I am one of those people whose body tends to run hot. The summer is especially difficult for me. High humidity causes my Fibromyalgia to go into a tailspin. Getting acupuncture regularly and following an Ayurveda diet for Pitta types has been a big help.
Ayurveda is the ancient science of life that comes to us from India. The principal of this science is based on energy types called Doshas. There are three of these Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Most of us are a combination of two Doshas. Ayurveda not only governs our bodies, but according to this 5,000 year old science, effects everything in nature. Pitta Dosha, is comprised of Fire and Water, and governs digestion and metabolism. When Pitta is out of balance, we may become compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition. We may become impatient, we feel sweaty, and our complexion may become ruddy and even sensitive. Summer is considered Pitta, so even if you are a different Dosha you may be experiencing more Pitta during this time.
So how can you balance that Fire?
Foods that Cool You Down
- Sweet, bitter and astringent foods are cooling. Milk and butter are a good choice, but yogurt and cheese should be used sparingly.
- Olive, coconut and sunflower oils are the best oils to use.
- Wheat, rice, barley, and oats are the best grains to reduce Pitta. Eat less corn, rye, millet, and brown rice.
- Sweet, ripe fruits like avocados, cherries, plums, grapes, pineapples, peaches and mangoes are perfect.
- Cilantro, mint, cardamom, and fennel are excellent herbs/spices to use. Use hot spices sparingly.
- Asparagus, cucumbers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, potatoes, zucchini and green beans are the best vegetables to choose from.
Contrary to what you might think, ice water is bad for Pitta types. It puts out digestive fires. It is much better to drink water at room temperature.
When to Eat
Do not skip meals nor wait until you are starving to eat. It is best to eat the largest meal at midday
Do you have any recipes or tips for keeping Pitta balanced?