The summer brings along with it the blistering heat and humidity and all the problems that come hand in hand with it. skin eruptions, sweat and dehydration, summers are mostly about these problems.

In Ayurveda there are three governing agents that are the basis of everything in the universe, known as doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Every aspect of nature is a combination of these three – including
the seasons.

According to Ayurveda, summer is the season of pitta, thus it’s important for us to keep our pitta dosha cool in order to not aggravate the symptoms. There are simple things you can do to pacify Pitta that will help you enjoy summer more and ensure that the excess heat does not create
imbalance in mind and body.

1 Cooling Beverages

For this, don’t reach for that chilled bottled juice or carbonated beverage to cool down in summer. It will not only impair your digestion but will also harm your immunity system. Also chilled or ice-cold drinks are harmful because they disrupt digestion. Fresh fruit juices and nectars, blended and stored at room temperature, are recommended. Grape juice, water
melon shakes, lassi, bel sharbat and aam panna are refreshing and healthy choices in summer. You should also drink a lot of cool pure water to replenish body moisture lost to heat during summer. Keeping your body hydrated is vital during this season.

2 Cooling Foods

In order to find balance during the hot summer (Pitta) days, counteract the warm weather by including more of what Ayurveda considers “cooling” foods in your diet, while limiting or avoiding “heating” foods.

Examples of cooling foods to favor in your summer diet include:

 Vegetables: Cucumber, summer squashes (zucchini), celery, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, and all leafy greens (spinach, kale, chard, etc.)
 Grains: Basmati rice (white), quinoa, and oats
 Herbs: Cilantro, mint, and dill
 Fruits: Melons, grapes, berries, and stone fruits such as peaches and pears

Examples of heating foods that you should eat less of or avoid during summer include:

 Alcohol
 Hot spices or excessive use of spices
 Fried foods
 Vinegar

3 Surround Yourself With Beauty

Sight and vision are ruled by pitta, and pitta is pacified by lovely, exquisite things. When you’re feeling extra fiery, fill your home or office with some of your favorite flowers; or, visit an art gallery, botanical garden, or park. Seek out any setting that is beautiful and soak it in. Take time to dress, adorn, and treat yourself like a goddess or god, and tap into the healing power of beauty.

4 Use Coconut oil

Rubbing coconut oil on your body before taking a bath has a calming, cooling and soothing effect on the skin.

5 Cooling Exercises

If you’re working out, do it at the time of the day when nature is most cool. Early morning is best. Second best is early evening. Going for a run in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest is going to aggravate Pitta. Light exercise is recommended such as yoga, tai chi, walking and best of all, swimming.

6 Protect Yourself From The Sun

Stay in the shade or indoors during the hottest part of the day. Avoid being out in the sun for any extended period of time. To protect yourself from sunburns use a good sunscreen.

7 Pranayama

This breathing yoga practice helps to cool and calm the body. Learn the proper method of practice from a certified yoga instructor before practicing by yourself.

8 Read

Fall asleep reading a great book instead of watching television this season. Reading is a wonderful way to calm a mind still fired up after a long day. Engulf your senses, spark your creativity and get lost in a story before you slip into slumber — inviting a deeper kind of rest for your entire being.

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