Everyone is feeling the effects of the heat wave. Whether you are a “Pitta” type or not we are in the thick of “Pitta season”. What does that mean to you? You may be experiencing anything from fatigue to indigestion, to skin rashes, overheating, loose stools and perhaps an emotional lethargy.
“Pitta” according to Ayurvedic wisdom is the energy in our bodies that governs metabolism, absorption, and assimilation. It regulates our immune and digestive health. It is the ‘fire” in our bellies that transforms all that we eat as well as experience in our lives into usable energy. Quite a miraculous process when you actually think about it.
Here are some tips for cooling the inner heat exacerbated by the outer heat:
- You can drink electrolyte water or make your own by adding a pinch of Himalayan pink salt to your water. Drinking water is not enough but having these electrolytes will increase absorption. I don’t mean Gatorade. Coconut water which is high in potassium supports digestion and absorption of other nutrients. Drink your water between meals so as not to drown digestive enzymes. Avoid ice cold water as it puts out digestive fire.
- You may drink Aloe vera juice; which you’ve heard about for skin rashes and burns but aloe can also have the following benefits:supports the immune system, aids in digestion and occasional constipation and can reduce acidity, heartburn, and reflux. It is alkalizing and can reduce arthritic symptoms. Lakewood Brand Whole leaf Aloe vera juice one ounce three times a day works. You will feel your blood cooling as you drink it. If you don’t like the taste you can add it to smoothies.
- Lastly, eat sweet fruits such as cherries, watermelon, peaches, and blueberries. Fruit is best eaten by itself first thing in the morning or as an afternoon snack. Nothing like a Georgia peach! Lots of dark leafy greens which are bitter and cooling are great when warmed and cooked with ghee, turmeric, cumin, coriander and even some fennel. Simple food combinations are best in summer, like whole grain pasta with roasted veggies and goat cheese; if you are grilling food add turmeric to meat or fish with a heaping three servings of veggies with it- like summer squash, sunflower or mung sprouts or a simple spinach salad with raspberry poppy seed dressing.
- Reminder, always pay attention to your body. When you are tired rest and eat according to your appetite. A nice cooling cup of grass fed yogurt with some fresh cucumber and mint with a little raw honey makes for an easy snack or meal accompaniment. Isn’t it beautiful that mother nature gives all the right foods each season to nourish us? Moderation, appreciation, and with your full attention on the taste colors and sensations of food is the Ayurvedic way. And remember “knowing” and “doing” are different.
For more persistent symptoms of heat ,I invite you for a 30-minute herbal, nutritional consult this summer. Marma point therapy balances the ” doshas” or energies in the body by clearing the chakras of stuck emotional energy past and present. One woman said after a session this week that her head felt so cool! She left feeling lighter and refreshed.
Beginning August 1st I will be offering FREE 15 minute consults on Tuesdays from 6-7pm at Center Spring Spa. Please invite your friends and family to schedule @ 404-528-1483.
1.Tuesday, Aug 16th Centre Spring MD
1401 Dresden Drive
Learn to meditate easefully and effortlessly. 7-8pm Free class
I will teach an Ayurvedic meditation as well as a few breathing exercises to prepare you for meditation. Let’s get passed the fear of meditating!
2. Wednesday , Sept 21st “A Holistic Approach to Grief and Loss through Sound and Color ( better alternative to Prozac)
Heal Center 270 Carpenter Drive Sandy Springs. This class now approved for CE credits ( continuing ed for nurses and massage therapists).
6:30pm-9:30 pm Registration $50 Now or $65 one week before. Bring a friend and receive half off.
” transforming women’s emotional health using natural modalities”
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