Balance Pitta Dosha Naturally with Ayurvedic Diet Plan
In this blog, you will discover the list of foods to balance your pitta dosha, foods to avoid pitta dosha aggravation, and what happens if pitta is high.
Ayurveda is a system of medicine based on a constitution that divides people into three groups. These groups' physical, emotional, and mental characteristics are established at conception.
Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are the three constitutional types of doshas. All three doshas are present in your body.
When our doshas are out of balance, they cause symptoms and eventually disease in our bodies. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are all present in each of us, but in different proportions. That is what distinguishes us from one another.
What happens if Pitta is high?
- Heat in the body can lead to heartburn, acidity, gastritis, and ulcers.
- Inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, urticaria, herpes, and boils
- Blood disorders like anaemia and high blood pressure
- Eye conditions like conjunctivitis, styes, and blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids)
- Hormonal issues like PMS and hot flashes
- Thirst, increased appetite, hypogea and at 2:00 a.m.
- Headaches and migraines
When the Agni (digestive fire) is weak, food does not get digested properly.
The undigested food then causes Ama (toxic mucous) and excess doshas, especially Pitta dosha (heat).
The excess heat gets absorbed by the blood and circulates throughout the body and gets gradually deposited in the blood tissue and muscle tissue.
When toxins are not eliminated through the digestive system, they can be thrown out through the skin, resulting in rashes, boils, pus, itching, dark patches, or skin infections and diseases like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc.
Reducing and eliminating the Pitta (heat) in the body is very important in the treatment of skin disorders.
Generally, people who have chronic skin disorders should follow a strict diet.
Those with minor skin disorders should avoid sour foods like tomatoes, lemons, vinegar, tamarind, citrus fruits, and fermented foods.
The sources in amla, pomegranate, mangos teen, and kokum are exceptions to this rule.
Avoid foods which aggravate Pitta dosha (foods to avoid for pitta dosha)
- Fermented food like pickles, idli, and dosa; desserts involving fermented processes
- Pungent vegetables like brinjal, chillies, capsicum, tomatoes, fenugreek leaves, asafoetida; cucumber, radishes, okra, raw carrots
- Sour fruits like lemons, oranges, grapefruit, pineapples, sour cherries, sour plums, sour grapes, peaches, mangoes, strawberries
- Alcohol, vinegar, colas, hot chocolate
- Yogurt, buttermilk, cheese, eggs
- Millet, refined white flour, wheat, cashews, peanuts, kidney beans, chick peas, dre peas, black eyed beans, tamarind, white broad beans
- Non-veg like Seafood, fish, lobster, red meat, beef, veal, and pork, etc.
- Particularly avoid mixing foods that are not compatible, such as milk with meat, milk with fish, milk with fruit, milk with honey, or milk with salted food or sour foods
Foods to balance your pitta dosha
Pacify pitta dosha by adding following foods in your daily diet:
- Sweet fruits like coconuts, figs, apples, sweet black grapes, melons, sweet oranges, pears, pomegranates, resins, sweet and bitter-tasting vegetables like cauliflower
- French beans, peas, potatoes, all the squashes and pumpkins; barley, rice, corn, white meat, egg whites, etc.
- Rice, barley, oats, mung, mung dal, lentils, red lentils, pumpkins, squashes, fresh peas, cooked onion, sweet potato, fresh corn, leafy vegetables, lettuce, all sweet fruits, grapes, bananas, watermelons, sweet melons, figs, coconuts, avocado, sweet apples, honeydew melons, fresh olives, pears, warm milk with cardamom, fresh cheese like cottage cheese, ginger, fennel, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, almonds, sweet fruit juices, those desserts made with rice, milk, cream and sugar. Generally, it is recommended to eat more soft vegetables with a high water content, such as squashes, white and red pumpkin, spinach, etc.
- Use ghee liberally in place of oil.
- Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help to cool the body and prevent dehydration, which can aggravate Pitta.
- Use cooling essential oils: Essential oils, such as sandalwood, lavender, and rose, can have a cooling effect on the body and help balance Pitta.
Also Read: 8 Ayurvedic Home Remedies to Calm Your Pitta Dosha
Ayurvedic Treatments to Pacify/Balance Your Aggravated Pitta Dosha:
In Ayurveda, the Pitta dosha is one of the three primary doshas, and the elements of fire and water characterize it.
Pitta is responsible for transforming and digesting food and regulating body temperature, metabolism, and hormonal balance.
When Pitta becomes imbalanced, it can cause physical and emotional symptoms, such as inflammation, acid reflux, irritability, and anger.
Detox (Panchkarma) Therapies:
Detox is the Ayurvedic cleansing process for body, mind and emotions that helps you to create holistic health and well-being in your life. Digestive impurities such as mucus and metabolic toxin pile up in the intestine, liver, Blood veins and joints. They circulate throughout the entire body and plug up the works. Continuous build-up of these impurities causes physical and mental disorders and disease. Detox helps to clean out toxins. Marma points help to remove blockage and improve circulation.
Virechana is the sedated purgation treatment that scrubs the body from the Pitta Dosha and eliminates toxins from the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and nerve bladder.
Raktamokshana (Bloodletting Therapy)
Raktamokshana is a powerful blood cleansing treatment, in which carefully controlled evacuation of little amounts of blood is led to neutralized amassed Pitta toxins of many blood-borne illnesses. This is because it diminishes the quantum of improved Pitta dosha and consequently the illnesses brought by Pitta are additionally feeling relieved.
The type of detox will depend on chronicity and severity of problem. Ayushakti’s detoxification Panchkarma treatments are highly focused on relieving the root cause of any chronic problem by cleansing, repairing and rejuvenating the deeper tissues and cells in your body.
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Ayushakti Ayurved focuses on balancing all three doshas (tridosha) in the body because if you try to balance one specific dosha, the other two might get aggravated. That’s why it is important to seek a professional ayurvedic expert to properly treat the root cause of aggravation.
At Ayushakti Ayurved, you will get your customized treatment because every individual is different so is the treatment.
Your customized treatment plan for an imbalance of pitta dosha includes a pulse reading to know the root cause of aggravation, a diet plan, lifestyle changes, effective home remedies, detox (panchkarma) therapies, and marma therapies.
- Avoid over-exposure to sun and wind, smoking and late nights.
- Only eat when hungry, don't eat when you're not hungry. Refrain from eating when stressed, anxious or angry.
- Don't wear synthetic clothes or use chemical cosmetics.
- When you wash your face, allow the water to dry naturally so that it moisturizes the skin.
- Get plenty of rest: Adequate rest and sleep are crucial for balancing Pitta. Try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule and avoid overexertion, particularly during the hot and humid months.
Practice stress-reducing activities:
Since Pitta is associated with the fire element, it is important to avoid overheating and to engage in calming activities, such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing. Exercise improves circulation, helps remove toxins from the body, stimulates growth hormone levels and decreases destructive stress-hormone levels.
In this way, exercise goes a long way toward helping your pitta dosha to balance.
Best Time For Pitta Dosha
Pitta dosha Time is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Pitta dosha rises at this point. Because your digestive fire is at its peak in the middle of the day, this is the ideal time to eat your largest meal.
Additionally, it is the most productive time of day. Follow your Pitta sign's strong propensity to manage, organize, and solve problems, so plan accordingly.
Ayushakti Ayurved experts provide personalized treatment plans that includes herbal medicines, effective home remedies, massage and detox therapies, and other treatments designed to balance Pitta and restore overall health and well-being.
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Author of the Blog: DR. PRANAV GUJARATHI
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd