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Determine your Dosha – Pitta

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Determine your Dosha – Pitta


Your dominant constitution is Pitta and these are your guidelines for your food choices. Please take these suggestion below with an open mind and don’t be to strict for yourself. Be open for change and feel how this relates to your current food consumption. Enjoy every bite & drink! 




Don’t you know your dominant constitution yet? And do you like to check if you are more: Pitta, Kapha or Vata? Determine your Dosha here!


When your dominant constitution is Pitta these are characteristics

  • Blessed with determination, strong will and probably good digestive fire.
  • Fire & Water elements
  • Large amounts of initiative and energy, as well as good baseline digestive.
  • Stomach & small intestine.
  • Create & Express! Channel this creative fire towards specific purposes, and learn to express passionate feelings outwardly in a constructive way.
  • Pittas have excellent abilities in taking charge of themselves, their lives and their healing processes.
  • Oily, hot, Light, mobile and liquid.
  • Pitta often imbalances during hot summers. When weather gets cooler balance is easily found.
  • In summer: choose cooling Raw foods. Warmer foods are best taken in winter.
  • Imbalance when: skin rashes, ittitation, changing moods, frustration.


What can you do to balance Pitta

  • Keep cool
  • Kundalini Yoga Meditation: Sitali Pranayam or Healing the Stomach
  • Avoid excess heat, and humidity.
  • Avoid excess oils, fried foods, caffeine, salt, alcohol, red meat and hot spices.
  • Emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Enjoy ample amounts of milk, cottage cheese, and whole grains.
  • Emphasize sweet, bitter and astringent tastes in your food choices.
  • Get plenty of fresh air.
  • Trust your feelings and express them in ways that support you and those around you.

Dietary suggestions

  • Keeping cool is vital. Take a shady spot to eat in the middle of a hot summer day of work.
  • Where a hat to shade the active brain.
  • Add a cool rinse after your shower.
  • Most dairy products are cooling in nature, except for hard cheeses, sour cream, buttermilk, and yogurt are best avoided, as their excess fat, salt or sour taste aggravate fire.
  • Cooling whole grains relax and ground Pitta, like barley, wheat, basmati rice, breads, crackers, and pasta.
  • Take high-protein foods: Goat milk, cow milk, soy milk, tofu, tempeh, and cottage cheese are all effective in balancing Pitta.
  • Most beans, except for heating lentils are excellent.
  • Greens such as collards, turnip greens, dandelion greens, parsley, and watercress provide the bitter taste that Pitta needs, as well as generous helpings of vitamin A, B complex, calcium, magnesium, and iron.
  • Cooling spices: cumin, coriander, saffron, dill, fennel, mint of all kinds, and parsley.
  • Garlic should be avoided as it is most aggravating.


With your good digestive fire, you may be able to dare more food combination. Let your awareness be a guide. Notice what combinations you can digest well and which challenge you?!


What shouldn’t you do as a Pitta?

  • Drink plenty of alcohol.
  • Eat spicy food.
  • Engage in frustrating activities.
  • Exercise at the hottest time of the day.
  • Wear tight hot clothes.
  • Emphasize tomatoes, chillis, raw unions and garlic, sour foods, and yoghurt in your diet.
  • Repress your feelings.
  • Snack on highly salted foods.
  • Eat as much red meat and salted fish as possible.