by Meenakshi Gupta | June 17, 2014 9:05 am
Ah, do you love the feel of the warm sun or are you feeling overheated this summer? Let’s discuss the Ayurveda’s prescription to conquer the summer heat. The 5,000-year-old “science of life” is based on practical principles that help you maintain balance come summertime.
According to Ayurveda, our body consists of three humors: Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha. According to Ayurveda seasonal cycles, summer is considered to be Pitta season as Pitta is composed of water and fire and is the element that governs metabolism including digestion. Signs of excess Pitta include heartburn, excessive body heat and sweating, skin rashes, acne, excess stomach acidity, peptic ulcers, early graying of hairs , irritability and anger. It is during summer that pitta dosha, inherently driven by solar force, is most predominant.
Most of us need to balance pitta in the summer regardless of our basic constitution. Our digestive fire is naturally low during summer, and we often experience a decrease in appetite. We should respect this change by eating lighter foods in moderation:
Daily Routines (Dinacharya) for Summer:
Finally, the most important thing to remember about the summer is to have fun and stay mindful. Enjoy all that the season has to offer, but also take care of your health. Celebrate it, but make sure to also get enough sleep and take time for self-nourishment. Happy Summer!
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