1- Hold the ice – yes, even in summer

Loading up on chilled or frozen foods can be harmful, according to Ayurveda. The cold dampens your digestive fire, which minimises your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. This might seem counter intuitive in summer, but your body will thank you.

2 – Stock up on fruits and vegetables

Vegetables such as spinach, salad greens, celery and cucumbers are considered bitter and astringent in Ayurveda, pacifying the fiery pitta dosha and giving them a cooling effect. Especially cooling fruits include dates, figs and pomegranates.

3 – Keep the spices

There’s no need to ditch the hot meals in summer — just make sure you top them with cooling herbs like coriander and mint.

4 – Eat often

Go for lighter meals throughout the day in summer for optimum digestion.

5 – Add essential oils to your skin

Rose, sandalwood and vanilla used as a perfume (mixed with coconut oil as a base) help to keep your body cool.