An Ayurvedic Guide to Beat The Summer Heat
The blazing sun and the sweltering heat can take a huge toll on your body. Although this year, most of us are avoiding being outside due to the lockdown, high temperatures can still have an adverse impact on our bodies. You need to escape the cruel summer heat and the soaring temperatures and adopt measures to stay cool without having to sacrifice your health and sanity!
Ayurveda states that summer is the season of pitta, and hence, it is very essential for us to keep the pitta dosha cool and balanced, in order to have optimal health and not fall sick.
The pitta is a bio-energy which governs metabolism, digestion and energy production; and causes us to get overheated. What’s more, it tends to increase as the temperature rises. A disharmony related to pitta includes - hot flashes, fatigue, dehydration, acne, and diarrhea. Emotionally, it becomes apparent as irritability, anger, and impatience.
7 Ayurvedic tips to stay cool in this scorching heat!
Ensure that your pitta is in check with this summer routine!
- Stay well hydrated: This one’s very obvious! Drink plenty of water, stay well hydrated and battle dehydration at all costs. You ought to be drinking a minimum of 2 liters of water per day.
- Amp up on foods that soothe the pitta: Certain foods cool the body and give tremendous relief from the extreme heat - watermelons, apples, bananas, coconut, plums and leafy greens. These are ideal for summer, load up on them!
- Steer clear of foods that generate heat: Avoid beetroots, citrus, carrots, chili, garlic, tomato, cheese and sour cream.
- Drinking hot water and hot drinks upsets the pitta dosha: Avoid hot drinks and consume beverages which are at room temperature or cool.
- Ice-cold drinks are to be shunned too! Very cold drinks shock the body, and completely stub out the digestive fire and thus afflict the gastro-intestinal system. Have a drink that is cool or at room temperature. Also, Ayurveda suggests, adding a sprig of fresh mint or rose petals to your water - it’s refreshing and revitalizing!
- Adhere to meal timings: It is advisable to stick to fixed timings; have your meals when the digestive fire is strongest, that’s at 12.00 noon. Not having meals on time upsets the pitta dosha, and is sure to make you irritable and bad-tempered. Have breakfast and lunch earlier in the day, and a very light dinner at sunset. This appeases the pitta dosha; and perks up digestion, facilitates assimilation and promises absorption.
- An oil massage can do wonders! Before you shower, moisturize your body with coconut oil or sunflower oil. You could also add a drop or two of sandalwood essential oil or jasmine essential oil to these base oils– they have calming, cooling and soothing properties.
Soothing pitta herbs and spices for the summer
1. Turmeric: Curcumin in turmeric enhances digestion and sluices out toxic wastes. Be sure to add the spice to your meals. Tata Sampann Turmeric Powder is scientifically processed and hygienically packaged to preserve its natural goodness. Importantly, each packet of haldi offers at least 3 % of curcumin.
2. Coriander: The fresh herb as well as the seeds boost digestion, decrease inflammation and manage blood pressure levels effectively.
3. Cardamom: A cooling condiment, elaichi helps balance the stomach acid and pep up digestion.
Commence your day with Surya Namaskara. Summer is also the ideal time to chant the Gayatri Mantra, the song of sunlight. Ayurveda practitioners advise incorporating Nadi shodan or alternate nostril breathing and Sheetali or cooling breathing exercise in to your daily regimen; these two techniques help cool you down immensely. Equally important is following a good sleep routine. Wind down by 9.00 – 9.30 p.m.; Pitta generates upward movement in the body and mind, thus you need to free yourself from stimulating and extreme activities before bedtime.
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