Summer or Grishma Ritu is a Pitta predominant season that is aggravated by solar force. While it is a season of fun, it is also easy to feel out of balance in the season’s heat and humidity. According to Ayurveda, Pitta is known for being heat, passionate, and creative. When they are imbalanced, they can be aggressive, jealous, and impatient. While this season begins around late June or early July, it corresponds with the increase of heat, so it is never too early to get ready for the season.
From an Ayurvedic standpoint, Summer is governed by Pitta Dosha; the physiological energy that regulates our body temperature systems, including the hypothalamus, skin, sweat glands, and blood vessels, as well as the Agni or digestive fire. We need to protect, support, and create balance this season within ourselves. When things heat up outside, you should be prepared to stay balanced. Summer brings in symptoms like excess body heat, dehydration, rashes, sunburns, acne, diarrhea, lethargy.
Are you worried about skin eruptions, sweat, and sunburns? Overcome all your problems with the cooling solutions offered by Ayurveda. Before the heat of the summer sets in, you should have a plan to stay balanced during the Pitta season.
Healthy tips for maintaining a cool body as the summer sun kicks in.
Taking a cold bath will keep you healthy, fresh, energetic, and rejuvenated. It also increases your metabolic rate, making your body more flexible to produce energy. Coldwater improves blood circulation resulting in healthier skin and hair. It also aids in weight loss by burning fat.
PITTA BALANCING DIET
A cooling Ayurvedic summer diet includes many fruits and vegetables that are sweet, juicy, bitter, and astringent in nature. To balance Pitta, you should consume leafy green veggies, coconut, cucumbers, yogurt, broccoli, etc. Avoid spicy and sour foods like hot pepper, garlic, and more that aggravates Pitta Dosha. You should stay mindful of caffeine and alcohol intake as it increases heat in the digestive tract.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN
Refrain yourself from outdoor activities during the afternoon. Protect your skin with a good sunscreen. Avoid being exposed to the sun for an extended period of time. You should hydrate yourself before stepping outdoors and wear light coloured clothes that allow your skin to breathe.
Fresh fruit juices stored at room temperature are recommended. Grape juice, watermelon shake, aam panna, and bel sharbat, are refreshing and healthy choices in summer. You should also drink a lot of cool water to replenish the body moisture. Keeping your body fully hydrated is essential during this season.
Morning walks and evening strolls will help you relax your mind and body. In Ayurveda, Shitli Pranayama is recommended for generating coolness, brightness, and peacefulness in the body and mind. Swimming will not only soothe your body but also strengthen your body muscles. Trikonasana and Ardha Matsyendrasana are excellent cooling poses for summer.
Dabbing sandalwood essential oil on your temples helps pacify Pitta. Using rose essence oil leaves a cooling and refreshing effect on your body and mind. It will also exfoliate your skin and protect it from sunburns, leaving a soft, supple, and radiant effect. Neem oil is used to treat heat rashes. Jasmine oil helps calm an overactive nervous system.
OTHER LIFESTYLE PRACTICES
- Exercise in the morning, before 10 AM.
- Meditate for at least fifteen minutes every day.
- Place your feet in a cold foot bath, and dry them before sleeping.
- Practice Sitali Breath, a breathing technique to cool your mind and body.
Ayurveda considers Summer as a time of dehydration. Following Ayurvedic principles to pacify Pitta Dosha will help you to enjoy this season in the best of health and spirit.
Each of us experiences body heat uniquely. There are multiple ways in Ayurveda to help you stay cool. Keep Pitta in check with these cooling and calming protocols, and enjoy the long days of sunshine and blue skies this summer.
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