Digestion is a very critical aspect of one’s health and Pitta dosha is the one that governs this metabolism along with other heat related things. Pitta is a combination of the Fire (Agni) and Water (Jal) elements. This is the “dosha of transformation”. And wherever there is transformation, Pitta Prakriti in action.
Functions of the Pitta Dosha
For transforming our consumed food into fuel (nutrients) for the body, digestion and digestive fire (or Agni) are what we use. Pitta is responsible for the “fire” in our belly, keeping the entire physiology in balance. It pertains to perfectionism, intensity, leadership.
Characteristics of the Pitta Type
Pitta Prakriti individuals maintain a robust health with excellent digestion, immunity, and a balanced weight. Such people have a stronger will and energy. Determination, passion, joy and gratitude are the ideal traits of Pitta personalities. Such individuals are born leaders with perfectionism in their blood. They exhibit radiance and a glowing skin! For individuals with a balanced pitta, skin care would be an easy job. Their penetrating eyes, sharp mental mapping and keen observational nature keep the capability of influencing almost anyone.
Pitta-predominant people have a tendency of becoming hot, not just physically, but also emotionally. Such are the people wearing T-shirts when most us are in sweaters! Their opposite nature results in emotional irritability or impatience.
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Symptoms of Imbalance
In the situation of Pitta imbalance, all the good qualities overheat & turn into something destructive like an active volcano. General indications of excess Pitta are:
- Being short-tempered with an aggressive attitude
- Judgmental or criticizing behavioural tendencies
- Burning sensation in eyes, hands & the sole
- Hypersensitivity to lights
- Sensitiveness to heat
- Body odour
- Poor digestion
- Excess eliminations
- Nausea & headache
- Acne & skin rashes
- Loose bowel movement
- Excessive thirst or hunger
- Occasional heartburn & acidity
Balancing Pitta dosha
Keep the Pitta imbalance at bay, and tame the fire within by following these few tips:
- Balance your Digestion to make it Pitta tolerable and of a cooling tone.
- Balance the Emotions to avoid those grumpy and time-pressured days.
- Meditate for 20 minutes and practice restorative Yoga at cool times of the day for not excessively sweating but for maintaining the peace of mind and bodily balance.
- Diet for pitta dosha should include Cooling Meals for avoiding your fire breathing dragon to show up. Make your dinner the lightest meal and consume it at least 3 hours before going to the bed.
- Make use of exquisitely sumptuous aroma oils to stay Cool and cultivate a state of relaxation.
- Take the Load off and prioritize relaxing breaks from those long working hours.
- Give yourself a soothing abhyanga massage early in the morning.
- And lastly, sleep well! Early to bed and early to rise is the excellent mantra!