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Balance Your Pitta Diet in a Week
Pitta happens in the middle. Pitta is naturally increased during the middle of life, the year, the day, and the middle of digestion.
Adulthood (Puberty - 50s) - Rebellious teenagers with acne are a book picture of high Pitta. With adulthood comes responsibility, ambition, and organization.
Summer - Pitta gets high in the summer due to the heat and bright light of the sun. The blood vessels become dilated and the skin sweats.
Noon and Midnight - Two hours before and after 12:00 Pitta becomes high in the stomach, leading to increased acid secretions. At midnight the liver also becomes active for cleansing. This "second wind" is for our organs, but many Pitta people steal the second wind for their mind.
2-4 hours after a meal - In the sour phase of digestion, Pitta people will notice a slight stinging in the eyes. Many people crave dessert during the sour phase because high acidity in the body makes them uncomfortable.
Small Intestine - The small intestine holds food until it has been fully digested. If digestion is slow or weak, metabolic wastes from growing colonies of bacteria cause buildup of acidity. The body responds by increasing Pitta dosha.
Stomach - Hydrochloric acid is sharp, breaking up food particles. If the mucous lining of the stomach is too thin, an ulcer can develop.
Sweat and Sebaceous Glands - Body odor is Pitta and a sign of poor digestion. When digestion is strong, body odor and bad breath disappear.
Blood - When Pitta is high in the small intestine, it gets absorbed through the lining of the GI tract into the blood. Pitta in the blood causes rashes, fever, and irritability,
Eye - When Pitta enters the blood or the liver is weakened, eyesight deteriorates. Many Pitta types wear glasses. Other signs are inflamed or yellow eyes.
Skin - Pitta in the blood causes a rash, eczema, and psoriasis. Clearing the blood and the liver is a classic Ayurvedic remedy.
Mind - When the liver and blood are toxic, the mind gets irritable and concentrated. Pitta people love to study after midnight. Concentration is exclusionary. Concentration takes effort. But awareness is inclusive, effortless, and open. It receives everything without judgment. It is simply a witness to "what is."
Pitta people cannot tolerate disorder. They love to clean. Their spices are arranged by name, and their socks, by color.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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