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Pitta types are dominated by the fire element, which makes them innately strong, intense, and irritable. They tend to have a medium build and endurance with powerful musculature. They often have freckled skin that easily reddens in the sun, during exercise, massage, and when blushing. They are strong willed and good at doing what they think is right. They approach work and play with the same intensity and competitiveness. They are natural leaders and quick learners whose ability to easily comprehend and master new skills and concepts can make them judgmental or impatient toward people they feel are slower or less focused than themselves. They have strong digestion and intense appetites, both for food and challenges. If they miss a meal they are likely to become grumpy and may take a “bite” out of somebody instead. It is common for them to suffer from health conditions such as inflammation, rashes, acne, and loose stool. For balance, pittas need to manage their “fiery” tendencies, channeling them in productive ways and learning to recognize their destructive power.

How to balance Pitta Dosha
  • Choose sweet, juicy fruits like melons, plums, and peaches.

  • Include vegetables that are bitter and astringent such as collards, kale, and asparagus.

  • Add digestive spices to your food such as cumin, coriander, fennel, and turmeric.

  • Limit hot, spicy, fermented, salty, oily, fried foods.

  • Reduce or eliminate alcohol and caffeine. These substances are both sharp and hot, provoking to pitta dosha.

  • Drink plenty of cool, fresh water. Staying well hydrated helps the body to flush away toxins.

  • Go for a swim or rest your feet in a pure, natural water source. If a spring, lake, or ocean is not accessible, have a soak in a pool or take a cool bath in your tub.

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