Welcome to Pitta Season
We’re officially celebrating the start of the summer in the U.S and Pitta season! We’re experiencing 90 degree weather here in Atlanta. In Ayurveda, the summer season is called “Pitta season.” Pitta is represented by the elements FIRE+WATER. In the summer, we want to balance the fire element in our body. In Ayurveda, “like increases like” so we don’t want to bring more heat into our bodies in the summer when it’s already hot outside. We want to stay cool and calm!
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Inside this blog I discuss:
*Signs and Symptoms of excess Pitta in the body
*Ways to keep Pitta cool and balanced during the summer
Pitta = Fire + Water
Pitta is represented by the elements FIRE+WATER. In the summer, we want to balance the fire element in our body. In Ayurveda, “like increases like” so we don’t want to bring more heat into our bodies in the summer when it’s already hot outside. We want to do the opposite of Pitta, which is to stay cool and calm!
Pitta is represented by the qualities:
Hot, light, spreading/penetrating, sharp, oily (similar to summer)
Some signs that you may have excess Pitta in the body.
Irritability, anger, impatience, judgment, criticism, jealousy, perfectionism, rage, hostility
Intense hunger, excessive thirst, a sense of insatiability, nausea, vomiting, hiccups, acid reflux, heartburn, loose stools, diarrhea, low blood sugar, and sensitivity to spicy and/or fried foods, acid indigestion or heartburn, fatty diarrhea, blood in the stools, inflammation of the stomach or esophagus, appendicitis, and peptic ulcers.
Blood, Sweat and Skin:
Sunburn, hives, rash, acne, eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis, fever, hot flashes, burning or itching sensations, bleeding tendencies and hemorrhoids. Tongue may appear red or inflamed, bleeding gums, canker sores, mouth ulcer, Excessive sweating, acidic perspiration, and strong, fleshy-smelling body odor. Severe bleeding disorders, hemorrhage, jaundice, hepatitis, abscess, gangrene, melanoma, lupus, gout, mononucleosis, blood clots, strokes, and myeloid leukemia.
Dizziness, insomnia, herpes flare-ups and shingles.
Other places in the body:
Burning, red, or bloodshot eyes, extreme sensitivity to light, and a yellowish tinge in the whites of the eyes, tendonitis, bursitis, muscle fatigue, intermittent high blood pressure, mild headaches, and hair loss. Yellow urine, heat and tenderness in the breasts, nipples or testicles, prostatitis, premenstrual irritability, and heavy or painful menstrual bleeding, burning pain during ejaculation.
Hypertension, fibromyalgia, gout, and inflammatory arthritis, Bladder and kidney infections, hyperthyroidism, adrenal exhaustion, migraines, fainting, meningitis, encephalitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune disorders, and multiple sclerosis.
Ways to Keep Pitta Balanced:
- Cooling foods
- Non-spicy foods
- Favor tastes that are sweet, bitter, and astringent.
- Eat light and easy to digest, small meals.
- Drink cool (not iced)
- Favor herbal teas (mint, licorice, fennel and rose)
- Water with a little lime and natural sugar
- Food – watermelon, cucumbers, salads, basmati rice, cottage cheese, milk. (to name a few)
- AVOID excessive oil, salt, fried food, chilies, fiery spices.
- Self-massage – coconut, sunflower oil
- Refreshing showers – lukewarm, cool water
- Exercise in the early morning or evening when the weather isn’t as hot
- Yoga poses – twists, abdominal stretches, forward bends, standing pose, inversion
- Avoid yoga poses that accumulate heat in the head like headstand, dolphin and use caution with standing forward folds (unless you do them only for a short time)
- Wear loose fitting clothing (cotton, silk)
- Wear clothes with cooling colors like whites, grays, blues, purple, greens
- Use a rose water spritz or rose oil in between the eye brows (3rd chakra) to cool the body.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure
- Protect your skin with sunglasses, hats, linen
- Enjoy swimming in cool, refreshing water
- Take a rest after lunch – prevent heartburn and mental lethargy by lying on left side.
- Moderation: sour and unripe fruits, aged cheeses, heating and spicing carrots/beets/radishes/onions/garlic/ginger/mustard seeds