Enjoy summer to the fullest!

Posted: August 29, 2017 By: Comment: 0

Ayurveda is a true circadian medicine, which creates a link with the cycles of nature. By understanding the characteristics of the summer season and your own constitution, you can benefit from it. Generally, summer is a warmer and dryer season. There is a principle of accumulation of those qualities as the season progresses. This means that summer will reach a peak at the end of the season in August and September. It is at this point that the associated symptoms could manifest themselves:

Physically, as:

  • Seasonal allergies
  • Skin rashes
  • Inflammation
  • Heart burn
  • Fever

 

Mentally:

  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Impatience

 

To be at your best during summer and plan for the transition to fall, here is what you should take into account:

Nature gives us exactly the kind of food that we need to balance any excess heat. By eating seasonally, you will stay connected to what is good for you

Always remember to treat and balance through the opposites. During a hot season, you want to avoid what will bring more heat, think of what is more cooling and light

Your digestive fire is weaker during summer. We naturally eat lighter and less during summer, your digestive fire is less strong to avoid any overheating; so you might want reduce the heavier food that are more for the winter times: grains, beans, legumes, wheat.

 

Food during summer:

Eat ripe fruits that are ready to be eaten and don’t need a strong digestive fire to be digested: Apples, cherries, strawberries, watermelon, grapes, cranberries, cantaloupe, apricots…

Eat the veggies in season: Cucumbers, dandelion, fennel, kale, lettuce, radish, summer squashes, beet greens, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, celery

– Eat lighter grains: rice, barley

– Drink regularly throughout the day water at room temperature

Avoid fermented foods that are heating in nature (cheese, miso, yogurt, kombucha…). Choose milk, ghee instead that are more cooling

– Reduce consumption of red meat, alcohol, coffee, spicy (pungent) or sour food

 

Lifestyle during summer:

– Avoid intense physical activity under the sun in the middle of the day

– Avoid any conflicting situations

– Go to calm places in nature, near water

– Practice a calming cooling yoga (see my previous article: Yoga For Pitta)

– Breathe through your nose

 

Éléonore Piquet
AUTHOR

Éléonore Piquet

Éléonore Piquet est thérapeute en ayurveda de l’école d’Ayurveda de Kripalu. Elle offre des consultations privées en hygiène de vie et alimentation, des massages ayurvédiques ainsi que des ateliers. Elle est aussi massothérapeute et enseignante en massage thaïlandais. Elle est professeure de yoga E-RYT 500 avec plus de 9 ans d’expérience. Sa passion pour le corps humain et l’amélioration de l’art de vivre l’amène toujours plus loin dans la connaissance de soi et ses enseignements. Elle vous recevra avec douceur et vous guidera en profondeur pour vous aider à améliorer votre qualité de vie.

All stories by: Éléonore Piquet

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.