The Kapha dominating personalities are very down to earth, loving, graceful and calm individuals. Earth and Water are the ruling elements of Kapha, which govern stability and structure. The primary function of Kapha is protection. We all have all the three types, that is, Vata and Pitta within us in different ratios, if one of them is imbalances, it causes different variations. Kapha’s imbalance leads to a form of withdrawal where an individual tends to feel under stress, he puts on extra weight, he becomes possessive, he holds on to relationships, to incidents, and this holding on also takes the form of water retention along with fat retention in the body. When a lot of mild to hot water is drunk daily, the fat gradually begins to be flushed out of the body. It is recommended for Kapha's personality to take one day of the liquid fast by ingesting only fresh vegetables, fruit juices, and pure vegetable soups. Kapha pacifying herbs and teas are also very helpful, Drink hot ginger tea with meals to help stimulate slow digestion and sharpen dull taste buds. Drink 2 to 3 cups of ginger tea daily. Kapha pacifying foods are bitter, stringent and pungent. If a Kapha person is careful about the foods that he eats he can bring back the balance of his mind to the body.
The best fruits that are helpful for the balancing for Kapha are the lighter fruits, such as, amla, lime apples, pomegranates, cranberries, and apricots. The amount of intake of heavy fruits, such as banana, avocados, pineapple (sour), oranges, peaches, coconuts, melons, dates, and figs, should be reduced. Fruits like blackberry, plum, watermelon, papaya, pineapple (sweet) and raspberries are preferred to be taken in small amounts. As fruits tend to be light and cooling they are generally good for the Kapha dominating personality body types.
Kapha must reduce all sorts of nuts and seeds and must favor pumpkin and sunflower seeds more. He should have limited consumption of red meat along with less consumption of oats, rice, and wheat. He should switch the red meat with the consumption of eggs, seafood, organic white meat, and turkey and the wheat with grains, rye, millet, corn, favor barley and buckwheat. He should increase the consumption of fresh and organic vegetables as much as he can but the intake of sweet and juicy vegetables like sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini, should be reduced. All sorts of beans except for the soya beans and the soya bean-based food like tofu along with intake of dairy like full cream milk should be reduced, although, the intake of low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt, and a small amount of ghee is acceptable. Sweets, sour and salty are best to be avoided but a tablespoon or two of raw honey could do wonders for getting rid of excess Kapha. Because Kapha is heavy, oily, and cold, favor foods that are light, dry, or warm, foods with pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes are most beneficial for pacifying Kapha. More of freshly cooked, warm food over raw and cold food is to be preferred and he should only eat only when you are really hungry and the previous meal has been digested.
Following a regular daily routine along with a night of good sleep and regular exercise can improve the chances for a Kapha to get rid of the imbalance.