Focus on Balancing Pitta and Kapha
Based on your results, we recommend that you focus on balancing pitta and kapha by following a pitta-pacifying lifestyle and a kapha-pacifying diet, while taking herbs to support a return to balance.
Pitta can be rather intense, and very much likes to be in control, so adapting your lifestyle to balance these tendencies can be truly transformative. Favor experiences that are mentally and physically cooling, soothing, sweet, nourishing, and stabilizing to the mind and body. Here are a few ideas:
Embrace Relaxed Effort by showing a willingness to slow down, make mistakes, and truly enjoy yourself. Invite this energy into any aspect of your life that needs it—work, exercise, relationships, and so forth.
Follow a Pitta-Pacifying Daily Routine with choices like balancing work with play, creating consistency, and retiring before 10 p.m.
Practice Pranayama, which can have a profoundly calming effect on the entire system. Just ten to fifteen minutes of simple yogic breathing exercises each day can be life-changing. Sheetali and Nadi Shodhana are especially good for balancing pitta.
Favor a diet of freshly cooked, whole foods that are light, dry, warming, well-spiced, and relatively easy to digest—ideally served warm or hot. These foods calm kapha by balancing mucus production, regulating moisture levels, maintaining adequate heat, and by supporting proper digestion and elimination. Kapha thrives on a fairly minimalistic diet with smaller meals, little to no snacking, fewer sweets, an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, a variety of legumes, little to no alcohol, and lighter fare all around. Here are some additional tips:
Favor Kapha-Pacifying Tastes. To balance kapha, choose foods that are:
- Pungent (think spicy foods like chilies, radishes, raw garlic, raw onion, and especially heating spices)
- Bitter (think bitter greens like kale, dandelion, or collards, and spices like cumin and turmeric)
- Astringent (think legumes, vegetables, apples, cranberries, green bananas, and pomegranates)
Reduce Kapha-Aggravating Tastes. To further pacify kapha, moderate foods that are:
- Sweet (think sugary sweets, but also grains, fruits, squashes, root vegetables, and dairy products)
- Sour (think vinegar, pineapples, grapefruits, and alcohol)
- Salty (think salt)
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