Kapha also embodies the watery energies of love and compassion. This dosha hydrates all cells and systems, lubricates the joints, moisturizes the skin, maintains immunity, and protects the tissues.
When out of balance, kapha triggers emotions of attachment, greed, and possessiveness and can also create stubbornness, lethargy, and resistance to change. Physically, kapha tends to invite stagnation and congestion in organs and tissues throughout the body - including the mind.
Symptoms of Imbalanced Kapha Dosha:
- Digestion Issue
- Dull Skin
- Breathing Issue
Foods to Avoid:
Foods that increase kapha are, in general, sweet, sour, and salty in taste. These tastes, if in excess for the kapha in your prakruti (constitution), can create heavy, sluggish, and wet digestion. According to ayurveda, this will cause digestive hardship for kapha and an eventual range of imbalances.
Food to Eat:
- Cooked vegetables like kale, asparagus, broccoli, bell peppers.
- Foods with less oil and sugar
- Beans (except cold tofu)
- Mung dal
- Split peas
- Goat milk (only in moderation)
- Limited amounts of grains like millet, quinoa, barley, buckwheat
- Less sweet fruits like apples, pears and strawberries