TOP 5 THINGS YOU SHOULDN'T DO THIS SUMMER

Updated: Mar 31



Hello there!


Summer is here again. This time, I bet that it will break all the records here in India and other parts of the world as well. Summer is really a time for us to detox, realign and take control of our lives. Ayurveda talks about the seasonal regimen and Greeshma Ritu (summer season) is the time when our energies are at rock bottom, the body is weary and tired of the heat. This should not deter you from enjoying life and just chilling out. So, here I am going to talk about 5 things you should not do this summer.


Without further ado, let's take them one by one and see how we can adjust ourselves to the physical and mental onslaught of the forthcoming scorching season.



1. GETTING DEHYDRATED

Dehydration happens when the body loses water to the extent of hampering our normal bodily functions. These are the signs, you should be looking for like Incessant thirst, dry mouth, bad breath, headache, dizziness and nausea, less urination or dark-colored urine, and never-ending fatigue & weariness. Sitting in air-conditioned rooms also can’t prevent you from getting dehydrated. Have you noticed the droplets of water running out of the vents of the AC units? The Airconditioner draws water from the environment and of course; you are in that environment too….


2. WEAR TIGHT SYNTHETIC CLOTHING:

Cotton and linen are the best for the outdoors. Cotton clothes breathe and absorb sweat faster. By virtue of physics, lighter color makes us cooler. So, wearing tight &darker shades is a total NO – NO this season.




3. EATING TOO MANY FATTY & PROTEIN RICH FOODS

During summer, our acid levels are already high and waiting to explode. High protein and fat-rich food further downgrade the whole digestive process. Indigestion, stomach upsets, flatulence, constipation are some of the undesirable outcomes of eating such food groups.


4. OVERLOADING WITH ICE CREAMS & CHILLED ITEMS

Who doesn’t like a cool ice cream cone or a bottle of chilled soft drink or a smoothie or crush? Well, half of the people will hunt me down with a rifle in their hands if I say to stay away from such items. Well, physiologically, consuming cold items gives an instant shock to the brain, food pipe, and finally the stomach. This rapid thermal transition has its repercussions as well. The sudden chillness shrinks the acid-producing glands in the stomach , and hampers its natural secretions after eating food. This downplays the act of natural mixing of gastric juices with food. This also perhaps slows gastric emptying and the food is in the stomach for a longer duration. This semi-digested food ferments easily when the acid medium is suddenly changed to an alkaline medium in the intestines. Gut health is of prime importance at all times especially in summers.,


5. GOING OVERBOARD DRINKING

Summer without a chilled beer and nice drink is unimaginable. Are you serious? Are you crazy? are the exclamations, I get, when I say a complete NO-NO to spirit. Alcohol has a downside on our bodies, as it dehydrates the body much faster. So, having a load of beer and also high on booze can make your digestive system weaker and puts an extra load onto the liver for cleaning up the mess. Kidneys also work double time and cry out to clear the water and flush the toxins out of the system as soon as possible.


So, just give time to your body to adapt to this seasonal change, spend time with your friends family, relax and let this season pass away smooth and uneventful for long and disease-free life.



This article is written by Dr. Danny Devasy, B. Sc., B.A.M.S., a seasoned Ayurveda practitioner with over 16+ years of experience. For any queries/suggestions/feedback, just drop a line in the comment section.

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