Beat the summer before it beats you!

Ayurveda provides the best solution to maintain vitality in this zapping summer.

During greeshma ritu (summer season) Kapha dosha decreases day by day and Vata increases.

DIET TIPS

*Food which is easy to digest is recommended during summer as digestive fire remains low during this season.
*Limit the intake of spicy, salty and sour food items.
*Sweet, sour and bitter taste is best suited during this season.
*Minimum 2.5 litres of water should be consumed daily. Drink water even if you are not thirsty. Water kept in muds pots can be used for drinking.
*Lemon juice, coconut water and butter milk are best recommended during summer.
*Minimize the consumption of tea, coffee; instead substitute it with butter milk and pitta pacifying diet in order to keep the body cool.
*Wheat and its products tend to increase body heat, so limit its use and instead, substitute it with rice and rice products.
*To keep the energy levels high, meat soups and mutton soups are beneficial.
*Garlic, hot pepper and chillies can be avoided as they tend to increase body heat.
*Seasonal fruits like jack fruit, tomato, watermelon, mango, grapes, banana and cucumber should be consumed more.
*Vegetables which have more water content can be included as part of daily diet.
*Asparagus, cabbage, green leafy vegetables are recommended during summer.
*”Ushnam Ushnena Shanthi”. Stay away from iced beverages and alcohol. Cold sweet drinks increase your thirst and do not quench it.

LIFESTYLE TIPS

*Taking bath twice a day is recommended. Tulsi leaves and rose water can be added to the bath water for
long lasting freshness.
*To prevent dry skin, alkaline soaps have to be avoided and instead green gram flour can be used.
*Use of medicated bath powders, honey wax and coconut oil will be beneficial during summer.
*Wear loose fitting, cotton and light coloured clothes.
*Physical exertion and exposure to sunlight should be avoided. Avoid excessive sweating and wet skin to prevent prickly heat.
*Limit sexual activity during summer.
*Day sleep is permitted during summer.

AYURVEDIC RECOMMENDATIONS

*Ayurvedic herbs like sandalwood, brahmi, amla and aloe vera are recommended which can combat the summer heat.
*Ayurvedic formulations recommended to regain energy include Sarivadyasavam, Draksharishtam, Ashwagandharishtam, Dashamoolarishtam, Ushirasavam, Chandanasavam etc.
*Use of medicated oils like Bala guluchyadi, Bala dhatryadi, Triphaladi and Kaiyyonyadi is beneficial to keep the head cool.
*Doorvadi and Pinda tailam are the best to keep skin healthy.
*Shatavari gulam and Ajaashwagandhadi lehyam are highly beneficial for women during summer.

Are you going to tackle summer the Ayurvedic way?

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