Pitta dosha – Pitta is derivative from “tapa” = heat und means, to consume something through heat. Pitta is a thermic principle. It produces fractionation through liberation of energy. Pitta is defined from the fire element.
Pitta types dispose over much energy, the agni (digestive fire) is strong by nature and they can be happy about a good health. Only if agni burns too strong, it can lead to a “burning” sensation in the digestive tract, heartburn or other troubles.
Properties, that Pitta creates and mantains: hot, slightly oily, movable like liquid, penetrating, sharp, fluid and sour.
Digestion, catabolic metabolism, sight, heat, creates energy, provides a healthy colored skin, stands for bravery, brilliance, anger, intelligence, strong hunger and thurst.
Small intestine, navel region, lower part of the stomach, eyes, red blood cells, sweat
General appearance: medium high, medium developed, well proportioned
Shoulders, chest, arms, legs: medium developed
Skin: warm, humid, rose colored, birth marks, freckles, early wrinkled skin, pimples
Hair: brown, blond, early grey, tendency to hair loss, bald head
Face: wrinkles, flabby skin, reddend eyes, lips medium size and red coloured
Mouth: bad breath, tendency to inflamation of mucous membrane
Hands: warm, rose colored, humid
Armpits: bad smell, humid warm
Nails: soft, rose colored
Stool: plenty, loose
Urin: exessive, yellow, sometimes burning
Sweat: excessive, strong smell
Voice / Way of speaking
Voice: acute, tight, sharp
Way of speaking: clear, flowing, convincing, argumentative, good speaker
Attitude: decided, hotheaded, ambicious, stubborn, determined, competetiv
Behavior: agressive, quickly angry, quickly happy again, fearless, determined, goal oriented, decision making
Intelligence: excellent, sharp thinking, fast comprehension
Sleep: 7 hours, godd sleep quality
Hobbies: sports, politics, hunting, debating
Sensibility: against heat and to much sun
Deseases: fever, inflammations
Sexuality: medium performance, dominant
Offspring: medium number
Specifics for Pitta Dosha
Strengh: medium, good fighters, difficult to restrain
Immune system: medium
Appetite: thurst strong, hunger strong
Animals connected with Pitta: serpent, monkey, cat, bear, tiger
Pitta is increased by factors like: anger, alcohol, sun, heat, emotional stress, to much responsability, pressure at work. Pitta is increased by the three tastes: sour, salty and hot. These are to avoid, if Pitta is high / unbalanced. Especially citric fruits, tomatoes, meat, fermented produce, sour dairy products, vinager, mustard, hot spiced dishes and to much salt. It´s better to season moderate. Also if Pitta loves spicy, hot currys! You´ll get used to it!
Pitta is predominant in the mid aged life part from 20 – 40, at mid day, and noon, during digestion and in late summer and autum.
What is good for Pitta – and what is not
The magic words for a Pitta balancing diet are: cool, light, dry. To cool down the heavy burning digestive fire, we should eat food which is easy to digest, salads, whole grains and ghee shouldn´t be missing! From time to time make a fruit day; tart herbs and sweet spices can balance Pitta and relive disorders.
To balance the strong Pitta emotions, do some sports, work in the garden, swim in a fresh water lake, practice pranayama or meditation.
Fruits good: mango, cherries, grapes, melon, figs, pomegranate, sweet apples and peas. Fruit must be sweet. Dried fruits are recommendable, especially dates and raisins.
Fruits not so good: all citric fruits and sour fruits like pineapple, sour cherries and sour apples. Avoid all what is sour.
Veggies good: especially all green veggies! Spinac, mangold, asparagus, brokkoli, brussels sprouts, white cabbage, peas, ocra, potatoes, green beans, zucchini, fresh germ buds, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cooked carrots, all lettuche. Veggies are Pitta meat. Steamed onions are good in a moderate consumption.
Veggies not so good: eggplant, raddish, tomatoes, chili, sauerkraut, all fermented veggies
Cereals good: all cereals, especially oats, rice, barley, spelt. Always in whole grain.
Cereals not so good: rye, millet, soy
Fats good: Ghee cools Pitta down, olive oil, sesame oil, cocos oil, colza oil, butter
Fats not so good: no deep fried foods, no cheap fats and oils, these are to avaoid always.
Spices good: cilantro, cumin, fennel, safran, turmeric, dill, fenugreek, vainille, rose, cardamom, pippali peppper, cloves, fresh ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon
Spices not so good: chili, sambal olek, cayenne pepper, dried ginger, mustard, mustard seeds. Asafoetida increases Pitta slightly.
Proteins good: mung beans ! the green ones are the best for Pitta, yellow mung beans, chickpeas, chana dal, masoor dal, red lentils, nuts (except cashew and pistache), almonds are very good. Sesame seeds increase Pitta only a little bit.
Proteins not so good: meat, cheese, buttermilk, kefir, quark, eggs, should be eaten only with moderation. Urad dal (black dal) is not good.
Sweetener good: acre sirop, honey, cane sugar
Sweetener not so good: white sugar, Jaggery, fructose
I´m having a very clear Pitta Dosha and in the last years I became an expert in Pitta balancing food and recipes. It works, that´s the good news. Adapting your food habits, you can achieve a lot by cooling down the Pitta fire. You have to say “no” to some of your very appreciated foods, like sour soups or hot currys, but you will get used to it! ah, and don´t eat your soup to hot ;-).