According to Ayurveda, pitta dosha is a combination of fire and water, and it is responsible for the formation of bile and metabolic processes in the body. And, of course, if pitta prevails, then it more than other doshas affects the structure of the body and character of a person, behavior and food preferences, attitude towards life and even intellect.
Features of pitta dosha
Pitta is associated with the fire of the digestive system, the heat of the body, and the effulgence of the mind. In a balanced state, it stimulates action and movement forward, but it can break out of control and develop into a fire that incinerates everything around. That is why it is important to keep balance and monitor the fire level.
Pitta is responsible for the functioning of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine, liver and gallbladder, spleen, heart, eyes, brain. Regulates sweating, blood flow and lymph flow. Affects endocrine glands and skin health.
Excess Pitta causes skin diseases and allergic reactions, provokes hormonal disorders, and leads to eye and digestive system diseases.
Lack of pitta is poor digestion, slow metabolism and sticky thoughts.
If the fire of the mind and body is not balanced, then anger, anger, envy, jealousy and discontent with everyone and everything can overwhelm the head and turn life into hell.
How to recognize pitta
Usually, several doshas are connected in the body, but one of them dominates and, therefore, more than the others, affects both human behavior and his physical condition.
Pitta people are easily recognizable by these characteristics:
- they are purposeful and energetic, they are burning with their work,
- stubborn, decisive, demanding,
- are domineering, ambitious and even aggressive,
- they have a lively mind, imaginative thinking, they are characterized by ingenuity and worldly wisdom,
- have good memory, logic, easily solve puzzles and non-trivial tasks,
- born speakers and organizers,
- love to be a center of attraction, a guiding force, leaders,
- they save money and prefer first-class things.
As for physiology, pitta people are distinguished by:
- spectacular appearance,
- correct proportions, athletic figure,
- average height and weight, moreover, such people gain weight gradually and, if desired, easily lose,
- confident gait, straight back when walking,
- thin light skin that quickly burns in the sun,
- the presence of moles all over the body,
- the skin on the face is normal or slightly oily and often with freckles,
- acne, skin inflammations, allergic rashes are not uncommon,
- thin red or blonde hair that turns gray early,
- soft but strong nails of a beautiful oval shape,
- lively look, sparkle in the eyes, but the eyes do not like the bright sun,
- even, but not snow-white teeth and sometimes bleeding gums,
- sore, chapped lips
- sweating and pronounced body odor,
- good appetite and digestion: can eat at any time and with appetite,
- love for fatty and spicy foods, for ice-cold drinks,
- shallow sleep and the ability to fall asleep quickly.
Signs and Causes of Pitta Imbalance
- At the physiological level, pitta is responsible for the digestion and production of bile, and therefore the signs of imbalance will be heartburn, heaviness in the stomach, vomiting, as well as allergies, skin rashes, and acne.
- Since a pitta person usually knows that they have excellent digestion, they may overeat and overuse unhealthy foods. But if you do not keep track of which foods prevail on the table, then even an active fire will not cope and malfunctions of the digestive system will begin. First of all, pitta must remember that for balance it is necessary to cool the body and mind.
- Emotionally, people with unbalanced pitta become bile, irritable, envious, resentful. And since pitta refers to the element of fire and fire is a passion, rajas, which are conducive to vanity and narcissism, when the balance is disturbed, arrogance and pride appear.
- That is why Ayurveda says that the duty of people of pitta dosha is to cope with their ego, to learn to respect the people around them, to sympathize with them, to worry about other people's needs. Once they learn patience and calmness, it will be easier for them to direct their inner energy towards creation. Otherwise, the energy will destroy them. A good way to find balance is to sincerely ask for forgiveness and to forgive easily on your own. And in no case should you suppress your negative emotions! Events should be accepted as gifts of fate.
Healing pitta dosha
Ayurveda says that it is possible to balance one of the doshas by enhancing the energy of others, which, albeit in a smaller volume, are still present in a person. In the teaching itself, there are quite a lot of specific formulas and recipes for regulating the strength of the doshas, only it is better to select them with the help of a trusted specialist. For self-healing, you can use some of the publicly available nutrition and lifestyle tips.
For example, people who are predominantly pitta dosha can relax in a forest, lake or river during the summer season to cool them naturally. But from traveling to tropical countries, where the hot air will further kindle the inner fire, it is better for them to refrain. In addition, we must not forget about the tendency of the skin to burn in the sun, and if you still choose exotic countries or sea holidays, then you must provide opportunities for cooling the body and mind.
Choosing a hobby for yourself is best among relaxing and creative activities, such as painting. It is also helpful to be involved in community affairs, volunteering and charity work. Such activities teach pitta to empathize with people, which has a beneficial effect on character and tames pride.
All kinds of soothing spiritual practices, yoga and meditation work well for pitta. Evening meditation is especially helpful because it relaxes the mind and improves the quality of sleep, and pitta, like no other, needs a full 8 hours of rest.
To summarize, it turns out that a person with a dominant pitta should strive for moderation and know that it is useful to cool his fire so that it does not flare up too much.
Nutrition for pitta
Despite the fact that pitta often has active digestion and is not afraid of extra pounds, you should not overeat and remember that spicy, salty, sour and fatty foods can unbalance this dosha. In addition, it is worth giving preference to cold and warm, but not hot dishes.
For people with predominantly pitta, vegetarianism is great, as a plant-based diet reduces aggression. Ayurveda advises choosing vegetables, fruits and grains with sweet, bitter and astringent tastes. Dairy products are not contraindicated either, the main thing is that they are not too fatty, but fermented milk should be used with caution. Good for soothing pitta, warm milk with ghee or turmeric and cinnamon.
Dietary advice for pitta dosha:
- non-carbonated drinks, herbal teas, natural juices from vegetables (except tomato) and sweet fruits, and coffee and alcoholic beverages should be avoided,
- sweet grains: white rice, oats, wheat and barley,
- yeast-free bread, croutons and dryers, pasta,
- most legumes, except red lentils,
- leafy vegetables, except spinach, and greens,
- bell peppers, cabbage, celery, potatoes, zucchini, pumpkin and other vegetables with sweet and bitter tastes, avoid eggplant, tomatoes, raw beets and carrots, onions and garlic,
- sweet and ripe berries and fruits, but do not get carried away with bananas, apricots, peaches and persimmons,
- raw olive oil, sunflower oil for cooking, and coconut oil because it cools,
- pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, peeled almonds, but the rest of the seeds and nuts are prohibited,
- mild and cooling spices: fennel, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, vanilla, cumin.
Of course, these are general recommendations, and you should always select products based on your own feelings!
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