In Ayurveda-speak, summer is the time of Pitta dosha, which is the energy of fire and a little water. When Pitta rules the outer environment, it also rules the inner environment. This means you will feel the summer heat from the inside out as well as the outside in.
Here's 6 tips and 2 recipes to help you keep your cool this summer.
Stay hydrated. The inner heat, coupled with sweating more than other times of the year, leaves you prone to dehydration. Drink plenty of plain water, and liquids that have electrolytes., such as coconut water or homemade electrolyte water (see recipe below). Massaging coconut oil on the skin is another way to stay hydrated and cool.
Cut the spices. The rule in Ayurveda is: like increases like and opposites balance. Rather than add heat with spicy foods, cool off with summer fruits and vegetables. Think cilantro, fennel, turmeric, cucumber, melon, and zucchini. Consuming bitter greens cools the blood (see the green smoothie recipe below).
Exercise moderately. Summer is not the time to turn up the heat on your workouts. Try swimming, moderate yoga, and walking during the early morning and evening time.
Take cool showers A cool water rinse after a warm shower will keep you running cool.
Wear loose clothing in cool fabrics. Choose light blue, green, or white cotton, linen, or silk.
Moon bathe. Sit outside or take a swim at night to receive the cooling energy of the moon.
Green smoothie: Two handfuls of spinach or kale, one banana, a few mango slices, and coconut water. Blend til smooth. Enjoy!
Electrolyte water: 2 cups water or coconut water, 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2 tsp pure maple syrup, ⅛ tsp sea salt. Put all ingredients in a mason jar. Screw on the top and shake to blend ingredients. Drink up!