Showing posts with label pitta body type. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pitta body type. Show all posts

Mar 29, 2014

Pitta: The Energy of Digestion and Metabolism

Pitta types have many of the qualities of fire. When out of balance, they can become very agitated and short-tempered. The pitta body type is one of medium height and build, with ruddy or coppery skin. They may have many moles and freckles. Their skin is warm and less wrinkled than vata skin. Their hair tends to be silky and they often experience premature graying or hair loss. Their eyes are of medium size and the conjunctiva is moist. The nose is sharp and the tip tends to be reddish.

Those with pitta-dominant constitutions have a strong metabolism, good digestion and strong appetites. They like plenty of food and liquids and tend to love hot spices and cold drinks. However, their constitution is balanced by sweet, bitter and astringent tastes. Pitta people’s sleep is sound and of medium duration. They produce large quantities of urine and feces, which tend to be yellowish, soft and plentiful. They perspire easily and their hands and feet stay warm. Pitta people have a lower tolerance for sunlight, heat and hard physical work.

Mentally, pitta types are alert and intelligent and have good powers of comprehension. However, they are easily agitated and aggressive and tend toward hate, anger and jealousy when imbalanced. In the external world, pitta people like to be leaders and planners and seek material prosperity. They like to exhibit their wealth and possessions. Pitta people tend to have diseases involving the fire principle such as fevers, inflammatory diseases and jaundice. Common symptoms include skin rashes, burning sensation, ulceration, fever, inflammations or irritations such as conjunctivitis, colitis or sore throats.

Since the attributes of pitta are oily, hot, light, mobile, dispersing and liquid, an excess of any of these qualities aggravates pitta. Summer is a time of heat, the pitta season. Sunburn, poison ivy, prickly heat and short tempers are common. These kinds of pitta disorders tend to calm down as the weather gets cooler. The diet and lifestyle changes emphasize coolness—cool foods, avoidance of chilies and spices, and cool climates. People with excessive pitta need to exercise at the coolest part of the day.

Dietary Considerations
General food guidelines for pacifying pitta include avoiding sour, salty and pungent foods. Vegetarianism is best for pitta people and they should refrain from eating meat, eggs, alcohol and salt. To help calm their natural aggressiveness and compulsiveness, it is beneficial to incorporate sweet, cooling and bitter foods and tastes into their diets.

Barley, rice, oats and wheat are good grains for pitta dominant individuals and vegetables should form a substantial part of their diet. Tomatoes, radishes, chilies, garlic and raw onions should all be avoided. In fact, any vegetable that is too sour or hot will aggravate pitta, but most other vegetables will help to calm it. Daikon radishes are cleansing for the liver when pitta is in balance but should be avoided otherwise. Salads and raw vegetables are good for pitta types in the spring and summer as are any sweet fruits. Sour fruits should be avoided with the exception of limes, used sparingly.

Animal foods, especially seafood and eggs, should only be taken in moderation by pitta types. Chicken, turkey, rabbit and venison are all right. All legumes except red and yellow lentils are good in small amounts, with black lentils, chickpeas and mung beans being the best.

Most nuts and seeds have too much oil and are heating for pitta. However, coconut is cooling and sunflower and pumpkin seeds are all right occasionally. Small amounts of coconut, olive and sunflower oils are also good for pitta.

Sweet dairy products are good and include milk, unsalted butter, ghee and soft, unsalted cheeses. Yogurt can be used if it is blended with spices, a little sweetener and water. In fact, pitta people can use a sweetener better than the other two doshasbecause it relieves pitta. However, they should avoid hot spices, using cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, fennel and turmeric predominantly, with small amounts of cumin and black pepper.

Coffee, alcohol and tobacco should be completely avoided although the occasional beer may be relaxing for a pitta person. Black tea may also be used occasionally with a little milk and a pinch of cardamom.

General guidelines for balancing pitta:
  1. Avoid excessive heat 
  2. Eat cooling, non-spicy foods
  3. Avoid excessive oil 
  4. Exercise during the cooler part of the day
  5. Avoid excessive steam 
  6. Limit salt intake 

Jan 20, 2012

Pitta Dosha: All About Pitta | Ayurveda

As per Ayurveda, the body is made up of tissues (dhatus), waste products (malas), and doshas (loosely translated to Energetic Forces). It is the Tridoshas' job to assist with the creation of all of the various tissues of the body and to remove any unnecessary waste products from the body. It is also the Tridoshas that influence all movements, all transformations, all sensory functions, and many of the other activities in the human body and mind. Out of this tridoshas the Vata dosha is the most important of the three doshas. The Pitta dosha is associated with fire or heat. Kapha is the heaviest of the three doshas. It provides the structures and the lubrication that the body needs.

