The weather has been warming up here in the Northeast which causes a rise in our Pitta Dosha.
Pitta is the dosha of fire in our body. It is responsible for the actions of transformation and digestion. Pitta controls the luminosity of our skin, our vision, enzymatic processes, metabolism, detoxification and our ability to digest food, thoughts and emotions. The sun, being of a fiery pitta nature, increases our internal pitta. We experience this through our eyes and skin, our organs of sensation. By nature, the eyes themselves are pitta, and summer increases their fire, making our eyes more sensitive to light. An excess of heat absorbed through the eyes and skin can aggravate the liver and interfere with our body’s detoxification processes. When pitta boils over, the emotions of irritation, anger, jealousy, impatience and extreme competitiveness. Physically imbalanced pitta can cause a feeling of being overheated, sunburn, redness, rashes and skin problems, high blood pressure and increased inflammation. So how can we avoid this?
1. Avoid being outsides in the sun during prime hours 10am-2pm.
2. Avoid strenuous exercise in the heat that will cause body temperature to overheat. Try yoga, swimming or working out early in the morning to avoid the heat.
3. Stay hydrated! Don't drink cold water.
4. Eat cooling foods such as cucumbers, mint, cilantro, and green leafy vegetables.
5. Use cooling coconut oil to your daily Abhyanga.
6. Wear light clothing- linen or cotton that is loose fitting.
Most important listen to your body!