5 Ayurveda Tips to Stay Healthy and Energetic in Summer | GQ India
“According to Ayurveda, staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining overall health, especially during summer when the risk of dehydration is higher due to increased sweating. However, the ideal suggestion is not to swallow large amounts of plain water, but rather to hydrate with water-rich and refreshing foods like melons, cucumbers, citrus fruits, salads, etc. adds Nyela Kapadia, fitness expert, founder of WWN and co-founder of Intermittent Fasting Mindful Living.
“In summer, eat white rice and lentils of a thin consistency. If you are not a vegetarian, eat lean meat and poultry soups. Use fresh banana leaves or silver containers to eat. Drink boiled and cooled water stored in an earthen pot flavored with herbs. Other suitable drinks are sherbets, fresh fruit juices made from sweetened fruits and lemon juice with sugar. Opt for coconut water in the evening and sugar cane juice during the day. Finally, eat seasonal fruits,” says Dr. Subhash Markande, Ayurveda expert at CGH Earth Wellness.
3. Practice yoga
Ayurveda recommends doing gentle workouts like yoga during the cooler times of the day. “The ancient philosophy of Ayurveda is an integral part of our culture and lineage. We know for a fact that the science of Ayurveda boosts immunity, reduces stress, improves gut health, improves cardio and neuro health , prevents disease and even corrects pathway imbalances.
One can start with simple Ayurvedic habits like indulging in cleansing rituals, making time for meditation and yoga during the day, and going to bed on time for an early morning! says Sharmilee Kapur, co-founder and director of Atmantan Wellness Center.
4. Protect yourself from the sun
Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of protecting your eyes and skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Experts recommend using sunscreen with high SPF and Ayurvedic oils to protect and nourish your skin and Ayurvedic eye drops to cool and refresh your eyes.
5. Maintain a sleep routine
“During the summer months, having a good sleep routine and sleeping before 10 p.m. is ideal, as a good night’s sleep helps nourish and strengthen the body and mind. It’s also good for achieving balance between vata-pitta-kapha. A gentle foot massage with pure sesame oil an hour before bedtime will help you sleep soundly,” concludes Dr. Manjula, Senior Ayurvedic Physician at Shreyas Retreat.
Finally, it is important to note that Ayurveda encourages individualized recommendations, so it is advisable to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner for personalized advice based on your unique constitution.