Ayurveda for Summer
hope you are all enjoying the glorious weather for the past few days.
finally arrived !!
is the perfect opportunity to share the Secrets of Ayurveda for a healthy and enjoyable summer.
season (Greeshma Ritu) has been described as a season of dehydration,
exhaustion and lack of energy.
According to Ayurveda this is naturally a
dosha regulates all the metabolic functions of the body; it plays a major role
in the digestion and assimilation.
During this season,
the Kapha in the body starts to melt, but the Pitta gets aggravated. The
dryness and lightness in the weather also gives rise to excessive Vata.The transformational power of Pitta is affected during this season, leading to
causes acidity, constipation, stomach ulcers and diarrhoea. Signs of excess
Pitta include heartburn, excessive body heat and sweating, skin rashes, acne, premature
greying hair, irritability and anger.
Vata aggravation causes fatigue and lethargy.
One of the fundamental principles of Ayurveda is that our
habits, routines, and dietary choices should be in tune with the seasons.
We can support an improved state of balance throughout the
year by making a conscious effort to live in harmony with the cycles of nature
and by regularly adjusting our lifestyle and habits to accommodate the arrival
of each new season.
Diet to follow:
As this is a Pitta season,sweet bitter and astringent
flavours pacify the aggravated pitta dosha.
- Ayurvedic teachings stress upon eating only those foods which
have a cooling effect on the body.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the
day, as it helps in flushing out all the toxic matter from the body.
- Drinks like buttermilk, lassi (traditional
Indian yogurt drink),fruit juices, coconut water, herbal tea eg.mint tea helps
in maintaining the Pitta and Vata balance in the body.
- Fresh fruit juices are excellent
- Eat light and fresh foods like
salads and freshly cut fruits.
- Vegetables like asparagus,
cucumber, cabbage, carrots, celery, green leafy vegetables etc should be
included in the diet.
- Fruits like watermelon, peaches,
plums, mangoes, grapes, pears, avocado and berries are good to beat the summer
- Avoid caffeine and carbonated
- Avoid consumption of red meat.
- Avoid too much of alcohol.
- Spices like cardamom,mint,fennel,
coriander are good for this season.Fresh herbs like coriander,mint are refreshing
and can be used in salads and chutneys.
Lifestyle to follow:
- Summertime is
bursting with vibrant energy and most people find it easier to rise early in
the morning at this time of year.
- Essential oils
of jasmine and rose,sandalwood are good fragrances for the summer or you may
enjoy a rose water sprays to calm, cool, and refresh your mind.
- Avoid sleeping in the afternoon.
- Wear light clothing and preferably
linen or cotton dresses.
- Applying sandalwood paste on the
face and body helps keep the body and mind cool.
- Herbal body scrubs with
sandalwood and rose petals are also
soothing and can be used for bath.
- Light workouts like Pranayamas, early morning
walks etc. are good too for this season.
- Swimming is also a good exercise in summer months.
Enjoy the lovely weather !!!