Do you have an excellent digestion and a radiant complexion? Do you get sound sleep and have a strong sex drive? If the answer to these questions is yes, then your dominant dosha is pitta. In Ayurveda, pitta dosha governs heat, metabolism and transformation in the body. It not only controls the way we digest food but also helps maintain a strong appetite. In short, pitta dosha affects all transformation processes in the body including metabolism and digestion and is closely connected to intelligence and comprehension.
Spicy foods and irregular eating habits result in pitta imbalance
People with dominant pitta dosha can be easily identified through peculiar physical characteristics such as pointed nose, balanced facial features, fine hair and light and soft skin. They also enjoy lot of physical activity but can get easily affected by excessive exposure to sun, irregular eating habits and by consuming piquant foods. The outcome: pitta imbalance. Some of the signs of pitta imbalance include increased stomach acid, constant thirst, low tolerance level, temper outbursts and inflammation. Excessive imbalance of pitta can also result in chronic health diseases such as piles, ulcers and hemorrhages.
Cooling foods and holistic lifestyle is critical for balancing pitta
In order to avoid such health disorders, it is critical to keep pitta dosha in balance. Eating a pitta pacifying diet is one way to reduce excessive pita. Consume foods that have nourishing and cooling properties such as ghee (clarified butter), grapes, cherries, melons, pumpkins, green leafy vegetables and spices such as coriander, cinnamon and fennel. Avoid foods that have fiery properties such as cheese, sour fruits, hot peppers and oils such as almond, corn and sesame. This will help you soothe and strengthen your digestive system and balance pitta.
Another remedy to reduce excessive pitta is taking Triphala, a herbal blend of three fruits including amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki. It not only detoxifies the body but also strengthens bones and nervous system. For overall balancing of pitta include neem supplements in your diet, reduce intake of caffeine and alcohol, practice yoga and take a cool soak in a pool as well as oil massages three times a week. This will not only help you regain body balance but also boost energy.
Meditation is the key to foster balance and positivity
When pitta runs high it can make an individual emotionally unstable. Not only do they become prone to excessive anger and envy but also develop a sense of criticism. Sitali pranayama and cooling yoga postures such as cow, cobra, fish and camel pose are effective ways to bring such emotions in balance as well as cultivate patience and benevolence.