Bad mood before your period? Try these pitta balancing strategies

Did you know that your Ayurvedic dosha affects the types of PMS symptoms you experience?

People with more pitta dosha may find that they get incredibly moody (and even angry and frustrated) around ovulation and right before their period. They’re more likely to experience headaches, hormonal acne, acid reflux, and bright red periods that start and end suddenly.

Pitta dosha is related to the fire element, and the excess heat can translate into a foul mood, anger, and a feeling like you’re burdened with responsibility.

If this sounds like you, it’s time to adopt some pitta-balancing practices to support a happier menstrual cycle.


Pitta Period Strategy 1: Support your liver

Our liver processes hormones, chemicals, and foods, and it’s one of the homes of pitta dosha. When our liver isn’t working optimally, we can experience issues with excess estrogen, and we might notice inflammation through the body. We want to clear the liver so we can easily process everything that we’re consuming.

Support your liver by favoring lots of parsley, leafy greens, lentils, and legumes. Aim to reduce alcohol, caffeine, onions, garlic, and nightshades.

Do these actions particularly weeks 3 and 4 of the menstrual cycle to ensure you’re clearing excess hormones from the body.


Pitta Period Strategy 2: Cool with Aloe

Aloe vera is a fabulous plant for cooling pitta dosha. It helps mitigate inflammation in the digestive system and throughout the body, easing elimination and excretion.

Drink cup aloe vera juice before breakfast and dinner. Make sure it’s pure, whole leaf aloe vera with no added flavors or ingredients. Pour yourself the aloe vera about 1 hour before you’re planning to drink it so that it’s at room temperature, or mix it with some warm water so it’s not refrigerator cold.

If you’re not feeling the effects after a few weeks, you can increase the dose to ¼ cup before breakfast and dinner. If you experience loose bowel movements, reduce the amount of aloe vera.

Be aware that this may be too cooling if you have excess vata dosha. In that case, consider an Ayurvedic consultation to ensure you’re including the right supplements for you.


Pitta Period Strategy 3: Tune into your needs

Pittas are SO GOOD at taking care of business. They’re managing families, businesses, friend groups, volunteer work, and more. If you’re finding yourself frustrated with all that you’re taking care of…ask yourself what is it that you need. Ensure that you’re putting time on the schedule for yourself.

Look into scheduling unscheduled time as a way to train yourself to clear some space on the calendar and take care of your own needs.


Pitta Period Strategy 4: Ask yourself “what do I want?”

It’s so easy to get caught up in everything that’s going wrong, the things we don’t want to be happening, or what’s getting in the way. When we ask ourselves “What do I want?” it tunes us towards what we want to see more of, not less of. It creates an important energetic shift and also makes it easier for us to articulate what’s bothering us when that moodiness strikes.

Ask yourself – “What do I want?” and act on it. You might find that it clears away a lot of the struggle that you’re feeling.


Balancing Pitta Dosha for a Better Period

Ayurveda has a whole host of lifestyle strategies, from diet to exercise to meditation to daily routines, that can help you rebalance the body and get rid of unpleasant symptoms, including period-related issues. For more strategies to support a happy period, check out these balancing strategies. 

Learn more about your dosha by taking this discover your dosha quiz! 


  Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,   Sam

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