It’s a hot day here and we’ve been running around, doing errands, getting settled back into the home and garden after a weekend gettaway.
And you know what that means? Pitta flare up!
Both Boyfriend Yogi and I tend towards some pitta aggravation in our constitutions (he even worse than I).
So, what does that mean, you might ask? Well, in the simplest understanding of it all – in Ayurveda (the ancient wisdom of health, the sister science to yoga!) there are 3 main constitutions or doshas. We are each composed of parts of these 3 doshas but we tend to have aggravations (or dominance) in one or two of them.
For a concise, comprehensive over-view of the different doshas, click HERE.
When my pitta, or fire, gets aggravated, I tend to get impatient, irritable, woozy and I get nasty headaches.
I’ve learned, from experience that I have to take multiple cold showers a day to keep the headaches away when it gets to be hot.
I’ve also learned that one of the most important ways to control flare-ups is appropriate eating and drinking.
Avoiding spicy, hot, sour, oily foods is essential for me on hot summer days.
Smoothies, salads, fruit, coconut juice, frozen yogurt – all these things make me happy and cool on a summer day!
I love drinking cold mint tea or making cucumber-lemon-ginger infused water. Staying extra hydrated is important when the heat is up, and infusing water with cooling cucumber gives you an extra leg-up.
Today I whipped up a super quick and perfectly pitta-taming juice in the Vita-mix.
Try it out – it’s delicious, light, alkalizing, refreshing and immediately cooling for the body and mind!
1/4 organic seedless watermelon
1/2 organic cucumber (skin on)
2 tsp of so of lemon juice
a couple of ice cubes if you wish
Serve in a pretty glass, garnish with a mint sprig, and drink up!
To your health!