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7 naturopathy tips to stay cool this summer!

Summer seems to have arrived early in India with the maximum temperature already hovering about two to 5 degrees Celsius above normal in several parts of the country. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts that thanks to the evolving El Nino phenomenon and climate change, summer in 2019 is going to witness temperatures soaring through the roof.

The early onset of summer means there is a high probability of heat waves that will gravely affect human health. If you are not aware, when your body is exposed to extremely high temperatures, your circulation and heat-regulation mechanism fails. If you are not cooled down, it can even be fatal. Fortunately, you can combat heat with the help of naturopathy therapies. This ancient science of natural health advocates that the key to living a good life is in finding balance. So, when things get heated up outside, the perfect solution would be for you to cool down – physically, emotionally and mentally.

So, do you want to prepare yourself for the summer? Here are natural ways to cool down and remain healthy that experts from the naturopathy centre near Mumbai recommends.

Do not eat food that heat you up

The mercury outside is boiling as it is, you do not need to add on to the heat by eating foods that rev it up. So, go easy on spicy food items like, hot peppers, chilies, curries and salsas. Sour foods, such as cheese, yoghurt and sour cream also add heat in summer season. If you eat excessively salty foods, your body will be left dehydrated. You can consume small amounts of black pepper, ginger and cumin, but stay away from cayenne. Also, stay away from garlic, tomatoes, onion, spinach and beets, as well as, alcohol.

Eat foods that have a cooling effect

Bitter, sweet and astringent food items are the ones that you should consume. For example, butter, milk and ghee. Sunflower, olive and coconut oils are great for balancing the body temperature with the heat outside. Sweet, ripe fruits are great, such as cherries, avocados, grapes, plums, mangoes, peaches and pineapples. Mint and cilantro are also excellent. You can drink lots of juices made of these two ingredients to stay cool. Cucumbers, asparagus, broccoli, sweet potatoes, zucchini, green leafy vegetables and green beans are also good for helping you cool down and beat the heat.

Stay away from cold drinks and ice

Yes, that’s correct. Do not put ice when drinking juice or water. You might think that ice is the ultimate balancer of heat, but it is not. It is important to cool down, but it is more important to have a healthy digestive system. Unless your digestive system is working properly, your body will not be able to separate the goods bits of the food you eat from the not-so-good bits. There is a balanced fire in the digestive system that allows your body to digest the food that you eat. When you drink cold drinks or iced-water, you are putting out of the flames of your digestive fire. So, stay away from cold drinks and ice, and opt for room temperature. This will be assimilated in your body faster and will also rehydrate you quickly.

Eat food at the right time

Eating food anytime you feel like is not going to help you. A critical part of balancing and staying cool is eating your main meal at the time when the digestive flames are the strongest. You must not skip meals and that is a surefire way to upset your digestive system.

Exercise

Do not stop working out because it is summer. But, you can change the time and workout when nature is most cool. Early morning is the perfect time to workout and the second best time is early evening. Going for a jog or run in the middle of the day when the temperatures are soaring is only going to cause you discomfort. Light exercise is recommending during summers like, swimming, walking and yoga.

Meditation

Naturopathy specialists believe that the different parts of the body are connected to one another. So, just cooling your body is not enough. You also need to cool your mind. You can do so by meditating. Just dial down your frazzled, busy mind and relax. You can listen to beautiful music or take a long walk amidst nature. You can also spend a weekend or week in a naturopathy wellness and retreat facility where you will live in the middle of lush green nature and be able to take therapeutic long walks without the cacophony of city life.

Ready to unlock the power of naturopathy to stay cool this summer? Talk to a naturopathy specialist to find out more.


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