We’re well into the heat of summer, and it’s a good time to take advantage of the wisdom of our ancestors. Ayurveda, the world’s oldest system of natural medicine, gives us insights that help us deal effectively with most anything that ails you.
Summer is Pitta season in Ayurveda. The elements of Pitta dosha are fire and water. If you have a strong aversion to hot weather, you probably have a lot of Pitta in your constitution.
Those of you who know that Pitta is dominant in your body type should be especially mindful of the need to balance your fiery nature at this time of year. During this season, pitta (fire) more easily accumulates and causes problems. If Pitta is over-abundant in your life, as it tends to get in Pitta season, it can often lead to anger, irritability, impatience, and sarcastic, cutting remarks.
When in balance, Pitta types usually have sharp intellects and strong digestion. These are two of their greatest assets. They also have a competitive enterprising nature, and they are often articulate speakers.
To balance the fiery influences of this Pitta season, Pitta types will especially benefit from doing the following things that will bring cooling influences to their lives:
- Avoiding excess sun exposure is helpful. Wise Pittas types usually look for shade at the beach while some of their friends lie in the sun all afternoon.
- Regular rest and sleep is very important for Pittas. It complements their hard driving nature.
- Meditation is a key lifestyle fundamental that helps them stay calm, balanced and rested. Pittas have a special need to “cool their brain” in the summer.
- Cooling foods are important at this time of year, as opposed to hot spicy foods. Fresh fruits and raw vegetables are very good in moderation (think salads). They are ample at this time of year and they keep us cool. Most Pittas love melons for this reason.
- Exercise is good for Pitta types in moderation. Pittas need to be especially mindful not to let their aggressive tendencies take over in hot weather. Excessive overheating exercise aggravates Pitta. Swimming is a good option.
- Spend time in the beauty of nature, it’s calming; laugh and make time for family and friends. Be cool.
For more information about the health enhancing wisdom and benefits of Ayurveda, search for an Ayurvedic physician or practitioner. They will help you determine your body type, and teach you how to restore balance in your life. A good introductory book on the subject is Deepak Chopra, M.D.’s classic, Perfect Health: The Complete Mind Body Guide.