Smoothies to Cool Pitta

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Here are some helpful tips and recipes to help keep you feeling cool from the inside out!

First, if you are filling up your glasses with more ice cubes than water, stop there! Although it’s tempting, consuming ice cold drinks will make your body work harder in the digestion process. Working harder = more heat.  Room temperature water is the best choice for cooling yourself down while hydrating (add cucumbers and fresh mint for extra benefits and cooling properties!)

There are many foods that can help cool our bodies down through the summer months. Seasons play a large role in Ayuvedic practices, during which the foods we consume help to balance our doshas through out the year.  These two variations of a cooling smoothie will help to lower our body temperature and help correct any pitta (the dosha related to heat/fire) related discomforts - and they taste great!

Melon, Mint + Cucumber Smoothie

  • 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 2 cups cantaloupe chunks (from about 1/4 large cantaloupe)
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale or baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 3/4 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Blend until smooth.

Cantaloupe Smoothie

  • 1/2 fresh ripe cantaloupe (feel free to add or combine any of your favorite melons)
  • 1/2 cup water or almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder

Blend all ingredients together well in a blender.

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.