You are interested in Ayurveda and you just have gone through our Dosha Questionnaire? Great! And you have received your result and your constitution is Kapha. So what does this mean? How is this relevant for you and what practical advice do we have for you?
As you probably know already, your unique Ayurveda body type or individual constitution (Prakriti) is one of the most important concepts of Ayurvedic medicine. According to the Ayurvedic doctrine, we all have a very unique constitution that determines how we “tick” or function metabolically and how we tend to respond to stimuli from the environment. Being someone with a Kapha constitution means that you will have different proclivities to certain illnesses than other constitutions. There also will be completely different dietary precautions that apply to you as compared to other constitutional types. You have certain strengths that you can use to your advantage and certain weaknesses that you should control with your diet and lifestyle choices for example.
Here’s All You Need to Know
Fast weight gain
Tired after eating
Feeling heavy in body
Asthma or allergies
Dull, unclear mind
In order to remove the excess Kapha from your body, Ayurveda recommends a procedure (or rather procedures) called Panchakarma. The 5 techniques that are collectively called “Panchakarma”, remove excess dosha (Vata, Pitta or Kapha) and restore physiological balance. Once you have restored a new equilibrium you should ensure that you do not again progressively accumulate Kapha dosha in your body. Here are some tips that you should know.
Waking up before sunrise activates your hormone system and sets the right framework for hormone production and function and once the first sun rays hit your eyes, your body starts to produce adrenalin to kick-start your metabolism. On the other hand, when the sun goes down and it is dark, the body produces melatonin, signalling other systems of your body to rest, repair and start cleansing processes. All this is governed by melatonin. If you go against this natural rhythm, you violate deeply evolutionary rules and you are not only taxing your body by not allowing it to do what it is genetically programmed to do but you are also increasing inflammation in your body. Similarly, if you do not wake up from sleep when the sun is out, you are signalling your metabolism to delay its activities. This is a bad idea in general, but in particular for Kapha constitutions. If repeated over a prolonged period of time, it can seriously mess up your hormone system and the functions of your metabolism, leading to insulin resistance, obesity, lethargy, depression, tiredness and lack of inspiration.
Waking up early and starting your day with some physical exercise routines together with practicing breath work and mindfulness, has many benefits for all constitutional types. Kapha people will find that it brings them into the right frame of mind in which choosing the right food becomes much easier for them. Also, the time between 6 am and about 10 am is the time when Kapha is at its peak. If you eat at this time, you involuntarily increase Kapha in your body. Delaying your first meal and replacing it with some exercises will kickstart your rather sluggish digestion and activate your metabolism. This will help you to stay fit and keep your tendency to gain weight in check.
We have just recommended you to skip breakfast and replace it with an exercise routine instead. But what about the actual meal times and the food that is recommended from an Ayurvedic perspective? Food in general should be “sattvic” in nature – this is the opposite to heavy and bulk increasing “tamasic” food. Sattvic foods are fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains for example, and it is important that you as Kapha type focus on eating food of sattvic nature. Eat only when you are hungry and reduce the amount of food, and in particular carbohydrates for dinner. In general, you should not eat more than the amount that fits into your cupped hands. This ensures that there is still space in your stomach for Vata to move, which is important for proper digestion. Have an early dinner – before or around 6 pm and keep it light. Dink herbal teas like ginger, peppermint or green tea and sip warm water throughout the day. This will help you reduce the feeling of hunger and cravings. Here are some of the food items that you should strictly avoid in order not to increase Kapha in your body:
Engaging in new activities, meeting new people, learning new skills and setting yourself new challenges will keep you on your toes and help you to stay active and flexible. Yes, we understand that this can be somewhat challenging for you, but the overall benefits largely outweigh the initial feeling of discomfort. So go ahead and get out there!
As you probably know, sleep is very important for our physical and mental well-being. While we sleep, our body repairs tissues, restores energy levels, builds hormones and other substances, repairs cells and does many more essential things to maintain health and balance. On a mental level, sleep increases concentration and memory, the ability to think, decide, discriminate, analyse and it reduces stress levels. The time from 11 pm onwards to about 2 am in the morning is what Ayurveda has long ago identified as “Pitta time”. Pitta, with its transformative power, is extremely active during this period and will, if allowed, drive essential processes that are related to repair, detoxification and rejuvenation. And the way we allow it to do its job properly is by being passive (sleep). If we do go against this natural rhythm, Pitta’s energy will turn against us and show its destructive side. For Kapha types like yourself, this will happen slower and less intense than for Vata and Pitta types, but it will happen nevertheless. While your Kapha nature protects you somewhat from destructive processes that get triggered when we go to bed late, there is another negative aspect that is particularly relevant for you: snacking. We tend to start snacking and drinking when we stay awake into the night. These extra calories are not only an unnecessary burden to your digestive system (and your waistline), they also will increase Kapha further, affect the quality of your sleep and will make it difficult for you to wake up in the morning and start your exercise routine.
Fasting once a week will give your digestive system a temporary rest and will allow your body to complete unfinished digestive processes. Depending on your body type and strength, we recommend to either dry-fast or just on water, vegetable broth, or clear vegetable soups.
At our Ayurvedic Health Centre, we offer Ayurvedic treatments and programs that are specifically tailored to your Kapha constitution. Our treatment plans include a food menu that is adapted to your individual constitution and imbalances, as well as herbal medications, yoga and meditation and many authentic Ayurvedic protocols. We also offer professional and authentic Panchakarma procedures to remove excess Kapha from your body and bring you back to a deeply balanced state of well being.
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