It is important to adapt your diet and activities to the external circumstances. Make sure you only eat when you are hungry because digestion is operating on a low setting when it gets really hot. Reduce your intake of sour, spicy, salty and very hot foods. Instead, opt for sweet and bitter foods as these balance excessive Pitta. Cooling vegetables include courgettes, fennel, cucumber, Chinese cabbage, okra, carrots, fresh peas, sugar snap peas, green beans and lettuce. These are especially digestible during the summer months and prevent fatigue during long periods of unrelenting heat. Sweet fruits can be eaten more in the summer because they contain natural Pitta-reducing substances, which is why nature gives us so many wonderful fruits at this time of year. Limes, lemon juice and ripe oranges are acidic yet wholesome: the various citric acids help to regulate the acidity balance in the body.