5 AYURVEDIC TIPS TO KEEP YOU COOL DURING THIS SCORCHING HOT WEATHER
Do you remember the kind of summer you had during your childhood?
Opening your refrigerator to sip on that bottle of Maaza you had so longingly bought only to find it half emptied by your sibling? Returning home dripped in sweat from playing a game of gully cricket with your friends? Packing your favourite swimsuits to enjoy a chill day with your family at a resort with a room facing the beach?
Feels like it all happened aeons ago, doesn’t it?
Gone are those days when our only concern was to decide on what we wanted to eat for lunch!
Over time, as our choice of spending each summer day changed, so did our climate. With global warming increasing at an alarming rate with each passing day, the wrath of the sun will be that much harsher.
During this challenging period, it is vital to keep ourselves cool and our body in balance, so as to not ruffle the feathers of the pitta dosha – the one responsible for our body’s metabolism. The aggravation of the pitta dosha could cause undesirable imbalances such as dehydration, hot flashes, fatigue and acne to emerge. We don’t want that to happen to us now, do we?
Should you wish to come out of this war with Lord Surya unscathed and in perfect health, you must do what all soldiers do – prepare for battle! But wait – do you find yourself in a jumble over where to start?
Fret not, dear reader! We’ve got you covered!
Here are 5 carefully curated ayurvedic tips to keep yourself cool during this scorching hot weather:
Time and again, experts have advised us all to gulp down about eight glasses of water per day; it’s high time we pay heed to their advice.
Water plays a pivotal role in digestion, helps your body be rid of toxins preventing any kind of irritation and thus keeping you healthy.
Use Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is proven to have cooling properties and moisturising your body with it at regular intervals will relieve it from heat, have a very soothing effect on your skin, and helps keep it soft and healthy. It is best encouraged to apply the oil before taking a bath. Sometimes, sunflower oils are also said to do the trick.
Eat Cooling Foods
One of the most important aspects to ensure that your body remains cool and your health intact during the summer, is to opt for a diet comprising of water-rich foods. These will aid in pacifying your pitta.
Fruits such as watermelons, apples, berries and plums, and green vegetables are a great place to start. Dairy products like milk, yogurt and curd are also helpful.
Eat At The Right Time
Living life on the fast lane could possibly put a strain on your eating habits, oftentimes leading to miss your lunch or putting it off to a later time. This is a big no, since it is of paramount importance to have your mid-day meal. It is at this time that your digestion is at its strongest, so skipping a meal leads to upsetting the pitta and ergo, leaving yourself in a mood of crankiness for the rest of the day.
Avoid Exhausting Workouts
A good workout is part of a healthy lifestyle, but engaging in long and strenuous sessions could heat up your body.
Working out in the mornings, when the temperature is relatively lower, is best suited for the summer.