The chai-pakoda season is almost here and with it is the anticipation of some rainy relief from the sweltering heat. So how do you stay happy, healthy and free from monsoons complications like colds, diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, malaria, dengue, influenza and such?
According to Ayurveda, during the rainy season, the increase in the levels of humidity leads to fermentation inside the stomach which increases acidity, lowers immunity and bodily strength.
But you need not worry if you take precautions. You can enjoy the rainy season in India` to the fullest. What precautions to take?
Monsoon Do’s and don’ts according to Ayurveda
Don’t overdo the leafy greens, as rainy season breeds contamination, instead opt for Lauki, Karela, Tinda, Parwal, Yam, Sweet Potato, Brinjal, and Pumpkin.
Spicy and oily foods are a complete no-no - can cause indigestion, bloating and salt retention.
Sour or acidic foods are also to be avoided.
Steamed and well-cooked food is very good for health during the rainy season.
Cow milk is easily digestible and can be consumed during this season.
Try and replace Wheat and Maida with Barley and Gram.
Lunch should consist of all the six basic tastes - sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent.
Intermittent fasting is very beneficial for the body during the summer and rainy reason. But always consult your doctor before you begin anything like this.
Dinner should be very light and two hours before bedtime.
Red Gram Lentil (Toor Dal) causes acidity and flatulence and its intake should be reduced.
Green Gram Lentil (Moong Dal) is the most easily digestible.
Black Gram Lentil (Urad Dal) is an antidote to excessive flatulence.
It is better to reduce the intake of non-vegetarian items including meat, pork, beef, and fish.
Curd can be consumed safely during this season till early evening only
Clarified butter (Ghee) made from cow’s milk is very good during this season as it helps digestion, boosts immunity, increases stress fighting capacity, and improves memory.
Light exercises such as yoga and jogging are very important to keep fit.
Stay hydrated even during the rains
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