HEALTH & NUTRITION CARE IN MONSOON
After a three and half month of hot & scorching summer there comes a relief from cool, humid and full of earthy fragrance of monsoon. Rain, everybody eagerly waits for this watery gift from god. This is season is generally filled with new things for all. Schools are reopened so children have everything new from schoolbag to teacher (for some even the school). Adults are back to their year long routines after a summer break.
Apart from blood, muscles and bones we have three more elements in the body called Vata, Pitta and Kapha means Air, Acid and Water. Monsoon brings imbalance of air circulation in the body, the condition famously known as Vata dosha. The pleasant atmosphere and Vata dosha makes hunger strong and also troubles people who suffer from Arthritis, Asthma, Acidity, Gastric trouble etc. conditions of the body. Here are few tips to combat all these environmental changes and yet keep the body fit to enjoy rain.
Tips for Nutrition care.
* Eat large quantities of food but do not overeat.
* Always eat freshly cooked and warm food.
* Avoid eating left over or cold food.
* This is season is of sweet, sour and salt taste. Include these tastes more in daily intake.
* Make generous use of honey, ginger, ajwain, black pepper, cumin, fennel, coriander, hing, garlic, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, mustered seeds, salt and lemon juice. These will help to regulate digestion and will keep away from diseases like dysentery, cholera, diarrhoea.
* Eat cereals like moong, mataki, chavali by dry roasting and there after cooking in water, and not by sprouting it. All other vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, beetroots, cauliflower etc. are good to eat.
* Reduce intake of cabbage, green vegetables and bean vegetables like French beans, Gawar, flat beans etc., channa dal, Channa etc. These are heavy to digest in this season.
* Wash vegetables thoroughly using potassium permagnate.
* Food should be well cooked.
* This season favour sweet, ripe and heavy fruits like mango, banana, papaya, grapes, oranges, berries, cherries, pineapple, avocadoes, figs, plums, apricots and small amount of raisins . Avoid eating dry and light fruits like apples, pears, and pomegranates.
* For non-vegetarians, Avoid eating raw or half boiled eggs and red meat â€“ It is heavy to digest and also develops bacterial infections.
* Fresh catch of fish or sun-dried fish is beneficial to eat.
* Avoid eating or drinking food cooked or served on roads or open spaces.
Tips for Body care.
* Regular exercise (indoor) is necessary to keep the energy levels intact in this sluggish season. Yogasana is the best exercise to keep the body and mind in shape. It is also beneficial for Vata doshaâ€™s ill effects on the body, such as digestion disorder, Arthritis, Asthma, Acidity, Flatulence, Gas trouble, joint pain, air borne allergies, skin allergies, cold, cough and fever.
* Walking, swimming and sun bathing (whenever possible) will also help to the great extent.
* Daily warm water bathing is necessary to improve blood circulation and smoothening bones.
* A warm bath is must if one is soaked in the rainwater.
* Regular oil massage before bath is beneficial. Main sites of massage are; feet, top of head, back and lower abdomen. Sesame, almond, mustard, castor (any one of them) can be used for massage.
* Take extra care of feet and hands. These are the only sites that are always exposed.
– Trim and clean toes and fingernails regularly.
– Use rainy shoes that are comfortable. Avoid shoes bites.
– Take special care of shoe bites.
– Cuts and wounds on the feet is the area from where the infection eners the body.
* Clear bowels regularly but avoid laxatives. Usage of laxatives may create diarrheic condition.
* Avoid drinking excess water. Excess drinking of water may tend to loose vitamin A, B complex and C.
Tips for Hair and Skin care.
* In this season skin is generally moist and oily. Try to keep skin dry. Specially under clothes areas like armpits, groins.
* Avoid using skin moisturizer.
* Keep skin clean and dry by using natural astringents like orange, cucumber, tomato juice, sandal paste as applications. Triphala, amala powder in bath water. It keeps the skin dry and tight. It also helps to avoid bacterial infections like fungus, boils, pimples and acne etc.
* Use honey & glycerin soap. It keeps the skin soft.
* Do not allow wet cloths on the body for a long time. Instead of cotton and silk use synthetic or polyester cloths that dry faster.
* Avoid rainwater on hair. If soaked in the rain wash hair by mild soaps or shikakai powder with warm water.
* Use warm water for hair bath. (Not hot water)
* Avoid oiling hair particularly in this season. Excess moisture and sebum (oil secreted from scalp) creates hair loss.
* Use herbal packs or powders, curds, warm milk with little jaggery, amala powder etc. It helps to keep hair clean and removes excess moisture from the scalp. It helps to arrests hair loss and encourages new growth.
* Avoid facial or rigorous massage or bleaching like agents on face. It may tend to break skin and secrete more oil. Gentle patting by fingers is beneficial for improving blood circulation.
These few things will make your monsoon pleasant, beautiful and enjoyable.