5 Ayurveda-recommended cooling foods to beat the summer heat
If you venture out around 10 am in the morning on any given day in May, there are very few chances that you survive the heat without a tan, sunstroke or sunburns. Summers bring in a host of ailments like acne, heat boils, heat strokes, headaches, summer rash, and summer colds, etc. Not only that, the heat can even make you feel cranky and cringy, only because you are sweating so much.
In such a case, you must eat well. Ayurveda, our ancient medicinal science professes certain foods that you must consume in order to stay fit in this weather. Ayurveda comprises of a belief that there are three governing agents in the universe that basically form the crux of all the things. They are called doshas- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Every aspect, according to Ayurveda is a combination of these doshas, including your seasons.
Summer is the Pitta season that affects metabolism, digestion, and balance. Ayurveda believes that there must be a balance of everything within us and around us. Therefore, when it is hot outside, you must eat something that can balance the heat from within. Here’s your ultimate summer guide to wellness:
- Coconut water: ‘Tis the season for nariyal pani! According to Ayurvedic texts, coconut water makes for one of the best electrolytes in summers. It helps your body fight against dehydration and excessive heat. It is full of minerals like zinc, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Therefore, it is best to have this elixir daily in summers.
- Water-rich fruits: Fruits that are high on water content like watermelon, berries, grapes are your saving grace this summer. Each of these will help you fight dehydration by keeping you refreshed. Ayurveda proposes that fruits like these help in maintaining a balance by reducing the content of heat in your body.
- Herbs: Ayurveda talks in greater detail about how specific herbs are good for certain functions. Ashwagandha, Brahmi and Tulsi are three of the must-haves for summer. These herbs cleanse your body while soothing the body nerves. Consume these daily in summers for a well-balanced pitta.
- Amla or Indian Gooseberry: Amla is a perennial favourite for those who follow Ayurveda. Amla has tons and tons of benefits apart from acting as an ace coolant in summers. Amla contains at least 20 times more vitamin-C than any other fruit juice. Have amla juice or just this wonder fruit on a regular basis.
- Ginger: This zingy root has anti-inflammatory properties that can ease irritated or heated skin and also soothe stomach discomfort. Load upon ginger tea or juice for a healthy summer. Pro tip: Add slightly bigger slices of ginger in your sabzi or salad so that you consume it without an afterthought!
PS: It is best to have all of these daily. However, other things that you must not miss, according to Ayurveda include ghee, alkaline veggies, etc. do not forget to consume water at regular intervals too.