Monsoon may be a sigh of relief after the summer heat but it comes with several diseases, commonly typhoid, cholera, and flu. During this season our immunity is compromised. As per Ayurveda, the season change leads to change in the energy of our body and weakens the digestive and immune system. To keep yourself healthy in this season, it is important to have nutrient-rich food and fluids in your daily diet.
Here are Ayurveda tips you can incorporate in your routine:
Popularly known as the ‘Indian Ginseng’, Ashwagandha is a beneficial herb which has powerful rejuvenating properties. It is known for effecting a crucial balance between the nervous system, endocrine glands and the immune system. Ashwagandha also fights off stress symptoms and speeds up recovery after ailments. The herb can be eaten regularly for energy and stamina. This monsoon you can drive away fatigue, common cold, respiratory infections and allergies by consuming Ashwagandha.
Honey and Ginger
The miracle herb, ginger, can pacify aggravated vata in the body during monsoons and reduce chances of certain illnesses. It improves the body's digestion ability and makes you more active. Ginger also improves assimilation and transportation of nutrients to the body's tissues, which is useful for keeping the cold and flu away. You can make a cup of ginger tea and add honey which helps in guarding against several water-borne diseases during this season. Honey has antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties that help fight against a wide range of infections. You may eat one teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of lemon juice and one glass of lukewarm water on an empty stomach to extract its benefits.
A super food from the Indian pantry, Garlic boosts metabolism and has antioxidant properties which help build the body’s natural immunity. You must add garlic to the daily meals, in dals and curries, to flavor sauces and warm soups. Garlic strengthens your immune system and consuming them regularly will boost the amount of T-Cells in the blood, thereby defending you against viral diseases, especially in monsoon.
This plant is found in most traditional Indian homes and is widely used for its healing powers. Tulsi has the ability to fight off mucus and cough, it also provides relief from chest congestion as Ayurveda says that tulsi helps clear up excessive dampness in our respiratory systems in the rainy season. Tulsi herb is a great immune system booster, and can be consumed by adding them in your tea; or by simply taking it in liquid form after boiling in water or Ayurvedic supplements in capsule form.
According to Ayurveda, turmeric has impressive immunity enhancing properties. It protects you from sore throat, flu, cough and cold. Once in a while, you may gargle with turmeric and salt water, you can add it to green tea, milk or even in everyday dishes. This ingredient has antibacterial characteristics and can help treat numerous infections that arise during the monsoon season.
During monsoon you must watch your diet, avoid heavy meals as they are difficult to digest. Along with food, it is also important to stay hydrated, you could have ginger-infused tea, honey water and others. You can also eat Chyawanprash daily, which contains a blend of useful herbs and helps in alleviating common infections and allergies, while boosting your immunity for better health in the monsoon season.