Summertime is the season of Pitta (one of the three doshas), which affects digestion, metabolism and all heat in the body, mind, and environment.
When Pitta gets overactive and overheated, we get out of balance.
This affects everything in us: we can experience anger, impatience, irritability, sleep disorders, and just burnout in general.
Luckily, Ayurveda teaches us how to create a balance of our minds and bodies in our environment.
Follow these tips to keep cool and find balance this summer!
1. Avoid Foods and Drinks that Heat You Up
When your body is already hot, the last thing it needs is more heat in the form of spicy foods.
Try to avoid all hot spices, like curry, chili, hot peppers, and salsas. A bit of pepper, cumin, or ginger are ok, but avoid cayenne pepper in Pitta season.
Also, foods like cheese, yogurt, and sour cream add too much heat in the summer.
So do salty foods, which will also leave you dehydrated and can irritate your skin.
Try to avoid onions, garlic, tomatoes, beetroot, and spinach if possible. And don’t forget alcohol – it also has a heating effect on your body.
2. Consume Foods that Cool You Down
The best foods to consume in summer are either sweet, bitter or astringent.
Eat sweet and ripe fruits like mangoes, plums, peaches, pineapples, grapes, cherries, avocados. Mint and cilantro are also excellent.
Green vegetables like broccoli, salads, zucchini, cucumbers, asparagus, beans are great and so are sweet potatoes.
3. Stay Hydrated but Avoid Ice Cold Drinks
While most people think an ice cold drink is the best way to cool down in the summer, in reality, it is not. Cold drinks interfere with digestion and can cause all sorts of problems like bloating, cramps, and general discomfort.
Drink cool liquids like mint tea, coconut water, or regular tap water.
Another great way to support your body in the hot summer months is consuming fresh juice made with a cold press juicer.
The juice will be at the right temperature as well as contain all the necessary vitamins and minerals to help your body deal with the stress of the heat.
4. Don’t Skip Meals
Even though it may feel too hot to eat, having lunch is very important for balancing Pitta and keeping cool. The best time to eat your main meal is in the middle of the day.
5. Avoid Exercising During the Day
The best time to work out according to Ayurveda is early morning or early evening – that’s when nature is the coolest. Exercising in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest is going to create unbalance.
6. Don’t Forget Fun!
Try to balance the heat with less intensity in your work.
Make time for relaxing and de-stressing. When we are out of balance, we tend to be more impatient and demanding, which often results in burnout.
Take time to play and have some fun.
7. Relax Your Mind
The best way to create balance in your body is by finding time to meditate every day. If that’s not an option, take a walk in nature during your lunch break, listen to some soothing music, or try breathing exercises to relax your mind.
Try some of these tips and see if you feel calmer, lighter, and happier.