Ayurvedic Tips for Digestive Health in the Summer Heat

Ayurvedic Tips for Digestive Health in the Summer Heat 12 11zon

Summer can disrupt our internal balance, especially for those with a Pitta-dominant constitution in Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda, our bodies function under the influence of three doshas: Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water), and Kapha (earth and water). Pitta dosha is naturally associated with heat, so the scorching summer months can easily aggravate it, leading to digestive discomfort like heartburn, acidity, and loose stools, therefore pitta reducing foods must be added to the diet. [1]

1. Balance Pitta Dosha [2]

Learning how to balance pitta dosha is the key to summer digestive wellness. Ayurveda suggests incorporating cooling and light foods into your diet. Favour sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes over pungent, sour, and salty ones, which aggravate Pitta. Think sweet fruits like melons, bitter greens like dandelion leaves, and astringent vegetables like cucumber.

2. Embrace Pitta-Reducing Foods [2]

  • Cooling Fruits and Vegetables: Nature offers a bounty of cooling fruits and vegetables perfect for summer. Watermelon, cucumber, honeydew melon, leafy greens, and fennel are all excellent choices. These foods are high in water content, keeping you hydrated and promoting healthy digestion.
  • Ghee (Clarified Butter): While all fats should be consumed moderately in summer, ghee is an exception. Ghee has undergone a process to remove milk solids and lactose, making it easier to digest and possess cooling properties that pacify Pitta. 

3. Body Cooling Foods in Ayurveda [2]

  • Coconut Water: Nature’s electrolyte powerhouse, coconut water is a refreshing and hydrating drink that cools the body and aids digestion.
  • Khus Khus Water (Vetiver Water): Steep vetiver roots in water for a light, earthy-flavoured drink with cooling properties. Enjoy it throughout the day to combat the summer heat and promote digestion. [3]
  • Lassi (Yogurt Drink): A traditional yoghurt-based drink, lassi is a probiotic powerhouse that aids digestion and soothes the stomach lining and is one of the best body cooling foods Ayurveda. Prepare it with buttermilk, water, and a touch of honey or mint for a refreshing twist.

4. Mindful Eating Habits [4]

  • Regular Meal Times: Establish a regular eating schedule and stick to it immediately. This helps regulate your digestive fire (Agni) and promotes efficient digestion.
  • Smaller Portions: Opt for smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day to avoid overwhelming your digestive system.
  • Thorough Chewing: Practice mindful eating by chewing your food thoroughly. This aids in proper digestion and nutrient absorption.

5. Lifestyle Practices [3, 4]

  • Hydration is Key: Drink plenty of cooling liquids throughout the day, especially water and herbal teas like peppermint or chamomile. Avoid excessive cold drinks, as they can initially cool the body but can lead to digestive sluggishness in the long run.
  • Manage Stress: Stress can exacerbate Pitta imbalances. Practice relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation to manage stress levels and promote digestive harmony.
  • Adequate Sleep: Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. Proper sleep allows your body to rejuvenate and supports healthy digestion.

By incorporating these Ayurvedic tips into your summer routine, you can effectively balance Pitta dosha, promote healthy digestion, and navigate the season with a light and energized digestive system.


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  2. Traditional and ayurvedic foods of Indian origin | Journal of Ethnic Foods
  3. Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies | Traditional and Medicinal Uses of Vetive
  4. An Ayurvedic Approach to Constipation | 10.5772/intechopen.1003646

Dr. Shankar Rao

Dr. Rao has achieved great success in his career, with 5 research projects and 4 books to his credit, as well as a Monograph. In addition to receiving the Bharat Scout & Guide Award from the President of India, Dr Rao has also won the Young Scientist Award from S.V. University, Tirupati.


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