Here we’ll discuss a Pitta Kapha pacifying diet along with a sample menu and Ayurveda-approved recipes for Pitta-Kapha individuals. Pitta-dominated Pitta Kapha prakriti (Pitta Kapha body type) has a unique advantage. If the two doshas work complementary to each other and remain in balance, then they have a good metabolism.
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That metabolism is fueled by primary Pitta Dosha and a well-nourished body, which is a characteristic of secondary Kapha dosha.
But these two doshas have certain antagonizing properties which will pose a challenge to you in catering to these two doshas at the same time.
The primary fiery Pitta being dominated by the fire and the water element antagonizes the earthy Kapha dosha dominated by the earth and water element.
You might question how the antagonizing element of fire and water can coexist in Pitta.
Well, the property of water which is represented in Pitta is fluidity. This provides the necessary ability to flow to the substances which represent Pitta in the human body, like enzymes and hydrochloric acid of the stomach.
On the other hand, the water represented in the Kapha bestows predominantly cold, cohesive, and smooth qualities to Kapha. Overall Kapha is always a threat to the fiery nature of Pitta.
So how do you balance the Pitta Kapha constitution?
Let’s take a look at the following topics we’ll cover in this article.
Being a Pitta Kapha type, you need to always keep an eye on the food you ingest.
You don’t want to increase the Kapha levels in the body to the point where they dampen the fiery nature of Pitta and thereby the digestive fire or agni that is nurtured by Pitta.
On the other hand, it would not be in the best interest to let the fiery Pitta turn into a ‘blazing fire’ so that it ‘dries’ up all the lubrication, cohesiveness, fluidity, coldness, and earthiness of Kapha.
You may be aware that Ayurveda gives equal importance to diet and lifestyle as it gives to herbal therapy. So it is very important that you know what to eat and what to avoid to keep your two constituent dosha in mind.
You probably have many questions about eating for these two doshas. Should you always have Pitta-pacifying foods or should you have a combination of Pitta pacifying and Kapha pacifying foods?
Is it always necessary to have pacifying foods or one may also have foods that are akin in property to the constituent dosha? Which meal should be the largest meal? Should you have cold foods like ice cream? Which grains are best for Pitta Kapha?
The Kapha, if in balance, provides a cradle for the digestive enzymes and juices to act properly in the stomach and small intestine. It also provides lubrication to the stools to be moved properly (by the action of Vata) in the intestines.
Throughout the body it counters the acidic environment created by Pitta-dominated metabolites and provides the buffering alkaline environment.
Thus a properly balanced Pitta and Kapha is necessary for the proper acid-base balance which is an important contributor to the proper functioning of the body.
If Pitta becomes aggravated, it tilts the balance towards an acidic state and depletes Kapha and its protective actions, as indicated above, causing various kinds of excoriating and inflammatory disorders and disorders related to blood.
Conversely, if Kapha gets stronger (through an increase in its properties) then it shifts the balance first to the alkaline side.
The digestive fire (agni) is believed to ‘fuel’ the so-called ‘metabolic fires’
But as it becomes aggravated further, it antagonizes the digestive fire and dampens it and as such, the metabolism all over the body is hampered.
The reason is that the digestive fire is believed to ‘fuel’ the so-called ‘metabolic fires’ which are referred to as bhootagni and dhatwagni.
So a weak digestive fire leads to the formation of many unwanted metabolites that in turn lead to the precipitation of many chronic disorders.
So, as your physiology is dominated by these two doshas both important for metabolism, growth, and repair, you need to take care that your diet fulfills the requirements of the two, does not aggravate either of them, and keeps them both in balance.
There are no absolute must-avoid lists for a Pitta Kapha diet, but definitely, there are foods that are more likely to suit Pitta Kapha over others. The other less suitable ones should be taken less frequently.
Having a dual Prakriti, you need to listen to your body. The dosha which is aggravated or depleted will need your attention. Pitta dosha symptoms are different than Vata dosha symptoms and Kapha dosha symptoms.1
So when a dosha is aggravated, use foods that have properties opposite to that of the dosha in question.
On the other hand, if your body gives symptoms that point towards the depletion of a dosha, use foods with the same properties as that of the particular dosha.
However, if both of your constituent doshas are in equilibrium, you need to follow certain guidelines that will keep the two in the desired state of balance. These guidelines will come in handy when you’re choosing a meal plan.
Start your day with 10 raisins and 10 almonds that have been soaked overnight in water. This should be followed by an apple/pear and a coriander tea.
For coriander tea, take 1 teaspoon of coarsely ground coriander seeds and boil in one glass of water, reducing to half. Strain and drink lukewarm. Take this 2 times during the day. This will keep Pitta and Kapha in equilibrium.
Take a suitable breakfast cereal like oats with bran cooked in skim milk or a milk substitute. You may have boiled pearled barley with a dressing of honey as well.
Complete the breakfast with a glass of coconut or soy milk. Alternatively, have a sandwich of yeast-free whole wheat bread (with bran) with 2 egg whites and a side of sautéed Moong beans and cooked vegetables.
You may have a cup of mint and tulsi tea along with it.
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Have a handful of roasted pumpkin seeds and a piece of fruit.
Lunch can include a glass of buttermilk as a starter. The main course can be composed of cooked grains like pearled barley or quinoa along with vegetable or animal proteins and vegetables.
Have coriander tea along with a fruit salad sprinkled with some roasted seeds or a small bowl of boiled beans appropriately seasoned with spices and salt.
Dinner could be the same as lunch but can include soups as starters, particularly in the winter season. It should be lighter than lunch.
You may have a cup of milk or soy milk boiled with a pinch of turmeric and a pinch of cardamom powder before bed.
Please consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before trying the dietary recommendations mentioned in this article.
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