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Are you enjoying Monsoon?

Updated: Jul 6, 2023

If you have noticed that you haven’t been able to take your usual portion of meal these past few days, well, you can blame the monsoon for this.

According to Ayurveda, the rainy season (Varsha Ritu) has a significant impact on our well-being. It's a time when the outside environment is cool and moist and the body's environment is dry. That is why in the Indian system we eat fried stuff during monsoon as the oiliness helps to balance the body. During the rains, our digestion can become weak, leading to decreased appetite and indigestion. Joint pain, stiffness, and respiratory issues may also arise due to dampness.

Can we not do anything to protect ourselves? You may ask. Well of course you can. Here are some suggestions from Ayurveda to be healthy during this weather-

1. Pick your food wisely:

For our body to be properly functional we need to be thoughtful about what we eat. Here are some indications of what can be consumed.

  1. Grains: The good grains to include in the monsoon are Barely, Ragi and Besan.

  2. Fermented foods are sharp in nature. So, they are good to include in your diet

  3. Follow a balanced diet that includes warm, cooked foods and avoid raw or cold items. Incorporate easily digestible foods like soups, stews, and herbal teas.

  4. Lentils: Use more light lentils like moong, and masoor. Relish your pakoras fried in a good quality oil.

  5. Vegetables: use all the seasonal veggies and avoid Leafy veggies and raw salads

  6. Dairy: Avoid a lot of milk products as they are sticky and cause congestion, which can create mucus in your body. You can have milk with turmeric. Use good quality ghee in your diet to get moisture

  7. Fruits: Eat seasonal and local fruits available in your farmer's market.

  8. Spices: Include more sharp spices in your food like Dry Mango powder, pomegranate Powder, Tamrin, Kokam, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper, Hing,Ginger, Black Pepper.

2. Stay Hydrated:

Despite the cooler weather, it's essential to stay hydrated during the monsoon. Drink warm water or herbal teas to help flush out toxins and keep your body functioning optimally. One Good recipe is,

Take 1 cup of water and add a few ginger slices, Let is boil for 2-3 min. Strain the water and add some lemon. Relish your ginger tea.

3. Exercise Regularly:

Engage in regular physical activity to prevent the accumulation of toxins and maintain healthy circulation. Indoor exercises, yoga, or brisk walks during breaks in the rain are good options.

4. Maintain Hygiene:

With the increased risk of infections during the monsoon, it's crucial to maintain proper hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, avoid walking barefoot, and keep your living spaces clean and dry. You can use sandalwood or neem dhoop to keep the space dry

5. Manage Stress:

The rainy season can sometimes bring feelings of gloominess and lower energy levels. To maintain overall well-being, it's crucial to manage stress. Engage in activities that help relax your mind, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or pursuing hobbies that bring you joy. Adequate rest, a balanced routine, and positive social connections can also contribute to emotional well-being during this season.

By incorporating these Ayurvedic practices into your daily routine, you can enjoy the monsoon season while safeguarding your health and well-being.


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