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How to Balance Common Pitta Imbalances




In the last blog post ‘How to Balance Common Vata Imbalances’, I shared about Anxiety and Nervousness, Insomnia and Sleep Disturbances, Vata Digestive Issues, Joint and Muscular Problems, Dry Skin and Hair, Cold Sensitivity, Irregular Menstruation, Nervous System Disorders and Fatigue and ways to help balance Vata. If you’ve not read that blog you may like to go there after this!


This blog post moves on to talk about typical Pitta-related imbalances and ways to help balance Pitta.


Do you or someone you know suffer from heartburn, acne, anger, sharp headaches, or rheumatoid arthritis? Then keep reading!


As a reminder.…


Pitta Dosha:

Elements: Fire (Agni) and Water (Jala)

Characteristics: Pitta represents transformation, digestion, and metabolism. It governs processes like digestion of food and emotions, body temperature regulation, and intellectual pursuits.

Physical Attributes: Pitta-dominant individuals usually have a medium build, warm skin, and strong digestion.

Emotional Attributes: Pitta imbalances can manifest as anger, irritability, and competitiveness.


Common Pitta Imbalances


Pitta imbalances are often linked to heat and sharpness and can be brought on by a number of lifestyle factors including hot weather, over-competitiveness, spicy foods and constantly pushing yourself too hard.


Acidity and Digestive Disorders:

- Pitta imbalances can lead to hyperacidity, acid reflux, and heartburn.

- Individuals may experience a burning sensation (think fire element) in the chest or throat, a sour taste in the mouth, and discomfort after meals.

- Other digestive disorders such as gastritis, ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disease can also be related to Pitta imbalances.


Skin Conditions:

- Pitta imbalances can contribute to skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema, and dermatitis.

- These conditions may be characterised by inflammation, redness, burning, sensitivity, and excessive oiliness of the skin rather than rough and dry for Vata or thick skin and a white discolouration for Kapha for example.

- Skin rashes, hives, and allergic reactions can also be associated with Pitta aggravation.


Anger and Irritability:

- Pitta imbalances can manifest as increased anger, irritability, and frustration - think hot-headed!

- Individuals may have a short fuse, difficulty managing anger, and a tendency to become easily annoyed or agitated.

- Intense competitiveness and a perfectionist mindset are also common traits associated with Pitta imbalances


Migraines and Headaches:

- Pitta-related migraines and headaches can include hot sharp pain and issues with the eyes. Whereas a vata headache may include dizziness and a kapha headache vomiting.


Excessive Heat and Sweating:

Pitta-dominant individuals often have a higher body temperature and may sweat more profusely than others, when the sweat has a strong smell this can also be an indicator that something is out of balance. As many of us know, excessive sweating can contribute to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, so tonics to remedy this can be important. Pittas may feel uncomfortable in hot weather and have a lower tolerance for heat, it’s always interesting to ask clients which climates they prefer!


Inflammatory Conditions:

Pitta imbalances can contribute to various inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, or colitis. Notice these all end in ‘itis’ - often a signal is linked to a Pitta imbalance.


Because of the excess fire element and heat associated with Pitta, cooling practices are essential to find balance, along with reducing stress. This also applies to summertime if the weather is particularly hot - we can feel the sunshine fire!


Ayurvedic remedies to balance Pitta


Coming back to the idea that food, movement and nature are all medicine - let’s have a look at ways to pacify Pitta dosha.


Dietary recommendations


Sweet Fruits: Include sweet and juicy fruits such as watermelon, grapes, mangoes, and pears in your diet to help cool down Pitta.

Leafy Greens: Incorporate cooling leafy greens like lettuce, spinach, kale, and cilantro/coriander into your meals.

Cooling Herbs and Spices: Use cooling herbs and spices like, fennel, mint, and coriander in your cooking can help to balance Pitta.


Stress Management Techniques


Meditation and Deep Breathing: Practice regular meditation to calm the mind and reduce stress. Breathing exercises, such as alternate nostril breathing (Nadi Shodhana), can also be beneficial.


Yoga and Gentle Exercise: Engage in gentle yoga practices that focus on stretching, relaxation, and balancing postures. Avoid intense or competitive forms of exercise that may increase Pitta.


Daily Routine: Establish a regular daily routine that includes time for self-care, relaxation, and adequate sleep. Consistency and structure can help reduce stress and promote balance.


Herbal Formulations and Supplements


Aloe Vera: Aloe vera juice or gel can help cool and soothe the digestive system. It can be consumed internally or applied topically for skin-related issues.


Brahmi (Bacopa): Brahmi is an Ayurvedic herb known for its calming properties. It can be taken as a supplement or used in herbal formulations to support mental clarity and reduce stress.


Herbal Teas: Enjoy herbal teas made from cooling herbs like mint, coriander, and licorice. These teas can help cool down the body and promote balance.


Hydration and Lifestyle Recommendations


Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of room temperature water throughout the day to stay hydrated and balance Pitta.


Cooling Showers: Take cool showers to lower the body temperature and provide a refreshing effect.


Avoid Heat and Direct Sunlight: Minimize exposure to excessive heat and direct sunlight, especially during the peak hours of the day.


Create a Calming Environment: Surround yourself with calming scents such as lavender, soft lighting, and relaxing music to promote a sense of peace and balance.


I hope you’ve found this blog interesting. It’s looked at:

A quick reminder of the key components of Pitta dosha

Common Pitta Imbalances

Remedies to Balance Pitta


Can you relate to any of the Common Pitta Imbalances? Let me know and let me know any questions that you have by dropping my a message over on Instagram @sam.anxiety.relief.coach or email me anxietyreliefwithsam@gmail.com

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