Pattern of diet in Monsoons

In my last monsoon post, I got many queries about a specific pattern of diet in Monsoons.
Let’s have a look first, what happens to our body systems in Monsoons according to Ayurveda
According to ayurvedics there is accumulation and aggravation of the two doshas – vata and pitta

1. Vata
Accumulates during the dry or dehydrating heat of the summer. It becomes aggravated during the rainy (Monsoon) season which causes weakened digestion, acidic atmospheric conditions and gas produced from the earth.
This is the main reason for increased joint pains in Monsoons.

2. Pitta
Accumulates during the rainy season due to the acidic conditions of the atmosphere and a weakened digestion. It is aggravated during autumn when the heat returns. This occurs after the cooling spell of the rainy season. The food and lifestyle should thus be such which helps in balancing Vata and Pitta.

So here, we need to understand and follow a diet pattern which covers both of these transitions and keep you healthy in three adjoining seasons:

1. One should consume light and fresh foods prepared from barley, rice and wheat.

2. Including cow’s ghee, lentils, green gram, rice and wheat in daily diet is beneficial.

3. Consume small piece of ginger with rock salt before every meal to improve digestion. This is the most important tip to remember.

4. Use sour and salted vegetables for soup like tomato, broccoli, coriander, khatta chooka leaves. Avoid corns in the soup.

5. Drinking boiled water mixed with a very little honey is recommended as this helps detoxify the water that is infused with impurities due to the rain.

6. Add ginger and green gram in your daily diet.

7. Eating warm food and avoiding uncooked foods and salads is better.
8. Avoid consuming stale food.
9. Avoid curd, red meat and any foodstuff, which takes longer time to digest. One may have buttermilk instead of curd.

Vihaar in Monsoons
1. Get hot oil massages done (Abhyangam) every weak
This mode of treatment helps to get rid of various aches and pains that can crop up during monsoons like joint pains due to arthritis and weak bones.
2. Steam treatments that follow oil massages reduces the swelling, stiffness and pain in the joints and helps to relax the muscles.
So there are many things that can be done to avoid vitiation of doshas. We cannot follow everything at all the time but we try and follow 90% of the above things, I am sure, health will follow your way💗❤️

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