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IMMUNITY IS OJAS

IMMUNITY IS OJAS

by Kottakkal Support April 26, 2020

What Defines Immunity? Wikipedia defines immunity in biomedical terms as the following. “In biology, immunity is the balanced state of multicellular organisms having adequate biological defenses to fight infection, disease, or other unwanted biological invasions, while having adequate tolerance to avoid allergy and autoimmune diseases."

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RESPIRATORY HEALTH

RESPIRATORY HEALTH

by Kottakkal Support March 21, 2020

Kapha’s qualities are damp, cold, soft, sticky, jelly-like, heavy, blocking and stable. These qualities naturally accumulate over the winter but are readily felt during the Spring.

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WINTER STRENGTH AND IMMUNITY

WINTER STRENGTH AND IMMUNITY

by Kottakkal Support December 08, 2019

With the onset of cold weather, our ability to stay healthy is challenged. It’s especially true when the same ill-symptom occurs at the same time every year. Learning to recognize the early signals your body provides is key to preventing deeper health issues.  

Prevention is the primary goal of Ayurveda, and being aware of the early symptom signals your body provides is essential. At the beginning of winter, the cold drying effects of vata are felt, as winter progresses the deeper cold of kapha settles in. This transition challenges our strength and immunity and manifests as colds, cough, fever, headache, sinus congestion, constipation, indigestion, insomnia, itchy dry skin, and body pain and stiffness

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Spring is Kapha Melting

Spring is Kapha Melting

by Kottakkal Support May 01, 2019

Our bodies are continually exposed to natural seasonal changes, which has a direct effect on how we feel. In nature kapha is called soma, it is all things cooling and nourishing. Things like the moon, forests, freshwater or plant nectar all represent kapha in our external environment. When the season is providing an abundance of cold, rainy, snowy weather there is greater potential for kapha vṛddhi (increased kapha). In our internal environment kapha performs both normal and abnormal opposing activities, such as sturdiness or looseness, nourishment or leanness, enthusiasm or laziness, potency or impotency, wisdom or ignorance, and many other opposing pairs.

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Balancing Excess Kapha

Balancing Excess Kapha

by Kottakkal Support January 16, 2019

Ahh, Kapha. A Dosha that we all have, made up of earth and water. It gives us many of our best human qualities, such as our grounding, stability and warm emotions. When in excess however, it can have negative consequences on our overall health. 

To reduce or pacify kapha, Ayurveda has given us dietary, lifestyle and herbal treatment strategies. To reduce Kapha, emphasize stimulation, exercise, lightening, warming and drying in your diet and lifestyle.

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A Healthy Heart with Ayurveda

A Healthy Heart with Ayurveda

by Kottakkal Support August 22, 2018

The heart is one of the most vital organs in the body. However, heart disease is currently the leading cause of death among both men and women in the U.S. because of our modern western diets and lifestyles. The rest of this article is about Ayurvedic principles to care and heal our hearts physically and emotionally.

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Herbal Remedies to Balance Kapha

Herbal Remedies to Balance Kapha

by Kottakkal Support July 08, 2018

Herbal medicine, when used correctly, enhances gentle and natural healing. For Kaphas and those with excess Kapha, herbal remedies can promote detoxification and rejuvenation.

In Ayurveda, herbs are a part of a complete plan for mind-body-spirit balance. Diet, exercise, and lifestyle, along with herbs, are used to make changes that address the root causes of your digestive issues.

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A Happy Kapha Diet

A Happy Kapha Diet

by Kottakkal Support June 29, 2018

Kapha is balanced by a diet of fresh, cooked, whole foods that are light, dry, warming, well-spiced, and easy to digest. Avoid eating food cold or as leftovers. Eat warm or hot food.

Fresh, cooked food calms Kapha by balancing mucous production, regulating moisture levels, maintaining adequate heat and supporting healthy digestion. Because of the nature of Kapha, a Dosha-appropriate diet is one of the most effective ways balance it.

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Kapha Dosha and You

Kapha Dosha and You

by Kottakkal Support June 14, 2018

Kapha is a combination of the elements of water and earth. Kapha governs the structure and lubrication of the mind and body. It controls your weight, physical growth, lubrication for the joints and formation of all the seven tissues. This includes nutritive fluids, blood, fat, muscles, bones, marrow and reproductive tissues.

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