Summer balance

If we know how to handle the fire element in our body during the warm season we can avoid the common health issues during the summer, especially if your dominating element is pitta.

If the fire element in our body is out of balance we can get problems with our digestion, skin and hair related issues, eye related symptoms and low immune power and blood pressure variation. Mentally we get uncontrolled stress, easily irritated and short tempered. By taking some extra care in our food and lifestyle we can avoid excess fire in our body-mind systems, which is very important in the summer season, especially for the pitta dominant body types, who has much chance to get out of balance during this period.

Please see my Ayurveda food and lifestyle advice to balance your fire element during this summer:

1.Cooling food

Make a few small changes in your diet and add the food that has cooling properties. The daily use of the following vegetables can help to balance the fire element in your body:

  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Potato
  • Peas
  • Alfalfa and Sunflower sprouts

Most of these vegetables and herbs can be cultivated in Europe during the summer season. Dill and parsley can be grown in pots on your veranda or balcony. Alfalfa and sunflower can be sprouted in your kitchen.

Fruits that can help to balance the fire element in your body:

  • Pear
  • Melon
  • Prunes
  • Cherries
  • Dates
  • Raisins

You find more extensive lists of pitta balancing food in the book Food from my village (Maten från min by).

(If your kapha is out of balance avoid cucumber, prunes, melon, cherries, and dates. People with vata domination or vata imbalance should avoid melon and pear and only eat raisins and sprouts in small amounts.)

2.Drink enough water

Drink enough water during the day. But remember to avoid drinking with your meals.


3.Avoid direct sunlight

Stay in the shade during the warmest hours of the day.


4.Cooling activities

Spend time in or on the water. Slow swimming, canoeing or stand up paddling are soothing activities for balancing pitta. Taking a short nap (15 to 20 minutes) in the middle of the day is good for pitta dominated people as is calming meditation practices – see my book Yoga is my therapy (Yoga är min terapi) for examples.

For more advice on balancing your dominant element and achieving your optimal physical and mental health, please refer the book Ayurveda for your mind (Ayurveda för ditt sinne) or Guidelines for Pitta on this website.

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