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Ways to Stay Healthy This Monsoon

The monsoon is always a welcome change from the scorching summer heat, but they bring some unwelcome guests in the form of microbes and insects which need to be avoided at all costs. To stay healthy and happy in the rains, it is essential that we take certain precautions in the food we eat and the activities we perform.

Some tips to stay fit this rainy season are as follows:-

Ways to Stay Healthy This Monsoon

  1. Follow a Healthy Diet: It is important to maintain healthy eating habits in rainy season, which means that your favourite street food is off the menu. Preferably avoid raw vegetables and salads unless they are consumed at home where you can wash and clean them thoroughly.

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  1. Drink Enough Water: Diseases in the rainy season are mostly water-borne, so make sure you only drink water that is filtered or boiled. And drink enough water regardless of your activity levels. Herbal teas with antibacterial properties are a good idea.

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  1. Avoid Walking in the Rain: Walking in the rain or puddles of water makes you vulnerable to a host of viral diseases and numerous fungal infections at the feet and nails. If your clothes get wet, do not sit in an AC room rather change them immediately.

 

  1. Use a Mosquito Repellent: Always carry and wear a mosquito repellent whenever you go out. Those who are cautious can take anti-malarial drugs too.
  1. Avoid Touching your Eyes: Eye infections like conjunctivitis, stye, dry eyes and corneal ulcers are common during the monsoons. Consult a doctor immediately if you see any symptoms because if ignored, they can even lead to blindness.

Ayurvedic Cure for Seasonal Allergies

When your immune system is in balance, it does a seamless job of identifying and eliminating potential threats to our health, such as toxins, bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. However, sometimes your immune system responds too vigorously to a substance in the environment that is usually harmless, such as pollen, animal dander, or mold. As the body acts to eradicate the perceived threat, you can experience the uncomfortable symptoms of an allergic reaction, including a runny nose, nasal congestion, coughing, and itchy, watery eyes. Allergies affect a large percentage of the population at one time or another and can significantly limit activity.

Ayurvedic Cure for Seasonal AllergiesAyurveda views allergies as an excess of “Kapha Dosha”, or the earth and water elements. Earth and water are cold, heavy, dense, smooth and stable. Excess of these elements results in congestion, mucus, phlegm, sneezing and postnasal drip. Along with the excess of these qualities, there’s slow digestive fire known as “Agni”. So the way to turn allergies around is to improve the digestive fire and use the qualities that are opposite of Kapha (warm, light, mobile, and clear) in everything you do — diet, herbs and daily routine.

A few ways to beat seasonal allergies using Ayurveda are as follows:-

  1. Eat Warm, Cooked Foods: In Ayurveda, eating warm, cooked foods gives the digestive fire a chance to rest. When the digestion is low, it can’t access the nutrition stored in raw foods, and the poorly digested food creates toxins.

  1. Do an Ayurvedic Cleanse: A cleanse is a great way to get rid of the toxins that are already in the body and reset the digestion. Preferably, twice a year.

  1. Use a Nasal Rinse Cup: A neti pot or nasal rinse cup is a must-have accessory for anyone with seasonal allergies. It helps remove the congestion as well as the allergens that are irritating the nasal passages and the sinuses.

  1. Nasya: Nasya is the Ayurvedic practice of putting herbal oil drops in the nose. This practice lubricates dry nasal passages, delivers the benefits of herbs directly in the nose, and keeps allergens from directly irritating the nasal lining.

  1. Practice Pranayama: Exercise is essential to maintain your weight and improve your cardiovascular fitness. It should be followed by 30 minutes of pranayama, or breathing techniques. It helps you on a mental and spiritual level, bringing calm, attention and space.

Ayurvedic Cure for Seasonal Allergies_26. Herbal Supplements and Spices: Use warming spices in cooking to support your digestive fire- particularly ginger, cinnamon, turmeric and black pepper. Also supplement your diet with Ayurvedic herbs known to support and rejuvenate the respiratory system, like Tulsi, Pippali, and licorice.