Your Constitution

You Are a Pitta Type!

The main characteristics of Pitta are oily, hot, light, intense, and liquid, which can manifest in various ways for you.

Pitta is fiery in every sense of the word, and as a result, you are blessed with determination, a strong will, and good digestion. You focus on self-development and are adept at managing your life, health, and work. Generally, you have a competitive nature and tend to be emotionally intense, which sometimes manifests as restlessness and impatience. Pitta types, like yourself, are the real foodies. They love to eat, and they enjoy spice (spicy food, spicy life!). There is a tendency for you to overheat with excessive sun exposure (and intense situations), so the prevailing theme for you is stay cool!

More About You …


Heat is Pitta’s primary defining characteristic and the energy that ignites transformation and action. This heat manifests in various ways, as shown in the following physical, mental, and emotional characteristics.

DIGESTION and APPETITE: Your appetite is typically strong; voracious and insatiable even, but your belly (digestion) is capable of keeping pace with your big appetite. You probably find yourself becoming irritable and aggressive when you’re hungry. You prefer cold, heavy food, including raw fruits and vegetables. Owing to your inherently strong digestive fire, you can digest just about anything. However, that fire in your belly can speed up digestion too, causing food to move too quickly through your digestive tract and inhibit the proper absorption of healthy nutrients.

ENERGY LEVELS: Pitta types generally have good energy levels. Excess pitta, however, can quickly lead to exhaustion. You typically walk quickly and are driven by a destination, which applies figuratively as well as Pitta types are very goal oriented. You enjoy hard exercise, but you don’t like to become overheated. You tend to be over-competitive and impulsive too.

SLEEP: You usually sleep well. Your dreams are passionate and intense, and in them, you feature as an active, dominant subject. You often dream about business and making money too. You usually wake feeling rested and refreshed.

TEMPERATURE: Discomfort in hot, humid weather is a strong sign of this dosha. Instead, you prefer cool, dry, or even cold weather, and enjoy relaxing and cooling off by lakes and rivers.

SEX DRIVE: Because of your inherently passionate nature, you likely have a strong sexual desire. When it comes to sex, Pitta types know what they want and can make it happen. Their desires are balanced by a feeling of fulfillment, meaning they’re realistic in their sexual cravings and expectations. Both men and women are moderately fertile. Women usually have regular menstrual cycles but may bleed for longer periods and more heavily than other doshas.


You are intelligent but also very strong-willed. You usually know what you want and are determined to get it. Willpower and courage are your strong personality characteristics, though you need to be careful about being (or seeming) egotistical and domineering in work and social situations, including family.

WORK: You probably work with moderate speed and are generally good at getting things done. You have a practical nature and good business sense. Although strong-willed, you still possess a sense of fairness and maintain a clear and practical perspective in most situations.

FINANCIAL: Pitta types spend money moderately and practically. You’re certainly not afraid to spend money, but impulse purchasing is rare for you.

HABITS: Organized and practical are some of your primary characteristics, as you tend to make or break habits according to their usefulness. When receiving treatments or advice, you’re often critical and think that you know what is best for yourself initially. However, once you understand the facts and what you need to do, you are very good at implementing positive changes for yourself and your health.


As mentioned, Pitta types tend to be intense and quick-tempered people, but they also make just and good leaders. In a group setting, you usually gravitate toward taking control of a situation (and succeed if you are the strongest Pitta type in the group).

You make friends easily, but quite often those friendships are based mostly upon their usefulness. You can be intolerant of ignorance and impatient with those who do not understand or follow your ideas.

POSITIVE TRAITS: Your positive mental traits are: Intelligence, confidence, creativity, joyousness, sweetness, strength, forcefulness, patience, fairness, courageousness, exuberance, self-confidence, and strong leadership ability. You are also ambitious, methodical, efficient, adaptable, pleasant, clear-minded, energetic, fiery, and friendly.

