Monsoon Nutrition: Do’s and Dont’s
Most people in India welcome Monsoon with open heart. The rains brings a respite from the scorching Summer heat. However, just like every season, Monsoon season too has it’s typical set of diseases like Food poisoning, Diarrhea,Cholera etc. Therefore, it is very important to keep a watch on our food habits both nutrition wise and hygiene wise. This is where the do’s and don’ts of Monsoon Nutrition come in picture.
During Monsoon season, our body finds it difficult to digest food so, it is advisable to consume smaller and more frequent meals throughout the day instead of three heavy meals. Otherwise, one is bound to suffer from troubles like: Gas and indigestion. This is because during the Monsoon season, the Vatta Dosha of our body is likely to go out of balance. The Doshas are the metabolic principles of our body that sync our mind,physical body and biological functions.It is an Ayurvedic term.
Easily digestible Daals like Moong dal with simple Jeera and Hing tadka should be consumed in plenty during the Monsoon season.
If you like to consume meat then go for soups or Broths rather than heavy gravy Meat curries. However, it is best to avoid non vegetarian foods during Monsoons, altogether.
Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly with lukewarm water to get rid of dirt build up as well as various worms and Larvae of insects.
Carry RO or Filtered water from your home everywhere you go rather than consuming the water stored in malls or offices.
INFUSED AND HERBAL DRINKS
It is a good idea to drink warm beverages during the rainy season, especially, herbal teas and infused teas. You can add milk to these teas, if you wish. Adding Sonth or freshly grated Ginger while preparing your tea is recommended in monsoons as it enhances flavor, is anti-inflammatory and also improves digestion.
THE SPICES OF CHOICE
The following spices:Garlic, Black pepper, ginger, Hing, Cumin powder, Turmeric and Coriander help to ease digestion as well as improve immunity.
Chilli on the other hand stimulates blood circulation and increases the chances of spread of allergies in the body.
BEST FRUITS AND VEGGIES FOR MONSOON
You should avoid Leafy vegetables during monsoon and consume season veggies like Bottle guard, Bitter Guard, Snake Guard, Capsicum, Apple Guard and beans during this season.
Seasonal fruits like: Apples, Peaches, Mangoes, Pomegranates may be consumed. Though they don’t do a value add to monsoon nutrition, they don’t do harm either.
MUNCHIES FOR MONSOON
Avoid Street foods in rains. If you have a tendency too feel hungry while on the go either carry munchies from your home.For example: you can go for homemade chikkis, Chana, sprouts, Besan/Atta Ladoos, roasted Makhanas or buy only from restaurants that maintain good levels of hygiene.
BEST COOKING MEDIA
For cooking, avoid heavy oils like Mustard, Peanut and Sesame.Instead, choose lighter oils like Olive and Corn oil. Heavy oils increase the Pitta dosh in your body during the Monsoon season which invites infections.
WHAT TO AVOID
Added table salt and Pickles both increase the water retention in the body and are responsible for bloating and high Blood pressure.So, it is best to avoid these in the rainy season.
Watery foods like Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Raw salads, Buttermilk, Lemonades should be avoided in Monsoon time.
Avoid full cream milk and go for toned milk, yoghurt and curd during Monsoon season.
So, these precautions listed from a hygiene and Ayurvedic point of view will keep you away from seasonal diseases. Remember, Monsoon Nutrition, if followed will keep you energetic all along.
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