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Kapha Dietary Guidelines

Kapha people need to focus on bitter, astringent, and pungent foods which invigorate their bodies and minds, and should avoid sweet, sour, and salty foods which can leave them feeling heavy and stagnant.  Kapha individuals should never eat fried or otherwise greasy foods and should shun dairy products. Fatty foods is the worst possible food for kapha types.  Bitter vegetables and astringing beans are the best for kapha types who should limit the amount of food they eat.

Kapha types need less grains than vata or pitta people. All vegetables are good for kapha dosha except sweet potatoes and yams.  They should avoid sweet fruits but dried fruits such as prunes and astringent fruits such as pomegranates and cranberries are good for kapha dosha.  Kapha types rarely need any animal protein foods because their body is adequately nourished by other foods. Kapha is increased by sweets, so kapha individuals should not use any sweetener except raw honey. They find spices useful to awaken their senses and they should be encouraged to use all spices except salt, which increases kapha.  Pungent spices like back pepper, ginger and garlic are important for kapha types. If sleep is not an issue the consumption of coffee is permissible.

FOOD TYPE ENJOY LIMIT/AVOID
Fruits Dried Fruits, Apples, Apricots, Cranberries, Pears, Pomegranate Excessively Sweet and Juicy Fruits Such As Dates, Orange Juice, mangos, 
Vegetables All Including Peppers  with hot Chilies In Moderation Sweet potato and yams. 
Grains Millet, Buckwheat, Barley, Rice, Corn, Quinoa Wheat, Breads
Legumes Black Beans, Green Mung Beans, Pinto Beans Black Lentils, Soybeans
Flesh Food Very Limited Amounts Of Eggs, white Chicken, white turkey, not oil fish, Venison Fried Meats, all red meat and pork
Nuts & Seeds Small Amounts of Sunflower And Pumpkin All nuts especially salted Nuts
Dairy(in moderate amounts) Small Amounts of Ghee And Goats Milk Cooked With Cardamom And Turmeric Most Other Forms of Dairy Especially Cheeses
Sweeteners  Raw Honey in Small Amounts, stevea Everything Else
Spices All Spices, Especially Ginger And Garlic Excess Salt
Vices Black Tea, Coffee, Small Amounts Of Tobacco Smoke Alcohol

 


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