Vibrant Living Summer Tips

Published by Annie Barrett: 
June 11, 2019

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Vibrant Living Summer Tips

As summer heats up in your area, Ayurveda has sound advice for staying healthy through the season.

Stay Cool, Calm, Content and Hydrated.

Summer Eating Tips

  • Eat more foods that are sweet,  bitter, and astringent as these will cool the body. Enjoy coconut, cucumber, all fresh veggies in season, and all greens. Drink green smoothies, and eat colorful salads, basmati rice or quinoa pilafs, mint and cilantro.
  • Enjoy the juicy fruits of summer as these will hydrate your body and are gentle on digestion. Enjoy melon, watermelons, grapes, apples, pears, plums.
  • Eat less foods that are pungent, sour, salty as these flavors create more heat in the body. Reduce coffee, salty chips, salsa, pickles, alcohol, red meats and cheese.
  • Sip cool or room temperature water or herbal tea throughout the day to stay hydrated.
  • Eat at regular meal time and avoid snacking to facilitate easier digestion.
  • Eat  your largest meal at midday when your digestive fire is at its peak.
  • Eat an earlier, lighter dinner for less burden on the body and better sleep.

Summer Living Tips

  • Wear light colored clothing, loose cotton, linen and silk to stay comfortable and cool
  • Avoid excessive physical activity during midday heat, as it can be draining.
  • Do your yoga or movement practices in early morning and in the evening.
  • Cook in the morning before it gets hot.
  • Carve out time each day to rest, rather than push yourself.
  • Make time to daydream! Sit in a hammock and watch the treetops and clouds.
  • Spend time in nature. Swim, hike, float, paddle, stargaze,
  • Nourish your skin and sooth your senses with daily self massage using coconut oil.
  • Protect your skin from the sun. Use a zinc based sunscreen and aloe for your skin.
  • Enjoy cooling and calming essential oils such as rose, sandalwood, jasmine or lavender.​
  • Embrace Easeful Living. Don’t over-commit yourself or you’ll feel burned out by fall!

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