Kapha is a combination of Earth and Water. It is responsible for physical stability, proper body structure, and fluid balance. The unique characteristic of Kapha is heaviness. Whenever there is excess heaviness in the body, Kapha energy is high.
Kapha personalities are kind, loving, courageous, calm & grateful, have good long-term memory, enduring stamina and strength.
When Kapha is high and out of balance, one tends to procrastinate, may gain excess weight, sleep way too much, become lazy and may be prone to sinus and respiratory problems.
Skin & hair related concerns with Kapha Dosha:
- Pale, oilier skinSkin can be sensitive, prone to large open pores
- Can have pustular acne in extreme cases
- Skin tends to become less moist
- Though slightly oily, hair is lustrous
- Thick & heavy eyebrows and eyelashes
Taking care of Kapha Dosha:
- Eat less quantity, less frequently but maintain a high nutrient diet.
- Take high fiber, lightly cooked, low salt and low fat diet.
- Avoid sleeping after meals, as this adds to the heaviness in the body.
- To balance Kapha, take proportionately more of the foods that are: pungent, light, dry, astringent, bitter and hot.
- Foods that unbalance Kapha are: sweet, heavy, sour, oily, salty and cold. Take less of these.
- Include a variety of spices in diet, such as ginger, pepper, cumin seeds, cinnamon and cardamom.
- Exercise is very important for Kapha people to stimulate naturally slow digestive system, fight cellulite and help with weight control.
- Exercise for at least 30 – 40 minutes per day.
- Practise fast walking.
- Try to speak fast, think fast and analyse situations faster.
- Wear more red, purple, gold, and yellow colours.
- Cold, humid, foggy, rainy or snowy weather will increase Kapha.
- Hot, sunny, dry or windy weather will decrease Kapha.
Skin & hair care:
- Take hot water baths.
- Use body scrub to help reduce cellulite.
- Use ubtan for body cleansing and herbal powders for hair wash.
- Use face packs to fight excess oiliness.
Note: Your Prakruti (dosha type), can only be accurately worked out by an Ayurvedic doctor who will expertly assess everything about you, including your Vikriti (any current imbalances).
If your Kapha is highest, followed by Vata
- Care for Vata when the skin is drier or, paler
- Care for Kapha when the skin is oilier, more congested, or whiter looking
If your Kapha is highest, followed by Pitta
- Care for Pitta when the skin is less oily, moister, warmer, or inflammed
- Care for Kapha when the skin is oilier, cooler, whiter or less moist.
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