On a nice hot summer day, who does not want to eat a good ice cream cone? It is a real pleasure that is good in the mouth but a little less in the belly. Finally, that's how I like to explain it to my children!
For our digestive system, everything that is ingested drink or food, and that is cold or iced is a shock. Think of it, through the process of homeostasis, our body works relentlessly day and night to normalize its temperature to about 37.5 degrees Celcius. When you eat or drink cold, the digestive system is grasped and contracted. You thus affect your digestive fire, which is, according to Ayurvedic principles, essential for the maintenance of good health.
At all times, I strongly suggest that you avoid drinks containing ice cubes. The restaurants have the bad habit of serving us a big glass of water filled with ice cubes upon our arrival. Ask for your ice-free water next time and you'll see the difference. For the Pitta dosha, a little bit of cost suits him well, but for Vata and Kapha who have respectively irregular and slow digestion, this affects them more.
Here are some refreshing tips that will not extinguish your digestive fire this summer:
You can brew homemade teas and let them cool to room temperature. Mint, fennel, coriander and rose have digestive and refreshing properties. I like to add cardamom to these choices in my teas not only for the taste but for its soothing and digestive properties. It harmonizes well with these other herbs. Make your own recipes with these herbal choices or try mine.
Infuse 15 minutes 1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds, the grains of 2-3 cloves of cardamom slightly crushed and fresh mint leaves in 2 cups of water. Pour into a cup and let cool to room temperature if it is very hot. Sugar with a little maple syrup. A true delight!
The sour taste of yogurt is aggravating for the Pitta dosha. But by diluting it in equal amounts with water, it becomes refreshing.
Dilute 1/2 cup whole yoghurt in 1/2 cup water. Add a few drops of maple syrup, the ground kernels of a cardamom pod and 2-3 mint leaves minced. Mix well with the robot and enjoy fresh but not cold.
And what about ice cream?
If you do not abuse, the ice cream is fun and therefore, is not harmful to health. However, choose well. The ice cream is made of pasteurized milk and is of course served cold. A good combination for digestive disorders such gas and bloating. To help, I suggest sprinkling your ice cream with ground cardamom grains. It's delicious with all the flavors! Plus, choose a natural ice cream with as few ingredients as possible. Many ice creams on the market contain preservatives. But by looking good, you will find in ice cream shops ice cream containing only cream, milk and sugar. The vegan choices of coconut ice cream are also a good choice.
The best time of the day to consume your ice cream and lunch while your digestive fire is at its peak.