5 Tips to Keep Pitta dosha Balanced
According to Ayurveda, health is our natural, balanced state. Pitta dosha is one of the three Ayurvedic doshas. It has the energy of fire and water – it is hot, sharp, light, liquid, spreading, unctuous. When balanced, pitta dosha manifests as a sharp intellect, robust health, strong digestion, and charisma. Our personal fire is burning brightly, and we feel like we can handle whatever the world throws at us. Pittas naturally dominate conversations and have strong personalities. But too much of nothing can be good. If you want to learn about tips to keep Pitta dosha balanced, read on.
The classic Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita says that when pitta is in balance within any individual, according to their prakruti or constitution, their blood will be healthy and the acid secretions in their intestines and stomach optimal for digestion. What are some other signs of balanced pitta? Mental digestion, sound judgment, and discernment. When pitta flares, the mind- body may express this imbalance as an itchy, red rash, excess heat, heart burn, diarrhea, impatience, irritability, or even an emotional explosion of anger. This summer, you want to keep Pitta dosha balanced. Learn about the 5 tips that can help you achieve that!
What causes an imbalance in the pitta dosha?
- Eating pitta aggravating foods (pungent, sour, salty, very spicy, deep fried, processed, red meat)
- Consuming caffeine (coffee), black tea, nicotine (smoking), alcohol and other stimulants
- Too much exposure to the sun
- Emotional stress
- Overworking and/or under resting
Here are the 5 tips to keep Pitta Dosha balanced
- Avoid hot and spicy foods: Pitta is generally hot and sharp by nature, so the consumption of hot foods will only build up the fire all the more. Eating foods that are bitter, sweet, and astringent can help a great deal in pacifying pitta.
- Reduce your alcohol intake: Pitta dosha should avoid too many fermented drinks, such as kombucha, beer, wine, and other alcohol, as the fermentation increases heat in the mind and body. Pitta already has a lot of heat. For the same reason, people with this constitution should also decrease any beverages that are acidic.
- Practice Sitali and Sitkari Pranayama: These breathing strategies are on the whole exceptionally cooling and extraordinary for reducing Pitta dosha imbalances. Practice these cooling breaths each morning for 5-7 rounds each. I also share some Pitta-season friendly yoga asanas in my article here.
- Avoid conflicts and arguments: Pitta people are bright, sharp, opinionated, and argumentative. They have a natural affinity for good and interesting debates. But serious conversations and arguments are sure to get the Pitta elevated. If your Pitta is high, it is important for you to stay away from people and conversations that will rile you up. Surround yourself with happy and joyful people. Make time for what brings you joy.
- Spend time in nature: Take long walks in the woods when it’s cooler outside. Spend time along natural bodies of water. Slow down and stop to smell the roses. Keep plants and fresh flowers in your home and office. Walk in the moonlight.
Pitta dosha is powerful, fiery, and dynamic. Keep that fire in balance with the Pitta-balancing suggestions listed above. Looking to learn more about Pitta Dosha and tips to keep Pitta dosha balanced? Then, get in touch today!