Better Health through Digestion with an Ayurvedic Diet
Kapha happens in the beginning of life, the year, the day, the night, and digestion. Kapha is thus naturally increased during the following times:
Childhood - Children are reknown for colds, congestion, and mucous. Children love to sleep late and eat sweet heavy foods. They love to play and hate to work. They are loving and innocent.
Late winter and spring - During winter, Kapha fat rises to protect the body from coldness, driving the heat of the body inward. As the sun heats the air in late winter, the body sheds the layer of protective fat causing releasing Kapha into the blood stream. Melting Kapha is the ayurvedic cause of Hay Fever congestion.
After sunrise and sunset - For the two hours after sunrise and sunset, the person feels relaxed. Kapha people will enjoy staying in bed past sunrise and after dinner laziness. If Kapha is high, there will be congestion during these times.
First two hours after a meal - After eating the body feels calm and content due to rising blood sugar level, which is Kapha. Congestion also increases immediately after eating unless the food is spicy!
Stomach - Mucous buildup in the stomach from slow digestion is the root of increased Kapha throughout the body.
Mouth - Many Kapha individuals experience strong food cravings. Lacking the metabolism to process strong emotions, Kapha people also tend to suppress emotions and agitation with food..
Lymph - Kapha people have high blood sugar and cholesterol levels in the blood, leading to the slimy and oily quality clogging the blood vessels. Poor circulation deprives extremities of oxygen and Kapha individuals feel cold in the extremities. Slimy and oily quality manifest topically on the skin.
Lungs, Throat, Sinsuses, and Nose - Excess water and hyperglycemia lead to a thick layer of mucous in the lungs and GI tract. The result is congestion and improper circulation of lymph. Thick mucous reduces absorption of oxygen in the lungs. To compensate, the body lowers metabolism (low thyroid) and Kapha becomes psychologically overwhelmed and depressed. To balance, dry the body, avoid heavy guna and sweet taste. Favor bitter and pungent.
Breasts - Kapha in the lymphatic system leads to larger breasts and stagnation of lymph in mastic tissue. The breasts may be lumpy.
Pancreas - Hyperglycemia and anoxia together lead to insulin resistance in the cells, eventually wearing out the pancreas causing diabetes.
Mind - Sugary blood and and good absorption makes Kapha content and peaceful. When the blood is too thick, circulation is affected and the mind becomes dull and depressed.
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