Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Ayurvedic ways to stay healthy during summer months

Classification of seasons according to Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, the year is governed by the direction of the movement of the sun and is divided into two periods (solstice) that is Uttarayana (northern solstice) and Dakshinayana (southern solstice). Ayurvedic ritucharaya is based on Dosha and Panchmahabhuta theory.

When there is heat outside, the key to balance is to find ways to cool down inside- physically, mentally and emotionally. Summer season brings it with the host of symptoms such as excessive body heat, sweating, dehydration, skin rashes, sunburns, acne, diarrhoea, lethargy etc. Summer is hot, bright and a season of Pitta. Thus, it is recommended to maintain the body cool and not allowing the Pitta dosha to become aggravated.

Summer seasons according to Ayurveda

Summer season is known as “Grishm Ritu” in Ayurveda. In Ayurveda, there is a detailed description regarding different seasons and the regimen to be followed.

Classification of seasons according to Ayurveda:

Reference: Astang Hridyam Sutrasthanam, Chapter No. 3, Shloka No. 26-27)

Meaning: According to this shloka, in summer season, the rays of the sun become powerful and destructive. Kapha dosha decreases day by day and Vata dosha increases consequently. Hence, avoid the use of salt, pungent and sour foods, heavy physical exercises and exposure to sunlight during this season.

  • In Ayurveda, it is mentioned that there is a predominance of katu rasa (pungent taste) during summer season and Mahabhuta which are predominant are Vayu and Agni. Therefore, the strength of the persons becomes less.
  • One of the fundamental principles of Ayurveda is that our dietary habits and daily routines should flow with the seasons. It is a fundamental rule that ‘like increases like’ and cause imbalance and that opposite creates balance.
  • It is mentioned in Ayurveda that foods which are light to digest such as those having madhura (sweet), sheeta (cold), drava (liquid), snigdha (uncutous) should be taken.
  • Drinking plenty of water and other liquids such as buttermilk, fresh fruit juices, churned curd with pepper are advised.
  • Food with Katu (pungent), Amla (sour) taste and Ushna (warm) foods should be avoided.

Ayurvedic ways to stay healthy during summer months

1. Protect yourself from the sun:

According to Ayurveda, summer is considered to be a Pitta dominant season and Pitta dosha is aggravated by solar force.

  • Ayurveda considers this a time of dehydration that occur both inside and outside the body.
  • So, Ayurvedic measures based on Pitta pacification measures should be adopted.
  • To pacify Pitta dosha, it is necessary to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Eat juicy fruits such as melons, pears etc.
  • Drink a glass of lemon water  to keep yourself cool
  • Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated.

 Protect yourself from the sun

2. Take Cooling Beverages:

It is a well known fact that carbonated beverages or a packed bottled juice don’t give any relief from the scorching heat. Rather, the system becomes dehydrated by the consumption of carbonated drinks.

  • Chilled cold drinks are harmful as they disrupt the ‘jatharagni’ or digestive fire.
  • Instead fresh seasonal fruit juices should be consumed.
  • Include water melon shake, fresh coconut water, bael sharbat (juice prepared from Aegle marmelos), aam panna (prepared from raw mangoes and spices), buttermilk are healthy as well as refreshing drinks.

3.  Take cooling diet:

Ayurveda recommends cooling diet to be consumed during summer season which includes seasonal fruits and vegetables that are sweet, juicy, bitter and astringent in nature. It is recommended to consume more alkaline foods in the diet during summer season.

  • Use rose petals in summer season as in Ayurveda, rose is renowned for its powerful cooling effect on the physiology.
  • Apply organic rose water on the face and if the eyes burn due to heat, then lie down for 10 minutes with organic rose water soaked cotton wads on closed eyes.
  • You can also splash some organic rose water in the bathing water.

cooling diet in summers

4. Eat at right time

Lunch should not be skipped during summer season as the digestive fire is strongest during mid-day.

