Those that identify with a predominant PittaDosha receive the most energy from the elements of fire and water. They reach a state of harmony and health bypracticing compassion on all levels - physical, emotional, and spiritual. Theyfind support in things that are dry, cool, soft, and mild. Tastes that allow Pitta to feel optimal arethose that are sweet, bitter, and astringent. Because like increases like, Pittas will naturally be attracted to thosequalities that tip them out of balance like sour, salty, and pungent. Pittas are fast, intense, and hot, so toachieve balance, they need to slow down, soften, and cool down. Physically, pitta must take the time to restand rejuvenate from the intensity of their everyday lives so they will find themost benefit from cooling activities like gentle yoga, pilates, hiking,swimming or walking.
When in balance, a pitta will experience ahealthy appetite and thirst, balanced production of hormones and enzymes,intelligence, and courage. By nature,pittas are very intelligent and quick thinkers. They are excellent at bringing information together and organizing theirthoughts.
When out of balance, Pitta Dosha Types will experience…
If Pitta is out of balance, you’ll notice feelings of irritation and intolerance, not just towards yourself, but others as well. You’ll notice that your skin feels hot, red, and slightly oily then normal. You may be sensitive to light or screens. If meals are missed, the pitta may feel nauseous or discomfort. Too little Pitta will manifest as increased signs of Vata and Kapha and include poor digestion and coldness. Pitta imbalances tend to increase during the onset of puberty and carry through midlife. This results in acne, menstrual or hormonal irregularities, hyperacidity, or inflammations. When a pitta is under stress they can experience violent dreams, excess sweat or body odor, periods of promiscuousness, high stomach acid, and addiction to intoxicants.
Pitta can be knocked out of balance by the excessive intake of the tastes that aggravate the most - pungent, sour, and salty. They typically struggle to find energy at the hottest parts of the day from 10am - 2pm and during the dream state of the night; typically 10pm -2am. Excessive practice of activities that increase heat (especially in those hottest parts of the day) like hiking, running, or anything competitive. Other things that can be a factor in the imbalance of the Pitta Dosha include…
What can you do to help get your Pitta back into balance?
What can you do to help get your Pitta back into balance? Because “like increases like” there is a natural tendency for pitta types to be attracted to the qualities that tip tem out of balance. As pitta is hot, oily, and intense, it is best balanced by their opposites: coolness, calmness, loving, compassion, and moderation.
Tips forthe Pitta Dosha Types or those that are experiencing a pitta imbalance
In general, some diet tips that have beenhelpful for Pitta include…
Foods that are cool, refreshing, and liquid (fresh fruits and vegetables that grow in the summer or are tropical)
Foods that are sweet, bitter, or astringent like grains, fruits, asparagus, lettuce
When available, incorporate aloe vera juice as the cooling effects are essential for pitta types.
Cooling oils (ghee and coconut oil)
Spicy (spices are good but no tones that have too much heat.)
Salty (cheeses and processed foods)
Sour (fermented foods)
Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea (mint herbal teas that have cooling effects could be beneficial), yeast, chocolate, cheese, yogurt, and red meat
Avoid low-quality oils which will increase inflammation
Honey, dates, root vegetables, nuts, chicken,
Wheat, oats, and rice
Heal tissues (Aloe vera is shown to speed up healing wounds)
Lubricates and nurture mucus membrane lining the mouth, lungs, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems
Clears a dry throat and lungs by enhancing expectoration
Milk laxative effect and softens the stools
Beneficial to skin
Bitter greens (kale, dandelion greens, collard greens, etc.), bitter melons, jerusalem artichokes, burdock root, eggplant, dark chocolate, cumin, neem leaves, saffron, turmeric
Cleanses the palate and improves the sense of taste
Tones skin and muscles
Improves appetite, support digestion
Absorbs excess moisture
Cools - it’s the coolest taste of the Six
Adzuki beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, and soybeans
Apples, cranberries, pomegranate, artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, popcorn, rice cakes, crackers, basil, coriander, dill, fennel, parsley, and turmeric
Hold tissues together and neutralize bacteria
Helps to stop leakage of bodily fluids
Reduces swelling by cooling the heat of inflammations
When you’re feeling as though you’re out of balance, food and nutrition is a very great first step to help getting things back on track. When it comes to your meals, favor those items that are…
Pitta will benefit most from cooling drinks like coconut water, limewater, aloe vera juice, rosewater, cold peppermint tea, yogurt flavored with mild spices like coriander.. Aloe vera juice is considered to be a super food for pittas as it cools and moisturizes thesystems and helps to keep the fire burning strongly, but not building to excess. Milk alternatives made from oats, almonds, or coconuts can also be
To balance this dosha’s tendencies towards fiery passion and overactive mind, pittas can partake in competitive or intellectual activities to keep them moving and burn off excess energy. However, it’s imperative that they avoid doing these types of things in the hottest part of the day as it will lead to an imbalance.
Ayurveda has the view point that people should practice stimulating exercise up to the point of producing a mild sweat and not beyond. Exercise only for as long as you can comfortably breathe through your nostrils. Listen to yourself and your body and choose something appropriate for yourself. Don’t overdo any repetitive exercises that will stress one specific part of the body excessively. Pittas naturally gravitate towards physical activity that has to do with the water - boating, sailing, swimming. They also benefit from a high energy round of tennis, running, or hiking. Time in nature can be extremely beneficial for the pitta as it helps to awaken the senses and bring a sense of calm to the entire body. A calming massage with light oils can also be very beneficial for the physical body as well as a time to be grounded and reconnect with self love.
Pitta is one of the doshas that can benefit the most from mindful meditation. Even just a few minutes a day can help to keep the raging fire of the pitta in check and smoldering instead of bursting. Rest is paramount for a pitta - they are often overactive not only physically, but mentally as well. Practicing compassion towards themselves and others will also help to lessen the more sharp, intense qualities that are naturally there with more mild, soft, smooth qualities these practices can bring.
Don’t forget your other senses! The power of sound, sight, and smell can help to rebalance your mind and body. Pitta’s tend to get back in balance when experiencing the following sensations:
Sounds in nature with running water like a river and soft bird calls
Nature: Observing a green meadow or field of flowers, glistening stream
Stimulating colors: green, gold, blue, brown
Stimulating aromas: Gardenia, honeysuckle, iris, jasmine, lily, lotus, mint, plumeria, rose, sandalwood, saffron