A guide to cleansing for the kapha dosha
Those with a predominantly Kaphadosha can really benefit from regular cleansing as they are the most susceptible to congestive build-ups due to their generally slower digestive system and overall metabolism.
The important point to remember about kapha types is that they have a naturally lower body temperature and, in order to encourage the processes of cleansing and detoxification, they need a bit of heat. So, while foods consumed during a cleanse should be simple and vegetable-based, they should be warm and spiced. Avoid the addition of any oils or dairy as these are especially hard for a kapha type to digest.
Herbs and spices that keep kapha in check are those which are generally more heating and stimulating with the power to shift deep congestion. Think about adding herbs such as ginger, black pepper and turmeric into your meals.
During a cleanse, all three doshas should keep the diet simple, vegetable-based and dairy-free and reduce or eliminate caffeine and alcohol. Keep exercise to a minimum and remember not to overdo it as your body will be working harder than usual at this time.
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Author: Jo Webber
Head of Herbal Education
As a B.Sc. qualified Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher, Jo is passionate about bringing these two ancient sciences together to help people feel empowered about their health. Jo has put her post-graduate certificate in education to good use, co-founding the Ayurveda academy to help others learn of the wonders of Ayurveda. Jo has also earned a Masters degree in human sciences from Oxford University and has taught in several schools
B.Sc. qualified Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher
Years of experience:
20 years as a Hatha yoga teacher/ayurvedic practitioner
Member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association