When it comes to managing inflammation, it is important to stay in balance. Many imbalances related to inflammation are due to what is known in Ayurveda as the pitta doshas—the fire and water elements. Pitta is the main force that controls the body’s digestion, metabolism, body temperature regulation. Even the body’s hormones are believed to be controlled by pitta.
First, let’s look at what causes the pitta imbalance to find out what to avoid.
- Hectic inconsistent schedule
- Too much stress and not enough downtime
- Lack of self-care
- Getting too hot, in both the mind and body
- Not keeping good company
- Violent TV or movies
- A diet full of junk and processed foods
- Too much spicy or sour food
- Lack of inspiration
Try these simple tips to bring your pitta back into balance and come into rhythm with nature.
1. Proper Nutrition
Pay close attention to what you eat. Food and digestion create pitta imbalances and are vital to resolving them. You still want to eat warm, cooked meals but incorporate cooling foods and herbs (e.g., ghee, coconut water, coconut oil, lime, cucumber, coriander, fennel, and cardamon) into your diet. Avoid foods that are hot, spicy, friend, sour, salty, pungent, or fermented. Nightshades (tomatoes, white potatoes, peppers, eggplant) should be avoided. Flavors that are sweet, astringent, and bitter work well to restore balance. Drinking CCF tea (cumin, coriander, fennel) and making sure your body is getting the right amount of healthy fats and oils can also help fix imbalances.
2. Meditation and Activity
Meditation calms the mind, eases stress, and helps build a relationship with your inner self. Practicing meditation, in addition to eating well and staying cool and comfortable, is central to correcting pitta imbalances.
Engaging in light exercise that promotes balance and flexibility is another way to help your pitta. Yoga, self-massage, walks, short hikes, reducing workloads, and avoiding conflict are a few examples of activities that promote a healthy pitta balance.
3. Stay Cool and Calm
Making sure you have a cool place to relax will do wonders, especially during the summer when that pitta dosha can become more aggravated. Whether it’s relaxing in the shade, taking a break from work, or drinking coconut water, ensuring that your body is cool and comfortable will help to naturally correct pitta imbalances.
Try self-massages with cooling oils like coconut and stones and surrounding yourself with cool colors, calming music, and soothing aromas.