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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.

Natural Asthma Treatment with Diet & Home Remedies

Asthma is chronic long term inflammatory disease of lungs which causes inflammation in airways (bronchial tubes). It is long term disorder with breathing difficulties that range from mild to life-threatening.

The airways are tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs. People who are suffering from asthma have inflamed airways. The inflammation makes the airways swollen.

natural treatment for asthma

Person who are suffering from asthma, the wall of airway or bronchial tube gets swollen and smooth muscles become tightened, so lungs get less air. It makes difficulty in breathing.

Asthma is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

People of any age group can affect from it. However it is most detected in children.

Cause of Asthma

  • It is not clear that why some people get asthma and others do not, but it is may be due to environmental and genetic (inherited) factors.

Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma symptoms vary from person to person.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • sleeping Trouble caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
  • A wheezing sound when exhaling.
  • Pus like sputum
  • Coughing especially early in the morning and at night.

Due to over consumption of kaphaj aahara, vihara (dietry and life style habits) for example heavy intake of cold  heavy food items, no work out, sleeping during day etc. Cause impairment in kapha dosha (physical energy in the body). This causes of narrowing of wind pipe.

Home Remedies for Asthma

Best food for treating asthma

  • Asthma reduces with healthy diet supplements, having antioxidants and nutrients to reduce environmental toxins. It controls inflammatory responses. Some of the most beneficial foods need to be include in your asthma diet are:

Carotenoids food

  • Carotenoids are the basis of vitamin A. Asthma frequency can be correlates with lowering of vitamin A, so increase intake of vitamin A rich food like sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy vegetable and berries is helpful.

Folate (vitamin B9)

  • Folate reduces allergic reactions and inflammation. It is capable of lowering wheezing.

Vitamin E and vitami C foods

  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and helps detoxify the body, that is why many researches suggest that consuming more vitamin C foods reduce wheezing and inflammation.

High fibrous food

  • Whole grains, nuts, beans, seeds and raw vegetables are having abundance of fiber that keeps bowel clear and manages asthma effectively.

Omega 3 foods

  • Omega-3 foods help to lower the asthma symptoms because they reduce airway inflammation and immune system. Omega-3 is mostly found in oily fish.

Herbs-Natural remedies for Asthma Treatment

  • A number of herbs have been used for the treatment of asthma as natural remedies. Let us have a look!

Garlic

  • Garlic has been used as a natural herb to manage many diseases, mainly it is very good remedy for anti inflammatory diseases.
  • As asthma is inflammatory disease so garlic is really helpful to provide relief in asthma.

How to Use

  • Take 10-11 cloves of garlic
  • Boil it in a glass of milk mixed with water, till it is left 1/4th of it.
  • Try it for a month regularly.

Ginger

  • Ginger is also known to decrease asthma symptoms. It has anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties. Moreover ginger is also used to treat digestive disorders that helps to keep bowels clear. Ginger is well known herb

Turmeric

  • Turmeric contains curcumin as its pure extract and active compound and it reduces inflammation. It is beneficial for hay fever, bronchitis and lung problems. It is very safe and effective natural remedy.

Honey

Honey makes the immune system strong and help to protect against respiratory infections, cold, and flu, which can worsen asthma. Honey reduces coughing and congestion.

Ayurvedic treatment for Asthma

Planet Ayurveda offers the best combination of some natural herbs or herbal remedies as Asthma care pack for asthmatic patients. Our Planet Ayurveda Doctor and experts team prepared using best quality of herbs and follow principles of Ayurveda. This Asthma care pack is free from chemicals and preservatives. This pack is purely vegetarian and natural and can be used without any side effects.

Asthma Care Pack

Dosage

  • Aller-G care – take 2 capsules with lukewarm water daily after meal, twice.
  • PRANRAKSHAK – take daily 1 tsp. with honey or lukewarm water after meals, twice
  • Tulsi Capsules– take daily 2 capsules with lukewarm water after meal, twice.

Product description:

1. Aller-G care- Aller-G care has great combination of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Haridra (Curcuma longa) and Shirish (Albizia lebbeck).This natural product can be consumed as a dietary supplement. These herbs are very effective for asthma and other respiratory problems. This helps to boost up immune system and fight asthma symptoms.

2. Pranrakshak Churna

Pranrakshak is wonderful natural herbal formulation in the form of powder by Planet Ayurveda.  It helps to treat chronic situation of bronchial asthma, breathlessness and sinusitis. It has anti microbial and anti allergic features. It is a mixture of six ingredients such as

  • Shirish(Albizia lebbeck)
  • Vasa(Adhatoda vasica)
  • Anantamool(Tylophora asthmatica)
  • Dalchini(Cinnamomum zeylanica)
  • Bharangi(clerodandrum serratum)
  • Madhuyashti(Glycirrhiza glabra)

3. Tulsi Capsules

  • The scientific name of Tulsi is Oscimum sanctum. Tulsi capsules of planet Ayurveda are pure extract of best quality of Tulsi. They are packed with 100%vegetarian capsule shells.
  • This Ayurvedic treatment for Asthma is wonderful source of relieving sign and symptoms.

Opt for these herbal remedies for asthma on regular basis and manage your asthma up to a great extent.