The heat of the summer seeps into our system, saps away our strength and leaves us dehydrated. Ancient Indian scriptures advice an Ayurvedic regimen for all, which helps to avoid dehydration and to maintain vitality.

What to avoid during summer months:

Strenuous exercises
Going out in afternoons when the heat is at its peak
Pungent, sour and salty foods
Foods that produce heat within the body
Alcohol. Wine may be taken, well diluted, if necessary

Wine if taken in summer months can cause weight loss, flabbiness of the body, acidity, fainting and may occasionally lead to, delirium and delusion in some people.

Recommended activities during the summer months:
Use perfumes with sandal fragrance regularly.
Wear thin and light clothes.
Have an afternoon nap.
Go for a soothing walk, in the evening, near the beach or river.
Take bath(s) with cold water.
Stay indoors as far as possible
Light a fragrant incense inside the house
During the nights spend time on the terrace
Spend time with friends or relatives singing, chatting and playing.

Food Recommended

Make sure to consume foods that cool the body and are sweet. These include Rice, buffalo's milk and ghee

Drinks Recommended

Fruit juices and tender coconut water are highly recommended.

Besides these, Ayurveda recommends a few fragrant drinks to be taken more often to cool and revitalize the body during the summer months. Ideally, these drinks must be stored in a new mud pot and consumed cold.

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