Ayurveda, the science of good life has a solution to all problems. It helps us tackle the summer by managing lifestyle and diet. It prescribes certain foods that when eaten will help us manage the soaring temperatures. Here is what Ayurveda advices us to keep our body cool:
Eat more alkaline foods
Ayurveda advices to eat foods that can keep the body cool so as to get relief from the excessive heat. Green veggies and fruits like melons, pears, apples, berries, prunes, plums are great for summer.
Avoid heat producing foods
It is always advisable to keep away from heat producing foods during summer. Hence foods like citrus items, beetroots, carrots, garlic, chilli, tomato, salted cheese and sour cream should be avoided to reduce the production of heat in the body. It is advisable to have more salads, greens and to avoid dark meat.
Eat on time
Eat always when the digestive fire is at its peak. This is usually high during the mid-day. It is not good to miss lunch during summer as it can upset the pitta dosha. This can make one cranky and irritated.
Use coconut oil for the body
Coconut oil has a calming, cooling and soothing effect on the skin and body and hence it is good to use it for the body. Sunflower oil can also be used as an alternative.
Do not use hot water/hot drinks
Drinking hot water and hot beverages can upset the body constitution in summer. Hence it is good to keep away from drinking hot water or other hot beverages as this can upset the pitta dosha. Drinking beverages at room temperature is considered best during this season.
Exercise daily in the mornings
Make exercise a part of your daily lifestyle as this can keep you healthy. It is advisable to exercise in the morning during the summer season as the temperature at this time is slightly lower as compared to the other times of the day.
Avoid icy ‘cold drinks’
Consuming ice cold drinks inhibits digestion and creates toxins. Drinking chilled drinks puts off the digestive fire that is responsible for converting food into energy. This can lead to various health issues.
Use cooling oils
You can use khus, sandalwood and jasmine oil as they have a soothing aroma and also have cooling properties.