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Kapha spring wellbeing guide

10th April 2017

Everyone has a combination of all three constitutional dosha, but one of them is usually primary, one secondary and the third less prominent. Thus, each person has a particular pattern of physical characteristics that make up their individual constitution known as ‘prakriti’. If you look at any current imbalances in your health, known as ‘vikriti’, you can help to correct this imbalance by choosing the correct food, herbs or yoga posture for you.

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The kapha dosha is the one most at risk of becoming out of balance in the early spring. During the winter we accumulate cold and damp and, as the warmth of spring starts to creep in, the cool begins to thaw and our body becomes congested and flooded. This can be a trigger for the onset of typical spring afflictions such as colds and hay fever.

A balanced kapha gives a person strength of mind, solidity, protection and endurance.

They are very robust and strong individuals both physically and mentally. If we allow kapha to become out of balance in early spring then we will start to see signs of excess.

 

Signs of an increased kapha include:

  • a wet cough

  • stagnation

  • congestion

  • growths

  • sluggish digestion

  • slow bowels

  • an excessive desire to sleep

In order to balance kapha, we need to balance kapha’s heavy, dense qualities by increasing movement and stimulating the system to push through sticky congestion and accumulated damp.

 

The kapha diet in spring:

The kapha diet in spring is all about reducing congestion and fluid build-up and will be of particular benefit to those who suffer with sinus congestion and heavy hayfever during the spring. This diet is most beneficial towards the end of winter and in the very early stages of spring:

  • Eat only when hungry, allow the body plenty of time to properly digest its food.

  • Emphasise foods that are light, dry or warming to stimulate movement and heat.

  • Favour foods that are spicy, bitter or astringent to power through sticky congestion.

  • Reduce foods that are heavy, oily, cold, sweet, salty and sour . These are considered to be energetically ‘cooling’ for the body.

  • Avoids stimulants, dairy and highly fatty or processed foods.

 

Exercise recommendations:

Kapha will benefit from more stimulating exercise that gets the blood flowing. Yoga postures that are more stimulating and invigorating such as the Sun Salutations and Cat pose can be especially helpful.

 

Spring herbal heroes for kapha:

Herbs that help to reduce kapha include those that are considered slightly more stimulating and heating.

Try Pukka Vitalise, Wholistic Turmeric and Clean Chlorella supplements alongside teas such as Three Ginger, Three Fennel, After Dinner, Ginseng Matcha Green, Revitalise and Turmeric Gold.

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Katie Pande, Senior Herbal Advisor

Katie is a qualified Medical Herbalist, and member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), currently practicing in Shaftesbury. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine and a BSc (Hons) in Plant and Environmental Biology.