Now that it’s summertime, the weather is hot and most likely so are you. And I’m not talking about how you look in that LBD of yours. I’m talking about your body literally feeling heated, both externally and internally.
According to Ayurvedic Medicine, during this sultry season our bodies take on an excess of Pitta, the “summer dosha,” causing an imbalance in our bodies. These imbalances go far beyond feeling overheated, and may cause skin rashes, excess sweating and even inflammation to name a few. Not so ideal for swimsuit season, huh?
Fortunately we’ve got some tips for you to cool your body down, while simultaneously balancing out your body, so you can have your best summer yet!
1. Stock Up On Cooling Seasonal Produce: Summer produce tends to have a cooling affect on the body, as nature intended for this time of year. This makes it even easier to stock your fridge, since in-season fruits and vegetables are more widely available and typically on sale! Be sure to check your local Farmer’s market to buy local & fresh!
Some of my favorite cooling summer eats include:
- Fresh berries (My fave are blueberries!)
- Melon (watermelon, cantaloupe, you name it!)
- Leafy greens (like kale, arugula and watercress)
- Snow Peas
- Grapes (Hint: Freeze for a delicious snack)
Eat as is, our get creative by making refreshing salads, fruit dips and wraps! Veggies are especially tasty dipped in hummus! Try one of my favorite simple summer salads here, which combines leafy greens with walnuts and goat cheese.
2. Stay Hydrated: While this one seems like a no-brainer, you’d be surprised by how often we forget to guzzle our H2O. To keep yourself on track, bring a reusable water bottle with you to work to have by your side throughout the day, and refill as needed. Add berries, fresh mint or slices of cucumber to enhance the flavor of plain ol’ water!
3. Choose Calming Exercises: While often times we’re go-go-go when it comes to fitness, sometimes our body just needs to slow down. Sure, you can’t go wrong with a good hard sweat session, but sometimes that may not be what your body needs. If you’re looking to cool down this summer, go for calming exercises (for your mind & body) like a gentle yoga class (Yin is great!), a long peaceful walk in nature or even a paddle boat or kayak ride in a local lake.
4. Just Breathe: Breathing exercises can be especially cooling and calming. Set a few minutes aside each day to check in with yourself and connect with your body. Take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth in a slow, controlled way. If you want to go deeper, try experimenting with meditation. Spiritual guru Gabrielle Bernstein offers some great tips for newbies to start!