PITTA SUMMER FOOD LIST

In summer favor foods that are, sweet, astringent and bitter .

Favor cool over warm or hot, raw food is okay for pittas in warm months, dry, dense and sweet foods. Favor mild over sharp because of the pitta tendency to be tiksna (sharp).

Herbs: small quantity of black pepper, cardamom, clove, coriander, fennel, ginger, turmeric, tulsi, mint, cilantro, neem, saffron.

Foods:
-sweet apples, sweet berries, apricots, cherries, coconut, dates, figs, grapes, limes, mangoes, melons, sweet oranges, papayas, pears, pineapple, plums, pomegranates, prunes, raisins, watermelon
-avocado, brussel sprouts, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, dandelion, collard, kale, leafy greens, leeks (cooked), potato, pumpkin, radishes spaghetti squash, spinach, sweet potatoes, lettuce, mushrooms, okra.
-tapioca, wheat, spelt, pasta, quinoa, basmati and wild rice, couscous, crackers, durham flour, barley, amaranth
-adzuki, black, black eye, garbanzo, lentil, lima, mung, navy, pinto, split peas, soy, tempeh, tofu, tempeh, white beans, tofu
-butter, cheese (soft unsalted, not aged), cottage cheese, ghee, goat, goat cheese, yogurt
-almonds, charole, coconut, flax, halva, popcorn, pumpkin, sunflower
-buffalo, chicken, fish, rabbit, shrimp, turkey, venison
-coconut, flax, ghee almond, olive, primrose, sunflower, soy*, walnut

*I AVOID SOY AS IT DOES NOT DIGEST EASILY


Ayurveda is one of the most elegant systems of medicine. It is widely misrepresented and misunderstood. Ayurveda translates as the ‘Science of Life’, it is a lifestyle practice that considers many factors as having influence on health and wellbeing. Health is maintained through a balance of individual constitution. Constitution is unique to the individual and can be determined by pulse and a thorough intake form by a licsenced Ayurvedic Practitioner, Health Coach or Doctor.

To begin to understand how to live your Yoga with Ayurvedic medicine and lifestyle practices, we should first understand the world view that informs the practice.

All things influence our health some examples of considerations and causes for imbalance include, time of life, time of year/seasons, diet, lifestyle, relationships or lack thereof & the proper or improper use of the senses.

Summer is Pitta season – the season of, water + fire. For individuals with Pitta constitution summer weather may aggravate Pitta people leading to imbalance and illness.

To stay in balance we regularly employ the three pillars of health.

The Three Pillars of Health
Ahara -diet
Vihara -lifestyle
Ausada – herbs

Each disease state has causes. Pathogenesis, the path towards disease formation teaches us to identify disease very, early in its development.

The Three Causes of Disease:
avoid the cause, nidana parivarjana

Asatmyendriyartha samyoga: improper use of the senses

Prajnaparada: improper use of the senses (asatmya- improper, unwholesome/indriya- sense organs, jnana indriyas/ artha- sensory objects/samyoga- combination)

Parinama: temporal factors

Prajnaparadha- prajna – wisdom, paradha – crime, mistake, crime against wisdom, intellectual blasphemy; improper use of the faculties of the mind. Most serious as it causes aggravation of all three dosas . It is not prajnaparadha if someone doesn’t know better. Before you knew better it was not classified as prajnaparadha.

Dhi dhrti smrti vibhrastah karma yat kurute subham |
Prajnaparadham tam vidyat sarva dosaprakopanam ||

Dhi: impairment of intellect- perceiving bad things as good: temporal things as eternal, power of discrimination is cloudy
Dhrti: impairment of self control- mind is impatient and seeks immediate gratification
Smrti: impairment of memory, inability to remember former experiences/ convenient forgetting

Atiyoga: excessive exercise, sex, activity, etc.
Ayoga: not enough movement
Mithyayoga: suppression/ forcible initiation of urges, acrobatics, extreme sports, excess tattooing, self mortification, piercing, masturbation

Manasika:
Atiyoga: excess thinking, no mental rest
Ayoga: minimal mental activity -reading, conversing, thinking
Mithyayoga: excess fear, fear, anger, delusion, jealousy, desire, criticism, planning to harm/hurt others; criminal plotting, psychedelics and addictive behaviors. Metta meditation, physical practice
Vacika:
Atiyoga: talking too much; at too high a pitch; too much singing
Ayoga: prolonged silence
Mithyayoga: lying, quarreling, untimely words, unpleasant words, irrelevant talk, insults, harsh words

Seasons have a dramatic impact on health as the body needs to adjust to the available foods and the changes in temperature. This can have both a positive and negative effect on our health.

