The summer heat’s got everyone down with a severe lack of energy, and letting our body build up toxins during this time can be detrimental.
When you combine a very obvious lack of exposure to the elements with overall high toxicity in the organism, you’re cooking a recipe for disaster, and a detox is absolutely necessary to get things back in order.
Through Ayurveda teachings, we’ve discovered the hundreds of ways our ancestors would be dealing with medicinal issues in the past, and they had some ingenious detox methods.
These remedies seemingly do it all, from cleansing the body to improving the quality of digestion, both of which are things that we need to survive high temperatures.
By doing this, we also promote some general well-being and body health, so keep reading to learn more about these Ayurveda practices and how you can implement them in your everyday life.
Much like you’d be more inclined to eat fatty foods during the winter, certain changes need to be made for the warmer months of the year, and while spring is somewhat of a transitory period, summer is definitely the time to do it.
This means giving up on certain foods for the time being and introducing some healthier alternatives, ideally with a lower fat content and higher amounts of fiber to help your digestive tract.
Another thing to keep in mind is your alcohol intake, which should be brought down to a minimum, while simultaneously increasing the amount of water you ingest every day, as staying hydrated is key to surviving the summer without any repercussions.
Making these small changes to your diet and lifestyle can go a long way, and if you persevere without giving up, you’ll notice some major improvements in your overall well-being and health.
Humans are comprised of what is essentially 70% water, and it’s why it’s so important to stay hydrated throughout the day.
The summer heat can make this a bit harder, as we continuously evaporate moisture from our skin in order to keep cool, at the expense of our body’s water reserves of course.
This is why we must have constant access to drinking water at all times in the summer heat, and it’s not uncommon for the average American to be extremely dehydrated without even knowing it.
A good trick is to carry around a water bottle with reminders on it, as it’ll help you keep track of your progress while also keeping you motivated to press on.
Natural and fresh-squeezed juices also count towards your daily water intake, but you should make sure to consume at least one gallon of fresh, drinking water every single day.
While this may sound a bit counterintuitive considering our main goal is to deal with the summer heat, you’ll be surprised to find out that people living in some of the hottest, most humid countries of the world drink tea in their free time.
From India to Bangladesh, herbal teas are an incredible part of their culture and have been a staple every morning and afternoon.
However, this tea is far from your average cup of chamomille, as it’s packed with energy and nutrients that you won’t find in other teas.
Caffeine is another thing commonly found in green and black tea, and it’s why consumption should be fairly limited, although there isn’t exactly an unhealthy amount you can drink.
Other herbal teas are just as, if not more important though, and by incorporating them into your daily habits, you could potentially see some huge improvements to your health.
Finally, we have some foods that can help the body cool down, and what better way to counter these high temperatures than an ice-cold watermelon or some cucumber salad?
Once again, the best way to cool down is to consume a lot of water, and these fruits and vegetables are known to have some of the highest water content out there.
Watermelon is practically nothing but water and just a bit of that red meat that we all love.
Other vegetables like kale, lettuce, and cabbage can also be used, although they may not be able to live up to the taste of pears, grapes, cucumbers, melons, and watermelons.
On the other hand, you should make sure to steer clear of foods that promote inflammation, meaning that spicy, oily, and heavy foods are off the menu for the time being.
While the majority of these adjustments are to your diet, you could and should find some time to meditate as well.
By looking inward, you can find true relaxation and get away from the summer heat to a place where it’s always cool and you’re calm and collected.
Keep stress levels down to a minimum and do things at a reasonable pace, you’ll soon realize just how easy it all was from the very start.