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Transform Your Health with Kapha Season Foods: A Guide to Food as Medicine

Updated: Apr 26

Feeling sluggish and tired? Emotional eating? Weight gain? Cholesterol numbers creeping up? Pre-diabetic? You might have an Kapha imbalance. Learn how to balance Kapha using food as medicine. When we eat correctly, specifically to our individual needs, our food is medicine. Learn about Kapha season and how to turn your food into medicine to balance Kapha dosha.

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Kapha: That Which Protects and Lubricates

Kapha dosha is governed by water and earth. Nourishing and reliable, Kapha provides structure and stability in our inner and outer worlds. Like the elements it represents, Kapha physical properties are moist, heavy, slow (or dullish), cool, stable, oily, and smooth.

Balanced Kapha supports groundedness, endurance, strength, and dependability. It protects critical systems from our immune system and personal boundaries down to our stomach lining and the fluid in our joints. Out of balance, Kapha manifests as physical and mental “dullness.” We may put on a few extra pounds, or feel weighed down, lethargic, foggy, or depressed.

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What is Kapha Season?

Depending on your location and the climate around you, Kapha season may vary. Generally speaking, it begins in the late-winter and ends in early spring.

Kapha's qualities are: heavy, cool, moist, slow, steady, and smooth, oily As such, late winter and early spring is Kapha season. As Kapha in the environment increases, Kapha in us is likely to increase as well.

During this time, we often become heavier, we may feel lethargic (long, cold, dark days add to this), fatigue, excessive sleep, depressed mood, demotivated, thick white coating on the tongue, slow, sticky bowel movements, possessive or overly attached, sentimental, stubborn, with a tendency for emotional eating. This is why balancing the Kapha is so important for overall well-being.

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How Do I Know If I Have a Dosha Imbalance?

Peruse these comprehensive and convenient lists of signs and symptoms of dosha imbalances.

As we are all comprised of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, there can be an imbalance in any of the doshas, or a combination of dosha imbalances. Read all three lists and see if anything looks familiar.

Some common Kapha imbalances:

Kapha balancing barley soup with chili

In the following guide, we’ll highlight a few basic principles to balance the patterns that arise during Kapha season.

Food as Medicine for Kapha Season

Eat to Balance Kapha Qualities

By nature, Kapha is heavy, cool, and oily. To maintain balance during the spring Kapha season, favor foods that counterbalance these qualities. This means transitioning from dense, filling winter meals to light, dry, astringent fare. Our Kapha Reducing Kitchari is a client favorite. Cleansing yet nourishing and an easy one pot meal.

Eat the Bounty of the Season

What pokes its head above ground at the onset of spring? Life! As soon as they’re available, turn to cleansing early spring greens like arugula, spinach, and chard. Consume cooked and spiced for easy digestion, warmth, and invigoration.

Eat Consciously and Moderately

Routine and mindfulness are central to a balanced Kapha diet. Avoid overindulgence by sticking to two to three meals a day. Tune-in to how you feel before and after eating – how is your appetite, do you feel heavy or revitalized?

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Best Tastes for Kapha:

These three tastes are the most supportive for Kapha:

1. Pungent: chilis, ginger, onion, garlic

2. Bitter: dark leafy greens, turmeric

3. Astringent: legumes, cranberries, aloe

Reduce sweet, salty, and sour tastes.

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For ideas, inspiration, and recipes, visit our online recipe box. Selected top Ayurveda recipe blogs. Here's a few client favorites to get you going.

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Veena at Saumya Ayurveda

Veena is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and meditation teacher, and monk.

She is President Emeritus and teaching faculty of the Meditation Center.

Veena fell in love with the traditional medicine used in her family’s home, learning herbal remedies at her grandmother's knee.

These childhood experiences were the seeds of a lifelong passion. For over 30 years, Veena has dedicated her life to the world’s oldest healing system: Ayurveda.

She draws on this ancient wisdom to help others find their compass to a healthy life – and support those left wanting by Western medicine.

An experienced Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Veena’s deep, intuitive knowledge of Ayurveda empowers her clients to reclaim their fullest, most vibrant lives –mentally, physically, and spiritually. Veena individualizes treatment plans to each person, rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach, so it fits your life and becomes woven in your lifestyle, naturally.

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