Understanding Pitta


People with a dominant Pitta constitution are lucky to have determination, a strong will, and a healthy digestive system. Pitta, associated with fire and water, is known for its fiery qualities. This temperament brings a lot of energy, initiative, and a strong digestion. The main seat of Pitta is in the stomach and small intestine, while other seats include the eyes, skin, blood, sweat glands, and fat.[1]

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Pitta and its ambitious nature tend to dominate during the middle stages of life, encompassing young and middle-aged adults. It's important to channel this creative fire towards specific goals and express passionate emotions in a constructive way.

The Pitta Dosha is characterised by qualities like oiliness, heat, and mobility. Imbalances in Pitta can lead to various disorders, especially in summer. Managing Pitta involves choosing cooling foods in summer and warmer foods in winter. Pitta is most active between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well as from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Imbalances in Pitta can show up as skin rashes, irritations, or changes in mood. Restoring balance is crucial for Pitta individuals.

Tips for balancing Pitta:

  • Stay cool and maintain a comfortable temperature.
  • Avoid excessive heat, steam, and humidity.
  • Steer clear of excess oils, fried foods, caffeine, salt, alcohol, red meat, and spicy dishes.
  • Prioritise fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.
  • Incorporate ample amounts of milk, cottage cheese, and whole grains.
  • Favour sweet, bitter, and astringent flavors in your food choices.
  • Get plenty of fresh air and embrace the outdoors.
  • Listen to your emotions and express them in ways that nurture yourself and those around you.

Nutritional Guidelines for Pitta:

According to Ayurveda, here are some dietary guidelines for balancing Pitta Dosha: [2]

1. Heating Foods to Avoid:

  • Oils
  • Salt
  • Alcohol
  • Red meat
  • Hot spices

2. Calming Foods for Pitta:
  • Most fruits and vegetables, especially sweet and ripe ones
  • Cooling dairy products like milk, cottage cheese, and soft cheeses (avoid hard cheeses, sour cream, buttermilk, and yogurt with excess fat, salt, or sour taste)
3. Cooling Whole Grains:
  • Barley
  • Wheat
  • Basmati rice
  • Rice cakes and crackers
4. Beneficial Foods for Pitta:
  • Oats (mildly warming)
  • Wheat products like breads, muffins, crackers, and pasta (suitable for most Pittas, but sensitive individuals can refer to wheat-free recipes)
  • High-protein foods like goat milk, cow milk, soy milk, egg white souffles, tofu, tempeh, and cottage cheese
  • Most beans, except heating lentils (cool, heavy, and sweet attributes. Don't over consume beans)
5. Bitter Greens:
  • Collards
  • Turnip greens
  • Dandelion greens
  • Parsley
  • Watercress
6. Essential Spices:
  • Cooling spices like cumin, coriander, saffron, dill, fennel, mint
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Turmeric
  • Small amounts of black pepper, salt, and well - sauteed sweet onions (avoid garlic)

*Remember, these guidelines are general and may vary for individuals. It's always best to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner for personalised advice.

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