Parinama- Temporal
Passage of time
Seasonal changes
Life and cycle changes

SEASONAL CHANGES:

Spring
Summer
Fall/Winter

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Pitta
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Kapha
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Sancaya-? Prakopa-? Prasama-?

Summer is Pitta season so be aware of the following changes to your body as signs of an increase or decrease in Pitta dosha.

Vrddhi Pitta: (increased pitta) EX.??

yellowish/reddish discoloration of the skin/stools/urine/eyes- ranges from a little to a lot (yellowish eyes ? jaundice)
Hot red angry,’itis’, superficial inflammation of the skin, pittas are more reactive by nature
People with allergies tend to shy away from herbal and topical interventions because they tend to react to things.
Increase body temperature and burning, feel they are burning up, they feel parched and thirsty, always thirsty
Disturbed sleep, predominately vata or pitta?
Fainting, vertigo, dizziness
Weakness of the sense organs particularly the eyes
Bitter taste and sour belches
Emotional state, angry, irritable, road rage, criticism (explosive), fighting with people

Ksaya Pitta: (decreased pitta) EX.??

Dull complexion
Slow bowels
Decreased body temperature


“Plants bring us the love, the nourishing power of the sun, which is the same energy of all the stars, of all light. These cosmic energies emanated by plants thus nourish, sustain and make grow our own astral body. In this way the existence of plants is a great offering, a sacrifice.”
-Dr. Vasant Lad – The Yoga of Herbs



ASHWAGHANDA | withania somnifera

Rasa: bitter (tikta), astringent (kasaya), sweet (madhura)
Virya: heating (usna)
Vipaka: sweet (madhura)
Prabhava: aphrodisiac, rejuvenative, increases ojas
VK-P+ (in excess)
Dosage: 2-8 grams per day with warm milk, 10 grams as protection from radiation.

Medicinal Uses: Adaptogen, rejuvenative, tonic, nervine, aphrodisiac, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant.
Adaptogen, nerve exhaustion, emaciation
for general debility and sexual debility (mixed with shatavari for sexual impotence)

Rejuvenating to the vata sites in the body, bone marrow and B/T production.

Superb for treating chronic anxiety.


MACA | Lepidium meyenii

Rasa: sweet
Virya: warm, moist

Prabhava:
VKP
Dosage: 1-2 tsp. And up to 2 tbsp per day, break for two months, use a different adaptogen return.
Andean root and tuber crop.

Medicinal Uses: Increases the production of estrogen, testosterone,& progesterone, improves quality and motility of sperm, helps with symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, fatigue, chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, anemia, irregular menses, memory loss, adrenal fatigue. Maca is an immune tonic and a nutritive, used by theIncans for centuries. Red maca treats prostatic hyperplasia. Black maca higher in sugars, riboflavin & iron. Amino acids, saponins, alkaloids.


TULSI | HOLY BASIL | Ocimum sanctum

Rasa: pungent (katu), sweet (madhura)
Virya: warm

Prabhava: rasayana insure personal health, spiritual clarity & well being
VKP
Dosage: 40-60 drops 3 x per day, daily use is okay!

Medicinal Uses: used to treat situational depression, such as depression caused by a traumatic event. Adaptogen, antibacterial, carminative, diuretic, antidepressant, expectorant, galactagogue, antioxidant. In other words, it treats gas, ulcers, cramps, colds, influenza, coughs, sinusitis and protects from radiation and ADD/ADHD.


REISHI | Ganoderma lucidum

Rasa: bitter (tikta)
Virya: warming (usna)

Prabhava: ‘spirit plant’, good for people with disturbances to sleep and with anxiety, 6 types (blue/green, red, yellow, white, black& purple) each having a unique quality.
VK-P
Dosage: 80-100 drops, decoct: 1-2 oz. 32 oz. H2O, caps: 3 500-100 mg 3x daily
Medicinal Uses: adaptogenic, nervine, sedative, deficient qi, weakness, fatigue. Studied extensively, reishi is known to be an immunomodulating mushroom, that helps patients with immune dysregulation. It also assists with allergies. Stimulate 5 fold cancer fighting compounds. Treats altitude sickness. Lowers LDL & VLDL cholesterol and triglycerides, treats asthma caused by allergies, inhibits platelet clumping, hepatoprotective, and antiviral.


