When temperature rises outside, it affects our body and mind functions ranging from its complex biological functions (digestion, metabolism, body heat) to personality traits (grasping power, intelligence, decision making skills). Summertime is Pitta season and Pitta dosha is characterized by heat and temperature in the body, mind, and environment. Here are 5 Ayurvedic tips to keep your cool in summer:
1. Avoid hot, spicy and sour foods in summer, as they will increase the heat in your body and make you feel hotter. Add sweet and cooling foods in your diet such as white or red rice, wheat, okra, mung beans, snake gourd, winter melon, summer squash, coconut, and ghee (clarified butter).
2. Avoid heating spices like cayenne, garlic, green chilies, fennel, and black pepper in summer. Choose cooling herbs instead such as coriander, cardamom, gooseberry, and cilantro in your preparations.
3. Avoid direct sunlight and excessive activity during the hottest part of the day as it can be draining. If you prefer biking and running, try to save it for the early morning and evening when the temperature is slightly cooler.
4. Avoid drinking ice-cold water, very sour juices, milk and yogurt based fruit smoothies as it disrupts the digestion process and create toxins in the body leading to low immunity. Go for room temperature water or coconut water to keep yourself well hydrated.
5. Avoid prolonged sitting in front of computers and T.V. at night before going to bed. Sleep is the time when our mind and body goes through repairs and rejuvenation. Try gentle yoga, meditation, listen to soothing sounds of water, or take moonlight walks in the evening. It will be both relaxing and soothing for the mind and body.
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