What does your Digestive Fire and Forest Fires have in Common?

Summer is when Pitta (Fire and Water) is most aggravated and can cause already Pitta people to overflow into anger, acne and over intensity.  In nature fire is represented by the sun and when there is excessive heat and not enough water it over flows into forest fires.  Fire in the body is represented as metabolism, digestive fire, and heat is stored in the liver.  When we do not eat food over a period of time or we put too much spicy food into the digestive system it can cause ulcers due to over heating with not enough fluid in body.  Just as when a forest fire is put out there is dryness and ashes.  That is what happens to an overly Pitta person, eventually their skin becomes  dry and they start to shift into a Vata(Air and Either)  imbalance.  Thank goodness there are a lot of warning signs along the way, so that you can start treating your Pitta right now.

Tips for Calming Pitta

  • Leafy greens are a gentle way to cleanse the liver, and mother nature gives us an abundance of them during the summer.  Kale is one of the best at cleansing the blood and removing ama(toxins), where as spinach is a tricky leafy green that is actually heating.
  • Staying in the shade vs. direct sunlight durring the heat of the day and incorporate cooling colors and sounds like water into your life.  This may come in the form of a fountain in your office, a picture, or spending time near or in a body of water.  Click here for a video of a cooling creek bed.
  • It is important  for you to eat during the summer especially at lunch.  Sometimes you may not feel hungry, but try anyway.  Kindle your digestive fire by going into a cool room and putting neutral spices like fennel or coriander on your food to stoke your digestion.  Looking for more info about neutral herbs?  Check out my guest post here.
  • Stay hydrated.  You may get a stomach ache during the heat of the day which is usually caused by lack of hydration or not enough food.  Hibiscus tea is a great herbal tea for Pittas because it helps give you the feeling that you are quenching your thirst, which is sometimes hard for Pitta’s to do.

Stay cool this summer!

I want to know, what do you do to keep your Pitta in check?  Leave your response below.

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3 thoughts on “What does your Digestive Fire and Forest Fires have in Common?

  1. Although I’ve always been drawn to water, I just recently learned how much I need it to soothe, balance and restore me. I am a 50 yr. old Pitta where hot flashes and night sweats reign, complicating the matters of trying to stay cool. Being submersed in cool water daily is a must for me. I live in the Sacramento Valley, not exactly a cool climate (typical summers are 90+), and have a 12′ round pool at home that I use, or I swim in the lake when in the mountains. It’s wonderful to make the connections about what my body needs to live my best life.

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