The wisdom of Ayurveda says that the cool season of Spring is called the Kapha season. When the intense cold winter withdraws itself, it is then that the kapha season sets in-bringing about a lot of changes in the nature surrounding us, as well as in our human body.
It is said to be the perfect time to detox and lighten up.
The Problems Faced By Many During Kapha Season:
As the kapha season sets its foot in, there are many things about which people complain, commonly heard as the weather–change sickness.
If we continue our sedentary lifestyle and intake of the heavy foods that we consumed during the winters, it could possibly lead to kapha disorders like respiratory issues, allergen reactions, lethargy, dullness and weight gain.
People also complain of congestion, feel lethargic and a little depressed too.
But first let us understand a fascinating concept of the type of people we are.
The Theory of The 3 Doshas in Ayurveda Which Define Our Personality:
An interesting theory of India’s holistic life science- Ayurveda explains that our body has a unique cellular constitution which is formed by three doshas- Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Vata is composed of space and air elements.
Pitta is water plus fire.
Kapha is the most stable of the three doshas, being composed of water and earth.
So basically we are formed by the combination of these, with one of them dominating and defining our type. This creates certain tendencies in our-psycho-physiology that form a pattern. Once we are able to figure out this unique configuration and the kind of dosha we belong to, we can treat ourselves accordingly.
The following are a few tips to combat the effects of the kapha season for all the three doshas. However, the food and herbs that are recommended are explained separately in the end.
- Warm up yourself out of the bed and not inside:
- Practise Yoga with suitable postures:
- Be an Early Bird:
- Stay warm:
Regular exercise is very important because it brings lethargy. So choose any activity that you prefer – brisk walking in the morning boosts and prepares you for the day.
Don’t miss the sunshine and try to take in the early morning rays to keep your Vitamin D levels intact.
Yoga has the solution to almost every problem. So take up postures like the Surya namaskar or Sun Salutations because they enhance the circulation of blood throughout the body early in the morning. The twisting –chair pose increases flexibility of the spine and back stretching the shoulders. It relieves stiffness of the neck, shoulders and upper back. It also massages the abdominal organs and thus helps in digestion.
According to Ayurveda, our body is programmed to be slow between 6a.m. and 10 a.m., so try to wake up before it is 7a.m. and you will find your energy levels to be better.
As the weather outside becomes a little less cold, don’t be careless regarding the warmth that your body needs. Stay covered and insulated because this change in temperature has its own kind of cold even on dull days and even as the temperatures moves towards warmth you may be sensitive to this transition.
Pay Attention to What You Eat This Season
Diet For Kapha Dosha for Kapha Season
Kapha season is a time when you can cleanse and detox your body to enliven and freshen up after the lazy winters. So consume lots of detoxing foods like beetroot, bitter greens, apples, pomegranates, citrus fruits, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, cinnamon and millets.
To keep yourself free from congestion and throat allergies, sip hot water throughout the day to keep the channels of your body clear. Adding stimulating spices like cloves, cinnamon and ginger would not only be soothing but also enhance the medicinal advantages to it.
Avoid dairy– since kaphas don’t do well with dairy because it produces mucous.
The other recommendations and tips being the same, now let us see what food is prescribed to the other two doshas to deal with this season.
Diet For Vata Dosha for Kapha Season
The recommended approach is to pay attention to the herbs and foods that carry double tastes to avoid getting your Vata aggravated nature while balancing the effects of your Kapha environment.
To help balance both Kapha and Vata consume the following herbs and spices: cardamom, mustard, licorice or mulethi, garlic and ginger.
Diet For Pitta Dosha for Kapha Season
Pittas should be careful of the types of herbs and spices they consume this time of year. Here are a few that help balance Kapha without aggrevating your Pitta: coriander, cardamom, turmeric, cilantro or coriander, licoric e or mulethi. Particularly licorice is good for you at this time of year as it pacifies the Pitta and loosens the phlegm. It increases your immunity and resistance to the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning.
So enjoy this season of purification and cleanse yourself inside as well to enjoy the blooming beauty of Spring!