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Qualities of Pitta

 

In Ayurveda, one of the main rules is “like increases like” and so we will look at the
qualities of the dosha and use the opposite to stay balanced.

Pitta qualities are hot, sharp, slightly oily, smooth and mobile.

To stay balanced, pitta will use the opposite qualities which are cool, calm, soothing,
slightly dry and grounding.

Please note  “cooling” does not mean ice cold. It means comfy cool. A pitta would enjoy a lukewarm or cool bath, but if it’s way freezing, it will shock our bodies and constrict channels and probably piss off a pitta. In addition to their bodies, pittas need to keep their mind cool to prevent getting hot-headed or overly stressed.

Too hot for pitta in summer

Red meat, yogurt, sour fruits, super-spicy foods, peppers, fermented or pickled foods, excess salt, tomato-based foods and alcohol. Exercising mid-day in the sun. Hot yoga. Sun-bathing.

Cooling & perfect for pitta in summer

Sweet fruits, ghee, fresh vegetables, cottage or mozzarella cheese, cool pasta salads, ice cream, coconut water, pomegranate juice, mint tea. Exercising early morning. Most yoga. Sitting in the shade and enjoying down time.

For even more tips on pitta dosha and pitta season, get the free Pitta Seasonal Bloom download here.

Summer Colds

Hey! Summer is hot so why do we get colds (hehe)? There are a few reasons why we get colds in the summer.

Reason 1: Ritusandhi.

During the start of summer, the accumulation of kapha from spring starts to “melt.” You see, in the spring (kapha season) kapha builds and builds. Then once summer starts, pitta comes in and because of internal and external heat, it begins to loosen and shed the built up kapha. We might get kapha-like symptoms (runny nose, congestion, allergies, mucus cough) during summer, which makes us go, “Hey Monica B? How come I have a cold in the summer!?” If we don’t transition (ritusandhi) from one season to the next properly, that could be one reason. So treat your summer cold as you would any other kapha cold (since the imbalance is kapha, we treat kapha) like drinking warm liquids, having spicy liquid soups, and staying away from cold, goopy things like yogurt.

Reason 2: Quick changes in temperature.

Raise your hands if you live in a place where summer can be 95+ degrees with high humidity? Okay. Now keep your hands up if you have your air conditioning at 75 degrees or less in your house? Okay. Now keep your hands up if you have air conditioning on in your car, at the grocery store, and at restaurants where the AC is often at 70 degrees or lower (and causing you to freeze and put on a sweater?). Ah HAH!! That’s a lot of you! And that might be why you’re getting a summer cold. The fluctuations in extreme temperatures and humidity (air conditioning is dry) causes the body to become confused. It doesn’t know what the heck, which season it is because our bodies can’t get into a groove! Flip flop, flip flop. Hot cold, hot cold. While the body is trying to adjust to one or the other, we get sick. We are better off to keep the air conditioning much warmer or open the windows to even out the inside and outside temperatures.

Reason 3. Low immunity.

Several things affect our immunity including, lack of sleep, improper diet, improper exercise, stress, to name a few. Your diet should suit your dosha and the season. Follow the daily routine to a tee to ensure you are flowing in the right direction along side nature. Make sure that your exercise is appropriate for your dosha. And! Take time to destress completely each day. Super important. Our bodies need a break! Overload is a surefire way to break down our immunity and quickly.

Of course, each situation will differ per the individual and per their habits over time. That’s why we heart Ayurveda! Because it sees the individual person and circumstances! So these are not the end-all be-all reasons behind why we get summer colds, but if you work on these three things you will have a stellar chance at dodging a cold during the next change in seasons :) xoxo!

Pitta Season!

Hey guys! We’re in the heart of pitta season! What does that mean? It means it’s summer and it’s HOT outside, which might make us hot on the insides. Last year I created the very first Seasonal Bloom, which provides guidelines, tips, and tools to staying healthy during summer. If are a hot-bodied pitta or if someone near and dear to your heart is a pitta, you won’t want to miss the read. If you’ve already read it last year, it might be worth a refresh so that you can remember all the tools you have to use to keep you cool, calm, and collected while the heat is on!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPY OF SEASONAL BLOOM PITTA

Tip: Cooling Cucumber Water

Is it getting warm outside where you live yet? In America, we are approaching pitta season, which means that it’s heating up both outside and on our insides. One of my favorite treats to beat the heat (that was a lot of ‘eats’) is to float cucumber slices in a pitcher of cool water. Delicious! And the water doesn’t get bitter like it does with citrus fruit. You’ll instantly feel like you’ve been transported to a luxury spa on the beach. Ahhh…

You can also add mint! mm!