Ayurvedic tips to stay cool this summer!
Summer is officially here!
According to Ayurveda, the summer solstice signifies a period of dehydration, during which time our bodies can become depleted and fatigued, and healing slows. Gradually, the seasons shift toward a period of hydration at the winter solstice, passing through balance at the fall equinox.
Luckily, the Ayurvedic science of Ritucharya (seasonal behavior) teaches us how to stay healthy during the changing seasons by adopting balancing seasonal regimens. For summertime, that means turning to cooling foods, drinks and lifestyle routines.
As we shift into summer, get up earlier when it’s still cool. Try not to spend too much time in the heat. Stay balanced in your physical activities – have fun, but don’t overdo it! Wear cooler cotton or silk clothes. Use cooling aromas or essential oils such as sandalwood or rose. You might even try rinsing your mouth with cooling herbs such as neem and mint after brushing your teeth.
Incorporate bitter and sweet tastes into your diet. Bitter taste, which is cooling, is composed of air and ether elements. These elements are predominate in the mind and keep us physically and mentally even in the heat. Sweet taste, which is composed of earth and water elements, is grounding, cooling and calming.
Focus on the fresh, sweet fruits and vegetables that grow this season. Some ideal summer foods include:
* Black olives
* White beans
* Sweet potatoes
Here are a few delicious and easy to prepare recipes that are perfect for summertime:
Enjoy your summer!
~Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa