Vata reflects the qualities of air. Its characteristics are light, cold, dry, rough, and energetic. It is balanced by sweet, sour and salty tastes. Begins October 1 through Feb 1.
Pitta reflects the qualities of fire. Its characteristics are hot, oily, liquid, sharp, and intense. It is balanced by sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes. Begins June 1 through Oct 1.
Kapha reflects the qualities of earth. Its characteristics are slow, dense, soft, smooth, and heavy. It is balanced by astringent, bitter and pungent tastes. Begins Feb 1 - June 1.
PITTA SEASON IS FROM JUNE 1 THROUGH OCTOBER 1
Ayurvedic Medicine is based on the 5 elements: AIR, Ether (space), Fire, Water and Earth. These elements are forms of ENERGY. Everything is energy. We cannot have life without it. In order to stay in Balance we need to follow the rules of Nature. Our physiology is dictated to by these elements of Nature.
This is the FIRE and WATER season REFERRED TO AS PITTA.
Physically the Fire element is represented by body temperature, enzyme production, digestion, absorption, assimilation and transformation of food into energy. Similarly, the fire element in the mind is the light of attention, which digests, absorbs, assimilates and transforms sensory perception into knowledge (intellect).
The primary sites in the body that could develop problems this season if we don’t follow the laws of nature are the blood, heart, small intestine, Liver, eyes, and skin. This can translate into such conditions as: Intolerance to heat, indigestion/heart burn, body temperature fluctuations (hot flashes), skin rashes, liver related disorders, dehydration, increase in inflammatory disorders, burning eyes, conjunctivitis, excess perspiration, body odor, exhaustion, colitis, IBS, acute infections, and any of the conditions ending in “itis”. These are symptoms that are related to excess fire.
There is also the condition of depleted fire in the gut that contributes to most digestive disorders and systemic inflammation. People with Chronic disorders are often Pitta or have a Pitta imbalance. Autoimmune conditions are also considered a Pitta imbalance. These scenarios are reaching an all time high in our culture.
From an emotional point of view we can experience or experience other people that seem to be easily irritated, angry, , judgmental, envious, hateful and full of criticism.
Toxicity is Still the biggest problem we have to face these days. Lowering the burden of the toxic accumulation in our bodies is a priority. This season produces excess OXIDATIVE STRESS. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) form as normal by-products of metabolism. This is known as free radicals, which is why we age. ROS molecules damage cells, but some also act as second messengers to initiate cellular repair. It is all about Balance. This of a nice burning fire, steady, warm and comforting. Excess fire will be more destructive and create more waste. And there is the concept of a smouldering fire, which is also producing excess soot. This is what can happen in the body when the fire element is not in balance. When there is to much inflammtion in the body this is a sign of excess fire and is producing a lot of by-products of metabolism which puts a strain on our eliminative organs and vascular system.
Where there is pain in the body there is inflammation and blockage. Infections will also cause more free radicals and during the summer we can see an increase of viral symtoms and also a re-surfacing of chronic Lyme symptoms.
DIGESTION IS KEY EVERY SEASON.
AMA (undigested food)
Avoid Ama-producing foods Ama is the product of incomplete digestion — it represents sticky toxic matter that can clog the channels of your body that carry nutrients to the cells and waste out of the body. Since cleansing is done to clear ama out of the body, you'll want to stay away from foods that build more ama in the body.
From the ayurvedic perspective, leftovers, and "dead" foods such as processed, packaged, canned and frozen foods all create ama because they are very hard for your body to digest. Non-organic foods; genetically modified foods; foods grown with chemicals, pesticides and chemical fertilizers; and foods with chemical additives also introduce toxins into your body and are confusing for the natural "intelligence" of your digestive system, and should therefore be avoided.
Avoid heavy dairy products such as aged hard cheese or yogurt, foods that are deep-fried or oily, raw foods of any kind, heavy desserts, and foods that contain refined sugar and honey, as these are harder to digest and create ama. Avoid yeasted breads, dry breads such as crackers, and fermented foods.
IN OFFICE treatments:
Incorporate NanoVi treatments to reduce oxidative stress from EMF (see more info under services).
Incorporate PFG2Z or PFG2z programs, such as "complete detox", "Organ support" and many more to support you during this cleansing season.
