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Kapha summer wellbeing guide

The winds of change are regularly upon us, the seasons consistently roll from one into another. Ayurvedic medicine recognises that this has a profound effect on our health and recommends many helpful suggestions for how we can adapt our lifestyle to stay balanced in each season. Each individual is unique with an equally unique doshic balance.

The kapha dosha embodies the principles of love and structure and is responsible for stability and moisture in the body. Kapha literally takes charge of the ability of the body to store energy. Kapha is made up of the elements earth and water and ‘holds’ the body’s structure together, supporting growth and development. Kapha’s are full of compassion and love, you can always rely on them in a time of need.

The earth and water elements found in Kapha mean that they are most aggravated in cold and damp environments. So, actually, the summer season can be very balancing for those with a strong kapha dominance because they benefit from hot and dry and environments and may feel more energized during the summer.

In order to give kapha a nudge in the right direction, here are some top tips:

  • Increase levels of bitter, astringent and pungent foods such as spices and reduce levels of sweet, sour and salty foods such as dairy
  • Increase stimulating forms of exercise such as Ashtanga yoga and sweat-inducing activity
  • Treat yourself to a sauna or daily massage with stimulating oils such as mustard

Kapha can generally be reduced by focusing on the clearing of mucus from the stomach and the lungs. The use of warming and stimulating herbs such as ginger, green tea, cinnamon and turmeric can help to support the release of kapha during the summer months. Just be careful about not turning up the heat a little too high and tipping the relaxed kapha out of its comfort zone. Try energizing teas such as Pukka Revitalise, Turmeric Glow and Three Cinnamon.

The best way to understand what your dosha needs at the start of each new season is to observe the world around you. Take in your immediate environment, is it hot, cold, dry or damp? What are your principle doshic elements and are they going to be tipped in or out of balance by your surrounding environment. The key is to stay one step ahead by reducing the quality now that will be imbalanced in the next season.

Meet the author

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Katie Pande, Senior Herbal Advisor

Katie is a qualified Medical Herbalist, and member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), currently practicing in Shaftesbury. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine and a BSc (Hons) in Plant and Environmental Biology.

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