Ayurvedic Tips for a Cool Summer

Ayurveda sustains on the common knowledge that seasons are divided on the basis of elemental forces or doshas as they are popularly known. The three doshas are kapha, pitta, and dosha. The summer season is ruled by the pitta dosha which is ruled by the fire and water element. Balancing these two elements will lead to a healthy body. The advent of summer in India is laced with extreme heat, dehydration, sweat and skin problems. However, Ayurveda has a lot to offer to maintain a healthy body in this weather.

 Ayurveda believes that whatever is happening in nature is also happening inside our bodies. This simply indicates to the fact that during the hot summer months heat accumulates inside our bodies as well. Thus consuming proper food is the best tool to balance out excessive summer heat. It is only possible by consuming food with higher water content that will keep the bodies hydrated at all times. Some of the Ayurvedic tips to keep cool this summer are:

  1. Consume foods to address the Pitta Dosha: In order to balance out the doshas during the summer months including foods with cooling effect will help. The focus should be on consuming:
    • Vegetables: Cucumber, summer squashes (zucchini), celery, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, and all green vegetables (spinach, kale, chard, etc.)
    • Fruits: Melons, grapes, berries, and stone fruits such as peaches and pears
  2. Time is an essential factor: It is advisable that especially during the summer months one should not skip lunch. A proper lunch will help balance out the pitta dosha and keep the body cool. Foods like meats, carrots, garlic, and chili should not be consumed in large quantities as they tend to hamper the functioning of the overall bodily functions by increasing the pitta dosha. Moreover, all strenuous activities should be avoided when the sun is overhead.
  3. Refrain from hot drinks: Hot beverages of all kinds should be especially avoided during the summer months. It is essential to consume drinks that are in the room temperature and are neither very hot nor very cool. Drinking chilled waters harm digestion in many ways.
  4. Moderate exercising is the key: Exercising should be of moderate nature as excessive exercising may create an imbalance in the body. It is always advisable to practice breathing exercises which have a calming and cooling effect on the body.
  5. Go herbal – Ayurvedic herbs have been in vogue since generation as to help in maintaining the balance and warding off the doshas. The most common herb that can be used to have a cooling effect on the brain is Brahmi along with Ashwagandha. Branoila Chemicals have been manufacturing the well-known tonic ‘Branolia’ since decades. This tonic will not only enhance brain function but will also have a cooling effect. Another important herb which is essential to detoxify the body is the Triphala. Its use as a digestive cleanser has been supported by various modern scientific studies as well. Livonia from the house of Branolia Chemicals is fortified with the goodness of Triphala will help balance out the pitta dosha.

Ayurveda strongly recommends that diet needs to change with every season to promote healthy and happy living.

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