Since heat increases circulation, increased blood flow is a natural effect of summer. The extra blood flow heats up the liver, forcing it to work harder. Extra blood flow strains and overstimulates your liver, and aggravates fiery Pitta dosha. Spicy food, alcohol, or too much clothing on a hot summer day compounds these effects. Bile, which is hot and irritating in nature, irritates you and increases inflammatory conditions. Your intestines might even feel hot and painful.
When your liver is strained, you lose perspective and patience. A strained liver can't keep handle stress hormones, and you will become reactive, and your emotions fiery and passionate. You may experience an aggravated liver as volatile anger, shame, jealousy, or envy. Your liver, when overstimulated, is especially reactive and sensitive to the imperfections of people closest to you.
Pleasant, soothing remedies can restore equanimity to your exhausted, overworked liver. For fast relief, simply wash your face with cool water. Calm breathing, gentle twisting yoga poses, and a cool room can cool down an overworked liver. You may feel an initial wave of nausea in a twisting pose before the sweet relief comes. It will be well worth it. Internally, pear juice, coconut water, and raw cabbage juice are all cooling remedies to help your relationship survive the summer!
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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