It’s been more than a week since we last posted on “Words from Sanandi” but we’re back today with Part 3 of this 4-Part Series on Ayurveda.
If you’re new to Ayurveda and missed part 1 (Kapha) or part 2 (Vata), we’d love for you to take a few moments and catch-up before proceeding with this segment. In the first two posts, we touch on many of the basic concepts that will help to clarify some of the points discussed here.
If you’re up-to-date, we thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to spend with us discussing one of our favorite topics… Ayurveda! So, without any further delay, let’s dive right in!
Today we’ll be focusing on the Pitta Dosha. Pitta is comprised of the elements fire and water. What do we get when we combine these two elements? Boiling water. Heat. Flow… Essentially responsible for the thermal energy, metabolic and chemical reactions in our body.
A Pitta in balance typically displays a sharp intellect which can be articulate and decisive. They are the shakers and movers, the “get it done” personalities that our Society embodies and yearns to replicate… Why may you ask? Pitta’s are organized and efficient, with the ability to critical think. They tend to be excellent decision makers in conjunction to possessing strong willpower and a high level of energy. Pitta is synonymous with intelligence and understanding.
When it comes to a physical presence, Pitta dominance is typically that of a medium build. In western philosophy, the physique of pitta would be described as that of a mesomorph. Strong and solid. Well-built and athletic. Often, there can be some level of a reddish tone in skin color or hair with some level of freckles present. Frequently, we see thinning of hair and graying at early ages.
From a personality standpoint, Pitta people tend to be very cheerful and engaging individuals. Socially they excel at drawing people in due to their well-spoken manner and overall cheerfulness.
Pitta’s possess a fast digestive system which will typically require more frequent feeding. Just to clarify, we aren’t saying our Pitta friends have strict feeding guidelines like that of gremlins per se… In all actuality, Pitta’s most definitely should be fed after dark just to keep the PEACE! Ha… Ayurveda humor!
Due to the elements from which Pitta is derived, the inability to tolerate heat and hunger can become quickly apparent. With this hot temperature, Pitta out of balance typically leads to rapid fluctuations of temperament and judgement. A pitta imbalance manifests in fiery emotions like jealousy, anger, fear, and guilt. Good judgment turns into over-analyzing and critical thinking turns into criticism.
A Pitta dominant individual may easily demonstrate many of the characteristics some of us refer to as characteristics of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
The pitta personality can be argumentative and defensive when they’re out of balance. Physically, you’ll see it turn up in the digestive process with a feeling of insatiable hunger or thirst, acid reflux, low blood sugar, and sensitivity to spicy foods. Hives, itchy rashes, canker sores, and ulcers are all pitta illnesses.
Balancing Pitta’s sharp, hot, and penetrating characteristics may be accomplished by stabilizing, cooling and calming activities, food choices, and environment. This could mean simply allocating more time for rest and relaxing activities or as complex as major lifestyle changes surrounding dietary, employment and personal situations.
The peacefulness and breathtaking beauty of mother nature helps ground and bring balance to Pitta. Take a walk, go hiking, immerse yourself in the wonders of the endless beauty that surrounds us all.
Just as nature’s beauty feeds the Pitta soul, wearing clothing that mimics nature’s cooling colors can also provide great balance. Think of the various greens of lush grasses and swaying trees… Or the countless Blues of the vibrant sky and flowing waters… Or simply the silver linings of a grey sky and clouds above… They all help to balance Pitta dosha.
Nutrition Tips for Keeping Pitta in Balance
- Eat regularly scheduled meals to maintain energy and good digestion.
- Diet should include both sweet and bitter foods along with cooling fruits.
- The avoidance of pungent, salty, and sour foods as they provoke Pitta imbalance.
- Dairy can help balance the heat of pitta.
- Non-GMO wheat, barley and oats are the best grains along with some white rice.
- Sweet fruits such as grapes, melons, cherries, coconuts, avocados, mangoes, pomegranates, fully ripe pineapples, oranges, and plums.
- Vegetables: asparagus, cucumbers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, pumpkins, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, okra, green beans and zucchini.
Foods that Induce Imbalance
- Beef, seafood, and eggs increase Pitta and should be minimized.
- Pitta should minimize corn, rye, millet, along with brown rice to stay in balance.
- Luckily only a short list of sour fruits such as grapefruits, apricots, and berries should be kept very minimal for balance.
- In the vegetable category these foods should also be minimized: tomatoes, hot peppers, carrots, beets, eggplant, onions, garlic, radishes, and spinach.
Please take into consideration that these are just broad nutritional tips for the average Pitta dominant individual. In order to fully understand the dietary requirements best for you, please seek the proper guidance from a licensed healthcare practitioner.
At the end of the day, there is so much more to learn and discuss regarding the Pitta Dosha, even for the most accomplished Ayurvedic practitioner. Today we’ve covered a small range of characteristics and insight of Pitta, and we hope that it helps in your continued journey of knowledge seeking. It was our utmost goal to have this article provide just a shimmer of additional knowledge and hopefully spark a desire to learn more regarding Ayurveda and the thousands of years of research that have gone into it.
Please do not take any information in this article as medical advice. We recommend anyone dealing with specific medical conditions to seek out the proper advice of an accomplished and licensed medical professional.