Varsha Rutu(Rainy Season)
Varsha ritu (Rainy season)according to Ayurveda fals in theUtarayan (northern solstice) and the general body strength of an individual is weak. Water available in the reservoirs during monsoon is comparatively heavy to digest and the metabolism is sluggish during this period. An individual is likely to experience loss of appetite.Keeping this in mind one must folow a specific Diet and lifestyle schedule in rainy season. Ayurveda describes aggravation (vitiation) of Vata and acumulation of Pita in Varsha ritu (Rainy season).This is the major cause of various diseases ocuring during the rainy season. The food and lifestyle should thus be such which helps in balancing Vata and Pita.
|Dietary regimen||Lifestyle regimen|
|Consume light and fresh foods prepared from barley, rice and wheat. Eat warm food.||Always keep the surrounding dry and clean.|
|Include cow’s ghee, lean meat, lentils, green gram, rice and wheat in daily diet.||Keep body warm as viruses attack immediately when body temperature goes down.|
|consume small piece of ginger with rock salt before every meal.||keep your feet dry.|
|take Sour and salted soups of vegetables.Onion, lean meat and vegetables may also be used in soups.||If you happen to get wet, change into dry clothes as soon as possible to avoid getting infections as immunity is low during this season.|
|If the days are cooler due to heavy rains, take a diet that is sour, salty and oily.||Drying clothes with fumes of loban and dry neem leaves is also recommended in Ayurvedic texts.|
|Drink boiled and cooled water mixed with little honey or panchakol powder||Basti panchkarma can be done.|
|Add ginger and green gram in your daily diet. One may have buttermilk instead of curds.||Use of Perfumes is adovocatedin this season.|
|Bhavaprakash states that consuming ‘haritaki (terminalia chebula) with rock salt in monsoon season is beneficial to health.|
|Avoid eating uncooked foods and salads||Avoid Sleeping in daytime as it hampers digestion and slows down the metabolism|
|Avoid drinking excess of fluids at this further slows down the metabolism.||Avoid over exertion and over exposure to sun. Avoid moving out in afternoon sun.|
|Avoid consuming stale fod.||Do not allow water to get accumulated around.|
|Avoid leafy vegetables during monsoon.||Do not enter air-conditioned room with wet hair and damp clothes.|
|Avoid curds, red meat and any foodstuff, which takes longer time to digest.||Avoid walking in dirty water during rainy season.|
|Avoid getting wet in the rains.|
Ayurveda state that when seasons are changing and an individual changes his/her lifestyle and diet to suit that particular season, the change must be gradual over a period of 15 days. Slowly try to give up the initial lifestyle and adopt new one. It the changes are brought about drastically the body may not be able to cope with them and this could lead to problems.
The actual classification (as given in Ayurveda texts) is done according to the lunar calendar. The solar months indicated above may not exactly match with lunar months but are just approximate equivalents of the corresponding lunar months. For example, when it is winter in India (December-January), it is summer in Australia, so people living in that region should follow the regimen for summer and not for winter.