Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word that translates to the “science or study of life,” is an ancient Indian science that dates back over 5,000 years. It provides a holistic outlook on how diet and lifestyle affect our health.
Ayurveda focuses on the five elements—air, fire, ether, water, and earth—and their roles in nature. These five elements manifest their properties in humans to create the three doshas: Vata, which is made up of the elements of air and ether; Kapha, which is made up water and earth; and Pitta which is made up of fire and water.
According to Ayurveda, summer is a season rooted in the Pitta dosha. Since Pitta is hot, oily, light, sharp, and spreading, when this dosha is in balance you have naturally oily skin with a reddish tint, strong appetite and digestion, are sociable, have a good sense of humor and are goal-oriented.
But when we are in the midst of a season, the corresponding dosha tends to get out of balance and become extreme. For these reasons, acne, rashes, heartburn, indigestion, and a fiery temper are all more common in the hot summer months.
If you recognize some of these unbalanced Pitta qualities in you at the moment, have no fear. Here are five easy ways to bring your Pitta back into balance this summer: