Cool Down with Ancient Wisdom

In the hotter months, we tend to feel drained. The reason being it takes more energy to cool the body down. Our bodies are designed to adapt to the heat, but coming in and out from an air-conditioned home or office never fully exposes us to the elements. For those of us who love to be active, enjoy having a clear mind, and lovers of the outdoors, it’s important to maintain a healthy temperature and not sacrifice our stamina. Extreme heat also adds stress to our body. When the body’s stress level increases we tend to have digestive upsets, skin trouble, decreased energy levels, and lowered immune system.

In Ayurvedic medicine, we are in Pitta season. The season of fire. In Chinese medicine you want to intake more Yin (cold) to balance out the heat (Yang).  Heat and cold are considered two pathogenic factors (factors that attack your body from the outside). Just like you would take precautions in cold and flu season, it is recommended to make certain efforts to keep your body balanced and healthy during the heat.

  1. Foods are one way to balance out the intense heat.

Indulge in more of these foods:

  • Watermelon

  • Cherries

  • Grapes

  • Cucumber

  • Broccoli

  • Zucchini

  • Asparagus

  • Kale

  • Mint

Avoid:

  • Yogurt

  • Sour Cream

  • Citrus Fruits

  • Spicy Foods

  • Meats

  1. Change up your exercise routine

It may be time to consider investing more time in your yoga practice and hanging up your running shoes. 

Focus more on these exercises:

  • Kayaking

  • Swimming

  • Restorative Yoga

  • Hiking

  • Biking

 Steer clear of these:

  • Hot yoga

  • High intensity training

  • Super competitive sports

  1. Use essential oils

I see essential oils as the icing on the cake. They aren’t necessary, but they definitely enrich your day to day.

Use These

  • Peppermint

  • Sandalwood

  • Jasmine

  • Eucalyptus

Avoid These

  • Cinnamon

  • Oregano

  • Thyme

  • Ginger

 

Through the remainder of this humid, heat filled summer I challenge you to be more conscious of eating cooling foods and to incorporate particular essential oils into your daily routine. Consider taking a dip in some water and always remember to relax.

 

Your Health Coach,

Gina Polce
www.rootshealthyliving.com

Victoria MorseIndigo Yoga