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Ayurveda can Help Evade Scorching Summer Heat: Here is How!

Newsgram would like to with you some Ayurvedic tips to pacify "Pitta" - the heat. 

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June 15, 2017:

Its summertime and many people now want to escape the scorching heat of the summers to relieve themselves from the fierce sun. However, Ayurveda tells people to embrace the hottest season in purifying yourself.

Ayurveda teaches us to subdue the fire element known as Pitta in our body and treats summers as the most effective time to cleanse and purify the toxins of the body. Pitta in Ayurveda is associated with heat and is one of the factors that govern all activities of body, mind, and spirit. More specifically, Pitta regulates metabolism, digestion, and process of transformation in a body.

Manifestations of excess Pitta include heartburn, excessive body heat, and sweating, skin rashes, acne, excess stomach acidity, peptic ulcers, early graying hair, irritability, and anger.

The beauty and simplicity of Maharishi Ayurveda is that by holding to this constant source of imbalance, we can address or prevent a whole range of disorders in one stroke.

Knowing how to pacify these imbalances will make your summers more placid. Newsgram would like to with you some Ayurvedic tips to pacify “Pitta” – the heat.

 A cool diet to soothe the heat 

It is strongly recommended to consume foods which do not aggravate pitta and have cooling properties, for eg: Watermelons, cherries, grapes, asparagus, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini. Iced water, carbonated beverages, and canned juices need to be avoided to prevent digestive disorders.

In addition to it, avoid foods with sour, spicy and salty taste such as yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk, sour oranges, grapefruit or pineapple.

ALSO READR: 10 Ways in which Ayurveda can De-Stress your Mind and Body

Strengthen immunity system this spring

When the monsoon sets on board, our immune system becomes weak and our body becomes more prone to viral disease. Hence, it is recommended to devour seasonal fruits like pomegranate, apples, banana, and mangoes – these can cause allergies and pimples, so keep caution while gulping the luscious fruit of the season.

Some of the best cooked foods are rice, oats, and barley with a zest of garlic or chili to boost your immune system. Including more turmeric and neem in your diet will help protect the body from infection and stimulates digestion. Ayurveda also advises reducing the salt intake salt intake by half to prevent fluid retention and thus allowing the lymphatic system to function efficiently.

 Lifestyle Enhancement 

Ayurveda strongly opposes excessive roaming in the sun. Although, those who can’t avoid going out in the sun can try this– Crush a small white onion and place it on your head, under the cap or carry it in your pocket to prevents the sunstroke.

Swimming is a good option in hectic summers. One can avoid heavy exercise, early in the morning or after sunset when the mercury surge is at its minimal. A therapeutic landscape walk, close to nature can also lessen the aggravated heat in the body.

Ayurvedic therapies are rejuvenating for mind and body. Apply sandalwood and other refreshing herbal body oils and face packs, place rose water pads, cucumber over your eyes to get the cooling effect and beauty.

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94

 

 

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5 Health Tips To Prepare Yourself For Onset Of Summer

Dr. Hariprasad, Ayurveda Expert, The Himalaya Drug Company, shares five tips that will help you stay fit by avoiding diseases and ailments this summer

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The onset of a new season can be tricky; it can call for a change in routine, a revamped diet, and a new exercise regimen that suits the weather. Pixabay
The onset of a new season can be tricky; it can call for a change in routine, a revamped diet, and a new exercise regimen that suits the weather. Pixabay

As winter starts to give way to the spring, people struggle to keep pace with the seasonal transition and the potential health risks posed by the change.

The onset of a new season can be tricky; it can call for a change in routine, a revamped diet, and a new exercise regimen that suits the weather.

Dr. Hariprasad, Ayurveda Expert, The Himalaya Drug Company, shares five tips that will help you stay fit by avoiding diseases and ailments this summer.

ALSO READ: How govt can provide better healthcare system to more than 125 crore people in India

A natural way of staying hydrated is ample intake of fruits and vegetables that have high water content -- oranges, watermelon, tomatoes, etc. Pixabay
A natural way of staying hydrated is ample intake of fruits and vegetables that have high water content — oranges, watermelon, tomatoes, etc. Pixabay

1. Eat light and healthy

Your body will require a constant supply of water and fluids to sustain through the rough weather. Heavy meals with large amounts of carbohydrates and fats give rise to a lot of heat in the body. A natural way of staying hydrated is ample intake of fruits and vegetables that have high water content — oranges, watermelon, tomatoes, etc. This helps balance your core body temperature and keeps diseases at bay. It also helps hydrate the skin and keep it supple.

Natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, and linen are much better than synthetic fabrics. Pixabay
Natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, and linen are much better than synthetic fabrics. Pixabay

2. Gear up for summer

The Indian summer is known for its high temperatures and humidity, which can make you feel uncomfortable and stuffy. Wearing light and breathable fabrics is an effective way to beat the heat. Natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, and linen are much better than synthetic fabrics.

Wear clothes that enable your skin to be exposed to the sun. Pixabay
Wear clothes that enable your skin to be exposed to the sun. Pixabay

3. Embrace the radiance of the Sun

Post the shivers and heavy woolens of winter, the sun will finally invite you to bask in its warm glow. As sunlight is one of the best sources of Vitamin D, use this opportunity to exercise or eat outdoors in the morning. It is advisable to soak in the sun rays early in the morning, as this can be a great way of starting your day on a fresh and rejuvenating note.

According to Ayurveda texts and modern research, Tagara can calm the mind due to its sedative and sleep-enhancing properties. Pixabay
According to Ayurveda texts and modern research, Tagara can calm the mind due to its sedative and sleep-enhancing properties. Pixabay

4. Ensure regular and undisturbed sleep

While air conditioners have reduced the discomfort significantly, sleep patterns can still take a hit in the hot, humid weather. Intake of natural herbs like Tagara can promote restful sleep.

Use one that contains ingredients like camphor oil, mint extracts, nutmeg oil, and turpentine oil, as they help provide quick, symptomatic relief from common cold. Pixabay
Use one that contains ingredients like camphor oil, mint extracts, nutmeg oil, and turpentine oil, as they help provide quick, symptomatic relief from common cold. Pixabay

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5. Be prepared for summer infections

Most people suffer from ailments such as common cold, sore throats, and viral infections in summer because of the heat and dust. While a preventive care approach is imperative, being prepared to face an unexpected disease is equally important. It is advisable to keep a cold balm as part of your first aid kit, as it eases the symptoms of common cold and is easy to carry around.

This quintessential health guide is easy to follow and will help you get ready for the long and warm summer. (IANS)