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Pitta spring wellbeing guide

1st April 2017

Everyone has a combination of all three constitutional dosha, but one of them is usually primary, one secondary and the third less prominent. Thus, each person has a particular pattern of physical characteristics that make up their individual constitution known as ‘prakriti’. If you look at any current imbalances in your health, known as ‘vikriti’, you can help to correct this imbalance by choosing the correct food, herbs or yoga posture for you. 

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Pitta types are often balanced in early spring but may become more out of balance as we move towards the heat of the summer. This is a reflection of the seasonal warmth that begins to accumulate and exacerbate pitta fire. For those with a more dominant pitta constitution, it’s the latter part of the spring months that will need your attention.

When pitta is in balance it embodies good health. It brings a healthy appetite and thirst, hormonal balance, courage and flexibility, glowing complexion and a strong sense of wellbeing.

If pitta is allowed to tip out of balance as we head towards the latter, warmer months of spring, we are in danger of experiencing a hot fiery pitta in the heat of the summer.

 

Signs of increased pitta include:

  • an aversion to heat

  • a sour or bitter taste in the mouth

  • loose bowels

  • red, flushed skin

  • they may also experience heartburn, high blood pressure, skin rashes, and hot flushes

  • emotionally, a pitta may become angry, frustrated and irritated 

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You can balance pitta’s intense, volcanic nature with the opposing qualities of calm, coolness 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.

Those with a dominant pitta dosha will benefit from reducing heat, especially as we move towards the warmer time of year where pitta will begin to increase.

 

The pitta diet in spring:

 This diet will be of particular benefit in late spring, to prepare for the hotter summer months.

  • Introduce cooling, refreshing foods into your daily diet. Take some Pukka Aloe Vera just before each meal.

  • Favour foods that are sweet, bitter or astringent and, therefore, more cooling.

  • Reduce foods that are spicy, salty or sour and avoid pungent foods - all of which will encourage heat.

  • Avoid stimulants, dairy and highly fatty or processed foods (these take more energy to break down and pressurise the digestive system).

  • Practice exercises that are cooling, regulating and balancing. For a pitta, these can be Moon Salutations and shoulder stands.

 

Spring herbal heroes for pitta:

Herbs to help calm the fire of pitta are those that are characteristically cooling, calming and anti-inflammatory.

Pukka supplements such as Aloe Vera, Juicy Wheat Grass and Clean Green Superblend are ideal choices in combination with Pukka teas such as Refresh, Peppermint and Licorice, Mint Matcha Green and Three Mint.

Meet the author

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Katie is a qualified Medical Herbalist, and member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), currently practicing in Shaftesbury. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine and a BSc (Hons) in Plant and Environmental Biology.

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