Those with a Pitta constitution are governed by fire and water, although the former is more pronounced. Pitta regulates metabolism, body temperature, digestion, and intelligence, and is responsible for transformation. Pitta corresponds to the following:
Hot, light, fluid, clear, sharp
Ambitious, good concentration, confident, courageous, intelligent
Medium frame with strong build, moderate prominence of veins, thin hair, sharp eyes, soft nails and sharp nose
Strong metabolism and strong appetite with good digestion
Sleep for a medium duration, generally uninterrupted
Temperament and memory
Intelligent, good comprehension, quick to anger and get attached easily
When balanced, Pitta types are content and well-structured with strong digestion, good vision, sharp intellect, and radiant skin.
When out of balance, Pitta can become angry or hot-headed and may experience acid indigestion, diarrhea, gastritis, stomach and intestinal ulcers, fever, hot flashes, infections, rashes, acne, eczema and liver infections.
Since Pittas need to bring balance to their hot, fluid, and sharp qualities, they need to eat cool, dry, and mild foods. They also tend to require sweet, bitter, and astringent foods. It’s also important that Pitta types practice moderation, take time for play and laughter, spend time in nature (especially around bodies of water) and enjoy exercise (but avoid extreme workouts or competition). Pitta types should also avoid sources of heat (e.g. mid-day sun) and stay in cool, well-ventilated environments.
Most of Us are More than One Type
While we’ve spoken of constitutions as though everyone is just one, the reality is that people often have combinations of these types. A combination of two Dosha is called Dwandwaja. Tridoshaja is a combination of three Doshas. Ekadoshaja, which is more rare, is the term for those exhibiting a single Dosha type.
With a combination of all these additional types, there are a more complex array of types that are best determined by an Ayurvedic wellness specialist. Such a specialist can also help you determine the best foods and activities for your body type.