Now lets understand what is Pitta Dosha, What are Pitta Body Types, and what is important for them to consider with respect to food and what all they need to avoid.

The Pitta Type Body
In Ayurveda Pitta is known as Energy of Digestion and Metabolism. Pitta dosha (bio-energy) is a combination of water and fire elements and formulated by the dynamic interplay of the both. These elements are transformative in nature thus they constantly modulate and control each other. In human body Pitta represents the fire element; it includes gastric fire or digestive fire, action of enzymes and amino acids that play a major role in metabolism, and the neurotransmitters and neuropeptides involved in thinking. People with pitta personality are known for warm friendly behavior and leadership qualities.

Pitta is hot, sharp, light, oily, liquid, and spreading in nature. It is sour, bitter, pungent to the taste, and has a fleshy smell. All these characteristics are revealed in the body of the pitta person. The main centers of pitta in human body are small intestine, stomach, sweat glands, blood, fat, eyes, and skin. Pitta governs digestion, absorption, assimilation, nutrition, metabolism, body temperature, skin coloration, the luster of the eyes, intelligence, and understanding. It gives the person appetite, vitality, and the capacity to learn, understand and determine what is right or wrong. The imbalanced pitta can cause many physical and psychological problems like anger, criticism, negative emotions, acidity, ulcers, heartburn, rashes and thinning hair. Pitta can be thrown out of balance by, eating spicy or sour food; being angry, tired, or fearful; or spending too much time in the sun. People with a predominantly pitta constitution are thought to be susceptible to heart disease and arthritis.

Pitta provides the following functions:

• Metabolism - at all the various levels from digestion of food to transformation of all other material
• Thermogenesis - maintains the proper body temperature
• Vision - converts external images into optic nerve impulses
• Appetite - the feeling of hunger and thirst
• Comprehension - of information into knowledge, also reasoning and judgment
• Courage & Braveness - to face the situation
• Complexion - gives color and softness to skin

Indications of Balanced Pitta 
A balanced pitta is an indication of sound physical and psychological health of an individual. When in balance pitta ensures:
•  Good digestion
•  Energy
•  Goal-setting inclinations
•  Good problem-solving skills
•  Keen powers of intelligence
•  Decisiveness
•  Boldness and courage
•  Bright complexion

Indications of Imbalanced Pitta
•   Acidity, Heartburn
•   Fitful sleep, Disturbing dreams, Insomnia
•   Diarrhea, Food allergies
•   Bad breath, Sour body odor
•   Sensitivity to heat, Hot flashes
•   Skin rashes, Boils and Acne
•   Ulcers, Hot sensations in the stomach or intestines
•   Bloodshot eyes other vision problems
•   Weakness due to low blood sugar
•   Fevers, Night sweats
•   Anemia
•   Jaundice


Pitta Dosha Foods General:
You can balance excess pitta with foods that are dry, cool and heavy with a mild, naturally sweet, bitter or astringent taste. Milk, beans, rice, steamed vegetables and fruits are good for pitta people. Pitta body types generally like a lot of protein. The sweet items like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, barley malt, and honey are good.

• Mild spices: Coriander, cumin, and cilantro
• Vegetables & Fruits: can eat most vegetables and fruits.
• Grains: Barley, oats, wheat, parboiled rice.

General Tips on Health and Wellness For Pitta
When in balance, pitta promotes intelligence and understanding but when disturbed or imbalanced it produces anger and jealousy. To ensure sound and healthy living one should be aware with the causes and factors that can influence pitta dosha and also the ways to regulate them.

It is very important for Pitta people that they lead a pure and moderate life and try to keep cool. Pitta is a fire element; hence to balance it one should avoid excessive heat, oily, steamy and salty food, rigorous exercises that increase body heat, etc. Such people should opt foods, attitudes, behaviors, personal relationships, and environmental conditions that can be instrumental in balancing pitta.

They should take food that is sweet, bitter, and astringent because these tastes decrease pitta influences, do exercise during the cooler part of the day, and do things that cool the mind, avoid conflicts and choose cool climates. On behavioral front developing the virtues of honesty, morality, kindness, generosity, and self-control also help in balancing pitta dosha.

