Do the words burn-out, hot head, fired up, irritable, rage, anger or rash spark familiarity in you?
All of these words reflect imbalances that are caused by excess heat in the body. Ayurveda calls this heat “pitta.”
To Balance Pitta:
Daily Routines (Dinacharya) for Pitta:
Signs of Excess Pitta:
SUMMER GROCERY LIST
Pitta provides the following functions:
- 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
These are the qualities of pitta. 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.