Summer is well on its way! Snow is melting, temperatures increasing and days getting longer. Midnight sun, here we come. Ayurveda views summer as the Pitta season, where the fire element dominates. We often experience more energy, enthusiasm, desire to be social and want to be outside. However, when Pitta becomes out of balanced, or the fire increases too much, the excess heat can affect the mind and the body.
The following signs or symptoms are examples of Pitta imbalances:
Alaskan summers can be intense; lots of daylight and lots of activity. This often manifests first in the mind, then affects the digestion or other areas of the body. The cooling measures we take now, before summer hits, have a profound effect on the health of our minds and bodies throughout this season. To balance pitta, Ayurveda has given us dietary, lifestyle and herbal treatment strategies. The underlying concepts that these ancient strategies are based on cooling, surrender and moderation.
We can balance and pacify the fire in our bodies through food, herbs, teas, certain yoga practices and lifestyle changes.
General Guidelines for a Pitta-Pacifying Diet Enjoy:
Ayurvedic Health Counselor