Pitta prakriti people should do meditation as it helps to control negative thoughts and calm mind and body. Optimum meal times for pitta people are: breakfast at 7 a.m., lunch at noon, a snack at 3 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

The pitta people should use colors that are cool and calm, for example, blues and greens. These colors provide a soothing effect and help to control pitta. The stone should be worn by pitta people is Moonstone as this stone associate well with pitta dosha and drive positive influences.

Pungent and oily foods like curry, fried foods and spicy condiments should be avoided by people with pitta constitutions. Spices such as cayenne, garlic and dry ginger should completely be avoided. Stimulants like alcohol, smoking, coffee, vinegar, fried foods, pickles, spicy foods, fermented foods, almond, curds, corn, til, mustard oil are not good for pitta people. Beets, brinjals, carrots, garlic, hot peppers, onions, spinach, tomatoes need to avoided. Fruits that are to be avoided are like sour and unripe fruits, including grapefruit, papayas, peaches, bananas, apricots. Grains like brown rice, corn, millet, rye should not be taken.

 List of favorable food items
Vegetables
Fruits
GrainsDairyMeatOilBeveragesNuts  &
Seeds
Herbs&
Spices
Asparagus
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Celery
Cucumber
Green beans
Green (sweet) peppers
Leafy green vegetables
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Okra
Parsley
Peas
Potatoes
Sprouts
Squash
Sweet potatoes
Zucchini


 
Apples
Avocados
Cherries
Coconut
Figs
Dark grapes
Mangoes
Melons
Oranges
Pears
Pineapples
Plums
Prunes
Raisins















 
Barley
Oats
Wheat
White rice (prefer basmati rice) 






















 
Butter
Egg whites
Ghee (clarified butter )- unless you are watching cholesterol
Ice cream
Milk

















 
Chicken
Shrimp
Turkey
(All in small amounts) 
























 
Coconut
Olive
Soy
Sunflower 


























 
Almond milk
aloe vera juice
apple juice apricot juice berry juice (sweet) black tea carob
chai (hot, spiced milk)* cherry juice (sweet)
cool dairy drinks
grain "coffee" grape juice
mango juice mixed veg. juice orange juice
peach nectar pomegranate juice prune juice pear juice rice milk soy milk vegetable bouillon
Coconut
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seeds 

























 
Spices are generally avoided as too heating. In small amounts, the following sweet and astringent spices are OK
Cardamom
Cilantro(green coriander)
Cinnamon
Coriander seed
Dill
Fennel
Mint
Saffron
Turmeric

Plus small amounts of cumin and black pepper
 

List of unfavorable food items
Vegetables
Fruits
GrainsDairyMeatOilBeveragesNuts  &
Seeds
Herbs&
Spices
Beets
Carrots
Eggplant
Garlic
Hot peppers
Onions
Radishes
Spinach
Tomatoes












 
Apricots
Bananas
Berries
Cherries (sour)
Cranberries
Grapefruit
Papayas
Peaches
Persimmons












 
Brown rice
Corn
Millet
Rye

















 
Buttermilk
Cheese
Egg yolks
Sour cream
Yogurt
















 
Red meat and sea food in general ) 


















 
Almond
Corn
Safflower
Sesame


















 
Apple cider berry juice (sour) caffeinated beverages carbonated drinks carrot juice cherry juice (sour) chocolate milk
coffee cranberry juice grapefruit juice
iced tea
iced drinks lemonade papaya juice tomato juice sour juices
 
All, except mentioned above



















 
All pungent herbs and spices, except as noted. Take only the minimal amounts of the following:
Barbecue sauce
Catsup
Mustard
Pickles
Salt
Sour salad dressings
Spicy condiments
Vinegar

Ayurvedic Herbal Massage to Balance Pitta
Ayurvedic herbal massage is a powerful tool with which you can build greater overall health. People who get ayurvedic herbal massage finds wonderfully relaxing and energizing at the whole time. If you are using ayurvedic herbal massage on daily basis you will find better sleep and easier, earlier mornings and it will help to keep your body free of illness and toxins.

Ayurvedic herbal massage has a wide range of benefits. Ayurvedic herbal massage helps for balance our Kapha dosha, Pitta dosha and Vata dosha. A person who are using ayurvedic herbal massage on daily basis, will get smooth and beautiful skin and always feel youthful. Ayurvedic herbal massage also helps to improve the strength and tone the muscles.
Know more: Ayurvedic Massage: Basic Principles of Ayurvedic Massage
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