Do you feel your body fired-up, feel irritable or get angry on and off during hot summer days? If the answer is “Yes”, then the cause may not be due to your human nature but due to the imbalances caused by excessive heat in the body. In Ayurveda, this heat is known as “Pitta.”
During summer, a gradual increase of heat builds up in the environment and in your body. Of the three doshas, Vata, Kapha, and Pitta, Pitta is most common during summer. Nature of Pitta is similar to that of a bubbly pot of hot, sour, and spicy soup.
The primary element in Pitta is mainly “Fire” and “Water” is secondary. Pitta attributes hot, oily, sharp, light, sour, fluid, and pungent qualities, similar to sensory qualities of summer. So, as the summer heat rises, you become prone to accumulate excessive Pitta in your body, and hence, people who possess Pitta ‘Prakriti’ they are at a higher risk of Pitta imbalance.
The symptoms of Pitta imbalance include diarrhea, burning sensation, skin irritation, foul sweating, fever, inflammation, angered or intense mental outlook.
So, how will you handle Pitta imbalance during summer? Here are 7 easy, useful suggestions to manage Pitta.
- Avoid hot and spicy foods as well as the sour salty ones. Rather eat foods that are sweet or bitter in taste.
- Eat sweet fruits such as avocados, dates, figs, pears, and melons.
- Prefer to eat sweet or bitter vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, leafy greens, and peas. Avoid pungent vegetables like garlic, onions, chili peppers, and brinjals.
- Minimize intake of caffeine. Caffeine causes heating. Drink plenty of fluids like coconut water and fruit juices, instead.
- Sleep on your right side. It encourages breathing through the left nostril. According to Ayurveda, this helps in cooling the system.
- Don’t go out during the hottest part of the day. Sunburns aggravate Pitta.
- Avoid midday workouts in the hot sun. Choose activities such as swimming, gentle yoga, or a walk in fresh air.
Your life, environment, and health change quite regularly. We recommend you to follow the above 7 suggestion to manage Pitta imbalance this summer. Of course, we want you to enjoy the summer with good health and well-being.
Keywords: Pitta, summer, heat, health, seasonal change, fire, water