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 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.
Grapes (red, purple, black)
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.
Peppers, Sweet & Hot
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.
Cereal (unsweetened, cold, dry)
Rice (basmati, wild)
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Rice (brown, white)
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.
Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
Mung Daal (mung beans)
Tofu (served hot)
Tofu (served cold)
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.
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.
Almonds (soaked and peeled)
Popcorn (without salt or butter)
Avoid excess nuts and nut butter.
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.
Eggs (not fried, and in moderation)
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.
Virgin olive oil(small amount)
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.
Honey (raw and unprocessed)
Other sweeteners that seem to have no impact on blood sugar and can be found in these days:
Monk fruit sweeteners
Stevia (organic, liquid)
Honey (cooked, heated or processed)
*** Look out for sneaky sugar hidden in foods (sauces, dressings, ketchup, bread, pasta-found in everything, it's something that ends in -ose).
You will be surprised how much sugar you can consume every day without knowing it.***
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.
Coriander (seeds or powder)
Cumin (seeds or powder)
Ginger (fresh or dried)
Kaphas is a cold and heavy energy, they have sluggish digestive fire and the best meals are warm, lightly spiced, and easy to digest.
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