Ayurveda believes that Pitta may be soothed by eating a variety of fresh, cooling, grounding, and carbohydrate-rich foods. A person suffering from pitta imbalance should be aware of the following points.
Food to choose:
- Fruits like apples, apricots, berries, cherries, coconut, dates, pear, papaya, plums, pomegranate, mango, orange, melons, watermelon, strawberries, figs and grapes.
- Vegetables such as avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cilantro/coriander, peas, pumpkin, radishes, cabbage, sweet potato, leafy greens, mushrooms, etc can be consumed.
- Barley, couscous, oats, quinoa, granola, wheat, tapioca, wheat bran, pasta, pancakes, amaranth, and basmati rice are the grains that maybe included in the diet.
- In dairy, cow's milk, cottage cheese, goat's cheese, ghee, ice cream, yogurt, and goat's milk are recommended.
- Including certain legumes like black beans, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, soya beans, tofu, mung dal, etc. may also help.
- Almonds (soaked and peeled), flax seeds, coconuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and popcorn are all pitta diet suitable nuts and seeds (unsalted & plain).
Foods to avoid:
- It is suggested that any fruit or vegetable with bitter taste be promptly discarded from the diet.
- Grains such as corn, buckwheat, millet, muesli, rye, yeasted bread, polenta, and brown rice.
- Salted butter, buttermilk, frozen yogurt, sour cream, hard cheese, and fruit or preservative-infused yogurt.
- Legumes with high salt content like urad dal, miso, soy meat and soy sauce.
- Cashews, skinned almonds, pine nuts, pecans, pistachios, tahini, walnuts, sesame seeds, chia seeds, and peanuts are pita aggravating nuts.
Tips to Reduce Pitta:
- Cold food is deemed beneficial over warm or hot.
- Nourishing and light foods is recommended over thick or heavy foods.
- Dry foods, as opposed to liquids, may help balance pitta.
- Mild drinks, like fresh juices function are said to work well than strong drinks such as alcohol or caffeine-based beverages.
- Avoid excessive preservative consumption.
- Staying away from prolonged sunlight and chemical exposure may also help.
- Adopting activities that help manage mental and physical stress are believed to help restore the balance.
*Please note: The information on this website is solely for educational purposes and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice. We do not claim to diagnose, treat or cure any diseases. Kindly consult an Ayurvedic expert or licensed health practitioner before following any remedies suggested here.
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