The Pitta Dosha. The fire that burns around you, and the water the floats around you. It translates to ‘That which cooks,’ so it’s understandable that it’s filled with energy that effects digestion and metabolism in the body, as well as the driving force for many of the substances in your body like organic acids, hormones, enzymes, and bile.

Physically, Pitta types have oily skin. Think glands. Pitta governs eyes, skin, stomach.

Mentally, Pitta have a fiery temper. Well, ok, that’s not all true. Pitta governs intelligence, understanding, joy, courage, willpower, anger, jealousy… emotions that require a certain amount of inner heat to manifest.

The Pitta is located in the small intestine, stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas, blood, eyes, and sweat.

Do any of these psychological emotions or physical locations connect with you?

An unbalanced Pitta shows up in anger, rage, bitterness, ego driven actions that begin to yell. It can show up in the body through infection, inflammation, rashes, ulcers, heartburn, and fever.

A balanced Pitta will be joyful, sharp intellect and the will required to do what has been manifested. There are a few key actions that you can keep in mine to ensure your Pitta is balanced.

– First, eat a Pitta balanced diet. These are foods that are cool or warm, but not steaming hot. Avoid salt, as well as sour and spicy foods. Spices heat the body, so it can throw off your Pitta. Lemon juice helps balance the acidity of Pitta, so avoid vinegars and yogurts and cheeses. Cold cereals, cinnamon toast, apple tea are good. Vegetarian and even a raw food diets are best, as red meats heats the body from the fat in it.

– find peaceful environments to both eat in and exist in. If you eat stressed, chances are your digestive tract will be stressed. For that matter, find all sorts of peaceful calming activities to engage in, like walking through nature, meditation or yoga! Avoid sprinting, and high thrill activities.

– avoid artificial stimulants. Drugs, alcohol, smoking, caffeine, soda, sugars..

– avoid overworking. Avoid competition.