  • Skipping lunch during summer season means upsetting the Pitta dosha.

5. Eat light foods:

In summer season, our bodies naturally crave for light and small meals because the digestive fire disperses in order to keep us cool.

  • It is a time to include sweet, astringent and bitter tastes in the diet and to enjoy cool, liquid and slightly oily foods.
  • Summer is considered as the best season for the intake of fresh fruits and salads.
  • Fresh and sweet dairy products can also be included in the diet during summer season such as homemade yogurt, buttermilk, cottage cheese etc.

6. Pranayam:

  • Pranayam such as Sheetali Pranayam and Chandrabhedi Pranayam are very effective for cooling down the body temperature

1. Sheetali Pranayam:

Stick your tongue out and curl the sides of the tongue upwards towards the center of the tongue.

  • Now, breathe in through the mouth and hold the breath.
  • Slowly exhale through the nose.
  • Repeat this procedure 5-10 times.

2. Chandrabhedi Pranayam:

This pranayama has a cooling effect on the nervous system and on the subtle channels of energy in the body.

  • Close the right nostril with the right thumb.
  • Now, exhale completely through the left nostril and then breathe in through the left nostril.
  • Close the left nostril with the little ring finger and exhale through the right nostril.
  • Repeat this procedure 5-10 times.
  • After this pranayama, lie down in Shavasan (Corpse pose).

Diet and Lifestyle to be followed during summer season:

  • Stay in cool places.
  • Excessive exercise or physical activity should be avoided.
  • Avoid sun exposure during the day time especially between 11 am to 3 pm.
  • Vegetables like cucumber, asparagus, green leafy vegetables should be consumed.
  • Milk mixed with cow’s ghee should be consumed during night.
  • Applying sandalwood and other aromatic and cooling pastes over the body is helpful.

Foods to be avoided:

  • Avoid foods that produce heat in the body such as sour fruits, garlic, chilies, dark meats as they tend to heat up the system.
  • Avoid taking alcohol in the summer season as it heats up the system.

No One Must Die Of Cancer except Carelessness

NO ONE MUST DIE OF CANCER EXCEPT CARELESSNESS

The word ‘cancer’ itself shudders the entire body and those who have been affected and passing through this phase of life, definitely, they have a strong will power to beat cancer. Cancer is a deadly disease that affects the whole body.

Cancer is defined as the abnormal and uncontrolled proliferation of the abnormal cells, these growths are potential enough to invade and spread to other body parts and they might be malignant or non-malignant in nature. The symptoms of this disease depend upon the underlying area or the organ which has involved. According to Ayurveda, cancer is a disease that involves vitiation of all the doshas (sharirik as well as mansik doshas), dhatus, malas, srotas, impaired Agni along with ojokshaya.

Ayurvedic Ways to Beat Cancer

Nowadays with advanced research and technologies, the early diagnosis makes it possible to cure these neoplasms completely. We know that, so many deaths take place every year due to negligence. So, the only thing cancerous patients must have the proper knowledge about their diseased condition, cause and lifestyle regimens which should be followed.

WHAT ARE THE REASONS THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ORIGIN OF CANCER?

So, Let us discuss some causes which give rise to cancer.

  • Consumption of carcinogenic substances like – alcoholic beverages, junk foods, polluted water, red or processed meat, ajinomoto, tobacco etc.
  • Occupational exposure to inorganic acids likes – sulfuric acid etc. Those who work in rubber and glass industries, painters are more susceptible to carcinoma.
  • Natural exposures like Ultraviolet rays and radon gas, or other harmful radiations, etc
  • Trauma – Any History of repetitive trauma over a particular region.
  • Medicinal history – Excessive consumption of immune suppressants, chemotherapy drugs, hormonal medicines, etc
  • Some other factors are responsible – Pollution, even natural disasters like volcanoes (responsible for the origin of various poisonous gases)
  • Carcinogenic substances like arsenic and arsenic compounds, benzene, etc
  • Genetic factors – Cancers are also inherited in nature.
  • Sedentary lifestyle reduces the body’s immunity hence responsible.

