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Written by Dr.Sumita Prajapati   

 

Pitta Balancing Diet and Life style

 

Ayurveda describes treatments for Pitta Dosha in the form of diet, herbal remedies, Panchkarma, marma, yoga, alternative medicines, Traditional ayurveda massage therapy with herbal powders, natural remedies, meditation and  Lifestyle to balance Pitta Dosha

it is most important for Pitta’s to eat on time. The Pitta dosha has the strong digestion, so eat cool to warm foods, definitely not hot, spicy, fermented foods. In general favor juicy, cooling foods avoid hot spices, alcohol, vinegar, Deep fried foods, tomatoes, yogurt and cheese. Foods should be fresh and organic, if possible. Avoid leftovers, packaged,canned or bottled foods, processed foods, preservatives, artificial ingredients and salty foods.

 

Taste preferences:

Sweet Bitter and Astringent


Foods to avoid:

Avoid anything pungent such as chilies, cayenne, jalapeno peppers, sour and salty tastes such as vinegar, alcohol and acidic foods. Fermented foods such as Fermented soy bean products, tempeh, Breads, cheese.

Fruits : Citrus fruits such as grapefruit, olives, orange, peach, sour grapes, pineapple, berries, cherries, prunes, banana, lemon, lime, cherries

Vegetables :Tomatoes and tomato sauce, radish, beets, spinach, raw onions.

Nuts : Peanuts and cashews.

Dairy: Yogurt, salted cheese (especially aged and such as feta or blue cheese),sour cream,  cream cheese, ice cream

Sweeteners : Molasses, brown sugar, honey (only add after heating is complete)

Oils: Almond, corn, safflower, sesame, canola

Spices: Chili peppers, cayenne, onion, garlic, mustard seeds, cloves, celery seeds, fenugreek, mustard, asafetida (hing), ginger, black pepper, tamarind.

Non veg : Seafood, fish, beef, pork, lamb, egg yolk.

 

Life style to avoid


Pitta Dosha is aggravated and increased during Summer.

Mental and emotional peace and constructive lifestyle routines are important to restoring and maintaining balance.

Avoid drinks with high caffeine, coffee, soft drinks, carbonated drinks which increase acidic Pitta.

Avoid ready made, tinned and micro waved foods! They are devoid of real nutritional value, Deplete the digestive fire and produce toxins in the body.

 

Foods to enjoy:

Since Pitta is a Hot, Fluid, sharp dosha Cool to lukewarm drinks according to Preference, sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes, soft, nourishing foods, such as Khichadi, Mung, porridge  are good for balancing Pitta

Need to eat food often. Their blood sugar drops easily and it is not good for them to go long periods without food. Snacking is important to them. ‘Little and Often’ is their motto.

LEGUMES : Mung beans, small kidney beans, non-fermented soy bean products; tofu is okay, as are other beans, in moderation, however avoid tempeh.

Fruits : All sweet fruits are Good for Pitta like Apples, Apricot, Avocado, coconut, Dates, Figs, Sweet Grapes, Papaya, melons.

GRAINS : White rice (basmati, jasmine, etc.) barley, oats, quinoa, kamut, amaranth, millet, whole wheat, whole grain bread (toasted).

VEGETABLES : Yellow squash, zucchini, cucumber, kale, bok choy, winter squashes, asparagus, artichokes, okra, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, cilantro, sprouts, lettuce, chard, Brussels sprouts, parsley, sweet corn, alfalfa sprouts, mushrooms, all green leafy vegetables (except spinach)

NUTS & SEEDS : Pumpkin seeds and blanched (i.e.peeled) almonds in small amounts, sunflower seeds.

Dairy like butter, cheese, yogurt and clarified butter (ghee) are generally good for you.

SWEETENERS: Raw Cane Sugar (in small amounts), date sugar, maple sugar, jaggery, Apple sauce
OILS: Ghee is best; olive or coconut oils. For massage use coconut oil

SPICES: Coriander, cilantro, cumin, turmeric, saffron, fennel, cardamom, parsley, fresh basil, mint

NON-VEGETARIAN: Chicken, turkey, egg whites, fresh water (river) fish.

Breakfast is highly recommended. Use warm cereals such as cream of rice or oat meal or any other breakfast that is warm, milky and sweet. Take a warm herbal tea with snacks in the late afternoon. Use warm moist soupy foods such as cooked grains and cereals, bowl of warm oatmeal or cup of vegetable soup .Warm milk is good. You can add a little sugar or ghee and a pinch of turmeric or Cardamom powder to it if you prefer.


Lifestyle:

1. Stay cool physically and emotionally. Avoid going out in the heat of the day, especially on an empty stomach or after you have eaten hot or spicy foods. Avoid exercising in hot place.

2. Avoid skipping meals, fasting and suppressing hunger. Start your day with cooked fruit, followed by some cereal. 1 tsf of ghee in the morning with warm milk or tea helps to balance acid level and improve digestive fire. Eat a sustaining meal at lunch and a lighter meal for dinner. For snacking, choose sweet juicy fruit--fully ripe mangoes, sweet pears and sweet juicy grapes are excellent Pitta-pacifying choices. Delaying meals can cause excess acidity, so eat on time. Cumin coriander and fennel water is a good drink throughout the day especially in summer to balance heat and improves urinary tract flushing.

3. Daily elimination is very important to prevent ama from accumulating in the body. Natural herbal Remedies include A tea spoon full Triphala at bedtime with warm water helps detoxifying and promotes regularity as well as toning the digestive system. Since Triphala is gentle, not habit forming it can be taken regularly.

4. To soothe sensitive skin, to balance the emotions and to nourish and tone muscles and nerves, indulge in an ayurvedic massage every morning before you bathe or shower. Use coconut oil for your massage. Two or three time a week, massage your scalp with warm coconut or herbal ayurvedic hair oils, and let the oil stay for overnight or atleast three hours before you shampoo. After your shower or bath, apply a pure, gentle moisturizer all over your body or spray your skin with pure rose or sandalwood water to keep your skin feeling cool all day long.

5. Protect yourself from the heat. Stay cool in warm weather by wearing loose cotton clothing. Use Umbrella or Wear a wide-brimmed hat and Branded sunglasses to protect your eyes when you go out. Drink lots of room temperature water.

6. Water-based activities are ideal exercise for Pitta-dominant people. Try swimming or aqua-aerobics to stay fit but cool. Walking Yoga asana and Meditation would also be good for Pitta if learned from a trained yoga teacher. Set aside about 30 minutes each day for meditation, to help balance the heart and emotions and to enhance body-mind-spirit coordination

7. Ayurveda says if Pitta dosha is out of balance, you may find that you can fall asleep without much trouble, but you wake up in the very early hours and find it difficult to get back to sleep. It is important to get to bed early, so that you can get adequate rest each night. A cup of warm milk, with some cardamom, applying ghee on the temples and below the feet can be helpful before bedtime.

8. Balance work and play Unwind the mind everyday by listening to soft music and watching funny movies. Do not get so absorbed in a project that you are unable to detach from it. 

Herbal remedies: Apitta Supitta Amtitkala, Brahmi , Laxigen

Kitchen remedy: Cumin coriender and fennel powder in a cup of water
 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2010 21:06