Do the words burn-out, hot head, fired up, irritable, rage, anger, or rash spark familiarity in you?
All of these words reflect imbalances caused by excess heat in the body. Ayurveda calls this heat pitta.
Daily Routines (Dinacharya) for Pitta
Signs of Excess Pitta
SUMMER GROCERY LIST
- Metabolism – from digestion of food to transformation of all other material.
- Thermogenesis – maintains the proper body temperature.
- Comprehension of information into knowledge, reasoning, and judgment.
- Complexion – gives color and softness to the skin.
Body Type Characteristics
- Medium frame, medium weight.
- Thin, lustrous hair with fine curls.
- Soft, medium oily, pink to red skin.
- Penetrating eyes.
- Small to medium yellowish teeth.
- Average walking pace, competitive.
- Good strength and endurance.
- Sharp intellect, aggressive, good general memory, medium pitch / clear voice.
- Slow changing moods, angers easily, quick temper, likes things to be orderly.
- Sharp hunger, can’t miss a meal, good digestion, normal elimination.
- Aversion to dry and hot weather.
- Prefers cold food/drink and eats at an easy pace.
- Saves money, but is a big spender.
- Moderate sex drive.
- Sound, medium length sleep, dreams are fiery, violent, and angry.
Pitta: Hot, Moist (Oily), Light
- Elements: Fire and Water
- Season: Late Spring/Summer
- Times of Day: 10pm – 2am and 10am – 2pm
- Taste/Qualities (+): Pungent, Sour, Salty / Hot Light, Dry. To decrease pitta, use LESS of these qualities in food, beverage, and environment. For instance, chips and salsa (pungent, salty, dry) will increase pitta.
- Taste/Qualities (-): Sweet, Bitter, Astringent / Cold, Heavy, Oily. To increase and balance excess Pitta, use MORE of these qualities in food, beverage, and environment.
- Best Oils for Pitta: Sesame, Coconut, Ghee, Sunflower