Ayurveda divides the year into six seasons, based on movement of sun. According to the science, the onset of the monsoon is the ideal time for restoration of strength on loses during summer. The sudden onset of changes in temperature and humidity weakens the digestive system and leads to digestive disorders such as bloating, constipation, gas, acidity and indigestion. Dr Manoj Kutteri, Wellness Director at Atmantan Wellness Centre, lists a few dietary changes you can make this monsoon to better your health.
Go Easy On Leafy Greens
Since the rainy season is also the breeding time for microbes, it is also important not to overdo leafy greens. Instead of the leafy green vegetables, opt for Karela, Lauki, Parwal, Tinda, Ash Gourd, Pumpkin, Ivy gourd, Yam and sweet potatoes etc.
Avoid Spicy And Salty Food
Spicy, Salty and oily foods are to be totally avoided during monsoon, as this will cause difficulty in digestion resulting in more indigestion, bloating and also water retention.
Consume More Seasonal Food
Focus to be given on boosting the immune system and gut health. Hence fruits that are seasonal can be consumed. Fruits such as papaya, pear, pomegranate, plus, apples, cherries. Jamuns, guava etc. are the best inclusions in your diet. One must avoid summer fruits such as musk melon, watermelon and cantaloupes etc.
Opt Out Of Eating Unhygienic And Junk Food
Since the monsoon season is prone to develop foodborne infections, one has to stay away from unhygienic food and drinks. Junk eating and untimely eating can make the digestive system further sluggish. Poor eating and lack of exercise can further upset the microbiome of our gut and impact all bodily functions. Nausea, vomiting and stomach pain are commonly seen in people owing to the consumption of poorly handled roadside food and water.
Drink Lots Of Water
Drink lots and lots of water so as to help flush out toxins from your system. Drinking water can also help boost your digestive system. Ayurveda believes in a concept known as Ama, which are the toxic metabolites created after digestion. Water intake helps to reduce this to a great extent. Besides this one can also resort into monsoon specific herbs such as ginger, clove, garlic, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, Ajwain, lime etc.
It is recommended to avoid foods that are too heavy, oily, deep fried, spicy and acidic in nature as they lead to vata and pitta imbalance in the body. Instead eat foods that are good for digestion and help your overall health including honey, wheat, soup made of pulses, spiced buttermilk etc. Some of the easily digestible spices during monsoon are garlic, hing, pepper, ginger, turmeric, cumin and coriander. They also provide excellent nutrition.
Make Herbal Tea Your Friend
Natural and herbal teas such as lemon, ginger and green tea have antibacterial properties. They keep your body immune, soothe your sore throat and fight other body disorders. An Ayurvedic herbal tea made by adding a pinch of mulethi, pepper, long pepper and ginger is ideal to consume. It also helps to improve digestion.
Also read: Ayurvedic Tips To Maintain A Healthy Heart And Lifestyle
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