During hot summer, maintaining body temperature and protecting ourself from heatstroke is a major concern for all of us. So before this hot summer hunts us down with its Extreme heat, let’s learn how to Beat the Heat, Naturally.
Practicing pranayama is one of the best techniques to maintain our body temperature during hot summer. Pranayamas like Sheetali and Shitkari Pranayama are the breathing practices that cool down our body temperature and gives us feeling of cold and calmness.
Left Nostril Breathing:
This is a breathing technique helps in stimulating Chandra Nadi (the Ida Nadi) that is associated with the cooling aspect and the parasympathetic nervous system. This helps in reducing body heat.
Ayurveda says, that during summer season Pitta Dosha increases in the body. External Heat and Pitta Dosha in the body reduces the digestive fire (Jatharagni) in the body. So we should eat moderately during this season. Heavy food may result in indigestion which again will increase the Pitta Dosha.
During summer your body demands more liquid. So, to keep our body hydrated, we should have plenty of fluid in the form of water and juices. Coconut water, Watermelon Juice, Aam Panha, Amla Juice, Kokam Sharbat, Lemon Juice, Buttermilk are best during summer. Never use ice in your drink, as it is hot by nature.
Consuming jaggery helps in increasing body temperature, thereby helps in keeping the body warmer during winter months. However, consuming jaggery mixed with cold water does the exact opposite and helps in keeping your stomach cool during summer months.