Pitta Balancing Tips

Like all three doshas in Ayurveda (Vata, Pitta, Kapha), Pitta has beautiful qualities associated with it when it is in a balanced state. However when there is excess Pitta, it can lead to certain physical and emotional imbalances. Luckily, there is a lot we can do to balance our Pitta. 
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This page will cover 5 topics that can help:
1. Understanding Pitta basics
2. Pitta qualities when balanced
3. Pitta symptoms when imbalanced
4. Lifestyle recommendations to balance Pitta
5. Herbal recommendations to balance Pitta

1. Understanding Pitta Basics:
Pitta is composed of fire and water and is made up of the following qualities; hot, sharp, acidic, sour, fluid, oily and intense by nature. If there is a Pitta imbalance there will be an excess of one or more of the qualities in one’s mind and body, therefore the way to bring balance is to increase the opposite of that quality. If there is excess heat, we will want to bring in more coolness, internally and externally. 

Pitta governs all heat, metabolism and transformation in the mind and body. It processes food, air, and water through the entire system and converts these elements into energy. Pitta also helps with the digestion and assimilation of our experiences, thoughts and feelings, and how we discriminate between right and wrong.

2. Pitta Qualities when balanced:

  • Ambitious 
  • Hard working 
  • Intelligence
  • Happy / Cheerful
  • Clairty
  • Good vision  
  • Good digestion
  • Lustrous complexion
  • Balanced hunger and thirst

3. Pitta Symptoms when imbalanced:

  • Outbursts of anger
  • Impatience
  • Jealousy
  • Skin rashes and acne
  • Heart burn of acid reflux
  • Loose stools
  • Excessive hunger or thirst
  • Early graying and balding

4. Lifestyle habits to balance Pitta:

The key to balancing Pitta is moderation in all areas of life:

  • Make it a priority to not skip meals. Skipping meals increases internal heat.
  • Balance work hours with time to relax, and chill. Aim to complete your work with time left over to enjoy the company of loved ones.
  • Be careful not to create unnecessary time pressure for yourself and say no to an overload of either work or social commitments.
  • Regularly spend time in nature, in parks, forests or woods and along natural bodies of water. As moonlight is considered to have a cooling influence, also walk in the moonlight.
  • Adopt meditation to benefit from a natural inner calm and resourcefulness that increases success and enjoyment in all areas of life.
  • Include some physical exercise most days, but favour light-moderate exercises as it's important to avoid overheating while exercising. Exercises such as walking, yoga, pilates, swimming, any other water related sport or team sport are best for Pittas.
  • Avoid mental stimulation from computer work, phone work or fast paced TV or videos after 8pm, and aim to be in bed and asleep by 10pm.

A healthy, fresh and wholesome diet is also key to balancing Pitta:

  • Favour a Pitta pacifying diet by favouring foods that are sweet, cooling and nourishing in nature.
  • Favour foods that are naturally sweet, bitter and astringent and reduce foods that are spicy, sour or salty.
  • Try Pitta Churna - our organic spice mixture that balances Pitta when sprinkled over savoury foods. 
  • If you have a tendency for soft or loose bowel motions take Aci Balance 1-2 tablets after breakfast, lunch and dinner meals.
  • Reduce or avoid caffeinated drinks, alcohol and spicy foods. Including coffee substitutes such as Raja's cup is a great way to still include the bitter taste without being too stimulating for the nervous system.

5. Herbal recommendations to balance Pitta:

Many people with a Pitta imbalance also experience feeling hot, whether that is physically or mentally, so a key way to balance Pitta is to add more coolness. Here are some herbal suggestions that are by nature cooling and calming, and therefore balancing to Pitta:

  • For any emotional imbalances such as anger, frustration, being easily irritated, etc. take Emotional Balance to help support a calm mind and emotions
  • Enjoy a delicious drink of Pitta tea to help cool down your mind, body and emotions. Pitta tea is especially balancing to drink during summer time for Pitta individuals.
  • With the liver being one of the main organs governed by Pitta, it's important to support the liver if there is any Pitta imbalance to avoid the liver being hot or inflamed, take 1 tablet of Liver Care prior breakfast and evening meals.
  • When feeling rundown or burnt out, a deeply rejuvenating and Pitta pacifying herb is Premium Amla Berry. It is high in antioxidants and Vit C, it strengthens the immune system, supports digestion and enhances longevity. Start by taking 2 tablets 30 mins prior meals, twice a day. For a more powerful tonic that includes Amla berry with other pitta pacifying herbs, try Pitta Rasayana.

Here are some other everyday herbals for balancing Pitta:

Pitta tea
Pitta Chruna
Aci Balance
Liver Care
Emotional Balance
Amla Berry
Pitta Massage Oil
Balance Me - Pitta Pack
Pitta Aroma Oil
Pitta Soap

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