Kapha Diet and Lifestyle Guidelines to Balance Water and Earth


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If an Ayurvedically trained practitioner or doctor has suggested you follow a Kapha diet and lifestyle to reduce Kapha symptoms, here are the guidelines:

Some of the most common symptoms of a Kapha imbalance include:

  • Over-weight or obesity
  • Feeling foggy, heavy, dull, or slow
  • Excess mucous
  • Thick, white coating on tongue
  • Difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Slow, sluggish digestion
  • Lethargy
  • Water retention or edema
  • Congestion, colds and cough
  • Diabetes
  • Allergies
  • Low thyroid function
  • Yeast conditions
  • Sinus congestion
  • Lymphatic disorders

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Kapha Diet and Lifestyle

  • Eat organic, whole, healthy foods that have a naturally bitter, pungent and astringent tastekapha diet and lifestyle
  • Favor light, dry, and warming foods
  • Eat fewer sweet, sour, and salty foods
  • Kapha is balanced by eating less food
  • Eat a light breakfast
  • Eat your main meal between 11 am – 2 pm and take a light evening meal
  • Avoid snacking and late-night eating
  • Cut white sugar and greasy, fatty foods
  • Use warming spices to improve digestion
  • Favor warm beverages

Kapha Food List


Reduce dairy products. When you do take them, make sure it's organic and spiced with a little ginger or cardamom.


Favor: Amaranth, barley, basmati rice, buckwheat, corn flour, quinoa, rye

Reduce: Oats, long and short grain rice (white or brown), wheat or whole wheat


Favor: Raw honey only

Reduce: Butter, buttermilk, cream, cheese, cottage cheese, ice cream, Kefir, sour cream, yogurt


Favor: Sprouts, artichokes, asparagus, green beans, bell peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, celergy, chilies, cilantro, corn, kale, lettuce, and other leafy greens like mustard greens, onions, parsley

Reduce: Beets, cucumber, eggplant, okra, tomatoes, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, water chestnuts, zucchini


Favor: Dried fruits as they are not too sweet. Apples, cherries, cranberries, grapefruit, pomegranate, prunes, raisins

Avoid: Sweet fruits avocados, bananas, berries, cantaloupe, coconut, dates, figs, grapes, mango, melons, pineapple, oranges, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, tangerines and watermelon


Favor: Mung beans, red lentils, soybeans (tofu & soymilk) split peas

Reduce: black lentils, chickpeas


Favor: Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds

Reduce: Almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, coconut, filberts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, peanuts, walnuts


If you choose to eat meat, limit consumption to 2-3 times per week. Kapha body types thrive as vegetarians


Use oils in small amounts only. Even the best oils, if overused will aggravate Kapha Dosha.

Favor: Flaxseed, mustard, safflower, sunflower

Reduce: Almond, avocado, castor, coconut, olive, peanut and sesame

Herbs and Spices

Kapha types can take any spices. Their food should be well-spiced and never bland. They do well with any spice but should reduce Salt.

Kapha Lifestyle

  • Get plenty of vigorous exercise often
  • Don't sleep in past 6 am and never sleep during daylight hours
  • Stimulate your mind by learning new things
  • Socialize often with friends or take part in activities that explore your limits
  • Sleep with light, warm covers, with the window cracked for fresh air
  • Never over-eat or snack often

Things That Throw Kapha Off Balance:

  • Overeating
  • Eating Kapha aggravating food
  • Watching too much television
  • Living in cold, damp climates
  • Being lazy
  • Avoiding mental challenges
  • Storing emotions
  • Eating to repress emotions
  • Focusing too much on material goods

Please don't hesitate to ask me questions in the comment area below. I’m here to help you out and I would love nothing more than for you to be the healthiest and happiest version of yourself possible. Let me know if you need anything and I will be sure to get back within “hours” most of the time.

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