The bedrock of Ayurvedic medicine has been pigeon-holed into five vital elements– Aakash (Space), Jala (Water), Prithvi (Earth), Teja (Fire), Vayu (Air). The blend of each element results in three humors, or Doshas, known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These Doshas are accountable for an individual’s physiological, mental, and emotional health. It is considered that every human has these idiosyncratic shares of each Dosha in such a proportion that one Dosha is to a greater extent than the other. For instance, if one individual is having more of Vata, the other will be having more of Kapha. To know more about your Dosha, get in contact with an ayurvedic consultant.
The outline of an individual’s optimal health can be explained by a person’s unique ratio of three Doshas, namely Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Although to prove its legitimacy and relevance, there is a lot of research and study to be conducted. Our system needs to invest more in these ayurvedic studies and research to strengthen them.
But now the question here is what does Dosha look like? The theory or the research is paved on decades of ayurvedic practice, which says the Dosha of any human has constructed four essential characteristics, i.e., Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Behaviour. Now let’s have a glance at what is KAPHA?
Kapha is a brew of water and earth elements. The Dosha is primarily associated with cohesion, stability, and energy storage. It is a quintessential element involved in the development of many tissues. At the Spiritual level, Kapha’s prime association is with Love, Courage, Stamina, Dedication, Forgiveness, and Stability. In our culture, it is primarily associated with a promise of strength in people.
Since every human on this planet has their own Strengths and Weaknesses, so we list some of the strengths and weaknesses of Kapha dominant people.
After enlisting all the strong and weak points of a Kapha dominant person, we can summarize at a point which states that a Kapha dominant loves to stay in equanimity or stay in peace with a subtle and stable mindset and with a lot of patience. They are fun, caring, and easy to go people with some good tolerance power. They also possess some really good and heart-warming romantic qualities. But there are always two sides to the coins, and similarly, the other side of Kapha dominants explain their negative parts. They are often ignorant and lethargic because of which they linger their work. They have rigidity, which contradicts their easy-to-go nature and the greed in their nature often drives them towards materialistic things. The Kapha dominants are at times mentally constrained or, say, impeded by their course of action. So, a Kapha is a mix of all these qualities, which makes them equally balanced, but the weak points must be taken care of.
A good diet plan and good diet habit is the key to robust health, and for good optimal health, a Kapha centric person must follow a good diet. Now let’s move towards the good and bad food for Kapha dominants. Please note: I suggest you use meat and dairy substitutes. I personally follow a high alkaline/vegan diet, but in order to include everyone, I have included advice for meat and dairy eaters.
The must take-in food:
• Meat: Chicken and turkey, mostly the dark meats in each case, Eggs are also a good option for the Kapha dominants but must not fry them. Prawns and games are also some choices.
• Fruits: Apple, Apricots, Berries, Pear, Dry fruits, Cherries, Mango, Peaches, and resins these are few options for Kapha centric which mostly emphasizes the ingestion of berry fruits or dry fruits,
• Vegetables: Artichokes, Aubergines, lettuce, broccoli, chicory, peas, Mushroom, Radish, Beans, and onion. These are some of the most recommended veggies for Kapha-centric people.
• Dairy Products: Soya milk, Buttermilk, Sheep milk, and Goat milk some of the best milk options.
• Grains: Barley, Oats, Millets, Quinoa, buckwheat, and couscous. The experts highly recommend the grains for Kapha dominants.
• Drinks: Herbal teas, Teas with Cinnamon, Ginger, and Bitter Substances best suits the Kapha dominants.
The stay away food:
- Fruits: pineapple, bananas, dates, generally very sweet and sour fruits
- Vegetables: sweet and juicy varieties of vegetable, cucumbers, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, courgettes
- Grains: cooked oats, white and brown rice, wheat
- Oil and fats: butter, coconut oil, all kinds of sugar
The Kapha dominant people need to stimulate their metabolism. Subsequently, they must be served hot and warm food as it helps in their digestion. Pungent and bitter flavor helps in reducing the Kapha. The Kapha-centric doesn’t have any appetite in the morning and can skip breakfast. A drink of lemon and honey would be perfect for stimulation of digestion. For a Kapha-centric person, the golden rule is the Kapha person must consume less than his stomach desires. Snacks between meals should be avoided, and drinks are preferable only if they are warm.
Parallel to your diet plan, your workout routine is also important and plays a crucial and cardinal part in the development and betterment of your health. 30 minutes of everyday exercise is a must for everyone. So, let’s check some good exercises for Kapha-centric people.
According to the studies and research, a Kapha-centric person is composed of water and earth elements. The body structure of a Kapha dominant is often big, and they possess high physical strength. Still, as mentioned above, they often linger their work and lifestyle because of their lethargic nature, leading to their weight gain. They must try fast-paced exercise to stay at the top of their health. The Kapha-centric people pose high endurance than any other Dosha, and they can perform any exercise longer period. Some of the best exercises are enlisted below:
These are just some of the exercises they must do. Apart from this, they can involve themselves in a group activity to stay motivated.
Apart from these excruciating exercises, the Kapha-centric people can also go for Yoga as it is less exhausting physically. And, listing below some of the best yoga asanas for Kapah-centric people:
● Tadasana (Mountain pose)
● Utkatasana (Chair pose)
● Utkatasana (Standing Forward Bend)
● Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward facing dog)
● Virabhadrasana (Warrior)
● Plank Pose.
Furthermore, one of the best practices for Kapha dominants to calm down their mind and restore themselves to tranquillity is to practice chanting. One of the suggested chanting for a Kapha-centric is the Gayatri Mantra.
ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥
oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tat savitur vareṇyaṃ
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt
(By Zoë Slatoff-Ponté)
Earth, Heaven, the Whole Between.
The excellent divine power of the Sun.
May we contemplate the radiance of that god,
May this inspire our understanding.
Why chant it?
This is one of the oldest Sanskrit mantras. It speaks to the unity of all creation, despite its many forms. Chanting invokes the light of the sun and helps us to transcend suffering.
Ayurvedic medicine is believed to be responsible for the holistic development of your health and body. According to research, the wrong ratio of Doshas in a human body might lead to that individual’s poor health, so it’s important to maintain a good balance of Doshas by following a good diet plan and healthy lifestyle. The research and study of Doshas should be kept on priority, and sufficient funds must be allotted for better R&D.
The bottom line for the Kaphas diet is that they must not overeat or eat less than their stomach demands. They must be served with warm food as it is conducive to their digestion process. Red meat is a must to stay away from food for them. Kapha dominant people should consume only chicken and turkey.
The bottom line for good health for Kaphas is fast pace exercise. This reduces their languid attitude. Tabata, Zumba, and Cardio are some good options for them. The advantage Kapha has over other Dosha is their endurance and stamina to do heavy exercises.
The bottom line for good study and research for Kaphas is the sufficient allocation of funds to ayurvedic medicine. This will strengthen the efficacy of the existing theories and facts and provide sufficient evidence to prove these facts and theories’ reliability and relevancy.