Summer is always the harshest of the seasons. Of late, summer has become more intense, thanks to the global changes in climate. So, it is now up to us to resort to ways to keep ourselves healthy and safe as the mercury climbs.
Summer is associated with Pitta dosha of the body, according to Ayurveda. Aggravation of pitta can be felt just as the summer sets in and the first heat waves start to appear. Pitta rules metabolism and transformation in the body, which includes digestion. Signs of aggravated Pitta are heartburn, excessive body heat and sweating, skin rashes, acne, excess stomach acidity, peptic ulcers, early graying, irritability and anger.
Even those who are not predominantly pitta in nature get short fused, highly prone to irritability and sudden bursts of anger during the summer. Ayurveda is all about controlling or pacifying the aggravated Pitta and all the related ailments can thus be cured.
Ways to Stay Cool in Summer
The best way to control Pitta is drinks that really cools the body down. This does not mean ice-cold drinks or aerated drinks. Both these will disrupt digestion. Go for drinks like sweet fruit juices, boiled and cooled milk with a pinch of cardamom or sweet lassi.
Pitta can be kept in balance by having more of the sweet, bitter and astringent tastes, rather than sour, salty and pungent flavours. Sweet juicy fruits like melons, pears and grapes; vegetables like broccoli, cucumber and zucchini; dairy products like milk and ghee; and grains like rice are all excellent choices. It is better to avoid sour foods like sour cream, vinegar and ketchup, and spicy dishes.
Swimming is ideal to sooth Pitta dosha, like other water-based sports. Finding more time for leisure than stressful work or pressures of deadlines will help to keep Pitta under control. It is very important to stay away from the harsh and direct sun during summer.
Taking a break from long hours at the computer with Organic Rose Water soaked cotton wads on closed eyes can do wonders to you. A drop of Rose Water in the bath can also have a good effect.