Know Your Ayurvedic Dosha

In Ayurveda tradition, the three basic types of dosha are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Ayurveda in Sanskrit means “The Science of Life”. Dosha is the energy present in the body, governing physical, mental and emotional characteristics. Since birth, each person has the original body type with unchanged attributes, while lifestyle, diet, climate, environment etc can often shift you out of balance with compromised immunity and health. Each person has a dominant dosha or combination of doshas. No one dosha is better than any other.

Pitta contains the properties of the fire element, and a small amount of the water element. Having Pitta as dominant dosha, they are of medium height and build, and their hands and feet are usually warm. Pitta people generally have a strong metabolism and strong appetite, and a lower tolerances for heat. Mentally, Pitta people have good memory and organisation skills with tendency to be perfectionists. But after prolonged heavy workload, they might have difficult time relaxing and sleep disorders can occur.

Exercise is good for Pitta people, especially activities with moderate exertion to let off the energy and strong emotion. Similarly, the food should calm the fire associated with Pitta. It should not be too pungent, salty, sour or spicy. All food with sweet, bitter, astringent and cool flavours can reduce the Pitta fire. Barley, oat, rice, wheat, all leafy green vegetables and sweet fruits are recommended. Sour fruits should be avoided, except for lime to be used sparingly. Eggs should be taken in moderation, other meat products should be avoided. Sweet dairy products are good for Pitta, with sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds occasionally. However, hot and pungent spices shall be avoided. Corriander, cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom, fennel and cumin can be added sparingly.