Pitta Kapha Imbalance symptoms and Body Type
Robust and resilient, energetic, and ambitious the Pitta Kapha dosha body type is a strong leader with an empathetic ear. Born with energy and determination, nothing is unachievable for this body type.
Not only are you a go-getter you are also a deeply nurturing human. You grow by growing others. As a manager, you are everybody’s favorite. Tough where you need to be and a comforting shoulder when the situation demands.
When imbalanced, Pitta Kapha body type may have trouble letting go of relationships past their due date, may develop sinus infections, may become self-doubting, and withdraw. They rapidly gain weight and acquire painful inflammatory conditions, skin rashes, and deposits like atherosclerosis.
The Pitta Kapha cannot be cooling their body with healthy sweets and grains like a regular Pitta dosha type, they need to stay focused on sour, astringent, and bitter tastes to stay balanced. Think of citrus in moderation, green vegetables, spices like fenugreek, tulsi, coriander, turmeric, cumin, bitter greens and teas, astringent fruit like figs and pomegranate.
Want to know more about your Kapha sub-body type, read my blog on Kapha Body Type here.
Tips to balance your Pitta dosha imbalance
The pitta personality can easily get addicted, Pittas require great meditative practices, a mix of slow calming exercises, and honest friends to keep them straight when they go off the road.
The Pitta in the center of the human body and the navel is the seat of the Pitta energy, just as the sun is the center of our solar system. Applying sesame oil to the navel is a good ritual for Pitta body types who are prone to go out of balance with acid reflux, premature baldness, and skin rashes.
As a Pitta body Type who gets impatient with others, your playful challenge is to find what the strengths of others are so that you can then use them to grow in understanding and influence. Remember we are all challenged and differently-abled in one way or another, some challenges can be seen and some in the emotional and spiritual realm cannot be seen but only experienced by our closest friends and family. Someone who has quick decision-making may lack depth and someone who is an expert may be slow to respond.
Do a Saturday fast or intermittent fasting during Spring and Fall to balance, heal, and clear the body channels of the damage caused by excessive Pitta.
Even though you don’t believe it’s useful, slowing down, being meditative and deep breathing Pranayama is extremely beneficial to reign in your fiery emotions, higher heat, and tendency to overproduce hormones. Think of this as the brakes to your over speeding. And you go over the speed limit every day.
Scream when you need to, let your family know so they do not worry. Use a pillow. This will help release the pressure valve that leads to Pitta aggravation.
Wash eyes every morning and night with a Triphala wash. Add 2 large pinches to 1 cup of water and boil for a minute. Cover and leave overnight. Strain through a fine-mesh filter/paper coffee filter in the morning and splash eyes with this in the morning and at night before going to sleep. You can store this wash in the fridge for 2 days. Make fresh every 2 days. This will help tremendously with eye strain caused due to excess Pitta.
Drink plenty of herbal teas. Go easy on coffee if it irritates your gut. A pint of cold beer is great in summer afternoons. If you drink alcohol make sure you are ordering light wines, champagnes, cocktails over hard liquor. Mix hard liquor with plenty of water or cooling fruit juices. Something like a Sangria or a Pina Colada works well in the early evenings.
Eat a satisfying full early dinner by 8 pm, at the latest, so you don’t get woken up by hunger pangs at two in the morning.
When the Pitta is in a balanced Sattvic – Rajasic state of mind, intelligence, clarity, consciousness, courage, will power, empathy and leadership are natural in a fire dominant body type.
When the fire energy is burning at its most optimal, it radiates Tejas, the lustrous magnetic body, and soul.
A balanced Tejas naturally is in harmony with Prana, the subtle essence of Vata, and Ojas, the subtle essence of Kapha. Likes spokes of a wheel, each balances and feeds off the other.
When Pitta energy is released from the Rajasic point in the spectrum, with very little Sattva to create discrimination and prudence in the mind, then turbulence, competition, greed, jealousy, arrogance, lustful consuming desire, envy, anger are evident.