Kapha Dosha Diet


Kapha Dosha

  • Elements: water & earth

  • Taste: pungent, bitter & astringent

  • Qualities: oily, heavy, slow/dull, cold, liquid, slimy/smooth, dense, soft, static

  • Locations: lungs, stomach, pancreas, white matter of brain, cerebrospinal fluid, nose, tongue, chest, fat tissue

  • Functions: groundedness; lubrication; nourishment; growth; electrolyte balance; fat regulation; memory retention; strength & stamina; contentment; forgiveness; resilience; support & stability; sleep; repair & regeneration; compassion; taste and olfactory (smell) perception; immunity

  • Causes for Provocation: sleeping during the day; eating sweet, salty & sour foods, cold, oily, sticky foods; meats & fish; dairy; overeating; winter & early spring


Kapha Dosha Diet

Because Ayurveda treats the whole person and no two people are alike, there isn’t a set prescribed diet for all Kapha dosha people to follow. There are however, some generalized recommendations for Kapha predominate people.

  • Emphasize the tastes of pungent, bitter and astringent

  • Eat foods that are warm, light and dry

  • Drink tulsi, herbal chai or ginger teas

  • Drink room temperature or warm water, no cold water

  • Avoid heavy foods like meat, chocolate, dairy, and cheese

  • Avoid oily foods like deep-fried and fried foods as well as salted nuts

  • Avoid sweeteners and sweet foods, a small amount of raw honey is okay

  • Avoid cold foods like frozen foods, ice cream, iced drinks and foods, especially cold dairy products

  • Avoid salty foods especially salted nuts

  • Favor pungent spices like ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, and clove

  • Favor bitter vegetables like brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, bitter leafy greens like dandelion, kale, arugula, swiss chard and collards

  • Steam vegetables and add warming, pungent spices

  • Favor light foods like sprouts and salads at room temperature (if tolerated)

  • Favor dry grains like barley, rye, corn, millet and buckwheat

  • Favor lean proteins like beans, lentils, egg whites and white meat chicken, turkey and fish

  • Don’t be too ridged and averse to change; challenge and change are good for Kapha

  • Eat in a calm environment where you feel safe and comfortable

  • Eat a light breakfast or skip it if you can so you don’t eat before 10am (6am-10am is Kapha time of day) and eat dinner by 6-6:30pm

  • Eat only until you feel full, refrain from snacking and late-night eating

  • Avoid dairy since it is heavy, moist and oily which are all aggravating to Kapha; dairy also is mucus forming according to Ayurveda and can cause more congestion for Kapha

If you are interested in delving deeper into the Kapha Dosha Diet, schedule an Ayurvedic Consultation with us.