Ayurveda tips on how to stay 'cool' this summer

Summer is Pitta Time. According to ayurveda, the qualities of summer are hot, sharp, and penetrating. That's why our pitta dosha-the subtle energy that controls metabolism and can cause us to overheat-tends to flare up when the temperatures rise. 

 

Take an Ayurvedic Sunbath 

take a 10-15 min walk at sunrise, this will help the body's production of vitamin D-a fat-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in calcium absorption and is a great mood lifter similar to serotonin and melatonin and promotes creativity and joy. 

 

Drink lots of Fluid

stay hydrated by drinking at least 8 -10 glasses of water, to help fatigue add a pinch of salt its ok during the hot summers to replenish the bodies loss through sweating.

 

Eat cooling foods 

the best pitta pacifying foods are leafy greens, cucumber, coconut and melons. Adding some parsley or cilantro to your meals will help move toxins out. Avoid spicy foods , coffee, during hot days.

 

Adjust your bedtime routine

Its ok to stay up a little later during the summer, Sleep on your right side to open your left nostril, which corresponds to the ida nadi, the subtle energy channel that corresponds to the cooling moon. 

 

Keep your skin moist 

In a bottle mix coconut oil and a drop of mint oil together and warm it up. Apply right after your shower to keep your skin cool, hydrated and moisturized.