Juicing for the Dosha-Cleansing Kapha Drink Along with other Kapha balancing tips for the Season
Juice Cleanses, Smoothies…The Ayurvedic Way!
I LOVE the idea of juicing and drinking smoothies.
There is so much misinformation, so let me help you out a bit with this.
As the seasons shift, our bodies need to prepare for the next season by adjusting its internal elements and detoxing from the previous season.
Transition of Seasons and your Health
Moving from cold and dry Vata months and transitioning into the warmer, moister Kapha season can bring on a host of symptoms including allergies, congestion and headaches. In addition, it is during this time we may see the emergence of respiratory symptoms such as coughing and sneezing due to an excess of the Kapha state. Remember that the word "cough" comes from Kapha. The Kapha dosha, with its earth and water elements as the main features, increases in all of us during this time since the Spring is a more Kapha time of the year.
Spring season is known for an increase in moisture in the air, along with warming temperatures. This is the perfect breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. We have found many of our patients having spring allergies that turn into sinus infections.
During this time, we need to be very careful about the foods we consume and the exercise we do. To keep the transition smooth and without symptoms, here are some suggestions.
3 Steps to Keeping your Kapha Dosha in Balance
Step #1 Drink a Kapha Cleansing Drink Daily
Kapha Cleansing drinks are those that have ingredients which are bitter, pungent and/or astringent.
Here is my recipe that is wonderful for the season:
Step #2 Exercise DAILY. No need to be intense, just move…
The goal with staying in harmony with the Kapha nature is to not let oneself get to "earthy" and heavy. The lymphatics easily become overwhelmed, which then congests the liver.
Exercising, ideally with Kapha Yoga poses (insert link to dosha DVD here) will help reduce the symptoms of congestion, heaviness and/or frontal/sinus headaches you may be experiencing.
Even taking a 10 minute walk, once or twice a day, ideally after meals, will help bring balance into the Kapha state.
Step #3 Drink Tea.
For those who want to start drinking COLD drinks, please do not do this!
Remember that you need to continue to cleanse and detox, which is best done with warm liquids.
Please refer to the CCF Tea Blog
Sipping on a tea cumin, coriander and fennel seeds cleanses and detoxifies the body and mind. Ideally, this tea is sipped throughout the day, a few sips every 30 minutes, until 4pm.