According to Ayurveda with the onset of summer Pitta Dosha becomes prominant in the body therefore, it is important to consume more alkaline foods in order to fight the heat in the system. Intake of water should be high whether it be in the form of water-rich foods onions, green vegetables, tomatoes or your favourite summer drinks like aampanna, shikanji, khus etc. This will not only re-hydrate your body but also provide antioxidants that keep you healthy.
1. Eat Fruits and vegetables with high water content
You must ensure eating foods that cool your body and give you relief from excessive heat. Load up on water-rich fruits like watermelon, pears, apples, pineapples, berries and grapes. Pick vegetables like asparagus, bell peppers, avocados, sprouts and cucumber.
Ayurvedic tips: You must ensure eating foods that cool your body
2. Avoid Inflammatory Foods & Drinks
Avoid foods and drinks that will produce heat and inflammation on digestion. Limit the intake of garlic, chili or fried foods. Chai and coffee should also be avoided as much as possible to avoid hampering your system. Try eating light salads specially during lunch to avoid feelings of laziness and lethargy. Avoiding dark meats as they heat up your body.
Ayurvedic tips: Avoid foods that will produce heat in your body and become hazardous
3. Eat At The Right Time
Some basic rules of eating remain the same across all seasons like one should eat when digestive fire is at its strongest. Missing meals or delaying meals leads to acidity and gastric issues specially in summer.
Ayurvedic tips: Always eat when your digestive fire is at its strongest
4. Consume Superfoods like Sattu and Amla (Indian gooseberry)
Sattu is typically made of Bengal gram and is said to have an instant cooling effect on the body. A perfect cooling agent and a power-packed energiser, you must add sattu in your diet. Amla, or Indian gooseberry, makes for a popular and healthy fruit, and is known for numerous nutritional benefits. This sour-bitter fruit works as an excellent coolant during hot days. Did you know amla juice contains about 20 times more vitamin-C than any other juice? So, this summer binge on amle ka murabba or amla juice to ensure a healthy you.
Ayurvedic tips: Consume superfoods that help in cooling the digestive system
5. Herbs Like Ashwagandha, Brahmi And Tulsi
These three cooling herbs help in cooling your body. Ashwagandha is known to reduce inflammation in the body further treating conditions like asthma and arthritis. Brahmi can soothe the body nerves and reduce stress in the body. Tulsi, or holy basil, acts as a detoxifying and cleansing agent. It is also known to cool your body system in extreme heat. You can drink herbal teas to see effective results.
Ayurvedic tips: Consume Herbs for their natural healing properties
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