Happy Friday folks! Hope you had a good week. As I promised last week, here is the second installment of how to balance the 'fire' element or 'pitta dosha' in your body.
For starters, the pic says it all...Watermelon is the key to finding inner bliss...literally! The fruit is super cooling to the digestive system, and helps you get rid of any burning sensation in the belly that comes from excess pitta. And please, please get the watermelons WITH SEEDS! Do not fall for those hybrid seedless varieties. Eat real fruit and spit the seeds out. I mean how lazy can we be..we already get cut fruit in the markets! I am not asking you to buy the giant watermelon and cut it up (uh, could you? that's the best!)
Typically, fruits and veggies that have calming, sweet, bitter and astringent qualities are your best friend in the summer. Honey dew, cantaloupe, kiwi, cucumber, coconut, summer squash..there is a reason why they are in season this time of year. They all have very high water content and are great for flushing away the excess heat within. Even berries are excellent, although some ayurvedic experts believe too many berries can aggravate your pitta.
Avoid eating iced stuff, even though it may seem cooling. If you recollect, I had mentioned last week that ice is not cooling to the system even though it tastes cold! Sip coconut water instead..at room temperature, of course. Speaking of, did any of you try the mint-water thing? I'd love to know if it made any difference.
Next week I will talk about these 2 yoga poses that help eliminate excess heat within.
Stay cool, y'all :)
(p.s. Here is some more info on foods to eat and avoid for pitta)