PITTA (fire) - made up of the elements fire and water

With a moderate, athletic physique, Pitta types gain weight evenly or on the bottom half. They have soft, lustrous, warm skin and get hot easily. They have a strong metabolism, good appetite and digestion. Pitta types are determined, competitive, ambitious and highly intelligent, with good insight and keen discrimination. They like to be in control and at the centre of attention, they are highly focused innovators with energy levels to match and can be likened to a ‘Type A’ personality. Pitta types, although nocturnal, are deep sleepers and prone to vivid dreams and nightmares.

The ‘qualities’ or characteristics of Pitta are oily, sharp, hot, light, fleshy, spreading and liquid, and salty, sour and pungent in taste. Therefore, choosing more of the qualities or characteristics in food and lifestyle choices which have the opposite effect such as rough, dull, cold, heavy, static, hard, dry, bitter, astringent and sweet helps to maintain balance or bring excess Pitta back into equilibrium.

Pitta personalities are perfectionists, have strong intellect, strong digestion, are radiant, have glowing skin, sleep through the night and have inner peace and happiness.

OUT OF BALANCE Pitta personalities can be controlling, irrational, judgemental, fiery-tempered, irritable, workaholic, overheated, and prone to rashes and acne. They may experience interrupted sleep, acid reflux, headaches and loose bowel movements.

If you've taken the Dosha test , and now know the dominant dosha in your Prakriti,  buy the cookbook on sale now and learn more about the qualities, foods and tastes that will either rock the boat... or float it for an easy life that goes with the flow!

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Note: Your Prakriti (your unique ratio of all 3 doshas at birth), can only be accurately worked out by a Vaidya (Ayurvedic doctor) who will expertly assess everything about you, including your Vikriti (any current imbalances).  In the UK try the Ayurvedic Practitioner Association at apa.uk.com