairy diet is unsweetened coconuts, pea ( made of yellow peas) or almond milk, which is recommended to at least one hour before or after any other food.

Favor

Buttermilk
Cottage Cheese (ideally from skim goat’s milk)
Ghee
Goat’s Cheese (unsalted, not aged)
Goat’s Milk (skim)
Yogurt (fresh and diluted)

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Avoid

Butter
Cheese
Cow’s Milk
Frozen Yogurt
Ice Cream
Sour Cream
Yogurt (store-bought)

Nuts & Seeds

Nuts tend to be heavy, dense, and oily and are not proper for balancing Kapha.

A few types of nuts and seeds are acceptable in small quantities and best to be enjoyed only on occasion.

Seeds are a better and lighter option for Kaphas.

Favor

Almonds (soaked and peeled)
Charole Nuts
Chia Seeds
Flax Seeds
Hemp seed
Popcorn (without salt or butter)
Pumpkin Seeds
Sunflower Seeds

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Avoid excess nuts and nut butter.

Brazil Nuts
Cashews
Coconut
Filberts
Macadamia Nuts
Peanuts
Pecans
Pine Nuts
Pistachios
Sesame Seeds
Tahini

Animal products

Kaphas should avoid animal products in their diet because they are heavy, hard to digest and increase the Kapha characteristics.

Kapha type compared to another Dosha don`t require protein found in the animal product; the excess cause weight gain.
It is recommended a plant-based diet to get all the protein amount that is needed.

Favor

Chicken (white)
Eggs (not fried, and in moderation)
Fish (freshwater)
Rabbit
Shrimp
Turkey (white)

Avoid

Beef
Buffalo
Chicken (dark)
Duck
Fish (saltwater)
Lamb
Pork
Salmon
Sardines
Seafood
Tuna Fish
Turkey (dark)

Oils

Kaphas are already heavy and oily so do not need much oil in their diet.

In minimal quantities, the oils in the favored column are acceptable, if they are of good quality.

Water-sautéing or steaming foods, light and unprocessed oils are recommended.

Favor

Almond Oil
Flaxseed Oil
Ghee
Virgin olive oil(small amount)

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Avoid

Avocado Oil
Apricot Oil
Coconut Oil
Primrose Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Soy Oil
Walnut Oil

Sweeteners

Kaphas should stay away from sweets because are too heavy and dense.

The only sweetener that Ayurveda recommends for Kaphas is raw honey in small amounts.

Favor

Honey (raw and unprocessed)

Other sweeteners that seem to have no impact on blood sugar and can be found in these days:

Birchwood xylitol
Monk fruit sweeteners
Stevia (organic, liquid)

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Avoid

Artificial Sweeteners
Barley Malt
Date Sugar
Fructose
Honey (cooked, heated or processed)
Jaggary
Maple Syrup
Molasses
Rice Syrup
Sucanat
Turbinado
White Sugar

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Spices are medicine for Kaphas because they stimulate the digestive fire and speed up metabolism.

In particular, ginger, cinnamon, chili powder, coriander, and cayenne are healing Kapha.

All spices are great for Kapha, except salt.

Favor

Ajwan
Anise
Basil
Bay Leaf
Black Pepper
Caraway
Cardamom
Cayenne
Cinnamon
Cloves
Coriander (seeds or powder)
Cumin (seeds or powder)
Dill
Fennel
Fenugreek
Garlic
Ginger (fresh or dried)
Hing (Asafoetida)
Mace
Marjoram
Mint
Mustard Seeds
Neem Leaves
Nutmeg
Oregano
Paprika
Parsley
Peppermint
Pippali
Poppy Seeds
Rosemary
Saffron
Savory
Spearmint
Tarragon
Thyme
Trikatu
Turmeric
Vanilla
Wintergreen

Avoid

Salt

Kaphas is a cold and heavy energy, they have sluggish digestive fire and the best meals are warm, lightly spiced, and easy to digest.

Also read:   Your unique body and mind type-Dosha  

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