We all eagerly look forward to monsoon after the scorching summer heat. But, monsoon does bring with it, its fair share of diseases and infections, as your immunity is likely to hit an all-time-low during monsoon season, and this is particularly true in the case of children and elderly. This is when you should turn to Ayurveda to boost your immunity and remain free of infections and diseases. Ayurveda believes there will be an increase of vata and pitta this season. Here are some tips which you can help you remain disease-free this monsoon.
- Take warm water baths. An oil bath is recommended once a week. For this, combine sesame oil and neem oil in equal proportions and use this to massage your body. Wait for 20 minutes before following it up with a hot bath. This will help in keeping skin infections at bay, and will also help in blood and lymph circulation.
- Foot care should not be ignored during monsoon. As far as possible avoid getting into direct contact with dirty water. Always dry your feet immediately after you wash them. Clip your toenails so that they don’t trap moisture, which is likely to lead to fungal infections. It is particularly important for diabetics to take care of their feet during this season. Wear footwear even within home so that your feet don’t absorb the dampness, which could aggravate vata dosha.
- Just as it is essential to remain hydrated during summer, it is a must to remain hydrated in monsoon too, to keep your metabolism kicking. But ensure that you drink only warm water. Cold beverages and water should be completely avoided. Intake of warm soup is also a healthy option.
- Gargling with water medicated with ‘yashtimadhu’, pinch of turmeric and salt, helps in prevention of frequent cold and cough.
- Food that leads to vata-pitta imbalance such as the ones having bitter, hot and astringent taste should be avoided, as already the digestion would be low this season, and excess intake of such food may cause gastritis, bloating etc.
- Do not consume salads and uncooked foods, as they may contain germs and may cause digestive issue. Replace curd with buttermilk, and avoid hard-to-digest food like redmeat.
- Include cow’s ghee, rice, lentils, lean meat, wheat, and carminative spices like ginger, garlic, pepper, turmeric, fenugreek, cumin and asafoetida in your diet.
- Avoid ice cream, frozen food and oily food items.
- Herbal teas made of Tulsi and other spices are ideal in boosting digestive system.
- Mosquito menace is a common problem during monsoon. Fumigate your home at least once a day with the smoke of dried neem leaves to keep mosquitoes away.
- Avoid sleeping during the day, particularly after a meal, as it slows down your metabolism.
- Monsoon is the best season to undergo Panchakarma therapy, for remaining healthy all through the year (also known as ‘Sukh Chikitsa’).
- Just because it is monsoon season, and you cannot step out, exercising should not be avoided. Although strenuous exercising should be avoided this season, ensure that you remain physically active by exercising indoors. Yoga, stretching, walking, and other gentle exercises are good.
- Monsoon is the ideal season for fasting, especially for those who are often socializing and involved in erratic eating habits. Observing a weekly or fortnightly fast during monsoon helps in improving your digestive fire, but, fasting should be avoided by diabetics and people with specific health conditions.
- Keep your surroundings clean, and do not allow water stagnation.
Follow these guidelines, and enjoy a health, disease-free monsoon!!