Monsoon mosquito menaceFumigate your home every evening with the smoke of dried neem leaves to keep mosquitoes away.
Feet and fungal infections
Foot care in monsoons is a must because they tend to be in contact with water most of the time. It is especially important for diabetics to take care of their feet during this season. Avoid coming in contact with dirty water. If you do, wash your feet and dry them immediately. Keep toenails clipped so that they don’t trap moisture, which will lead to fungal infection. Always wear footwear even inside the home so that you don’t absorb the damp and cold that can aggravate the Vata Dosha.
Vata dosha can also be curbed by taking hot water baths. Take an oil bath at least once a week by combining sesame oil and neem oil in equal proportions. Use this oil to massage your body, wait for 20 minutes and follow with a hot bath. This will keep skin infections at bay and also help with blood and lymph circulation.
Dos and don’ts of diet
Staying hydrated is a must during monsoon to keep metabolism strong and one must drink only warm water.
Cold water or chilled beverages are to be avoided completely.
Warming soups with heating spices like ginger are excellent for this season.
Salads and uncooked foods should not be consumed as they may contain germs (even when washed) and cause digestive issues.
It is a good idea to forego curds, red meat and any foodstuff which takes the longest time to digest during the monsoon. One may have buttermilk instead of curds.
Drink a glass of lightly warm water mixed with a pinch each of long pepper powder and rock salt to stoke the digestive fire. This will help keep your digestion functioning well.
Do not sleep in the daytime especially after a meal as that slows down your metabolism.
Use plenty of hot carminative spices like ginger, garlic, turmeric, pepper, fenugreek, asafetida, cumin, etc. in your diet.
Ayurveda Diet –
Dos for Monsoon in Ayurveda
- Have simple and easily digestible food in monsoon. They should be dry in nature like chickpea, corn, gram flour, and oats. Having moong dal is advisable.
- To ensure removal of germs, drink only boiled water. Water should be consumed within 24 hours of boiling.
- Wash green vegetables thoroughly before eating, especially if you want to have them raw.
- One of the foremost rules for monsoon in Ayurveda is to eat according to the ability of your digestion.
- Know the capability of your jatharagni, i.e. digestive fire, when having food. Use spices such as pepper, ginger, asafoetida (hing), garlic, jeera powder, coriander and turmeric for enhancing your digestive capability. These help to improve your immunity too.
- The vegetables recommended in the season include yam (suran), snake gourd (turi), pointed gourd (parwal), gourd (dudhi), bitter gourd (karela), cluster beans (gavaar), and apple gourd (tinda).
- Stick to seasonal fruits during monsoons as the unseasonal ones can easily get infected with microbes. These include mangoes, pomegranates, apples, bananas, lychees, and cherries.
- In case you catch a cold, freshly prepared radish juice, along with a pinch of pipli and rock salt in warm water would help to lessen the trouble of mucous formation.
- Fasting is especially recommended in the monsoon season, particularly for people fond of socializing and erratic eating. You can gain a lot of health benefits simply by observing a weekly or fortnightly fast during monsoon. It helps to improve your digestive fire.
Don’ts for Monsoon in Ayurveda
- Avoid fermented foods which include idli, dosa, uttapam, and the like.
- Avoid sprouts, raw vegetables, refrigerated and sour foods. Foods that are sour include tamarind, various pickles, and chutneys.
- Heavy grains such as bajra and ragi should be avoided. Limit the intake of foods with high water content such as rice, muskmelon, watermelon, and lassi. These can lead to swelling.
- Foods that strain your digestive system such as buttermilk, yogurt, curd should be avoided.
- Avoid non-vegetarian foods in monsoon. The possibility of germ content is highest in non-vegetarian foods.
- Do not sleep during the day.
- Do not tire yourself with work.
- Avoid eating late at night. It is particularly important in this season.
- Perform only moderate exercises in monsoon such as light walks and simple yogasanas.
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