SHATAVARI | Asparagus racemosus

Rasa: sweet (madhura), bitter (tikta)
Virya: cooling
Vipaka: sweet
Prabhava: “she who possesses a hundred husbands”, a female reproductive rasayan (rejuvenative).
V-KP or ama in excess
Dosage: 250 mg -1 gram

Medicinal Uses: Adaptogen, antibacterial, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, demulcent, anti-inflammatory. Used to treat debility of the female organs: infertility, impotence, menopause, diarrhea, dysentery, stomach ulcers, hyperacidity, dehydration. A rasayan for Pitta and should be prepared with milk and ghee. Thirst relieving, fluid protecting powers. Soothes and calms Vata, with stiff joints & neck, muscle spasms. Lung tonic, galactagogue, immune tonic.
Used to treat anemia, vaginal dryness, dry skin and lack of libido (low estrogen).



AMERICAN GINSENG | Panax quinquefolius

Rasa: sweet (madhura), bitter (tikta)
Virya: slightly cool, moist

Prabhava: endocrine amphoteric and adaptogen (both immune stimulating & anti-inflammatory effects)
V-KP
Dosage: 3-9 gms

Medicinal Uses: adaptogen, antioxidant, bitter tonic, mild central nervous system, mild demulcent, hypoglycemic agent, immune amphoteric, corrects the dysfunction of the immune system (people who constantly catch colds). Chi tonic, demulcent, expectorant. Enhances erections. Stimulates stomach acids.



LICORICE | Glycyrrhiza glabra; Leguminosae

Rasa: sweet (madhura), bitter (tikta)
Virya: cooling
Vipaka: sweet
Prabhava:
VK+P-
Dosage: 250-500 mg.

Medicinal Uses: demulcent, expectorant, tonic, rejuvenative, laxative, sedative, emetic.
Licorice works as an effective expectorant. It has a synergistic quality when mixed with other herbs and is sattvic when added with ginger and cardamom. It is very nourishing to the adrenals glands!

You should use precaution if you have hypertension, edema or high Kapha. It can inhibit absorption of calcium and magnesium, and therefore should not be used often by women in perimenopause, menopause or people with osteoporosis/osteopenia.


ASTRAGALUS | Astragalus membranaceus

Rasa: sweet (madhura)
Virya: warm, moist
Vipaka:
Prabhava:
V-KP
Dosage:

Medicinal Uses: Spleen Qi tonic, wasting and thirsting caused by tuberculosis or diabetes, treats asthma, coughing with phlegm, cures 5 kinds of hemorrhoids, used to stop excessive sweating and nights sweats. Enhancing immune system function, wei qi deficiency the protective energy that prevents illnesses in Ayurveda is known as ojas. Illnesses like, mono, pneumonia, coxsackie B. Combined with milk thistle, schisandra, turmeric for hepatoprotective qualities. Improves cardiac flow.

Precautions: theoretical concern about using astragalus as an immune potentiator along w/ immunosuppressive medications. Use cautiously together


GUDUCHI | Tinospora cordifolia

Rasa: bitter (tikta), astringent (kashaya)
Virya: hot (usna)
Vipaka: sweet (madhura)
Prabhava:
VKP=
Dosage: 250-500 mg.

Medicinal Uses: Useful during recovery period after infectious diseases. Rejuvenative for Pitta (taken w/sugar), taken w/ ghee reduces Vata. Overall reduces ama which is a build up of toxins and oxidative stress that over time creates sluggishness and a suppressed immune system. Febrifuge, alternative (blood cleanser), diuretic, aphrodisiac, bitter tonic, antirheumatic. Best herb for enhancing immune function, used for Chronic Fatigue and A.I.D.S.!!

Precautions: use w/ care during pregnancy


RHODIOLA | Rhodiola rosea

Rasa: sweet (madhura), slightly bitter (tikta), spicy/pungent (katu)
Virya: cool, dry
Vipaka:
Prabhava:
VKP
Dosage: 40-60 drops, 1-2 tsp. Dried sifted root decoct 8-10 oz water steep 15 mins 3x daily, 2-4 capsules per day.

No drug interactions known*

Medicinal Uses: Cooling adaptogen (good for Pitta), unlikely to cause overstimulation, enhances alertness. Combined with cordyceps, reishi and holy basil for ADD. Treats amenorrhea & infertility caused by hormonal imbalances or stress. Because of its broad reaching effects it can be used for Alzheimer’s, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, diabetes and congestive heart failure


CORDYCEPS | cordyceps sinesis

Rasa: sweet (madhura)
Virya: slightly warm, moist
Properties: adaptogenic, antiasthmatic, hepatoprotective, hypocholesterolemic, immune system amphoteric, nephroprotective, sedative
Vipaka: usna slightly warming
Prabhava: immunostimulating polysaccharides
V-KP
Dosage: 20-40 drops up to 3x daily

Medicinal Uses: Used to treat deficient Yin and Yang in the kidneys from either excess physical exertion or debilitating disease. Infertility and healthy sexual functioning. Helps to improve lung function and lowers cholesterol.



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