Ayurvedic diet and life style for Summer (Grishma Ritucharya)

Mid-summer through early autumn is pitta season. According to Ayurveda, our body consists of three main elements- doshas – Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha. Pitta is composed of water and fire- hot. So, you need to balance your pitta during summer.

Most of us need to balance pitta in the summer regardless of our constitution. Our digestive fire is naturally low during hot weather, and we often experience a decrease in appetite. We should respect this change by eating in moderation. Our bodies will want more liquids when it is hot. But even though we find it refreshing and satisfying to drink cold water and cool fruit beverages at this time, we must take care not to douse the digestive fire by drinking ice cold liquids during or after meals.

Here we are recommending Ayurvedic diet that will help to stay away from pitta dosha and enjoy your summers.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day, as it helps in flushing out all the toxic matter from the body. Seventy percent of our body is made up of water, thus it is necessary to keep our hydrated. Water is the major carrier of blood and oxygen to different organs of the body. It nourishes the red blood cells by providing them with nutrients.

Fruits and vegetables:
Include ample of fruits and vegetables in your regular diet. You can club lots of fruits and eat as a delicious fruit salad. Even blend some fruits to make fruit juices. Eat fruits like watermelon, peaches, plums, mangoes, grapes, pears, avocado and berries are good to beat summer heat. Use vegetables like - Asparagus, cucumber, cabbage, sweet potato, celery, green leafy vegetables.

Greasy and junk food:
Avoid food that is greasy, oily, and fried. The food that contains lot of spices and pungent taste should be kept away. Do not consume stale or leftover food, as they contain harmful bacteria. Eat fresh food that is cooked just an hour before.

Cut down the drinks:
Cut down the intake of coffee, tea, or carbonated drinks. Minimize the consumption of alcohol during summers. Carbonated drink contains acids that make your more dehydrated. Even the caffeine in coffee triggers the dehydration in your body.

Replace all these harmful drinks with buttermilk, fruit juices, coconut water and traditional drinks- sherbet prepared from Indian gooseberry, kokum, and raw mangoes. You may also enjoy herbal tealike Mint tea, which provides amazing relaxation and stamina.

Gulkand - Rose-petal preserve is also been traditionally used as an Elixir for Heat, a cooling tonic in heat-related / pitta Problems.
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Follow these simple rules and enjoy the bright and sunny summer weather.

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