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It is important when it comes to health to stay in balance. Most imbalances are due to what is known in Ayurveda as the dosha imbalance, where certain elements in our body get out of balance. Kapha is the earth and water elements.
These three simple tips will help bring your body back into balance and come into rhythm with nature.
1. Stay Warm, Dry, and Active
Making sure you have a warm and dry place is important for kapha. Staying active physically and staying active mentally through stimulating activities like reading and games, will help to naturally correct kapha imbalances. Treat yourself to massages with warm oils. Surround yourself with warm colors, upbeat music, invigorating aromas, and good company.
2. Pay Attention to What You Eat
Your diet is vital in creating imbalances as well as resolving them. Flavors that are pungent, bitter, and astringent work well to restore balance. These foods are things like bitter melon, gourd, turmeric, fenugreek, apples, pomegranate, quinoa, tofu, beans, and lentils. Drinking ginger tea and making sure your body is getting the right amount of healthy fats and oils can help fix imbalances, as can serving food warm. Avoid foods that are cold, frozen, or moist. Almost any bean is okay for kapha. Be cautious around flavors that are sweet, sour, or salty.
3. Meditate and Stay Active
Meditation calms the mind, eases stress, and helps build a relationship with your inner self. In addition to eating well and staying warm and active, it is a central way to correct kapha imbalances. Engaging in vigorous exercises that promote energy and stamina is another way. Vigorous yoga, hiking, jogging, biking, dancing, and martial arts are a few examples of activities that promote a healthy balanced kapha.