The three doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha are dominant facets of our life and they control our life and temperament to a great extent. An imbalance in the doshas is what leads to illnesses and general discomfort. But balancing these doshas will automatically bring a wave of tranquility and wellness. Since the doshas govern everything, it's important to know how to balance them. Each individual has a combination of doshas in them wherein the predominant dosha affects their routine and behavior to a great extent. A balanced temperament will lead to happiness and health in life.
Pitta dosha has certain qualities that are characteristic and excessive Pitta can lead to a deluge of physical, psychological and emotional problems. Pitta derives from the elements of Fire and Water and the underlying quality is closely related to the element Fire. People with Pitta energy are considered intelligent, fiery and fast-paced. If your Pitta is in a state of imbalance then these are some of the innate qualities in you.
You are medium built and muscular.
Your personality is fiery and competitive.
Thinning and receding hair is common.
A sharp mind and intellect define you.
You have sensitive skin that easily burns.
You have a strong appetite and love food and missing a meal is unacceptable for you.
Systematic and orderly work and precision appeal to you.
You display a strong drive and believe in hard work.
You get ulcers and blisters quite often.
You have a healthy ego and bit of anger issues.
These are some of the qualities that a person with a predominant Pitta experience. A balance in Pitta dosha will lead to contentment and intelligence. If your Pitta is predominant, you are a person who loves challenges and competition. You are passionate and romantic and have great leadership qualities. You tend to have problems controlling your anger and easily get irritated. Any job that needs high intelligence, leadership qualities, strength is your forte. Pitta controls the body's metabolic systems, digestion, nutrition and overall reaction to certain stimulus.
Pitta governs all processes that are related to conversion and transformation of the mind and body. People who have an excess of Pitta usually have a joyful disposition and are quick-witted. Since they like order, they prefer to get things done in their own pace and style and nobody can shake their resolve. The central concept of Ayurveda is to maintain health and balance and knowing one's Prakriti can help in attaining that balance. But although Pitta's positive attributes are strong and appealing, anger and ego can easily overshadow these attributes.
Environmental factors, lifestyle, and diet can affect the general disposition of your dosha. Pitta imbalances manifest into ulcers, inflammation, fever and other such discomforts. Following are the immediate reactions and responses to an imbalance in Pitta.
Anger, irritability, and impatience are recurrent emotions.
Being over critical of yourself and others.
Over competitive and ambitious.
Too serious in life and tend to get too engrossed in work.
Dislike for hot and humid climate.
Rashes, inflammation, and ulcers are quite common.
Have a strong appetite and cannot miss a meal.
Body temperature is higher than normal.
Hair loss is a common woe.
These attributes can be blamed on an excess of Pitta in your temperament and it's important to attain balance for overall mental and physical health. Health Issues like Heart disease, Skin ailments, Eye problems, Liver disorders and other such ailments. Since excessive dedication to work and a minimal amount of rest is a characteristic attribute, imbalance in Pitta is bound to occur.
A systematic routine with a focus on healthy lifestyle, diet and habits will ensure that your Pitta is under control. The goal is to decrease the effects of Pitta, hence it's important to eliminate any stimulus or circumstance that could aggravate Pitta. Do not indulge in activities that might increase Pitta or consume food that has a negative effect on your disposition. Warm and humid environment irritates you to no extent and also affects your mood. Factors that increase the heat that's characteristic of Pitta will only worsen your temperament. Your emotions erupt due to the effects of heat which can be crippling.
It's a scientifically proved fact that food has an unmistakable effect on our mood. Eating food that goes against your temperament can increase your Pitta which puts you in a perpetual state of anger and irritation. Too much, spicy, salty, sour food can lead to an imbalance in Pitta. Re-balance Pitta with sweet, bitter and astringent tastes. Foods like sweet fruits, boiled or raw vegetables, oats, peppermint tea and cooling spices like cumin, cloves, cardamom are good to bring balance to Pitta.
Meditation and calming exercises like Yoga, walking, swimming are conducive for people with a predominant Pitta. Eat in a calm environment and indulge in calming activities like a walk in the park and anything that doesn't require over exertion. Once you get your Pitta balanced you will automatically regain your pleasing temperament and joyous nature. The ultimate goal is to get your mind and soul in sync and attain a calming equilibrium.
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