Ayurveda Diet for Summer (Grishma Ritu)
The summer heat can have various negative effects on one’s health. The summer season is referred to in Ayurveda as “grishma rutu,” which also lists all the dos and don’ts that are associated with it. Understanding how diet affects our general health is at the heart of the Ayurvedic philosophy. According to Ayurveda, one should adjust their diet in accordance with the seasons to prevent health problems throughout seasonal shift. It is simpler to select the ideal diet for summer when you understand how food affects taste and energy. Additionally, bear in mind that how you eat is just as important as what you eat.
Ideal daily regimen to be healthy
Morning (Things to do)
- Wake up early between 4.30 am- 5.00 am or 45 min before sunrise.
- Drink 1-3 glasses of water kept in a copper vessel.
- Evacuate your bowels regularly & wash your hands, feet, and face.
- Danta – Dhavan – Brushing teeth (Neem, Babul, Khadir, Pilu Meswak)
- Jivha Nirlekhana (Tongue scraping)
- Gandusha/ Kavala – Gargling & Mouth rinsing with medicated water.
- Nasya – 2 drops instillation of medicated oil in each nostril.
- Exercise (according to season).
- Self–body massage with oil followed by powder (according to season)
- Bathing & Grooming.
Ratricharya (Night Regimen)
- Supper – Within 3 hours after sunset or 8 pm & bedtime- 2 hours after supper (10 pm)
- Eat when you are hungry, at a regular time, in the right quantity (Based on Agni), warm meals, a balanced diet (food containing all six tastes (Rasa), neither too fast nor too slow & compatible foods.
Seasonal regimen: Ayurveda Diet for Summer
- Light digest, sweet, unctuous, cold, and liquid foods, are preferred.
- Intake of cold water, buttermilk, fruit juices, meat soups, mango juice, and churned curd with pepper are recommended.
- Salty, pungent and sour foods, alcohol are to be avoided.
- Excessive exercise or hard work is to be avoided.
- Staying in cool places, cool breeze at night, applying sandalwood and other aromatic pastes over the body, adorning with flowers, wearing light dresses and sleeping during day time are helpful.
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