Today, I am sharing with you simple practices from Ayurveda to help you stay cool this summer! Last week, I demonstrated a yoga posture to help you cool down, and today we will draw on the wisdom of Ayurveda to explore how to use our diet to stay balanced through the summer.
According to Ayurveda, summer is characterized by “Pitta dosha.” Pitta is the combination of fire and water elements. We see these elements all around us these days with the heat, humidity, and rain. Ayurveda also speaks of a digestive fire, called Agni, that is within each of us. How our body processes and assimilates food is directly related to the function of our digestive fire. Ayurveda says that all imbalances within the body start at the digestive tract; similarly, the first place to start when restoring and maintaining balance within the body is through the digestive tract. So, digestion is a vital core concept in Ayurveda. That being said, what dietary recommendations does Ayurveda give us for the summer?
Ayurveda recommends local, fresh, seasonal foods. What I love about the summer is that there are SO many great options at local farmer’s markets to pick up amazingly beautiful and colorful produce! In addition to local and seasonal, summer is the one time of year that Ayurveda says its okay to eat salads! Before studying Ayurveda, I used to eat salads year-round, because salad is supposed to be healthy, right?
Well, according to Ayurveda, raw vegetables are generally very difficult for our digestive fire to process and assimilate. I made the change in my own diet and now eat only cooked vegetables throughout most of the year, and my body has thanked me for this!! I still love a really great salad though! Luckily, summertime is one season of the year when our Agni is best able to digest raw vegetables. This is because there is so much fire in Nature already, that revs up our digestive fire making it easier for us to process raw veggies! So, I have been indulging in some amazing salads these past few weeks, and I invite you to do the same!!
Enjoy the season, shop at your local farmers market, and whip up some yummy salads for the summer!*
Sending you so much love, today and always!!
*Note: If you are Vata-excess, raw veggies may not be suitable for you even in the summer. Learn more about your individual Ayurveda constitution through our one-on-one coaching program. Schedule a complimentary intro call here!