Monsoons bring with them a lot of things—a respite from the heat, the lush beauty of nature, and cravings for everything hot and tasty. However, monsoons also bring with them changing temperatures and humidity, which can have an impact on the immune system.
Monsoons account for some of the highest cases of common waterborne diseases such as cholera, malaria and typhoid. The combination of heat and humidity may also weaken the skin barrier, making it prone to damage. These may affect the immune system and, as a consequence, affect people’s ability to enjoy this season to the fullest. Hence, to make the best of this season, it is important to stay healthy and happy.
Ayurveda For A Healthy Monsoon?
Ayurveda is a traditional healing method. This means that more than treating superficial wounds and diseases, it believes in healing the body from within or enabling the body to heal itself. During a certain season, too, Ayurveda describes how one must behave to maintain optimum health.
How To Stay Healthy During Monsoons With Ayurveda
As per Ayurveda, monsoons are a time for aggravated pitta (heat). This makes the body sluggish with slow digestive abilities. This also makes the skin dehydrated, which may compromise its protective abilities. Both of these areas are important in keeping the body's immune system active and balanced. Any disturbance can lead to a weakened immune system.
Therefore, for staying healthy during monsoons, it's important to keep your skin and body healthy. Some of the most important suggestions recommended by Ayurvedic practitioners include:
1. Avoid heavy foods
Due to increased heat circulation in the body, the digestive system may not be able to digest heavy, greasy foods. While very tempting, deep-fried, spicy, or acidic foods can aggravate your digestive problems as they lead to water retention, acidity, and indigestion. If you’re looking to still get your fried food fix, use lighter, organic cold-pressed oils such as groundnut, mustard, or the best option cow ghee.