Ayurvedic monsoon diet.
The monsoon has come and with its advent there has been a change in your body chemistry. In this season your body undergoes a stage of aggravated pitta. Pitta, also known as fire element, is one of the three elements of your body which governs the metabolism, digestion and temperature of the body. Due to a higher amount of pitta, a sluggish digestion can be seen and you may be prone to various problems like indigestion, hyper acidity, skin rashes and other infections.
In the rainy season a high amount of humidity is present in the air which leads to a lack of vital fluids in your body. Lack of oxygen in the air also leads people to common sicknesses like breathlessness and weakness. This season our body faces low digestive power, low immunity and low strength. To avert these problems, you must follow some dietary and habitual change.
Experts say that, as monsoon is cold and dry you must choose to have light foods. Heavy foods and oily stuffs must be avoided at all cost. Always take foods that don’t go hard on your digestion system.
Foods that should be taken in monsoon:
For breakfast you can choose cow’s milk and cereals like barley and gram. These are easily digestible and light in nature. These also provide quick energy and do not lead to lethargy in your body.
Lunch must contain all the six types of tastes i.e. sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Start your lunch with a sweet fruit or a sweetmeat. Then go for the salty, sour and pungent foods for your main course. Give it a touch of finish by something bitter and astringent. This will both freshen up your mouth and aid you in digestion.
Dinner must always be very light. Rice and corn is advisable for the night. You can have some buffalo milk at the end of your dinner as it is proven to be very good for your night’s sleep.
Foods that should be avoided in monsoon:
As it is said earlier, heavy foods with lots of oils in them should always be avoided during a rainy season. The list of ‘to be avoided’ foods may contain
green and leafy vegetables,
wheat and maida,
foods that are excessively bitter or astringent.
To put an end to this discussion, only having or not having something as foods does not necessarily mean that you can live healthy during monsoon. You must follow some habits in this season. Do not forget to exercise for at least an hour. Take small amounts of dried almonds or pistachios as it will provide you energy necessary to do your chores.
Take Triphala (includes amlaki, haritaki and bahera) powder with water in the morning. For a deeper insight, consult with an ayurvedic doctor.
Follow the diet and enjoy monsoon!