Keep Cool during Summer

The steamy summer is here, so get ready to stay in balance this season!   According to Ayurveda, summer is considered to be a Pitta season where the energetic principles of fire and water are the strongest.  Following Ayurvedic principles based on cooling measures to balance your mind and body during summer, will help you enjoy this season in the best of health and spirit.

Cooling baths – This is the best way to start a ‘cool’ day. Bathe with cool water.  You can use rose petals in your bath by letting them soak overnight. Rose has refreshing and cooling effects on the body and the mind. It also helps exfoliate your skin, leaving it soft, supple and radiant, while protecting it from sunburns.

Cooling beverages – Avoid chilled bottled juice or carbonated beverages.  These will not only impair your digestion but will harm your immunity system. Instead, drink fresh fruit juices like grape juice, water melon shakes, and coconut or lemon water.  Cool pure water will keep your body hydrated.

Cooling diet – A cooling diet includes fruits and vegetables that are sweet, juicy, bitter and astringent in nature. Among fruits, melons, pears, cherries, mangoes and grapes are beneficial. Vegetables such as broccoli, zucchini and asparagus have cooling effects. Use cucumber in your salads. Use cooling spices such as mint, fennel, anise and cardamom.  Avoid spicy and sour foods like tomatoes, hot peppers, radishes, onions, garlic and spinach.

Cooling exercises – Swimming is a healthy and wonderful exercise for summer. Early morning walks in the beach and evening strolls are both relaxing for the body and mind.

Cooling lifestyle – Stress and overwork aggravates the symptoms and overheating effects of summer. You should plan your work and manage to spend enough time with your family and friends.  Enjoy fun activities in weekends and take some time to enjoy and appreciate life. Plan a vacation to a cool and serene hill station. Devote some time to meditation to relax your mind and keep stress at bay.

Protect yourself from the sun – Refrain from outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day.  Use a good sunscreen and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun.