In Ayurveda, there are 3 main body-mind constitution types, or Doshas - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
If you have taken the Dosha Quiz and you primarily chose (C)'s, your Dosha is Kapha.
Kapha is comprised of the elements Earth & Water.
Main qualities associated with Kapha dosha are: Cool, Soft, Damp, Oily, Heavy, Slow, Smooth, and Static.
People of Kapha nature are warm and supportive.
They are caring, patient, and nurturing. They enjoy relaxing and being in the comfort of their familiar space, people, and surroundings. Physically, Kapha individuals are bigger-boned and can gain weight easily. It takes more effort for Kaphas to lose weight than the other dosha types. They tend to run cool in body temperature, have thick set of hair, beautiful eyes, full lips, and smooth skin. They prefer warmer and drier climates and doesn't do well in wet and cold climates. Their digestion is sluggish. After eating, they can feel full for long lengths of time. Their bowels tend to be sticky or have mucous. They have excess mucous, which lends to well lubricated joints, but also can have problems related to phlegm.
When under stress, Kapha types tend to become withdrawn or depressed.
When in balance, Kapha people love to care for and nurture others around them. They like to help others feel better, often times by feeding them.
Because of the higher amount of Earth & Water qualities in their nature, Kapha doshas can gravitate towards heavier and oilier foods. Cakes, sweets, fried foods like chips are some examples. These foods can actually aggrevate Kapha qualities and create an imbalance in the body and mind. Foods that are warm, light, and easily digestible are balancing for Kapha doshas. Steamed vegetables, ginger tea, beans, spices and peppers are good options for Kapha individuals.
Choose foods that are natural and wholesome. Freshly cooked is always a better choice than left-overs, canned foods, or processed foods. And chew your food really well with each bite.
To balance the Kapha nature remember to have more of Pungent, Bitter, and Astringent flavors, and have less of Sweet, Sour, and Salty flavors.
Learn about the PITTA DOSHA
Learn about the VATA DOSHA
Ali is a certified ayurveda therapist, meditation teacher, and a healing arts practitioner. She is a former general manager of a yoga & detox center and is currently based in Thailand.