Over the course of spring the gunas (qualities) of pitta have been building – specifically heat and moisture. Remember that pitta dosha is made up of both fire and water. Therefore when summer arrives, with its hot, intense (sharp), light and moist qualities, any accumulated pitta in the body aggravates and we end up with rashes, acne (all sorts of skin stuff), acidity, inflammation and hyper digestion. We might also feel irritated, angry, frustrated, critical and dis-satisfied.
Ayurveda offers a many ways to balance our pitta (cause we all have it) during the Summer season. We can do this through diet, lifestyle, and yoga practices.
Balancing Pitta Dosha w Diet:
Favor light, cooling, and easy to digest foods (summer grocery list)
Eat sweet, bitter and astringent foods
Eat a breakfast to keep pitta from being provoked in the am (10-11am)
Reduce the consumption of red meats (they are heating)
Ghee is very pitta pacifying
Teas: Cumin-Coriander-Fennel or Mint
Summer balancing Foods:
Meats: chicken, turkey or shrimp
Grains: basmati rice, barley, oats, wheat
Legumes: red lentils, mung daal
Fruits: apples, pears, melons, dates, plums, prunes
Veggies: cucumber, lettuce, sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, sweet potatoes, salads
Begin to explore shifting your groceries for this season, and see how you feel. Our ability to shift to seasonal eating is one of Ayurveda’s greatest teachings and gifts – challenging for us modern day when we have access to foods from all over the world all year round. Leave me a comment below to let me know how your exploration goes!
peace & love,