As the monsoon hits the Indian shores, the first worry that most of us have is about diseases, especially the water borne ones; that can affect us and our near and dear ones. Though monsoon is welcomed heartily after the scorching summer sun, it also means low immunity and low digestive power. This is why the ancient science of Ayurveda has practical tips to boost immunity and stay away from viral infections as well as monsoon diseases. Listed below are a few easy to do tips that can protect your family from infections.
Most diseases are borne by mosquitoes; hence fumigate your home every evening with the smoke of dried neem leaves to keep mosquitoes away.
Bath rituals that can make you healthier
Vata dosha can also be curbed by taking hot water baths. Take an oil bath at least once a week by combining sesame oil and neem oil in equal proportions. Use this oil to massage your body, wait for 20 minutes and follow with a hot bath. This will keep skin infections at bay and also help with blood and lymph circulation.
Feet and fungal infections
Foot care in monsoons is a must because they tend to be in contact with water most of the time. It is especially important for diabetics to take care of their feet during this season. Keep toenails clipped so that they don’t trap moisture, which will lead to fungal infection. Always wear footwear even inside the home so that you don’t absorb the damp and cold that can aggravate the Vata dosha.
Dietary Dos and don’ts
Staying hydrated is important during monsoon to keep metabolism strong and ensure that one drinks only warm water. Avoid cold water or chilled beverages. Soups mixed with heating spices like ginger are excellent for this season. Try to avoid salads and uncooked foods, as these may contain germs and cause digestive issues. Drink a glass of lightly warm water mixed with a pinch each of long pepper powder and rock salt to stoke the digestive fire. This will help keep your digestion functioning well.
Do not sleep in the daytime especially after a meal as that slows down your metabolism. Use plenty of hot spices like ginger, garlic, turmeric, pepper, fenugreek, asafoetida, cumin, etc. in your diet. Also herbal teas made with herbs like tulsi and spices are also ideal for the digestive system.
Leading Ayurvedic Hospitals in Kerala conduct regular clinics during the monsoon to ensure that you stay healthy and strong.