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4 Ayurvedic Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer

It’s March and the temperature both inside and outside your home is climbing up. It’s the season when there’s skin eruptions, sweat and dehydration, grumpiness, daily tantrums and everything else. With the bright and scorching sun draining our body, it is vital to prep our body to resist the heat and also keep Pitta dosha in control.

With the first heat waves of summer rolling over us, we start experiencing the effects of excess Pitta in our body. And this can be understood with signs like heartburn, excessive body heat and sweat, rashes, excess stomach acidity, acne and so on. By practicing the following Ayurveda tips, keep the imbalance of Pitta doshas at bay.

  1. Pitta Pacifying Food

The food you eat always determines your body conditions, especially during the summer season when it needs extra care and caution. Eat cooling or pitta pacifying foods like green leafy vegetables, cucumber, broccoli, watermelon, pear and apples. Being rich in water content, these food items help in keeping the body hydrated. Avoid food that heats up your body like citrus fruits, beetroots, carrots and dark meat. Also, limit the intake of garlic, chilli, salted cheese and instead consume more salads with cilantro, parsley added to it for

   2. Stay hydrated

With the intense summer heat, it is vital to keep your body hydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water or at least 12 glasses of water every day. Also, having a glass of water on an empty stomach every day morning makes you stay fresh throughout the day. Drinking a glass of refreshing fresh juice or tender coconut water is recommended to cool your body. But avoid having ice cold drinks as it inhibits digestion and creates toxins or ama.

  3. Cooling oils

Use sandalwood, jasmine and coconut oils, for their cooling properties and soothing aroma would help in beating the heat this summer. Especially at night, when it seems to be difficult to catch a good night’s sleep, these essential oils help in pacifying pitta. Dab one drop of sandalwood oil on your eyebrow center, temples, hollow of the throat, wrists and belly button to pacify pitta with its sweet fragrance charging up the aura.

4. Practice body cooling exercises and yogasanas

Indulge in swimming or take evening strolls when the night air is cool and refreshing. Walking in the moonlight soothes Pitta-aggravated mind and helps in cutting off those emotions for tantrums. Shift your workout timings to early morning, considered to be the coolest time of the day. Pushing it to late night or evening is not recommended as your body gets heated up and would prove to be harmful.

Practicing certain yoga poses like Sheethali daily for 10 mins will calm down the mind and body. Other yoga poses include Anjaneyasana, Vriksasana, Baddha Konasana and Savasana can be practiced daily.


Dr. Sandeep Krishna is the fourth generation descendant of the Chingoli family, Beyond his bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic Medicine (BAMS),he has finished his post-graduation specialized in Panchakarma.

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