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Kapha spring wellbeing guide

A balanced  kapha  gives a person strength of mind, solidity, protection and endurance. They are very robust and strong individuals both physically and mentally.

However, this   dosha  is made of the elements earth and water, and the new life and growth we see at spring time is created by increases in the element water. So, there is a risk that  kapha  can increase during the spring and typical  kapha  tendencies such as resistance to change can become dominant.

If we allow  kapha  to become out of balance in early spring then we will start to see signs of excess.

What are the signs of an increased  kapha?

Here are the symptoms to look out for:

  • A wet cough
  • Cold hands and feet and a poor circulation
  • High level of mucus and phlegm production
  • Sluggish digestion
  • Slow bowels
  • An excessive desire to sleep

If you don’t know which  dosha  you are,   take our quiz to find out .

How can you balance  kapha  in spring?

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. To maintain balance, take advantage of the lively energy in spring that is associated with all the new life and growth. For example, you could channel this energy into starting a new project.

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 hay fever during the spring. Increased  kapha  can make you crave processed sugary snacks. So swap these out for warm fruity treats such as baked apples or a sugar free fruit crumble. 

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.

Daily spring rituals for  kapha

Kapha  will benefit from more stimulating exercise that gets the blood flowing. Make the most of the vibrant energy of spring, and the brighter morning by waking before 7am for a simple yoga practise. 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.

  • Ginger   Warms the circulation and reinvigorates the mind
  • Red Ginseng   Highly energising, reducing tiredness and fatigue
  • Cinnamon   Warms the digestion
  • Turmeric  Boosts circulation
  • Green Tea   Boosts cognitive processes such as memory and concentration

Try Pukka teas such as  Three Ginger Three Fennel After Dinner Ginseng Matcha Green Revitalise  and  Turmeric Gold .

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