Balance ⚖️Your Body 💪 with Food 🥕this Spring

Happy Spring!

Kapha is king during late winter and spring.  

Sometimes kings can get a little overbearing, if you know what I mean.

You might be feeling kapha dosha more in your body and mind during this season. If so, below you’ll find some easy ways to use foods to relieve any congestion, lethargy, sluggish digestion or heaviness you may be feeling from the kapha qualities all around us.

In Ayurveda – the ancient Indian science of life and longevity – there are three doshas that consist of the elements that make up pretty much everything in nature, including us.

Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas influence everything from the weather, to how certain foods affect our bodies and our general temperament.  They even affect how imbalances show up as symptoms from one person to the next.

Kapha plays a major role in the late winter and spring seasons when days become longer, the air more humid, weather more damp, and nature full and heavy with spring’s rebirth. 

Since Kapha dominates nature during these seasons, it can often begin to cause symptoms in our bodies, like congestion, swelling, sluggishness and slow digestion. 

We can counteract kapha’s natural wet, heavy, oily, dense and slow nature with some simple daily choices around food, movement and self care habits. 

Incorporating qualities (gunas) opposite of kapha’s qualities helps us to keep kapha dosha in check, and to get it back on track if it starts to get out of balance. 

So we focus on including things in our days that are light, warming, clearing, and quick during kapha season – in our foods, self care habits and exercise.

** Keep in mind, all recommendations in Ayurveda are meant to guide us toward balance, moderation, the middle path.  So listen to your body and how it responds to certain foods.  And allow yourself to enjoy favorites that aren’t on these lists, in moderation.  

  • Kapha pacifying foods are light, fibrous, rough and seasonal – think lightly sauteed spring greens, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts (make sure to include only one cruciferous vegetable per meal as more than one can lead to gas) carrots, peas, spring onions, chickpeas, beans, grains like quinoa, amaranth, millet. If you eat animal protein, lighter varieties like chicken, fish, turkey make a good choice this season. 
  • If you like a sweet treat, try snacking on a reasonable portion of seasonal fruit like berries, or cook them with a small bowl of quinoa porridge. A serving of dried fruit can also balance kapha.
  • Season with spices you enjoy that also help clear stagnation and ama (natural toxin buildup) like black pepper, fresh ginger root, chilis, turmeric, coriander and cumin, a bit of garlic.
  • Flavors that naturally pacify kapha include astringent, pungent and bitter. Minimize sweet, sour and salty flavors as they can aggravate kapha.

  • Including CCF tea (equal parts whole cumin seed, coriander seed and fennel seed) as a warm morning drink gives you tri-doshic balancing benefits and helps stimulate and regulate digestive function.  Fresh ginger tea is another fabulous option – as it also helps clear ama. If you rotate a cup of CCF tea, fresh ginger tea and warm water (as below) throughout the week each morning, you’ll definitely see digestive benefits!
  • Warm water every morning always helps get the digestive system moving.  If you tolerate lemon well, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and just a pinch of mineral salt or pink Himalayan salt to your warm water. This will stimulate digestion, help clear ama and provide an alkaline drink with a bit of heat to ignite the digestive fire (agni) after sitting stagnant all night. 

What kapha pacifying tips are you going to try?

Next post, we’ll get into self care habits that’ll help balance your kapha dosha – and help you feel energetic, and clear headed.

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