Monsoons reduce the immunity of our body and make us vulnerable to several diseases which are commonly associated with this season. Here are few vital Ayurvedic tips to follow during the rains –
1. Bitter taste neutralizes Pitta, so eat a lot of bitter vegetables like bitter gourd (karela), and bitter herbs like neem, fenugreek, and turmeric as it prevents infection.
2. Cooked or steamed vegetables like pumpkin, steamed salads, fresh seasonal fruits, moong daal, corn, wheat and oatmeal are all great options to keep your digestive tract in check this monsoon.
3. Avoid heavy, hot, acidic, sour (pickles, chutneys, chilies, yogurt, curry, etc.) and salty foods as it promotes water retention, indigestion, hyperacidity and bloating. Avoid deep fried foods, junk food and meat as well.
4. Use olive oil, corn oil and sunflower oil for cooking as they are lighter. Avoid heavy oils like mustard oil, butter, peanut oil, and other heavy oils.
5. For better digestion during monsoons, add a pinch of salt, pepper, long pepper and some ginger to hot water and have it once a day.
6. Drink a glass of warm water mixed with a tea spoon of honey in empty stomach. This flushes out accumulated toxins.
7. Do not practice heavy exercises like running, cycling etc. Yoga, walking, swimming, and stretching are good.
8. Cut your nails very regularly. Moisture between them, will invite infection.
9. To avoid skin infections and itching, it is ideal to add 1 or 2 spoons of neem oil to half a cup of sesame oil and use this for massage before hot water bath, at least once a week.
10. Self-massage with sesame oil at least twice a week would keep you healthy during the rainy season.
The above tips are very beneficial for maintaining good health during the monsoons. In addition, following these tips will get you used to developing healthy lifestyle habits.