10 Ayurvedic Ways Keep Yourself Cool in this Summer
Summer season is the toughest season to keep yourself Healthy & Fit. By eating Balanced & Nutritious food we can maintain body the temperature during summers. Lots of unhealthy & high-calorie food is available during summers to keep your body cool. But you have to be judicious enough to select the appropriate food. Ice creams, Cold Drinks, Cold frozen food with high sugar, Ice water, Juices are the easy options available to beat the heat but they are not the right pick for you during summers. “Summer is hot, bright and sharp, the season of pitta. Thus, it is recommended to keep cool and not allow Pitta dosha to become aggravated.”
“It is important to consume more alkaline foods in order to fight the heat in the body. Eat water-rich foods that will not only re-hydrate your body but also have antioxidants that keep you healthy. Consume onions, green vegetables and drink lots of water. Basically, you should ensure that there is no dryness that instills as it may heat up the body causing various health problems.
Here are some Ayurvedic tips to keep cool this summer; make sure you follow them to beat the heat.
1. Eat Pitta Pacifying Foods
According to Ayurveda, you must ensure eating foods that cool your body and give you relief from the excessive heat. Load up on water-rich fruits like watermelon, pears, apples, plums, berries, and prunes. Pick vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cucumber.
Ayurvedic Tips: You must ensure eating foods that cool your body
2. Avoid Foods That Heat You Up
Avoid foods that will produce heat in your body and become hazardous. Limit the intake of garlic, chili, tomato, sour cream and salted cheese to avoid hampering your system. Eat more salads, as they are cooling, especially when eaten for lunch. Try avoiding dark meats as they heat up your body. Avoid spicy/food rich in masala.
3. Eat At The Right Time
Always eat when your digestive fire is at its strongest, which is during lunch (mid-day). Missing your lunch during summers is equal to upsetting your pitta dosha that further makes you feel irritated and
5. Avoid Hot Drinks Or Hot Water
Drinking hot beverages will invite an upset pitta dosha. This is why you must always choose to drink beverages at room temperature in order to balance it. Avoid hot beverages like Tea & Coffee during the summers.
6. Avoid Strenuous Exercise
It is always good to exercise early in the morning as it is the coolest part of the day. Engaging in vigorous exercises during other parts of the day may heat up the body only to cause harm.
7. Make Use Of Cooling Oils
Bring sandalwood, jasmine and khus oils to your rescue. Not only do they have a soothing aroma, but also are known to have cooling properties.
8. Avoid Ice Cold Drinks
Ice cold drinks only inhibit digestion and create toxins, also known as ama in the body. Your digestive system has a digestive fire that is responsible for converting food into energy. Drinking chilled is almost
like putting off the digestive fire causing various health problems.
9. Avoid Fried Food
Completely avoid fired food like Kachori, Samosa, Fries snacks, Junk food(Burger, Pizza, French Fries). These food are not only high in calories but also takes time to digest. Eating fried/spicy food during
summers increases your body temperature resulting in excess sweat from your body.
10. Milk & Other milk products.
Milk & milk products like Curd, Chaanch, Lassi, Thandai are the energy boosters during summers. All these food will keep your body cool during summers. Cold milk is known to be an antacid and have cooling effects on the body. Avoid adding too much of sugar & salt in these products to make it a healthy drink & serve/consume them cold.
Indian food is the answers to maintain a good health during summers to avoid heat strokes. Take light & nutritious food to maintain the appropriate water level in the body.
Enjoy summers with delicious & nutritious food. Please like, share & comment on the post. Do you have any questions regarding Healthy Diet & Food please get in touch with me.
Dietitian Vinita Jaiswal