|Keeping Healthy during monsoon with Ayurveda|
Following changes in diet and lifestyle are advisable during monsoon by Ayurveda:
- Consume light and fresh foods prepared from barley, rice, and wheat.
- Include cow’s ghee, lentils, green gram, rice and wheat in daily diet.
- Consume small piece of ginger with rock salt before every meal.
- Use sour and salted soups of vegetables. Onion and other vegetables.
- During cooler days due to heavy rains, sour, salty and oily diet preferred.
- Drinking of boiled and cooled water mixed with little honey is recommended.
- Addition of ginger and green gram in daily diet is beneficial.
- Eating of warm food and avoiding uncooked foods and salads is better.
- Drinking of the excess of fluids to prevent further slowing down of metabolism is advisable.
- Avoidance of consuming stale food is beneficial.
- Consumption of leafy vegetables needs to be avoided during monsoon.
- Avoidance of curds, red meat and any foodstuff, which takes longer time to digest are good during the monsoon. One may have buttermilk instead of curds.
Lifestyle during monsoon:
Consumption of a healthy diet only may not provide desired results unless it is supported by lifestyle beneficial for monsoon. Following are the tips for the important changes in the lifestyle of the rainy /monsoon season.
- Avoiding sleep in the daytime is good as it hampers digestion and slows down the metabolism.
- Over exertion and overexposure to the sun, especially in the afternoon, is required to be avoided.
- Keep the surrounding dry and clean and not to allow water to get accumulated around.
- Keep body warm, to protect any attack from viruses as and when body temperature goes down.
- Avoid entering into the air-conditioned room with wet hair and damp clothes.
- Avoid walking in dirty/dampened water.
- Feet are required to be kept dry.
- Avoid getting wet in the rains. However, if it happened, changing into dry clothes as soon as possible is essential in order to avoid exposure from infections, as immunity is naturally low during monsoon.
- Use of Fumigation disinfectants like Loban and dry neem leaves for drying clothes and killing insects/bacteria is recommended.
- Best the season for conducting Panchkarma for keeping healthy throughout the year.
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