NEGATIVE TRAITS: On the negative end of the spectrum, you can be domineering, easily angered, resentful, hostile, self-criticizing, irritable, impatient, and you might also suffer from outbursts of temper. You are easily frustrated and should be mindful of your internal urge to be tyrannical, critical of others, intolerant of delays, hurtful, hot-headed, and argumentative.

Does this sound like you? Understanding the doshas and how they relate to us individually can help us to make the most of our strengths and to mitigate our weaknesses.


Our Recommendations …


The most important thing you can do for your health, both mentally and physically, is to adhere to a lifestyle that will keep Pitta in check. If it does become aggravated, however, then it’s important to recognize this and, as best as possible, make immediate changes to your surroundings and your situation. At the very least, avoid continuing any activity that will exacerbate things.

As a Pitta-type person, you have a lot of energy and are constantly on the go. You need to keep cool, both physically and mentally, stay focused, avoid letting your emotions take over, maintain an active social life, and keep yourself engaged in things about which you are passionate.

Here are a few things for you to avoid:

  • Hot, humid environments.
  • Skipping meals.
  • Letting your stress levels rise too high.
  • Monotonous, unfulfilling activities and work.
  • Over-exercising in the midday heat.
  • Overindulging in spicy foods.
  • Becoming obsessed and/or overly competitive.
  • Being overly critical of yourself and others.

Here are a few things that Pitta types can do to stay balanced and happy:

  • Eat regular meals.
  • Stay active and get regular exercise.
  • Balance work with adequate play/downtime.
  • Learn to let go and be less controlling.
  • Do work that challenges you, gives you responsibilities, and allows you some independence.
  • Nurture your need to be social and build a good network of interesting and reliable friends.

When Pitta is aggravated:

  • Get a relaxing massage.
  • Seek calming/soothing smells, sounds, and environments.
  • Engage in yoga, meditation, and other stress relief practices.
  • Spend quiet time in nature.
  • Cool off with a swim or a cold drink on a hot day.

When it comes to food, we all like need to indulge our cravings from time to time. Making a religion out of the food we eat misses the whole point of living a happy, healthy life. Adhering to a diet that mostly includes the foods that are good for us and avoids those that can throw our dosha into an aggravated state is a sane and realistic dietary approach.

Important in Ayurveda are the principles of “like increases like” and using “opposites as medicine.” Pitta is increased by pungent, sour, and salty tastes, which increase heat. Foods with these qualities should be eaten in moderation or generally avoided. On the other hand, sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes are cooling and can have an immediate effect in calming an aggravated Pitta.

Food Do’s:

  • Eat foods that are naturally sweet, astringent, and bitter.
  • Eat lots of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Stick with sweet fruits like apples, berries, coconut, dates, melons, oranges, etc.
  • Use cooling herbs like coriander, dill, mint, and fennel.
  • Eat beans and other legumes.
  • Use sweeteners like brown rice syrup, fruit juice concentrates, maple syrup, etc.
  • Eat light grains like barley, cooked oats, basmati rice, white rice, wheat, wheat bran, etc.
  • Drink plenty of cooling juices and teas, sweet apple juice, aloe vera juice, coconut milk, cool dairy drinks, soya milk, etc.

Foods to Avoid:

  • Foods that are pungent, sour, and salty.
  • Heavy sweeteners like honey and molasses.
  • Sour fruits such as sour apples, bananas, cherries, grapefruit, green grapes, etc.
  • Heavy grains like oat bran, buckwheat, corn, brown rice, rye, dry oats, and granola.
  • Dairy, especially heavy cheeses, sour cream, yogurt, etc.
  • Alcohol, coffee, carbonated drinks, sour juices and teas, pungent teas, carrot-ginger juices, highly salted drinks, tomato juice, etc.
  • Heating spices such as cayenne, cloves, garlic, ginger, paprika, onion, mustard seeds, etc.
  • Most nuts, especially cashews, walnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, pine nuts, macadamia, etc.

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