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The Dosha of Summer is Pitta

June 18 2020

Pitta is compromised of the fire and water elements.  Fire is about the transformation of solids to liquids and to gas, then back again (food to fat (stored energy), burns food into energy (muscles)).  Water is characterized as change and nurturing.  It represents the blood, lymph and other fluids in the body to bring energy and remove wastes.  Pitta is manifested by digestion (food and mental) and the quality of metabolic transformation (Agni). Too much Pitta can cause ulcers, hormonal imbalance, irritated skin (acne), and emotion consumption (anger).  Too little Pitta may result in sluggish metabolism, indigestion, and inability to understand.
Some causes that increase Pitta (imbalance) include alcohol, drugs, hot spicy foods, high exposure to the sun, excessive competition, sexual indulgence, and excessive eating of foods that are yellow, orange, and red.  Seasonal foods and spices that help balance Pitta include:  sweet apples, pears, red grapes, and sweet berries, avocado, artichoke, asparagus, cilantro, cucumbers, dandelion greens,  leafy greens, quinoa, basmati rice, granola, spelt, lentils, black beans, coconut sunflower seeds, coconut oil, olive, and flax oil.  Avoid or limit cherries, bananas, kiwi, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, pineapple, fresh corn, raw onions, radishes, cooked spinach, tomatoes, almonds with skins, pistachios, and chia seeds due to their sour and heating nature.   Increase the following tastes into your diet: bitter, sweet, astringent to help keep your Pitta in balance


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