Enjoy summer to the fullest!

Ayurveda is a true circadian medicine, which creates a link with the cycles of nature. By understanding the characteristics of the summer season and your own constitution, you can benefit from it. Generally, summer is a warmer and dryer season. There is a principle of accumulation of those qualities as the season progresses. This means that summer will reach a peak at the end of the season in August and September. It is at this point that the associated symptoms could manifest themselves:

Physically, as:

  • - Seasonal allergies
  • - Skin rashes
  • - Inflammation
  • - Heart burn
  • - Fever

 

Mentally:

  • - Anger
  • - Irritability
  • - Impatience

 

To be at your best during summer and plan for the transition to fall, here is what you should take into account:

- Nature gives us exactly the kind of food that we need to balance any excess heat. By eating seasonally, you will stay connected to what is good for you

- Always remember to treat and balance through the opposites. During a hot season, you want to avoid what will bring more heat, think of what is more cooling and light

- Your digestive fire is weaker during summer. We naturally eat lighter and less during summer, your digestive fire is less strong to avoid any overheating; so you might want reduce the heavier food that are more for the winter times: grains, beans, legumes, wheat.

 

Food during summer:

- Eat ripe fruits that are ready to be eaten and don’t need a strong digestive fire to be digested: Apples, cherries, strawberries, watermelon, grapes, cranberries, cantaloupe, apricots…

- Eat the veggies in season: Cucumbers, dandelion, fennel, kale, lettuce, radish, summer squashes, beet greens, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, celery

- Eat lighter grains: rice, barley

- Drink regularly throughout the day water at room temperature

- Avoid fermented foods that are heating in nature (cheese, miso, yogurt, kombucha…). Choose milk, ghee instead that are more cooling

- Reduce consumption of red meat, alcohol, coffee, spicy (pungent) or sour food

 

Lifestyle during summer:

- Avoid intense physical activity under the sun in the middle of the day

- Avoid any conflicting situations

- Go to calm places in nature, near water

- Practice a calming cooling yoga (see my previous article: Yoga For Pitta

- Breathe through your nose

 


 

Eléonore is an Ayurvedic counselor.  She offers private consultations in lifestyle and diet, Ayurvedic massages and workshops. She is also a thai massage therapist since 2009 which she teaches for Lotus Palm.  Besides, she has been teaching yoga for the last 10 years.

Her passion for knowledge of the human body and a better art of living brings her always further in self-knowledge and of others.  She will listen to you with kindness and will guide you in a profound way to help you change your quality of life.

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