ACMOS sessions (look under Patient Resources) which can address the energetic elements that often cause illness .
Magnetex treatments to keep us grounded.
Continual Polychromatic Light treatments with Foot baths to decrease our level of toxicity.
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It is said in Ayurveda that one can get all one needs nutritionally by consuming all 6 tastes at each meal. The six tastes are sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent. But with each season there are 3 tastes that should dominate in each meal.
A number of factors can increase PITTA to the point of aggravation. One is simply eating too much spicey, sour, salty, foods. Eating too late at night and too much.
RULES TO KEEP WITH THE FLOW OF THE SEASON:
• Start your day with a hot cup of water and add the juice from ½ lemon, ¼ teaspoon of Celtic or Himalayan salt and a teaspoon of Honey. Or even better for those with PITTA imbalance, the juice of ½ lime, maple syrup and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
• Use Super Nasya oil from the Ayurvedic Institute (we carry this at the office) then use the Nedi Pot to keep the sinuses clear. • Support the Liver. There are many ways to do this, Dandelion Root Tea, Gemmotherapy formulas, Homeopathic Drainage remedies.
• Consume Digestive detoxifiers like Psyllium, Luvos, Activated Charcoal, or more systemic detoxifiers like CellCore Biotoxin absorber or VirRad chem to absorb toxins and take the burden off the Liver.
• Foot baths, Polychromatic Lights and InfraRed Saunas are great therapies to enhance detox.
• Bone Broth when you feel depleted and always hydrate.
• Drink AGNI tea with meals or Digestive tea (see recipe section).
• Follow the diet for the season, also on web site.
• Don’t eat heavy meals at night time and make sure you don’t eat for 3 hours before bed.
• Relax, Meditate and breath.
• Tongue scrape and do dry skin brushing before shower.
• Start to integrate Bitters into your diet after meals to keep the Biliary tract flowing. Wise women Bitter Sweet Elixir is great for this.
• Come in for a seasonal check up to see where you need support.
PITTA (fire and water) is most decreased by bitter, sweet, and astringent tastes.
Each taste has certain therapeutic actions. Everyone needs a certain amount of each of the tastes in their diet according to the constitution. Either a lack of or an excess of each taste can aggravate the humors.
THE FOLLOWING TASTES SHOULD PREDOMINATE THIS SEASON
SWEET- foods are grains, sweet vegetables and fruits. Protein foods in general are considered sweet, such as meat, eggs, fish and dairy. This taste is building, strengthening to body tissues, soothes mucus membranes reduces burning sensation. It must be noted we are not referring to Empty sweets, such as cakes, cookies etc.
BITTER- is alterative (purifies the blood, cleansing, detoxifying, reduces all bodily tissue and increases lightness in the mind. It is antibiotic and antiseptic. In small amounts it is a digestive stimulant and helps digest sugar and fat. Needed in small qualities for each humor. It is necessary for detoxification but can also be depleting.
ASTRINGENT - stops bleeding and other excessive discharges (such as diarrhea and sweating) and promotes healing of the skin and mucus membranes, is expectorant and diuretic (increases urination), it tightens tissues. Needed in moderate amounts, as a secondary food, for maintaining firmness of tissues for all humors.
REMEMBER, VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE, TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING CAN BECOME A POISON TO OUR SYSTEM.
See below for more ideas!
SEASONAL DIET IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
Temperature is rising and so is our internal fire, which shows as: More heated tempers, lack of tolerance, feeling more aggravated.
From a physical perspective we can increase any existing inflammation throughout our bodies.
Keeping Pitta (the fire element ) in check: Arise early brush your teeth with Neem, Bilva powder and a small amount of mint which you can make up yourself. As for readymade products: Tooth Powder by Banyan (code B74311) or if one has gum issues Tooth powder (code B7531). But both of these contain Charcoal which is great for absorbing toxins but for most should not be used every day. Himalaya Neem and Pomegranate Toothpaste is great for everyday (code H20007) Then Scrape that tongue (code TONGU) – scraping with a toothbrush just doesn’t cut it. If your tongue has a yellow coating then your Pitta is high.
Follow the rules for the season. More info and the diet are available through my web site under “seasonal newsletter”.
Then do the coconut oil swish, using 1 teaspoon of room temp coconut oil and swish slowly foe several min. This not only cools the mouth but lowers neurotoxins. Make sure to spit it out.
Now that this is done it is a great time to do your Pranayama practice. Yes Breathing!!!! Shitali Pranayama is great for the summer: This is done by sticking out your tongue and rolling it up into a tube, Inhale through the rolled tongue, holding the breath in the belly.
Great Yoga postures for Pitta are: Fish, Camel, Boat, Cobra, Cow and Palm tree poses. These help remove inflammation (a form of excess Pitta) from Small intestine and Liver. Moon Salutation is great too.
As fire increases in our bodies, in addition to the above mentioned moods we can see more, indigestion, diarrhea, ulcers, burning sensations, blood and skin related issues (such as psoriasis, hives, urticaria, dermatitis and eczema), discomfort in the Liver GB region (this can show up as muscle and tendon issues too), and smell exuding from our sweat, which relates to the buildup of toxins and oxidative stress. Eat plenty of Melons (away from other food) and Celery and cucumbers are great hydrating foods.
Tune into Hydrationfoundation.org to get the facts about hydration.
SEE PATIENT RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION
Special Agni Tea:
This tea stimulates digestion and eliminates toxins 1 qt water 1 pinch cayenne (stimulates gastric intrinsic factor) 1 “ fresh sliced ginger peeled (it is a universal medicine, enzyme which stimulates circulation, good for heart) ½ teaspoon of Sucanat (stimulates kledaka kapha) 1/8 teaspoon rock salt (stimulates Hcl) or cheltic salt boil 15-20 min add juice of lime
Directions:Take equal amounts of all vegetables and cut them in small pieces. Cook vegetables for 15 – 20 min. Take them out of the water and add vegetarian broth to it. Never use meat broth or added salt. Add a raw egg yolk to liquid after it has cooled down to 85 – 105 degrees F (1/2 egg yolk per person per cup of soup. The soup should be consumed the same day or at the latest the next morning.You can also use a Nutribullet or similar appliance to make this.
1/4 cup yellow split mung beans (soak these overnight in pure water)
1/2 cup jasmine or basmati rice (wash before using) or use sprouted quinoa if rice does not agree with you.
2 tbs of ghee
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp celtic salt
1/2 tsp Hing (Asafoetida)
Directions:Melt the ghee in a pot. Add the mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to pop, the temperature is appropriate to add spices. Then add your beans and rice/quinoa. Coat the mixture in ghee and spices. Then add 4 - 6 cups of water or broth. You can add less broth/water if you want it thicker. You can also add powders instead of seeds/pods. Depending on the amount of water, add vegetables as desired. Bring the contents to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 1 hour until the beans are soft.
GERMAN CLEANSING DRINK
This old German remedy has been proven to be very helpful in treating atherosclerosis, cold and infections, high cholesterol and fatigue. By the way it is also very good in improving the immunity system and cleansing your liver.
For the preparation of this powerful drink you will need only four ingredients.• 4 organic lemons along with the peel• one ginger root (3-4 cm) or two tablespoons of grated ginger• 4 large garlic heads • 2 liters of water
Method of Preparation:
2. Peel the garlic.
3. Put the lemons, ginger and garlic in a blender and blend until you get a nice texture.
4. Put the blend in a saucepan
5. Pour the water over and stir until the mixture boils.
6. Then, turn off the heat and leave the mixture cool down.
7. Strain through a strainer and pour the liquid into a glass bottle.
Usage: Everyday 2 hours before meal drink one glass on empty stomach. Keep up with this procedure for 3 weeks. After that, make a pause of one week and then repeat the treatment for another 3 weeks. If you find out the taste is too strong add some honey.After the first 3 weeks of the treatment you will feel how your body has significantly rejuvenated and recovered. This drink is extremely helpful in prevention of calcification in organism which is caused by the kidney stone formation and as well against vascular congestion.
GREAT SMOOTIE FOR INFLAMMATION
Combine the following into a Vitamix, Ninja or Nutibullet type blander, not a juicer:
Organic cucumber with skin
Pumpkin Seeds, Chia seeds
Coconut Water, Pinapples and/or juice
1 teaspoon Turmeric
And a teaspoon of your favorite Mushroom or Mushroom blend (my favorite is the OM brand, available at Whole foods or Wellevate.
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