According to Ayurveda, during monsoon, Vata (air) is aggravated and pitta (heat) is accumulated in the body. Too much humidity creates fermentation and acidic mucous or a cough and congestion. During monsoon, many people suffer from vomiting and diarrhea because of high pitta or a cough and congestion because of humidity. By the end of monsoon, many people start feeling a lot of gas formation or joint pain, because of aggravated Vata (air).
How to balance your Prakruti during Monsoon to stay Healthy?
1. For cough, cold and congestion:
Diet: Avoid taking wheat items and milk.
- Fresh Basil leaves – 20
- Cinnamon sticks – 1 inch long
- Black peppercorns crushed – 3
- Fresh ginger crushed – 2 inches long
- Fresh turmeric – 2 inches long (or 1 tsp. turmeric powder)
- Jaggery (optional) – as a sweetener
- Water – 4 cups
- Boil the ingredients in water and reduce it to two cups. Filter and drink warm, 3-4 times a day.
2. For vomiting and acidic feeling :
Diet: Avoid spicy, sour and fermented foods and pickles.
- Black Raisins (Manuka) 20 Nos.
- Liquorice (Jeshtimadhu) powder ½ Tsp.
- Mirobalan (Amla) powder 1 Tsp.
- Cumin seed (Jeera) powder ½ Tsp.
- Fennel seed (Badi saunf) powder ½ Tsp.
- Dry Ginger (Sont) powder ¼ Tsp.
- Cardamom (Elaichi) powder ¼ Tsp.
Soak black resins in one glass of water overnight. In the morning, smash the raisins well and filter. Add all other ingredients in the filtered raisins water and drink in the morning on empty stomach.
3. For Diarrhea:
Diet: Stay on khichadi
Home remedy: Pomegranate juice (3-4 glasses daily).
4. For Joint Pain:
Diet: Avoid wheat, maida, fried and fermented foods, red meat. Have lots of vegetables.
- 1 tsp cumin seed powder
- 1/2 tsp dry ginger powder
- 1/4 tsp ajwain seed powder
- 1/2 tsp Black Salt
- 1 pinch of asafetida
- Mix well in half a glass of water and drink 2-3 times a day.
General Dietary Guide Lines for Monsoon
Spice up your food, not just with chillies, or by reducing the chillies. Use garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, asafetida, turmeric. Keep the gas away and the keep the immune system normal.
Many people get swelling in the body during monsoon. Hence, avoid wheat, rice, and sour food, as they create more swelling.
- Have more of Mung Daal, Chickpea lentil, Oats, Corn, Ragi, Khichadi, Millet Rottis.
- Vegetables like snake gourd, bottle gourd, green gourd, soft gourd, pumpkins.
- Fruits: Seasonal fruits like pomegranate, apple, litchi, cherry, Banana, papaya.
- Fasting 3-5 days in a month only with mung and vegetable is very much recommended.
- Once a week, follow only-water fasting. This burns all the toxins and keeps digestive fire active.
These were some proven natural monsoon health care tips which can safeguard your body.
Stay safe this monsoon, with our monsoon health care tips, backed by the power of Ayurveda!
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