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A slight change in the lifestyle and food habits can help you beat the heat.

health and fitness Updated: May 31, 2010 01:26 IST
Hindustan Times

My husband has boils on the face, back and thighs. He has reduced alcohol intake and improved his eating habits, but the problem persists.
It seems like your husband is showing signs of an unbalanced pitta. It is one of the tridoshas described in Ayurveda, which also includes vata and kapha. An imbalance in pitta gives rise to problems such as anger, negative emotions, acidity, ulcers, heartburn and rash. During the summer, the pitta gets worse.

Problems pitta causes
A pitta imbalance may lead to disturbed sleep,diarrhoea, prickly heat, hot flashes, vision trouble and weakness due to low blood sugar. A person may get easily agitated, irritable and confused. If untreated, it can cause digestive problems, heart ailments, ulcers, jaundice and skin problems.

Foods to pacify the imbalance
Have foods that are sweet, bitter, and astringent.

Increase the intake of subza, coconut water, fennel seeds, buttermilk, black raisins and cucumber.

Avoid excess intake of sour, spicy and salty foods.

Avoid excess intake of alcohol, coffee and fermented foods as they.

Ensure that the fruits and vegetables you eat are fully ripe.

Grains like basmati rice, wheat, barley, oats and jowar are well-suited. Avoid tur dal.

Prefer cow or goat milk.

Avoid non-vegetarian food.

You can have spices such as, cardamom, coriander seeds, cinnamon, fennel seeds, pinch of saffron and black pepper.

Coconut oil, olive oil, soya bean oil, sesame oil and ghee made from cow milk are acceptable in moderation.

Lifestyle support
Pacifying pitta requires living in harmony and being patient and compassionate with yourself, others and the environment. Suggestions for balancing the pitta dosha during summer are:
Have small, frequent meals.

Strike a balance between work, leisure and rest.

Go for regular walks to parks as they calm the intense nature of a pitta person.

Wear clothing made of natural fibre such as cotton, linen or silk.

Practice pranayama, meditation as it controls negative thoughts and calms the mind and body.

A balance between all elements of nature is essential. There is nothing like a good or bad dosha. Mental peace and constructive lifestyle routines are important to restore and maintain the balance between all doshas.

Dr Anjali Mukerjee is a nutritionist and founder of Health Total, a nutrition counselling centre

First Published: May 30, 2010 16:18 IST