Ayurvedic medicine holds summer to be when our “digestive fires are at their peak”. Summer is the season for the PITTA dosha (energy) which ties into the body’s metabolism. According to experts in Ayurvedic Medicine at the Kripalu Center’s Ayurvedic Program, in order to temper our system’s irritibility and keep inflammation down, it is important to avoid extreme temperatures- hot or cold. Keep air and food temps comfortable and mild when possible to avoid burning out the adrenal gland with extremes. For more information on Ayurvedic Medicine and philosophy, check out www.chopra.com/ayurveda, www.ayurveda,com, or for studies and cautions regarding ayurvedic practices, go to www.nccam.nih.gov/health/ayurveda. Do you want to know your dosha? go to www.jellybelly.com/ayurveda/assessment/dosha?gclid.
So, capitalize on the season of fired up metabolism! Enjoy the foods, natural foods, of summer and their sweet, bitter and astringent local flavors. Eat raw foods of nature, keeping heat to a minimum. Use the grill outdoors when you need some heat. Try some new foods from the farmers market or your CSA and search for new recipees from friends, farms, or internet. Summer is the time to play- so play with your food and experiment!
Play outside with your kids or your friends! Summer activities abound, so no excuses! Capitalize on your body’s fat burning mechanism… metabolism. The best time to exercise outdoors is early am or early evening when the sun and heat are not at their peak. It is essential to hydrate pre, during and post activity to avoid dehydration. Signs of dehydration are: Headache, Nausea, Fatigue, lack of sweat, feel chilled. Water is the best hydration, coconut water if you need electolytes replaced. Avoid Gatorade/ Powerade type drinks as they are full of chemicals, artificial sweeteners and artificial dye. According to Jane Clark, RD, sports nutritionist, the best post workout fuel is… Chocolate Milk! It’s fat, sugar and protein combination help rebuild muscle.
Play as a family- move together! here are some ideas:
-swim/spash/ soak (water ballons or sprinklers or water gun fight)
-Take a hike- trail, dunes, road… Crane’s Beach is wonderful for Dune Hikes in Ipswich. Trustees of the reservation has a great Summer Quest guide.
-Bike Ride/ Roller Blade
-Obstacle Course with Sprinkler
Summer is the perfect time to start exercising, eat well, and disconnect from TV/ Video games etc. ENJOY!