Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of holistic healing that focuses on balancing and optimizing our body, mind, and spirit. Ayurveda teaches us that it’s essential to adjust our diet and lifestyles according to the seasons in order to remain healthy all year long. It’s important to note that instead of winter, spring, and summer, Ayurveda breaks up the year into three seasons:
Vata season - late fall to early winter
Kapha season - the coldest part of winter into the spring
Pitta season - late spring until early fall
Pitta season is a time of natural cleansing, according to Ayurveda, and it is when the fire and water elements are most active. As Pitta season approaches, here are a few adjustments Ayurveda recommends you make:
1. stay cool
As the heat rises, be sure to rest and keep cool. Drink plenty of water, relax in the shade when you need to, and don’t exert yourself during the hottest time of the day, or 10 AM to 2 PM.
2. eat cooling foods
Ayurveda recommends that you consume water-based, cooling fruits and vegetables during the Pitta season like kale, spinach, cucumber, grapes, peaches, mangoes, and strawberries. Also make an effort to eat many raw, sun-ripened foods such as tomatoes, zucchini, or bell peppers.
3. adjust your spice cabinet
As with the foods you consume, the spices you use to cook with should also be adjusted according to the seasons. During pitta season, Ayurveda recommends that you use primarily coriander, dill, cilantro, fennel, and cardamom.
If you’re interested in taking your understanding of Ayurveda to the next level, be sure to take a Dosha test in order to discover what your predominant dosha is. The three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) are what govern the universe, including our individual life forces. Your predominant dosha increases during its predominant season, so you should be sure to even further adjust your lifestyle and diet accordingly!
Finally, Ayurveda also tells us that no matter the season, it’s best to consume what’s growing in your local community. Support those local farmers! We hope this guidance helps you to welcome the Pitta season with a healthy balance of mind, body, and spirit.