Treatment of cancer in ayurveda

TYPES OF CANCER

Cancers are described on the name of a body part that has involved but basically, they are classified on the basis of cellular type that is involved. They are –

  • Carcinoma – It’s a generalized term that is grossly used for all cancers. But cancer that is originated from epithelial cells is called as carcinoma.
  • Sarcoma – Cancer derived from connective tissues.
  • Leukemia or Lymphoma – Cancers arise from blood cells.
  • Germ cell tumors – Neoplasm originated from germ cells.
  • Blastoma – Tumors originated from undifferentiated embryonic cells are called as blastomas.

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF CARCINOMA

The symptoms depend upon the underlying organ, hence vary in all carcinoma’s but some common symptoms are –

  • Protruded masses.
  • Inflammation – Swelling which can be internal or external.
  • Painful or sometimes painless.
  • Sometimes associated with bleeding, fever
  • Weight loss
  • Gastro intestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, etc.

herbal treatment of cancer

THINGS TO BE FOLLOWED TO BEAT CANCER

  • Avoid exposure to carcinogenic substances.
  • Stop  sugar intake, without sugar in your body, cancer cell would die (a natural death).
  • Research has stated that using a lemon by blending in a cup of hot water and drinking it for about 1-3 months, the important thing is you should take this before food and cancer would disappear or drink 3 spoonfuls of organic coconut oil, morning and night, you can choose any one among them after avoiding sugar.
  • Diet – Never take more than 4 eggs per week.
  • Never eat fruits after meals. Fruits should be eaten before meals.
  • Don’t take tea during the menstruation period.
  • Take less soy milk, not adding sugar or egg to soy milk
  • Don’t eat tomato on empty stomach.
  • Drink a glass of lukewarm water every morning before food, it helps to flush out toxins.
  • No food intake 2.5 Hrs before bed time.
  • Drink 10 glasses of water a day to prevent bladder cancer
  • Drink more water in the day time, less at night
  • Don’t drink more than 2 cups of coffee a day, may cause insomnia and gastritis
  • Don’t eat bread as it is one of the fermented foods that is contraindicated in cancer
  • Eat less oily food. It takes 5-7 Hrs to digest them, that makes you feel tired
  • Take your meals on time and maintain a proper interval in each meal
  • After Sunset, eat less and avoid overeating.
  • Foods that make you happy: banana, grapefruit, spinach, pumpkin and peach.
  • Both yellow and purple sweet potatoes have good cancer prevention properties so add them in your diet.
  • Avoid excessive salty, spicy, cold, junk foodstuffs, etc.
  • Drink lemon water – In hot water add 2-3 slices of lemon. Make it a daily drink. It can control cancerous growths because the bitterness in hot lemon water is the best substance to kill cancer cells. This type of Lemon extract treatment will only destroy the malignant cells, it does not affect healthy cells. Even citric acid and polyphenol inside lemon juice, can help to reduce high blood pressure. Hot lemon water can sustain your health and makes you live longer.
  • Avoid late night dinner – Often taking late night dinner can increase the chance of stomach cancer.
  • Take adequate nutrition and add fresh vegetables and fruits in your diet.
  • Do not charge your hand phone or any device next to you when you are sleeping
  • Sleeping less than 8 hrs a day may deteriorate our brain function. Taking Afternoon rest for half an hour may keep our youthful look.
  • Avoid liquor because it is a triggering factor for various ailments.
  • Yoga and Meditation- Both help to manage hormonal levels in our body and manage the nerve impulses that direct the proliferation of the abnormal cells which leads to cancer. Even it helps to combat stress thus helpful. So make Yoga and Meditation as a part and parcel of your life.

No matter how busy you are but you should give importance to your health and Take care

Let’s beat Cancer