Summer is the season of Pitta dosha and its qualities are hot, sharp and penetrating. When pitta is in balance, life is good. You have loads of energy and motivation, your mind is sharp and you exude joyfulness, vitality and strength. When pitta is out of sync you may experience skin rashes, burning eyes, headaches, fatigue, digestive stress, frustration, impatience and irritability. To keep pitta dosha in check this summer think calm, cool and relaxed.
Beat the heat: – summertime is full of activity & outdoor fun. It is best to avoid strenuous activity from 10am-2pm, during the peak pitta time of day. Instead enjoy your exercise in the cooler mornings or evenings.
- Stay hydrated:-Reduce alcohol & coffee, they are heating & dehydrating. Stock up on sparkling water. Add lime, mint, cucumber & even rose to create a refreshing non-alcoholic drink.
- Avoid heavy & heating foods:-Reduce your intake of heavy meats & fried, oily, salty, spicy & sour foods. Eat fresh juicy fruits, salads & smoothies. Use fennel seeds, fresh herbs & lime juice for seasoning.
- Eat green & diversity:-Load up on leafy greens. They are cooling & energizing. During this beautiful season, try something new. Eating a variety of fruits & veggies boosts your overall wellness.
- Swim, splash & spritz:-keeping cool & hydrated is essential for summer health, Spend time at the pool. in lakes, rivers or at the beach. Try rose water spray to keep you cool 7 avoid hot baths & hot tubs. There’s something to the saying the lazy days of summer. Relax a little. Sit under a shady tree, chill-out in a hammock or take a short afternoon nap.
- On your mat:-Adjust your yoga practice by incorporating gentle flows & adding more twists, side body opening & forward folds. Also try Sitali breath, a cooling pranayama.
- Eat sweet, bitter & astringent:-Eating sweet, bitter & astringent foods will cool you down. Pitta season foods include, ripe fruits like avocados,cherries,grapes,pineapples,peaches,mangoes & melons are perfect.Asparagus,cucumbers,broccoli,zucchini,peas,collards,kale & green beans are all good choices.