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Beat the heat: tips to cool you down
It’s getting hot in here… In the summer, when the temperature rises, Pitta (heat) increases, and the body responds by scaling down its Agni (inner fire) as a balancing measure. This leads to decreased heat production, diminished metabolic rate and reduced digestive power, which is why our appetite drops and we find it so difficult to be active when it’s hot.
According to Ayurveda, the three Doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha are responsible for keeping the body working properly. We are healthiest when the Doshas are well balanced. With our European Ayurveda beat the heat tips you can bring the Doshas back into balance easily and in no time at all.
The right diet for hot days
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.
Drink a lot!
In European Ayurveda® drinking is the most important way to compensate for fluid loss. However, to ensure that drinking is effective and gentle on the body, keep in mind that cold drinks are acceptable for people with strong Pitta but should never be drunk at the end of a meal as they weaken the digestive power. You have a wide choice of options, both at home and at the Sonnhof in Thiersee: Pitta tea, Pitta milkshake, Raja’s cup, peppermint tea, fresh fruit juices or home-made lassi (yoghurt drink). Pitta-stimulating drinks like alcohol, black teas or coffee need to be avoided!
Being active is always good, however, don’t undertake any kind of strenuous activity in great heat. Stay in the shade and make sure your head stays cool at all times. Skin that has been exposed to too much sunlight can be treated with a special European Ayurveda® after-sun lotion which equalises the skin’s Pitta imbalance. Splash around in the lake or take walks in the pleasantly cool forest.
Mango lassi recipe
- 2 mangoes
- 400g yoghurt
- 2 tbsp sugar
- A few drops of rose water
- 1 pinch of cardamom
Peel the mangoes, chop the pulp and finely puree with the yoghurt, a little water, sugar, rose water and cardamom in a blender. If desired, add more water (approx. 500-600 ml), mix until foamy and serve well chilled.
Note: makes 4 glasses