Understanding Pitta: Feed your Inner Flame
The Pitta dosha controls digestion, metabolism, and energy production. The primary function of Pitta is transformation. Those with a predominance of the Pitta principle have a fiery nature that manifests in both body and mind, think like how a log when burned transforms to ashes.
Pittas have a powerful intellect and a strong ability to concentrate. When they’re in balance, they are good decision-makers, teachers, and speakers. They are precise, sharp-witted, direct, and often outspoken. Out-of-balance pittas can be short-tempered and argumentative.
Movement and change are characteristic of Vata's nature. They tend to always be on the go, with an energetic and creative minds. As long as Vata stays in balance, you will be lively and enthusiastic, with a lean body.
Pittas are usually of medium size and weight. They sometimes have bright red hair, but baldness or thinning hair is also common in a Pitta. They have excellent digestion, which sometimes leads them to believe they can eat anything. They have a warm body temperature. They sleep soundly for short periods of time and have a strong sex drive. When in balance, Pittas have a lustrous complexion, perfect digestion, abundant energy, and a strong appetite. When out of balance, Pittas may suffer from skin rashes, burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, heartburn, and indigestion.
Qualities of Pitta:
Pitta is hot, sharp, sour, pungent, and penetrating.