Ignite Your Cool: Mastering the Summer Heat with Ayurveda's Pitta-Perfect Strategy

1. Lifestyle: How to deal with overactive Pitta in summer

2. Medical: The Ayurvedic medical view

1. Lifestyle: How to deal with overactive Pitta in summer

Welcome to the first edition of our Ayurveda Insights blog series, where we delve into the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to promote holistic health and well-being. In our first post, we will uncover the secrets of maintaining balance during the summer season by focusing on the dominant dosha of this time — Pitta.

Unleashing the Power of Pitta Dosha in Summer:
As the temperature rises and the sun shines brightly, the fiery Pitta dosha takes center stage. Pitta is associated with heat, intensity, and transformation. Similar to the energy of the sun, Pitta governs metabolism, digestion, and the transformative processes in our bodies and minds.

Pitta's Influence on the Body and Mind:
During summer, Pitta can become imbalanced, leading to symptoms such as excessive sweating, digestive issues, skin irritations, and irritability. To maintain harmony and harness the power of Pitta, it is crucial to embrace Ayurvedic principles that cool and pacify this dosha.

Did you know: Ayurveda recognizes two distinct summer seasons?
Early Summer: April 22nd - June 21st (Grishma Ritu)
Late Summer: June 22nd - August 21st (Varsha Ritu)

Initially, Pitta predominates. From the end of June onwards, Vata gradually builds up as well. By autumn, Vata begins to dominate.

From the end of June onwards, digestion works comparatively weakly: high Pitta - low Agni (digestion), and the dryness in the atmosphere increases Vata. To avoid exhaustion, it is advisable to adopt a moderate lifestyle.

Cooling Diet to Soothe the Inner Fire:
The first step in balancing Pitta is through mindful dietary choices. Opt for cooling, hydrating, and nourishing foods. Enjoy juicy watermelons, refreshing cucumbers, and sweet fruits that provide natural hydration. Incorporate sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes in your meals, as they help pacify the fiery Pitta. Tip: melons should be consumed by themselves and not mixed with other ingredients. Why? The easily digestible melon will quickly pass through the stomach. For example, if hard-to-digest prosciutto ham is eaten at the same time, it will remain in the stomach without the necessary enzymes because the melon has already used them up on its way, and now they need to be produced again.

It is advisable to avoid alcohol in summer, as it has strongly heating properties. However, if alcohol is to be consumed in summer, then beer is recommended.

Drink coriander water—you can make it as a sun tea, placing seeds in the jar, letting it sit covered in the sun, and then bringing it inside to cool to room temperature.

Savor cooling herbs and spices such as mint, coriander, fennel, and cilantro. These culinary gems not only add delightful flavors but also assist in restoring balance to Pitta dosha. Avoid or reduce hot, spicy, and oily foods, as they can further aggravate Pitta.

Enjoy some of our Ayurveda summer recipes below:


Hydration: The Elixir of Summer:

Staying well-hydrated is vital to cool the internal fires of Pitta. Sip on water, coconut water, and herbal teas (e.g., cloves are very cooling) throughout the day. Aromatic rosewater can be added to your drinking water for a refreshing twist. These hydrating elixirs not only quench your thirst but also support the proper functioning of your digestive system and keep your skin glowing. Another cooling drink for hot summer days is the Pitta tea from Veda.ch

The Power of Self-Care and Cooling Rituals:
As Pitta's intensity heats up during summer, it becomes essential to indulge in self-care practices that help cool and soothe the body and mind. Take refuge in the shade during the peak hours of the day, wear loose, breathable clothing made of natural fabrics, and use natural cooling remedies such as sandalwood and aloe vera to nourish your skin.

Place sliced cucumbers over the eyes and lay there for a few minutes!

Meditation, gentle yoga, and pranayama practices like Sheetali and Shitali breathing can further help to calm and cool Pitta. Embrace the power of stillness and serenity, allowing your inner fire to find balance and tranquility.


2. Medical: The Ayurvedic medical view

SanapurnaMED with Thomas Stecher Sharma

Thomas is a renowned expert in Ayurveda Medicine and the founder of Sanapurna’s Ayurvedic practice. With a dedication to holistic healing, Thomas is here to guide you on your transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Specialising in psychosomatic issues, gynaecology, paediatrics, and allergies, Thomas brings his wealth of knowledge and expertise to provide personalised care tailored to your specific needs.



Focus on Ayurvedic Digestion in Summer
During the summer season (Grishma Ritu) and into autumn, certain health issues may arise more frequently, potentially related to increased Pitta dosha and the associated heat and fire elements.

Understanding the digestive fire (Agni) from an Ayurvedic perspective is crucial. Agni plays a vital role in breaking down food and providing essential nutrients for optimal health. It is categorised into Mandagni (weak digestive fire), Tikshnagni (strong digestive fire), and Vishamagni (irregular digestive fire).

Maintaining a balanced Agni is key. Weak Agni can lead to digestive disorders and malnutrition, while excessive Agni can cause overdigestion and increased internal heat.

Several factors influence Agni, such as food quality, dietary habits, lifestyle, stress, and environmental factors.

Digestive weakness (Agni-Mandya)

Digestive weakness (Agni-Mandya) can have both temporary and long-term effects on the body, causing gastrointestinal and systemic symptoms. Impaired digestion burdens the liver during detoxification, resulting in undigested residues and Ama (sticky metabolic by-products) accumulation, leading to various symptoms and potentially contributing to autoimmune processes.

To evaluate your digestive capacity, an Ayurvedic consultation assesses your Agni status. This allows us to provide personalised therapy recommendations tailored to your needs.

Experience the transformative power of Ayurveda, balance your Pitta dosha, and unlock vibrant health this summer.

Book a consultation with one of our Ayurvedic experts today by visiting our website or emailing us at therapy@sanapurna.ch

With warm regards,
Thomas & your Ayurveda Team

Date: 18 July 2023    Comments: 0

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