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Ayurvedic Guide to Summer Wellness: Do's and Don'ts for a Balanced Season

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As the sun rises higher in the sky and temperatures soar, it's essential to align our lifestyles with the rhythms of nature, according to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine. Ayurveda emphasizes harmony with the seasons, recognizing that each season brings unique qualities that can influence our health and well-being. With summer approaching, it's time to embrace practices that help us stay cool, balanced, and energized. Here's a comprehensive guide from an Ayurvedic perspective on the do's and don'ts of the summer season.



  • Embrace Sweet Foods:Opt for sweet, juicy fruits like ripe mangoes, watermelon, and plums. Sweet foods help cool the body and provide essential hydration during the hot summer months.
  • Light to Digest Foods: Choose light, easily digestible foods such as beans, green gram, and loki (bottle gourd). These foods support digestion and prevent the accumulation of heat in the body.
  • Foods Rich in Good Fats: Incorporate foods rich in healthy fats like ghee (clarified butter) and buffalo milk. These fats nourish and lubricate the body, promoting overall balance and vitality.
  • Stay Hydrated:Drink plenty of fluids, including vetiver or coriander-infused water, sweet lassi seasoned with pepper, and drinks made with dry fruit syrups seasoned with cinnamon. Hydration is key to maintaining optimal body temperature and supporting bodily functions.
  • Cool Baths:Take cool baths to lower body temperature and soothe the skin. Consider adding a smoothie made of cornflour, water, and sugar after your shower to further cool and refresh the body.
  • Rest and Rejuvenate:Take naps during the day to conserve energy and recharge your body. Moonlight is especially soothing during the summer months and can promote restful sleep.
  • Wear Garlands and Gemstones: Adorn yourself with fragrant garlands and wear cooling gemstones like moonstone or pearls to enhance your sense of well-being and balance.

  • Avoid Salty, Pungent, and Sour Foods: Steer clear of salty, pungent, and sour foods and drinks as they can aggravate Pitta, the dosha associated with the summer season. This includes foods like garlic, chilly, sour cream, and yoghurt.
  • Limit Heavy Physical Exercise:Avoid strenuous physical activities, especially during the hottest parts of the day. Instead, opt for gentle exercises like yoga or leisurely walks in the early morning or evening.
  • Say No to Alcohol and Carbonated Drinks:Alcohol and carbonated drinks can dehydrate the body and disrupt its natural cooling mechanisms. Opt for hydrating beverages like coconut water or herbal teas instead.
  • Avoid Sun Exposure: Limit exposure to direct sunlight, especially during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you need to be outdoors, seek shade, wear protective clothing, and apply natural sunscreen.
  • Skip Deep-Fried and Processed Foods: Heavy, deep-fried, and processed foods can burden the digestive system and increase internal heat. Choose fresh, whole foods cooked with minimal processing instead.
  • Say Goodbye to Late Nights: Maintain a regular sleep schedule and avoid staying up late at night. Adequate rest is essential for maintaining balance and vitality during the summer season.

By following these Ayurvedic guidelines, you can navigate the summer season with ease and maintain optimal health and well-being. Embrace cooling foods, stay hydrated, prioritize rest, and avoid activities that can increase internal heat. By aligning with the wisdom of Ayurveda, you can enjoy a vibrant and balanced summer season.