Summer is in full swing. I would like to make the most of this time of year to relax, gain strength and improve our health. And for this, you need to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, be in the fresh air and sleep, sleep, sleep … But will it always be only beneficial?
Let’s turn to the knowledge of Ayurveda: what does the most ancient medical system tell us about summer?
- The summer months are the period of Pitta’s dominance in nature. As we know, this integral force unites Fire and Water, and by its qualities, it is hot, light, sharp, oily, sour. The main rule of Ayurvedic medicine is that like increases like. That is if you help increase Pitta through food, regimen, lifestyle, summer and its gifts will not add health, but, on the contrary, will decrease. How to behave, you ask?
- It is worth planning your day according to natural biocycles. If you have long planned to start waking up early in the morning, this is easiest to implement in the summer, since the sun rises early. Early morning is also the best time for exercise.
- To protect your body from the naturally dominant Pitta, massage your skin with a cooling oil such as coconut oil or sunflower oil before your morning shower. Of the essential oils for summer, jasmine and rose are good.
- Cotton and silk clothing also has a cooling effect. It is enhanced by white, gray, blue, purple, and green.
- When in the sun, be sure to wear a hat.
- On particularly hot days, an afternoon nap is beneficial.
- In the evening before bed, shower and massage your feet with Brahmi oil to ground energy and reduce heat.
- You need to go to bed no later than 23:00, 22:00 – the ideal time.
- Before going to bed, you can breathe out the left nostril to activate the lunar channel – the energy of pacification, calmness, and coolness.
- Excessive sexual activity also increases Pitta and depletes energy, so sex should be moderate during the summer months.
- As for nutrition, very cold drinks disrupt the digestive fire and contribute to the formation of toxins, so it is better to drink room temperature water with the addition of mint or lime and a little brown sugar, cooling herbal teas made from peppermint, licorice, fennel or rose are beneficial. Sour and unripe fruits should be avoided. Vegetables such as carrots, beets, onions, and garlic require cooking. Avoid very spicy foods like chili or cayenne pepper. Raw vegetables in salads digest better at lunchtime.
- If you have to travel by air and cross time zones, you may experience discomfort due to the increase in Vata energy – dry skin, eyes, nasal passages, etc. Take a small amount of ghee (ghee) with you and lubricate your sinuses with it before and during the flight … You can also take it inward.
Summer is not a time of limitations, but of new opportunities. Have a nice rest!