In the ancient Eastern practice of Ayurveda, people are defined by their unique blend of the three doshas - vata, pitta and kapha. This personal make-up is known as your constitution or prakriti.
It's believed that in order to achieve an optimal state of well-being and happiness, your individual mind-body type must be embraced and balanced.
Today we will look at the final dosha, kapha.
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Kapha is comprised of earth and water, and as a result, is wet, heavy, solid, cold and slow. Kapha is responsible for the storage of energy and moisture in the body.
Kapha types, when balanced, are strong and loyal, but when imbalanced, can become lazy and possessive.
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Characteristics of kapha types include:
solid, big boned
may be overweight and/or struggle to lose weight
thick and/or oily skin
deep sleeper with a stable food and sexual appetite
may suffer from diabetes, high cholesterol and/or heart problems
likes warm, dry, mild climates
enjoy mornings and nighttime
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To balance kapha, surround yourself with, and increase exposure to, that which is light, dry and energetic. Wear comfy, cooling clothes.
Indulge in beans, barley, quinoa and rye, and include all spices wherever possible. 'Lighter' fruit and veg are best for you, so emphasise apples, pears, green leaves, celery and brassicas. Hot drinks and herbal teas are also good for you.
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Reduce consumption of foods or drinks that are cold or heavy, and anything that is sweet or salty. Highly processed foods, most dairy products, oils and sugars should also be avoided.
Eat only when hungry and in a calm and relaxed environment. Minimise overeating - especially in the evening as your digestion can be sluggish. Fasts may prove beneficial for kapha, but consult a qualified health practitioner before starting.
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Jogging, trampolining, skipping and other high metabolic activities are the best exercise for kapha. It is particularly good for you to get your heart racing and build up a sweat.
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