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The pitta dosha

The  pitta dosha  can be thought of as the faultless balance of two seemingly opposing elemental qualities, fire and water. Together, they are the energetic force that regulates the body’s transformative functions; its digestion, its metabolism, even the body’s hormones are believed to be controlled by pitta.

The qualities of  pitta

Hot, sharp, penetrating, slightly oily, greasy, fast and irritable.

The function of  pitta

Because of its hot nature,  pitta’s  primary function is transformative: it controls the heartbeat, hormone levels, body temperature, visual perception, hunger and thirst and skin quality. It’s also responsible for liver function, and the secretion of bile and digestion in the stomach and small intestine.

The physical manifestations of  pitta

Those with dominant  pitta  tend to be medium in height and weight, with an athletic body shape. Their skin is delicate and can often be red and irritated, and they burn easily in the sun. Some  pitta  types have red hair, and often turn grey early or suffer from thinning or balding.

The emotional manifestations of  pitta

Pitta  is full of vitality and those who tend towards it are charming and charismatic, with a love of attention; in fact, they are great fun to be around as they are so dynamic and colourful. They’re also sharp-witted, able speakers and good decision makers – especially when in balance – but when they’re not, watch out; they can have a sharp tongue and be quick to temper.

When  pitta  is in balance

A balance of  pitta  in the body brings a healthy appetite and thirst, balanced production of hormones and enzymes, intelligence, courage, flexibility, a glowing complexion and strong eyesight.

When  pitta  is out of balance

Signs of an increase in  pitta  include an aversion to heat, a sour or bitter taste in the mouth, and reddish discolouration in the eyes and skin. You may also have heartburn, high blood pressure, a fever, skin rashes, and hot flushes.

Too little  pitta  brings more  vata  and  kapha  into the body, as well as poor digestion, pallor and coldness. Emotionally imbalanced  pitta  types can suffer anger, frustration and irritation.

How to balance your  pitta

You can balance  pitta’s  intense, volcanic-like nature with the opposing qualities of calm, coolness, compassion and moderation. In particular, not skipping meals, and favouring ‘cooler’ foods, as well as spending time laughing every day and getting out and about amongst the natural world.

Take our  dosha quiz  to find out what  dosha  you are.

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