Ayurveda

Transformation: Pitta Dosha

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Pitta represents fire and water. Very contradicting, I know. Some of the functions of pitta are to regulate the body heat through digestion and to give a person appetite, vitality and thee capacity to learn and understand.

Pitta is hot, sharp light, oily, liquid, and spreading in nature. It is sour, bitter, pungent to the taste.  Again it is all about transformation, change, making room for new hunger, new thirst, new skin and new vision.  Pitta has elements of water or oil in the body, thus preserving the tissues from the destructive aspect of fire.

The Pitta Individual:

  • Hot:  Good digestive fire, strong appetite, body temperature tends to be higher than average, dislikes heat
  • Sharp:  Sharp teeth, distinct eyes, pointed nose, tapering chin, heart-shaped face, good absorption, sharp memory and understanding, irritable, probing mind
  • Light:  Light/medium body frame, does not tolerate bright light, fair shiny skin, bright eyes
  • Oily:  Soft oily skin, hair, sensitive to deep-fried food

By virtue of these charactersitcs, pitta people have a sensitive and reactive body.  They seldom gain or lose weight.  They enjoy food and have strong appeitites, an excessive thirst for cold drinks.

Pitta doshas have an amazing concentration level, incredibly intellingent, very disciplined and known as leaders.  Pitta individuals almost never sway from their beliefs, they seem inflexible and almost can be percieved as fanatic.  They are perfectionists, can be judgemental and very critical.

Tips for balancing Pitta

  • Avoid overly hot spicy or sour foods
  • Avoid consuming heating substances such as red meat, alcohol and tobacco
  • Avoid exciessive fasting and try to eat when hungry.  Don’t skip meals, especially lunch
  • Walk and exercise regularly, near the sea or when the climate is cool
  • Avoid angry or stressful people, try not to argue and aim to agree more often
  • Drink pomegranate juice or eat pomegranate seeds.  Its astringent and bitter quality helps balance pitta
  • Drinking Aloe Vera juice or gel in the mornings will help soothe and cool the digestive system

The Pitta Balancing Diet

  • Generally favor warm, cool and refreshing foods with the tastes of sweet, bitter and astringent flavors such as:  asparagus, salad, broccoli, cucumber, raita, mung dhal, summer squashes, cilantro, coconut and lime.  Thai cuisine would balance pitta out nicely.
  • Avoid very oily, salty, sour, fermented or pungent foods and spices such as chillies, alcohol, pickles, vinegar, hard or pungent cheese, citrus fruits, sour cream, yogurt, tomatoes, garlic, and onions.  These will all aggravate the acid and “fire” in the intestines and blood.
  • Enjoy sweet, juicy seasonal fruits a such as peaches, figs, and berries
  • Avoid red meat and favour chicken or fish
  • Most vegetables, beans, lentils are good unless they are prepared with too much oil
  • Favour wheat, basmati rice, oats and barley and take corn, millet and rye in moderation
  • Drink cooling herbal teas such as peppermint, spearmint, rose, coriander or liquorice
  • Ghee is cooling and be used for cooking and spreading on toast.  Coconut oil can also be used for cooking, flax or pumpkin oil can be used for salads
  • A nourishing breakfast to balance pitta could include cereal, toast and apple juice
  • Always avoid over-eating, especially in the evening

Reduce:

  • Apricots, bananas, cranberries, papayas, radishes
     

 

Favour:

  • Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, green beans, leeks, peas, potatoes
  • Apples, avocados, cherries, grapes, pangoes, pears, pieapple, plums, rasins
  • Cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, dill, fennel, fenugreek, mint, saffron, turmeric

 

 

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