In Ayurveda, the ancient healing art of India upon which Aveda is based, our bodies are governed by doshas—kapha, vata, or pitta—that determine our fundamental constitutions. These doshas correspond with the earth’s elements, which explains why we are so influenced by changes in the weather.
In the summer, says Helga Hefner, Aveda Manager of Professional Skin and Spa Education, no matter your dosha, you’re apt to be a little fierier, and therefore, it’s a good idea to focus on activities and foods that cool the body. Here’s how:
1. Eat Seasonally
If you consume more of what nature gives us in summer—think melons and peaches—you’ll be taking in more high-water-content foods, which will keep you well-hydrated. Green salads are also considered high-water-content foods. Helga also loves fruit-infused water.