During the Winter, Kapha Dosha starts to accumulate in our body. It’s water element takes the form of the ice and due to the cold of the season, it is maintained until the end of the Winter. When the temperature begins to rise, entering the Spring, this ice begins to melt and to dominate our body and mind in the form of congestion, mucus, phlegm, sneezing and post-nasal drip.
This water excess also starts to affect the liver, making it difficult for it to process allergens that come from pollen and pollution.
To avoid an imbalance we have to:
-prevent this accumulation of Kapha during the Winter,
-maintain it so that it doesn’t increase during the Spring,
-strength the digestive fire and
-support the liver’s function.
Diet, herbs and daily routine with the opposite qualities of Kapha Dosha (like warm, light, mobile, and clear) is the way to turn allergies around.
Diet & Routine Tips:
- Bitter taste stimulates our digestive fire, clears the liver and gall bladder while removes cholesterol from the blood.
- Pungent, Bitter and Astringent tastes help to decrease aggravated Kapha Dosha and to strength/stimulate the digestive fire. Avoid Sour taste.
- Spices & Herbs like Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Cloves, Black Pepper, Dandelion, Chamomile are some of the ideal spices for the spring. Add them to your recipes or drink them like infusions.
- Cooked vegetables are easier to digest than raw ones, so it’s better to avoid raw salads if the digestive fire is low.
- Vegetables and Fruits heavy and oily or watery should be reduced or avoided like Avocado, Cucumber, sweet Potatoes, Bananas, Dates, etc.
- On the contrary, all the Green veggies & leafs (like Spinach, Arugula, Celery, Kale, Cilantro, Broccoli, Asparagus, etc) the spicy ones like Turnips, Radishes and fruits like Apples, Pears and all the Berries, Raspberries, Strawberries,etc. should be added in our diet.
- Replace Wheat with Rye and Millet, eat more Quinoa, brown Rice and legumes, especially red Lentils and Mung that are easier to digest.
- Avoid as much as you can: dairy, refined sweets and flours, fried food, excessive salt, leftovers, frozen foods and cold drinks.
- Try to wake up early and exercise, but be careful not to overheat. Try to incorporate Yoga postures like: standing poses, twists, and forward folds that increase the digestive fire, eliminate toxins and purify the liver.
- You can also include a Pranayama routine with: Ujjayi (Ocean-Sounding Breath), Bastrika (Bellows Breath), and Kapalabhati (Skull-Polishing Breath).
- It’s recommended a morning body massage before a hot bath, by applying warm (sesame or mustard if you are Kapha Dosha) oil to your body focusing on the abdominal area and the lower back.
- The use of Nasya (treatment with drops in the nostrils) oil with invigorating scents, such as eucalyptus or camphor, can act as a natural decongestant.
- Essential oils combination like Peppermint, Lemon and Lavender act as antihistamines.