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Kapha and It's Slow Digestion

Updated: Nov 19, 2023

The qualities of kapha are cold, moist, heavy, dull, static, smooth, dense, oily, and soft. An excess of these qualities tends to cause the digestion to slow down. Causing different physical and emotional symptoms. That said, you don't need to be a kapha dominant person to experience a kapha excess or slow digestion.


The different physical and emotional symptoms that you can experience with slow digestion are:

Physical symptoms

  • Slow metabolism

  • Weight gain

  • Large sticky stool

  • Low appetite

Emotional symptoms

  • Foggy mind

  • Lethargy

  • Feeling stuck

These symptoms tell you that you have an excess of Kapha dosha in your system. This can happen whether you are a kapha dominant person or not.

Three steps to rebalance kapha's slow digestion

  1. Follow a kapha pacifying diet

  2. Don't oversleep or sleep during the day

  3. Stay active

Follow a kapha pacifying diet.

A kapha pacifying diet includes three 60/40 augmenting/extractive meals a day with enough vegetables with the bitter and astringent taste life leafy green vegetables. Use pungent spices in your cooking, like fresh ginger, turmeric, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, to get your digestion moving.

Don't oversleep or sleep during the day.

Oversleeping and sleeping during the day only makes you more tired and lazy and slowing down your digestive system even further. Therefore it is important not to sleep past 6 a.m, not longer than about 6 hours per night (unless there is a vata imbalance present), nor sleep during the daytime.

Stay active.

People with a kapha excess tend to get stuck in life, and to prevent this from happening, make sure you stay active, whether socially or physically, through exercising.

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