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How To Stay Cool This Summer with Ayurveda


As the summer approaches and we all feel the full might of the sun, it is time to take a few precautions. The summers can be especially harsh in most parts of India with rising temperatures and a blazing sun makes it impossible to be out and about in the morning for very long. It can also lead to health problems like sunburn, rashes, fever and heatstroke. The conditions range from prickly discomfort to death.

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of wellbeing, gives us many remedies to deal with these conditions. Many of these are eminently suitable for us because these prescribe remedies that can be used from our day-to-day life. You can also get special formulations from PCD pharma company in India. Specialising in Ayurvedic formulations, these firms have made Ayurveda accessible for everyone.

Ayurveda is not just for medicating. It teaches wellbeing of the whole body — from your physical, emotional to spiritual state. It advocates a simple, but healthy lifestyle that aims to improve your entire health and not just fix it when you are sick. Let us enjoy this summer in a healthy Ayurvedic way.

Dealing with Pitta dosha

According to Ayurveda this is when our Pittadosha comes to the fore. Pitta is characterised by hot and sharp conditions. These are also the characteristics of summer. So, coping with the summer also means dealing with the pittadosha. One of the main functions of pitta is regulating our metabolism and as summer reaches its peak, we can see its effect on our body and general behaviour. You will find that your patience is very thin, you are easily irritated and annoyed.

The other effect of aggravated pitta dosha are conditions like skin rashes, excess stomach acidity, acne, heartburn, peptic ulcers, early greying hair, excessive body heat and sweating. All these are also related with our metabolism. Today we have medications by PCD pharma companies in Indiato treat some of these conditions. Emotionally, pitta excess results in irritability, jealousy and anger. Here are few Ayurvedic recommendations to keep your cool:

1. Eat cooling food

When it is very hot outside, our body needs cooling food. This is food that cools the body form inside. However, food that is very cold will extinguish the digestive fire and can actually be counter-productive. So, east cool, but not chilled food. Water, especially should be taken at the right temperature. Cool, but not chilled! Summer vegetables and fruits have a high cooling quotient that is ideal for the weather. High in water content, these vegetables have an inherent quality in keeping you cool.

So, vegetables like cucumber and bottle gourd are the perfect nourishment, while fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe and melon cool the body. Milk, ghee and yogurt are also highly recommended. Yogurt drink like lassi and chhas also work brilliantly in keeping you cool. The foods to avoid are hot drinks like tea, coffee and alcohol.

2. Stay hydrated

When the temperature is rising, our body self-regulates the high heat by sweat. The purpose of this is to cool down the body. But it also means more moisture loss for the body. This can cause many complications, such as dehydration. This is when water loss in the body reaches critically low levels. You must drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. You can try delicious and cool drinks to make things interesting, like aam panna, watermelon juice, buttermilk and wood apple juice.

3. Avoid the sun

This also makes common sense! The last think you should be doing when it is so hot, is to be running around outside. Avoid going into the sun as much as you can. If you do have to step out, stay in the shade. You can also carry an umbrella. Overexposure to very high temperature can cause heatstroke.

Natural remedies

Here are some natural remedies for common summer conditions. Many of these are available with PCD pharma in Ahmedabad:

  • Spilt open an aloe vera leaf and take out the gel. Apply this on your skin to treat sunburn
  • Use a herbal cleaner for washing your hair and body. This will remove the daily sweat and dirt accumulation.
  • Try wood apple juice. It is both cooling and good for digestion.