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Cooling Foods in Ayurveda

Updated: Sep 3

Cooling foods to reduce Pitta, heat in your body and mind. Learn how to eat and drink your way out of excess Pitta.

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Cooling Foods in Ayurveda

It’s been a long, sweaty, smokey, hot summer and Pitta may have accumulated in your body and mind.

It’s time to alleviate that excess heat with cooling foods in Ayurveda. Before we learn how to to reduce excess heat from the body and mind with Ayurveda, let's learn about where this heat comes from and how it manifests in the mind and body.

Which Dosha is Responsible for Body Heat?

In Ayurveda, Pitta dosha is responsible for body heat. Pitta is described as hot, sharp, oily, and penetrating. When fiery Pitta flares up – we burn up and burn out. That’s why reducing body heat with Ayurveda starts with reducing Pitta dosha.

Pitta heat manifests in many ways, including inflammation, skin conditions, migraines, acid reflux, loose stools, nausea, constipation, body odor, excessive sweating, unpleasant menstrual cycles, burn-out, and more. Beyond physical symptoms, Pitta shows up as mental heat – think short-fuses, hot tempers, burn-out, and fatigue.

Signs of Pitta Imbalance in the body and mind:

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Believe it or not, it’s easy to get heat out of the body with Ayurveda. Here are some ways to eat your way out of excess Pitta.

How to Cool Pitta and Reduce Body Heat with Ayurveda

Eat Cooling, Pitta-Reducing Foods

Your diet is one of the best ways to reduce body heat with Ayurveda. Foods with high water content, like watermelon and cucumber, can be both cooling and hydrating. You may want to start making your own green juices as well. Make a point of eating around noon, when your digestive fire is strongest. It's important to feed that fire, so you don’t burn up!

Along the same lines, you'll want to avoid foods that will heat up your body. Ingredients that can warm your body include chili, garlic, and most citrus fruits. If you normally enjoy hot beverages like tea, allow them to cool to room temperature before you drink them. While ice-cold drinks may seem like a great way to cool off, you should stay away from these beverages as well. Overly cold beverages can inhibit digestion, which can lead to overheating and discomfort.

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What foods cool down the body (and mind) by reducing Pitta dosha?

List of Cooling Ayurvedic Foods

  • Water-Rich Foods (Cucumber, asparagus, squash, zucchini, celery, etc.)

  • Beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cilantro, green beans, okra, parsnip, peas, potatoes, and rutabaga

  • Bitter greens (Dandelion greens, kale, spinach, chard, and beet greens. Avoid mustard greens)

  • Juicy Fruits (Mango, Papaya, Grapes, etc.)

  • Berries (Strawberries, Raspberries, Cherries, etc.)

  • Melon (Watermelon, Muskmelon, Cantaloupe)

  • Whole Grains (Rice, Quinoa, Oats, etc.)

  • Dairy (milk, butter, ghee)

  • Coconut

  • Almonds (soaked and peeled)

  • Moong dal (sprouted whole green moong makes a great cooling snack, or yellow moong dal)

  • Flax seed (cooling and helps relieve constipation)

  • Cooling Herbs (Dill, Cilantro, Corrainder, Rose)

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List of Cooling Ayurvedic Recipes

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List of Cooling Ayurvedic Drinks

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Cooling Foods in Ayurveda can reduce Pitta, heat and help you start feeling your best.

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More Tools to Help Your Maintain or Regain Your Cool

  1. Eat Cooling, Pitta-Reducing Foods

  2. Do Light Exercise in the Morning or Evening as part of your Ayurvedic daily routine

  3. Reduce Pitta with Ayurvedic Oil Massage

  4. Dress in Pitta-Cooling Clothing

  5. Hydrate with Cooling Herbs

  6. Reduce Intensity in the Mind and Life

  7. Practice Pranayama Breathwork

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