Ayurveda, the age old science of life, emphasizes that one must engage in maintenance of good health and prevention of diseases by following proper diet & lifestyle regimen rather than be inflicted with disease and engaging in its cure. These aspects are elaborated in Ayurvedic Classics, while explaining the importance of Dinacharya (daily regimen) & Ritucharya (seasonal regimen). Every Ritu, (season) is characterized by special features that bring about unique effects on the body as well as the environment. Ayurveda has depicted various rules and regimens (Charya), regarding diet and behavior to acclimatize seasonal enforcement easily, without altering body homeostasis. Lifestyle disorders are very common in the present era, basically originating from lack of following seasonal regimens due to lack of concentration on seasonal characteristics.
What Happens in the Summer Months ?
During Greeshma Ritu, the Kapha in the body begins to melt, and the Pitta gets aggravated. The dryness and lightness in the weather also gives rise to excessive Vata. Hence, the transformational power of Pitta is affected during the Summers, leading to poor digestion and causing acidity, constipation, stomach ulcers and diarrhea. Meanwhile, the Vata aggravation causes fatigue and lethargy.
What must we do?
Due to the imbalance of the dosas in summers, most of us need to balance pitta regardless of our constitution. Our digestive fire is naturally low during hot weather, and we often experience a decrease in appetite.
- Respect this change in season by eating in moderation.
- Avoid drinking ice cold juices & ice-creams during or immediately after meals as it would impact the Pitta and reduce digestive powers of your body.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day, as it helps in flushing out all the toxic matter from the body.
- Include ample of fruits and vegetables in your regular diet. 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.
- 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 intake of coffee, tea, or carbonated drinks. Minimize the consumption of alcohol during summers. Carbonated drink contains acids that make your more dehydrated. Rather consume buttermilk, fruit juices, coconut water and traditional drinks- sherbet prepared from Indian gooseberry, kokum, and raw mangoes. You may also enjoy herbal tea like Mint tea, which provides amazing relaxation and stamina.
Ayurvedic Therapies during Summer Months
Abhyangam with medicated oils that have cooling properties followed by mild fomentation is recommended, this will nourish skin and will reduce the effects of high temperature on body.
Treatments like Shirodhara will give relaxing effect. In this season Shirodhara can be done with decoctions which have cooling properties this will calm the mind and irritability caused by increased temperature.
In this season eyes also become dry and fatigued due dryness in environment and bright, intensive light rays so Netra Dhara with decoctions helps a lot to rejuvenate eyes. Ayurvedic treatments such as Coolant body wraps, Takradhara, Shirolepa, Ksheerdhara etc. are highly recommended for optimal health this season
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Preparation – Mix 30 gm of jaggery in 1 liter of water. Then add a pinch of powdered dry ginger, cardamom and cinnamon and mix it well. This preparation is called “Panaka” It is very soothing, cooling, nourishing, tasty and it satisfactorily quenches thirst.
Preparation – Take equal quantities of dried grapes, dates and figs. Soak it in the water for an hour. Then put it in mixer and churn it well. This preparation is called “Mantha” It is very soothing, has a cooling effect and is nourishing. It also relaxes and cools the system.
Diluted syrup of following is recommended- Gulaba (rose),Amra (Mango),Draksha (Grapes),Chandana (Sandal), Jambhira (Lemon), These can be made into syrup and diluted with water to be served when needed.