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Ayurvedic diet : an individual approach

Ayurveda has always had an individualized approach to nutrition. Fine out how you structure your diet to fit your constitution. One of the fundamental ideas in Ayurveda is that your body is intelligent and seeks health if you support it through good habits. Additionally, health is defined as a dynamic state – not just the absence of disease as in modern medicine. The idea in Ayurvedic nutrition is that health can be increased not just maintained through right lifestyle and diet. Thus, an Ayurvedic diet is an individualized approach that brings a dynamic state of being.


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Kapha Prakriti Profile

are you a Kapha type?

Physical Profile of Kapha

This person has the slowest metabolism but the greatest consistency. Their digestive capacity is very regular and consistent. They can easily become congested or overloaded as their metabolism functions slowly. Of the three types these people take the longest to process what they eat. They will respond regularly to the same kinds of foods or meals.

When they have digestive disturbances they will get bloated or have a subjectively heavy feeling in the stomach or abdomen area. As their digestion reflects their slow metabolic function they can easily over eat or eat too much of heavy, slow to digest foods. Disturbances tend to be reflected in accumulation of mucus or fat as when the intake of food is greater than the metabolic ability of processing and assimilation.

These people have the least resistance to sweets. Yet, they may be the most attracted to eating them of all the types. This attraction can put an extra strain on the adrenal – pancreas function that regulates blood sugar and the processing of fats and cholesterol among other things. Their kidney function can also become weak from any excess fat that is accumulated. Of the three types they will hold more weight in fluids because of the inherent weakness in the water metabolism – i.e., kidney function. This can give a ‘puffy’ look to the skin and edema in general. Kapha people have the strongest body and the greatest level of endurance of the three types. While somewhat prone to becoming over weight, it is by no means mandatory. They can achieve great feats of strength in certain sports and types of professions. They are the most physically orientated of the types and so have the greatest attraction for food. They have the largest bone structure of the types yet do not tend to be tall. Rather they tend to be strong, of medium height, and stocky.

Along with their physical strength they have the strongest immune function. Their resistance to disease is much greater than the other types and Kapha people will generally not become sick. When they do become ill it usually reflects poor nutritional or lifestyle habits. This includes drinking alcohol and smoking both of which cause problems for all the types. The Kapha type is prone to all kinds of accumulation in the body. This can manifest as tumors and other internal growths – of a benign nature. They can also be prone to lung problems or problems of the respiratory system in general.

The Kapha type generally enjoys the greatest level of physical health. Provided they do not indulge in extremes these people can live the longest and healthiest of the types. However, if they indulge in poor habits and nutrition they can fall ill and die from the many diseases of an affluent society.

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