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4 Ways to Flush Excess Pitta from the Body?

Ayurveda teaches one how to can take care of the body in the most natural and organic way. It focuses on the good as well as the bad elements in the body and aids with information about the factors that may cause imbalances. Ayurveda has a holistic approach to health and focuses on how to […]

Ayurveda teaches one how to can take care of the body in the most natural and organic way. It focuses on the good as well as the bad elements in the body and aids with information about the factors that may cause imbalances. Ayurveda has a holistic approach to health and focuses on how to create the perfect balance of elements in the body by regulating the body’s systems. The science uses a combination of diet, lifestyle, treatements, yoga, and meditation to helps achieve a balanced body, mind, and spirit.

What Exactly Is Pitta?

According to Ayurveda, the body is a combination of the 5 elements (earth, wind, water, fire and space). The combination of these elements results in a categorizationof the body by three Ayurvedic doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Of the three, the hottest, oiliest, and sharpest dosha is known as Pitta Dosha – denoted by the strongest combination of the fire and water elements. It governs the digestive fire or the ‘Agni’ in the body.  Excessive pitta dosha in the body can give rise to physical imbalances such as sore throat, nausea, inflammation, diarrhoea, skin irritation, fever, sweating, etc. It can also causeemotional distresswith symptoms like frustration, instability and resentment. Hence, it is very important to understand how to strike a balance and get rid of excess Pitta organically with the help of Ayurveda.

Ayurvedic Ways to Flush out Pitta

Summer is the Pitta season and as it appraoches, excess pitta must be controlled. Pitta dosha toxins generally amass in the stomach and small intestine. To remove these toxins or ‘ama’, here are some simple steps that can be taken into consideration:

  1. Get rid of Junk Food :A pitta-soothing diet is the first line of action for immediate relief. One must choose the right kind of food items to eat in order to cleanse the body.  Sweet, juicy fruits e.g. grapes, melons, cherries, plums, mangoes and peaches prove to be very beneficial in removing excess pitta. Also, one can include vegetables like broccoli, celery, zucchini and avoid to the diet. Dairy products, spicy food and oil are a big negative for people with excessive pitta. Avoiding caffeine and choosing cooling drinks like coconut water on a hot summer day works very well to balance pitta.
  • Try Yoga: One of the most calming and stress-free ways of pacifying pitta is through yoga. Yoga provides relaxation to the body by removing the excess heat from it. Yoga positions like child postures (Shishu asana), cobra posture (Bhujangasana), half boat posture (Ardha naukasana), Corpse posture (Shavasana) can help calm down pitta. Just remember to enjoy doing yoga and focus on your body than your brain. Deep breathing can also helpto unwind the body into relaxation mode.
  • Healing Ayurvedic Herbs: Ayurveda has studied the doshas intricately and has numerous effective ayurvedic herbs and medicines to help eliminate pitta dosha. These natural herbs can promote the flushing of excess pitta in the body and keep it away from its symptoms.
  • Shatavari(Asparagus racemosus): The bitter, sweet and cooling properties of Shatavari make this herb an effective remedy for glut pitta. It promotes healthy functioning of the GI tract, urinary tract, and liver and keeps them safe from the effects of excess pitta. It even helps nourish the membranes of the stomach.
  • Amla(Phyllanthusemblica):Amalaki can help in the maintenance and nourishment of the body’s tissues. This herb promotes rejuvenation and prevents any accumulation of pitta in the body by promoting elimination of natural toxins. Its rich antioxidant properties also stimulates the digestive fire and builds up immunity.
  • Neem(Azadirachtaindica):Neem is a popular herb known its cooling properties. Red, irritated skin, and rashes due to excess pitta can be controlled with the help of neem. Pitta imbalances can result skin becomingmore murky than usual. Neem also helps in improving skin complexion.
  1. Take It Easy: One of the most important steps that help flush out pitta is attaining peace of mind and body. A cool dip in the pool, walks in fresh air, sound sleep, ayurvedic oil massages, aromatherapy, listening to calming music can all help maintain a balance in the doshas. Try to wear light, comfortable, well ventilated clothing. Keep away from excessive heat as sunburns are pitta-aggravating. Finally, observeyour emotions and learn how to inculcate positivity. Having a calm mind is very important in balancing excess pitta – Ayurveda is as much about the mind as it is about the body.

These are a few tips that have proven to be effective in controlling the level of pitta in one’s body. One can also consult an Ayurvedic expert like those at Dr. Vaidya’s and get a detailed ‘naadi pariksha’ (dosha test by an Ayurvedic doctor through pulse) and consultation done to get a more detailed view. 

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