The hot summer months are considered the season of Pitta (Fire) in Ayurveda. The hot qualities of Pitta can lead to overheating, skin conditions such as rashes, digestive disruptions such as diarrhea and feelings of frustration and anger. According to Ayurveda, it’s important to incorporate opposite qualities into our diet and lifestyle to counteract the most prominent qualities of each season. By bringing in opposite qualities to the heat of summer, we help our bodies maintain balance, health and vitality.
Here are my top 5 tips for staying healthy and cool this summer:
1. Enjoy the water! This season is great for paddlers as Ayurveda suggests that we enjoy swimming in cool water during the summer months. Be sure to take a dip off your board as a break, especially if you’re training for a race or paddling hard for a workout. If the water you paddle on is too warm to feel cooling then take a cool shower when you get home and allow your body to cool off. I would also add that it’s important to exercise during the coolest times of day during the summer to avoid getting overheated.
2. Drink cool or room temp water (not iced) flavored with cooling veggies and fruits such as cucumber, mint, lime and pomegranate. An easy recipe is to fill a carafe with water in the morning, slice half a cucumber and some mint leaves and place in the carafe with the water. Let sit and enjoy all day!
3. Keep aloe juice and pomegranate juice on hand for a cooling and replenishing post paddling workout drink. Both juices can be found at your local health food store and should be not from concentrate. Pure aloe juice is best and can be found in the pharmacy section of your health food store as it has many medicinal purposes. I like to combine equal parts into a glass and for a sweet, refreshing treat.
4. Enjoy cooling foods in summertime such as cucumber, cilantro, melon, avocado, coconut, p
omegranate, berries, beets, broccoli, kale, lettuce, sprouts, summer squash, yogurt, basmati rice and chick peas. Avoid hot, spicy foods (sorry to all of you hot sauce lovers)!
5. Take 5 minutes daily to meditate or practice relaxation of some form to cool the mind off and settle the nervous system. There is a lot of activity during summer time and a lot of us love to be out and about and active. Remember to balance all of that with stillness and relaxation to give yourself space.
If you follow these 5 tips you’ll feel cool, fresh and energetic this summer. If you want to learn more about Ayurveda and take your health, energy levels and digestion to the next level, then check out my Ayurveda Wellness Counseling services.