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All about pitta constitution

All about pitta constitution (Pitta body type or pitta dosha predominate )

The following guidelines are to help

  • For pitta body type people
  • For those who have pitta dosha imbalance
  • In pitta season means in summer months when the weather is hot. Environment heat aggravates pitta dosha so it's important to cool your system.
  • If people don't follow the summer seasonal regime, pitta dosha starts to accumulate and it becomes aggravated in the fall season.

Sign of pitta imbalance – 

  • Extreme sensitivity to heat
  • Inflammation 
  • Eye problem such as conjunctivitis, bloodshot eyes
  • Burning sensation, acidity, heartburn, peptic ulcer, GERD
  • Dehydration and excessive hunger, dizziness
  • Loose bowel movement is also common such as diarrhoea
  • Frequent bacterial infection
  • Premature graying or balding
  • Frequent skin rashes and inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, boils
  • Bleeding tendency such as nosebleed, heavy periods
  • Yellow discoloration of the eyes, skin, nails
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Anger, aggression, intolerance
  • Symptoms are worse in heat and at 10 am -2 pm and 10 pm -2am

Balancing pitta dosha

  • The characteristics of pitta are oily, light, sharp, hot, so we need to choose the right food, herbs, diet, and lifestyle which neutralize these qualities for balance or restore pitta dosha. Recommended food includes those that are cool, heavy dry.
  • Sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes are a cooling effect.
  • Drinking plenty of cool water and aloe vera juice. 
  • Relaxing cool areas such as by water, swimming pool.

Recommended food list

  • Grains- basmati rice, quinoa, oats, barley, wheat
  • Lentils -black beans, mung daal, split peas
  • Fruit –avocado, cherries, coconut, grapes, pomegranate, ripe mango, ripe orange, plum, watermelon, dates, figs
  • Vegetables- asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, green leafy vegetables, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, zucchini, cucumber
  • Cooking Spice(cooling and calming spices)-coriander, cardamom, fennel, mint
  • Seed- sunflower seed, , pumpkin seed
  • Oils for Pitta -unsalted butter, ghee and olive, sunflower and coconut oil, 
  • Nuts -only coconut

Food list avoid or use in moderation

  • A pungent, sour, salty taste
  • The sour taste, for example, (cheese, yogurt, and tomatoes)
  • Salt and salty foods such as salted nuts and crisps
  • Oily, light food
  • Grains -buckwheat, corn, millets, brown rice
  • Red lentils
  • Hot and spicy foods( cooked with chilies, raw onion, raw garlic, mustard, and cayenne)
  • Fruits -sour fruit like pineapple, grapefruits, peaches, strawberries
  • Vegetables-beets, carrots, reddish, spinach, garlic, hot pepper, tomatoes
  • Spices -black pepper, cloves, mustard seed 

Pitta balancing pitta  daily routine

  • Wake up around 6 am
    • Perform personal hygiene (brushing teeth, oil pulling, elimination, etc.)
    • Go for a walk-in cool morning
    • You can start your day with fresh lime juice  or coconut water
    • Aloe juice can be taken. It is also good for the intestine.
    • Do massage daily with cooling coconut oil
    • For massaging the scalp use pitta pacify oil -Brahmi oil.
    • Have a cool shower, it will help to neutralize the heat of pitta dosha.
    • A gentle dry brush body scrub is also recommended for pitta body type people
  • Breakfast -around
    • Date and  nut milkshake or Fresh fruit bowl sprinkle with coconut ad cardamom
  • After noon time
    • Drink a glass of water before lunch it will help to neutralize tikshan agni (strong digestive fire)
    • Have lunch around 12.30 pm
    • Drink herbal tea (by using pitta pacify herbs ), after half an hour of lunch
  • Evening snacks- Fruits with a sweet or bitter flavor, make for great snacks
    • Watermelon mint smoothies
    • Drink cool and refreshing drinks
  • Dinner -Try to have dinner around 6.30 pm
    • You can have amla juice after dinner 

Herbs for pitta people

  • Shatavari
  • Avipattikar Churna (digestive problems, hyperacidity)
  • Panchtikta ghrita
  • Yashtimadhu (for acid peptic diseases)
  • Amalaki
    • Its have a cooling effect on the body and great source of vitamin c
  • Draksha
  • Guduchi-Guduchi boost the immune system
  • Ushir – It has a calming effect on the mind

Yoga for pitta balancing people

Pitta dosha is mainly located between the chest and navel, 
so yoga poses should be focused on especially those areas
The yoga sequence for pitta dosha should be
  • Asan that stretch and tone of abdominal muscles
  • Bending and twisting asan help to pacify pitta dosha
  • Meditation helps to stay calm and relax and cools their mind
  • Sheetali pranayama is best
  • avoid excess exercise when it is hot.

Lifestyle for pitta balancing

  • Spend time in nature
  • Walk in the moonlight
  • Meditate daily
  • Surround yourself with a cool color like blue, green, white
  • Enjoy daily ritual
  • Use cooling and calming aromatherapy oil like rose and sandalwood 
  • Relaxation and rest, going to bed early 10 pm
  • When hot, take a cool bath
  • Massage oil for pitta dosha -coconut oil,bringaraj oil,nilyadi oil,Brahmi oil

Some recipes for pitta dosha

Pitta powder
 Make a powder with Cooling spices -
  • 2 tablespoon fennel seed
  • 2 Whole coriander seed
  • 2 tablespoon mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • Grind together and store in a container
  • Add to dishes to balance pitta
Pitta chutney –
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Mint
  • Fresh coconut
  • Salt and lime
  • Take all ingredients in a small jar of mixer grinder 
  • Grind them and make a puree


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