Summertime = High Pitta Time
Summer is in full swing! As the hot, sunny days get hotter, your pitta (fire + water) can rise within.
When left unchecked, or while living with with unconscious and unbalancing lifestyle practices, the intensity of summer can increase your pitta really quickly.
Symptoms of high pitta include:
- sensitivity to heat, hot flashes
- rashes, boils, hives, eczema, and burns on the skin
- hemorrhages, bleeding gums, bloodshot eyes
- dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue and insomnia
- headaches or migraines
- profuse sweating, sweaty palms, sour smell, intense body odor
- nausea, diarrhea, or loose stools
- hyperacidity, acid indigestion, heartburn, ulceration
- feeling burnt out or stressed out
- impatience, irritability or annoyance
- judgement, jealousy, envy, rejection
- criticism, sharp mind and opinions
- cynical, aloof or wanting to always be alone
- perfectionism, overpowering, controlling or manipulative
All of these symptoms of high pitta can be aggravated during the summer season, especially when daily rituals and lifestyle practices are out of alignment.
Top Tips to balance or cleanse high pitta ➣
Cultivate Clear Channels
Clear channels mean spaciousness. Space is cold, and clarity allows for the cool flow of energy. Clogged channels equals heat, inflammation and irritability.
- Have lunch as your main meal of the day and eat an early, light dinner. This supports your body to digest and move things out, and helps your liver and organs clean house while you sleep especially from 10pm – midnight.
- Poop first thing in the morning (w/o caffeine) and drink 1 liter of water with lemon to flush your channels.
- Make sure you don’t have any ama (undigested food, toxins or plaque) and if so, do a light cleanse or detox to clear things out to allow your body and mind to stay cool.
Adopt an Ayurvedic Diet
- Eat whole, fresh, natural, plant-based foods freshly prepared. Green smoothies and fresh green juice with cucumbers, cilantro, aloe, turmeric, bitter greens or mild greens like kale, lettuces, chard, collards, romaine and sweet fruits are especially good to help flush out the pitta.
- Eat what’s in season. Summer foods include: sweet, juicy fruits, sweet veggies, whole grains, leafy greens, etc. Favor the sweet, bitter and astringent tastes. Reduce or avoid pungent (spicy), salty and sour including vinegars, fermented foods (kombucha, kimchi) salsa, hot sauce, pickles, preserved or packaged food with sodium, and oily or fried food.
- Eliminate inflammatory foods: sugar, wheat, cow dairy, unhealthy fats, gmo’s, alcohol and caffeine.
Live in an Easeful Way
Living an easeful life is partially about practices, but mainly about shifting your attitude and perspective of the world or daily occurrences in your life. You have the choice to cultivate your mood, and it’s powerful! Use your freedom in a way to serve you and others best.
- With intention, regularly soften and relax into your day, regardless of what is arising.
- Create time in the evening for rest, relaxation, fun and playfulness.
- Practice meditation and Nadi Shodhana pranayama regularly, everyday.
When the days get hot, having a few extra tricks to reduce the heat can create more comfort or feel like a lifesaver.
- Use cooling essential oils such as: rose, lavender, sandalwood, peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus. Diffuse them, make a compress out of cold water on a washcloth and add a few drops of oil, or put into a spray bottle and spritz yourself throughout the day.
- Befriend aloe and turmeric. Both can be used internally or externally on the skin. Aloe pulp or gel rubbed over the skin will give a soothing, cooling experience (just think of how well it relieves a sunburn).
- Get your feet wet. Walk over wet green grass barefoot. (This is AMAZING for reducing pitta). Dip your feet in a cold river or sink when you’re short on time ~ added bonus put your hands and wrists in too. Running the cold water over the extremities helps to lower your entire body temp. Even better, swim in a fresh lake or river.
- Wear light colored cotton or silk clothing. Save black, red and orange for another time.
- Take a break at midday and avoid any activities, especially being in the sun. Take a nap, a short siesta, or just a break for a few breaths if you can. Be certain not to exercise or overly exert yourself at this time.
These practices can help you feel relieved of the high heat that can accumulate in your body over time, and reduce or cleanse the excess pitta. Balancing pitta is becomes even more essential during the high heat of summer. I hope these tips help you keep your cool all summer long.
If you want more insight or assistance in reducing pitta or healing from any of the high pitta symptoms listed above, I’m happy to help.
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