Saturday, 11 July 2015

Ayurveda summer diet

Have you noticed that since summer arrived you are feeling irritable?  It could well be that your pitta dosha, one of the three Ayurvedic doshas, is out of balance. The doshas are the energies in our body that according to Ayurveda govern our physical, mental and emotional bodies.  Everyone may have a dominant dosha or be a combination of doshas. At any given point in the year also, one of the doshas will be dominant. In summer, in fact from July to October, the pitta dosha rules.  If it is not balanced you may be angry or irritable, have digestive problems or skin problems.

You can balance pitta dosha through your yoga and your diet.  Please see the link below for a yoga practice to balance pitta dosha, 'Ayurveda Doshas-Pitta'

You could also try Sitali pranayama (Cooling Breath).  Sit in a comfortable cross leg position or on a chair with a straight spine.  Stick your tongue out and curl the outsides of your tongue towards the midline.  This is not genetically possible for everyone so if that is the case, simply stick your tongue out.  Breathe in drawing the air over your tongue, place your tongue back in your mouth and breathe out through your nose and continue in this way until you feel cooler and calmer.

You can also balance your pitta dosha through you diet.  Focus on foods that are sweet, bitter and astringent.  This means you can enjoy the summer fruits (hurray!) such as peaches, melons, cherries, grapes, pineapple, mango and summer pears.  Salads are great too (include cucumber and avocado) as well as vegetables (especially green, leafy vegetables), lentils and beans.  Use coconut oil and drink plenty of cool water, coconut water or herbal teas such as green tea (good for skin) or camomile (calming).  

Avoid spicy curries and chillis and also sour foods such as pickles, ketchups, vinegars in salad dressings etc. 

Enjoy your summer
Janet x

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