Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine from India, has specific diet recommendations for the monsoon season. According to Ayurveda, the monsoon season is characterised by increased humidity, moisture, and cooling temperatures, which can affect the balance of doshas (energies) in the body. Here are some Ayurvedic tips for maintaining health during the monsoon:
Diet recommendations for the monsoon
Diet: During the monsoon, it is advisable to favour warm, cooked, and easily digestible foods. Include warming spices such as ginger, black pepper, cumin, and turmeric. Avoid heavy, oily, and fried foods, leading to indigestion and sluggishness.
Hydration: Stay hydrated during the monsoon season by drinking warm water, herbal teas, or soups. Avoid drinking too much cold water, as it can weaken digestion. To boost your immunity, you can also sip on warm ginger tea or herbal concoctions like tulsi (holy basil) tea.
Avoid street food and unhygienic eating: The monsoon season is known for increased waterborne diseases. Avoid eating street food or food from unhygienic places to prevent infections. Instead, opt for freshly prepared home-cooked meals.
Boost immunity: To strengthen your immune system during the monsoon, include immune-boosting herbs and spices in your diet. Some beneficial herbs include tulsi (holy basil), neem, ashwagandha, and giloy. Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner for appropriate herbal supplements if needed.
Maintain personal hygiene: Keep yourself clean and dry during the monsoon season to prevent fungal infections and skin problems. Take warm showers and dry yourself thoroughly. Pay special attention to areas prone to fungal infections, such as between toes and fingers.
Lifestyle: Maintain a regular daily routine and adequate sleep during the monsoon season. Avoid excessive physical exertion and try to maintain a calm and stress-free mind. Practice gentle yoga, meditation, and pranayama (breathing exercises) to promote overall well-being.
It’s important to note that these suggestions are general guidelines, and individual recommendations may vary depending on your unique constitution and health conditions. It is always advisable to consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner before significantly changing your diet or lifestyle.
— Dr. Mahesh Krishnamurthy