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PITTA: The Energy of Digestion and Metabolism - Ayurveda: part 4

pitta.pngBalance or homeostasis is the cornerstone of Ayurveda. In Ayurveda the ideal physical condition is when the tridoshas - Kapha, Pitta, and Vata - are in harmony. When aggravated, your dominant dosha creates imbalances that affect your physical being and psychology.

Pitta, the energy originated from fire, assimilates everything from sensory perceptions and ideas to food. The main locations of Pitta in the body are the small intestine, stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas, blood, eyes, and sweat.

In a Pitta body type the bones are less conspicuous than in the Vata individual. Pitta individuals have a tendency towards hair loss and premature greying. They seldom fluctuate in weight when in balance. They have soft, oily skin and have excess urine, sweat and thirst.

In terms of physiology, Pitta individuals have a relatively higher body temperature than those of Vata and Kapha, resulting in increased exhaustion during the summer months.

The Pitta clan generally has a sharp memory and an inquisitive mind. They exhibit strong leadership qualities. They make effective public orators and love to splurge on luxurious possessions.

When imbalanced, the Pittas tend to be irritable, stubborn and cynical. They also are capable of extreme anger, hatred and ego. Dr. Chandy says, "There is an old Ayurvedic saying that says 'An imbalanced Pitta individual doesn't go to hell; he or she simply creates it wherever they go!'"

Pitta imbalance commonly results in problems like acne, boils, ulcers, heartburn, hot sensations in the stomach or intestines, insomnia, anemia and jaundice.

Nutrition Guidelines

Pitta provides the body with energy through the breakdown of complex food molecules. The Pitta body type has a strong appetite and good digestive system however they are sensitive to deep-fried food. Pittas have a natural craving for sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and enjoy cold drinks.

To retain the balance of body and mind, Pittas should avoid excessively oily food as well as caffeine, alcohol, red meat and salt.

Your Food and Your Mood - Sugar

fruit-vegetable.jpgSugar is an essential energy source. "But sugar is not just an ingredient in your favorite recipe. It is also the energy source of your body. Without sugar a body cannot function properly," says Dr. Chandy.

Addiction to sugar doesn't just result in diabetes; it can also lead to obesity, dental cavities and adrenal deficiencies.

Ayurvedic practitioners emphasize the necessity of a healthy diet consisting of fiber, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables to balance blood sugar levels. These food items release energy gradually, avoiding sudden peaks and drops in blood sugar levels that usually result from consumption of processed foods.

The Big Villain - Hair Loss

According to Ayurveda, the health of the hair is dependent on the body's digestive fire and basic body type of an individual. The first step towards treating the issue is identifying the root cause in your lifestyle behavior.

Amla.jpgThe major causes of hair fall include hormonal and nutritional deficiencies along and complications related to other diseases and stress factors. Excess of Pitta dosha in the body is aggravated by hot climatic conditions, excessive intake of spicy, salty and sour food, caffeine, alcohol, meats, and excessive smoking.  Eating a balanced diet rich in protein and iron content, including leafy vegetables and fresh fruits is also an effective way of tackling hair fall.

Ayurvedic practitioners also recommend the use of a natural shampoo like amla or shikakai to clean the hair. Oiling and massaging of scalp, with coconut oil or medicated oils like Neelibhringadi oil and traditional Ayurvedic treatments is very beneficial for stopping the hair loss.

Additional Details:

Dosha

Hair quality

Problems

Vata

Dark, coarse, wiry, inky, and frizzy hair.

Easily tangled. Dull. Split ends. Susceptible to dandruff infection

Pitta

Light, fine and silky.

Premature graying of hair and premature baldness. Tends to become oily in hot and dry weather.

Kapha

Thick, heavy, wavy, and slightly oily. Lustrous.

Generally very healthy hair.


FLASH : Bring your excess blood sugar under control by adding fenugreek and cinnamon to your diet.

chandy.jpgDr. Chandy George, the Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant at Balance Wellness Club brings over 15 years of experience in the field of Ayurvedic treatments and therapies. His uncanny and remarkable ability for accurate diagnosis (using no other diagnostic tool than his three fingers to  feel your pulse - an ancient process called nadi pariksha) and his compassionate, intuitive skills have helped him treat some of the complicated imbalances with great insight and success.