A guide to cleansing for the kapha dosha
Kapha can really benefit from regular cleansing as they are the one dosha that is most susceptible to congestive build-ups due to their slower digestive system and overall metabolism.
The important point to remember about the kapha dosha 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, foods during a cleanse should still be simple and vegetable-based, but they should be warm and spiced. Avoid the addition of any oils or dairy as these are especially hard for a kapha type to break down.
Think about adding herbs such as ginger, black pepper and turmeric into your meals. Herbs that keep kapha in check are those which are generally more heating and stimulating with the power to shift deep congestion. Pukka Wholistic Turmeric capsules tablets pack a slightly hotter punch and will help remove sticky, tough accumulations from the body.
Pointers that are helpful for all three dosha would be to keep diets simple; vegetable-based and dairy-free as well as reducing or cutting out caffeine and alcohol. Keep exercise to a minimum and remember not to overdo it as your body will be working harder than usual during a cleanse.
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Author: Jo Webber
Head of Herbal Education
As a BSc 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
BSc qualified Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher
Years of experience:
20 years as a Hatha yoga teacher/ayurvedic practitioner
Member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association