Ritucharya is derived from two words, ritu (season) and charya (regimen to be followed). Ritucharya is the concept described in Ayurvedic texts specifying the diet and lifestyle to be followed in a particular season to prevent the aggravation of doshas (Vata, pitta and Kapha) in your body, thus acts as the preventive measure for various diseases.
According to Ayurveda, a year is divided into two kaalas- Aadana and Visarga kaala. Each kaala has three ritus. One year is divided into six ritus comprising of two months each.
Upcoming is Grishma ritu. During this season, you may lose your strength due to dehydration. Following are the regimens to be followed during this ritu
- Wear thin, light coloured cotton clothes.
- You can apply natural henna, sandalwood paste, and karpura to your palms and legs to cool your body.
- Stay inside the home or under the tree shades.
- Spend time near water reservoirs.
- This is the only season where afternoon nap is good for health.
- Take bath in cold water.
- You can spend nighttimes on your terrace.
- Drink sufficient water stored in a mud pot.
- Consume more fruit juices, tender coconut, and panaka prepared of raisins, dates, mango, kokum, figs, lemon, jaggery, rose petals and cardamom.
- You can also use Ayurvedic herbs like Sariva or anantamool, Ushira, Musta, Dhanyaka, Amla, Chandana, etc.
- Eat the foods which are cool and dominant in the sweet taste.
- You can take milk and its products.
- Avoid exposure to hot sun.
- Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.
- Don’t eat foods which are spicy, sour and salty.
- Avoid deep fried oily foods.
- Avoid sexual intercourse daily.
- Don’t do strenuous physical exercise or work. Instead, you can go for a walk during evening time.
- Avoid carbonated drinks, coffee, tea or sugar based artificial drinks or sodas. These drinks will dehydrate you more.
Ritucharya – Answer to Lifestyle Disorders