According ayurveda monsoon or varsha rutu reduce body immunity and make us susceptible for many viral infections. Ayurveda Monsoon Care help us to boost our immunity and resist diseases.
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First showers of monsoon are heartily welcomed by everyone after experiencing the scorching heat of summer. Rainy season is known as varsha rutu in ayurveda. (Read Rutucharya – Ayurvedic Seasonal Routine) But monsoons reduce the immunity of our body and make us susceptible to many diseases which are commonly associated with this season. It is time for us to keep our body resistant against diseases by boosting our immunity and taking precautions against these diseases.
Dosha Imbalance during rainy season
- There will be a reduced intensity of agni (metabolism), which can lead to indigestion or sluggish digestion.
- Impaired digestion leads to reduced absorption of nutrients and this leads to low immunity.
- Again reduction in nutrient supply to body causes low body strength.
Ayurvedic Diet for Rainy Season or monsoon
Since our agni or digestion power is low during this season, we have to consume foods which are easy to digest and also provide good nutrients.
Cereals which are more than 1 year old have to be used. Best cereals for this season rice, barley and wheat. Warm Rice Porridge (Yavagu) or broken wheat pudding can be used. Include sour (amla rasa), sweet (madhura rasa) and Salt (lavana Rasa) tasting foods in diet. Sour foods must be less in quantity. Use soups made from pulses and vegetables to increase protein supply. Soups must be more liquid in consistency with mild spices like cumin seeds (jeera), long pepper (pippali), ginger . Include ginger and green gram (moong) in daily diet. If you are a non vegetarian you can use meat soups with mild spices. Thin whey water (water portion of curdled milk which we get when we make paneer at home, or water which gets released from thick curd), grape wine and honey should be included in diet. Always eat fresh and warm food.
Always drink boiled water. Make it little warm before drinking. You can add a tea spoon of honey to a glass of warm water and drink twice daily.
Pollution of drinking water during monsoon is very common. It is very necessary to drink clean and pure water when water borne monsoon diseases like diarrhea and gastro intestinal infections threaten us. Drinking boiled water at home is strongly recommended to tap water. Prefer mineral water of government certified companies when you are away from home.
Foods to Avoid During Rainy Season
Any food which imbalances vata and pitta should be avoided. Never eat foods which are bitter (tikta rasa), pungent or spicy (katu rasa) and Astringent (kashaya rasa) in taste. Avoid foods which are heavy to digest like potato, Soybean (soy) , horse gram, Jackfruit etc. Keep refrigerated foods like ice creams, cold drinks, cold milk shakes etc at bay. Strictly say no to deep fried oily foods.
Ayurvedic Lifestyles to be followed during monsoon
- It is quiet obvious to feel lazy when it rains outside. Don’t allow laziness to dominate you. Practice indoor exercises, yoga and pranayama (deep breathing exercise). Do not overexert.
- Avoid frequent sex.
- Dont forget to carry umbrella or raincoat when you go out.
- Walking in dirty water during rainy season leads to numerous fungal infections which affect toes and nails.
- Diabetic patients have to take a special care about their feet. Always keep your feet dry and clean. Avoid walking in dirty water.Take care to dry between toes and sprinkle some powder to make sure it is completely dry.
- Keep your shoes, socks and raincoats dry and clean. Drying clothes with fumes of loban and dry neem leaves is recommended in ayurvedic texts.
- Once in a week massage your body with sesame oil or ksheerabala oil to boost skin health. You can add few drops of neem oil to enhance antimicrobial properties of these ayurvedic oils for body and hair. Always warm the oil before massage.
- Always take warm water bath.
- Never sit on floor without any mat or mattress. When skin comes in contact with cold floor it increases vata immediately.
- Do not sleep in afternoon or day time . It makes agni or digestive fire sluggish and exaggerates indigestion.
- Wear comfortable foot ware which have good ground grip and will not slip in wet roads. If it is too cold inside house wear slippers.
- Always keep the surroundings dry and clean. Do not allow water to get accumulated around.
- Keep your body warm as viruses attack immediately when body temperature goes down.
- Do not enter air conditioned room with wet hair and damp cloths.
- Dry your feet and webs with soft dry cloth whenever they are wet.
- Wash vegetables with clean water and steam them well to kill germs.
- Avoid eating uncooked foods and salads.
- Drink plenty of water and keep your body well hydrated.
- Do not allow kids to play in stagnant polluted water filled puddles.
Precautions for Diseases like Malaria, Jaundice and Diarrhoea during monsoon
The diseases associated with monsoon are malaria, jaundice, gastro intestinal infections like typhoid and cholera. Apart from these, viral infections like cold and cough also make their presence felt. Now new microbes like corona virus can prove fatal if our body immunity is low.
Puddles of water formed due to rain become breeding grounds for mosquitoes which spread diseases like malaria and dengue fever. As a precautionary measure against mosquito bite born diseases one can use mosquito net around the bed which is better choice to mosquito repellants like mats and coils. A mosquito repellant cream is the best choice when you are away from home. Fumigating the house with smoke of dried neem leaves in evenings for 1-2 minutes is an excellent ayurvedic method to keep mosquitoes away.
Precautions have to be taken to prevent dampness and growth of fungus (mold) on and around the house where asthmatic patients live. Avoid fumigation in case of asthmatic patients.
Ayurvedic Home remedies for Monsoon diseases
- Apply castor oil or sesame oil for cracked feet and skin.
- A freshly prepared paste of turmeric, neem and sesame seeds is recommended in ayurveda for fungal infection between toes.
- Drink a glass of warm water mixed with a tea spoon of honey in empty stomach. This flushes out accumulated toxins.
- Freshly prepared radish juice is the best remedy for cold.
- A pinch each of long pepper powder and rock salt or sendha namak mixed in warm water reduces cough
The following home recipes can be used as home remedies for digestive disorders of monsoon
Water -4 cups
Long pepper- 2or 3
Method of preparation:
Cook rice with recommended quantity of water with crushed ginger and salt. Powder long pepper and fry it in a spoon of cow’s ghee and add it to gruel. Consume this when it hot. This is very light to digest and relieves colic pain.
Rice -1/2 cup
Water – 4 cups
Ginger paste – 1/2 spoon
Salt to taste
Pomegranate juice: ½ cup
Method of preparation
1. Cook rice with recommended quantity of water with ginger paste and salt
2. Add pomegranate juice when the gruel is warm. This gruel rehydrates body and supply energy . This soothes inflamed walls of intestine and controls bowel movements.
½ cup of rice
4 cups of water
Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) – powder-1/2 spoon
Roots of pippali or long pepper
Ginger paste -1/2 spoon salt to taste
Method of preparation
Cook Rice, haritaki powder , roots of pippali and water together. Add salt to it.Consume this when it is warm. This relieves flatulence and regularizes the bowel movement
Thus precautions coupled with care really help you to enjoy monsoon. Have a healthy and safe monsoon.
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