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It’s no wonder we await summer is so eagerly. However, why is it that we become irritated and an all-around hot mess when faced with the warmer months? These summer symptoms can be explained with a little ancient wisdom, a 5,000-year-old Indian holistic healing science called Ayurveda. This ancient wisdom suggests that summer irritability can be caused by an excess of pitta. Pitta, made of fire and water, is the fiery energy that exists inside all of us. It governs digestion (food digestion as well as emotional digestion), metabolism, intellect, the blood, the skin, and vision and eye health. When pitta builds, which happens during summer’s long hot days, it could lead to hyperactivity, aggression, stomach aches, and inflammatory responses. Ultimately, all these factors create for an exhausted body and mind.
Therefore, to avoid a summer burnout.
Pitta must be kept in balance with the other two doshas (energies), Vata and Kapha, present in Ayurveda. Vata, a mix of air and ether, controls the entire nervous system, whereas Kapha, a combination of water and earth, is responsible for the shape, structure, and form of the body. How exactly do we keep these three energies in balance? To balance of your dosha try just a few changes in your lifestyle. Changes such as better diet, sleep, routine, and attitude. Here are a few simple foods that can help with an imbalance in pitta:
First, to help with excessive sweatiness and oiliness. Try foods such as pomegranate, cranberry, hibiscus, green beans, chickpeas, alfalfa sprouts, and potatoes. These foods have drying qualities called polyphenols which have an astringent taste and carry antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers.
Next, to calm an overstimulated body and mind. Try eating foods like avocados, mangoes, basmati rice, and coconut oil/ coconut milk. These foods activate soothing pleasure responses in the brain and have cooling properties, which hydrate you while putting a damper on your pitta.
Finally, to stimulate digestion and help eliminate toxins that cause heat and inflammation, consume bitter foods. Try aloe vera, black tea, dandelion, and spinach. Bitter leafy greens are high in fiber, magnesium, and oxygen which lead to healthier digestion and rid the blood of heat-inducing acids.
Hence, how to identify a Pitta Spike:
– Irritability and impatience
– Digestive problems including heartburn and diarrhea
– Dry or bloodshot eyes
– Excessive sweatiness
– Rashes; acne and/or gastritis
– Difficulty staying asleep