According to Ayurveda, an individual must maintain a diet as per the prevailing season. Being monsoon season, there is a high requirement to alter your diet as Vata dosha gets aggravated, Pitta dosha accumulates and Kapha dosha gets pacified. And also, this is the season when the digestive fire (Agni) is weak which further affects the digestive power. All these lead to digestive problems, poor immunity and other ailments. Thus, a nutritious diet comprising of food items that help balance Vata and Pitta doshas must be followed and it can include the following food items:
Garlic is loaded with immunity-boosting properties and antioxidants. They are known to ease your digestive system which is very beneficial during monsoon season. Chop or crush them and add it to your food or even have it in the form of garlic rasam along with some black pepper.
Ginger boosts metabolism, immunity and helps in keeping infections at bay. Its medicinal properties safeguard our body from common diseases during monsoon-like cold and flu. Ginger must be consumed for improving the body’s capability to absorb the nutrients from food and lead to proper digestion. It can be consumed in case of inflammation or stomach aches caused due to indigestion. Grate some fresh ginger and add it to a cup of warm water along with some lemon juice. Have this ginger tea as your daily dose to boost immunity.
Almonds are quite low in fat and packed with multiple nutrients like vitamin E, copper, high-quality protein and magnesium. Rich in healthy unsaturated fatty acids and bioactive molecules like fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, consuming almonds will help prevent cardiovascular diseases. It enhances Agni, regulates sugar levels and protects the body from various monsoon-related diseases.
Apples are loaded with dietary fiber, antioxidants, and flavonoids which help reduce the risk of developing cancer, heart diseases, and diabetes. Having an apple a day will also ensure that your digestive system functions properly.
Considered to be the perfect inclusion in not just your monsoon diet but for a healthy one, pomegranates are lauded for its benefits. Rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and fibers, pomegranate helps in preventing cancer, for digestion, inflammation and treating many other diseases.
Blend it into tasty juice, roast it or else add them to your salads, beetroots taste good and benefit well for your body either way. Packed with vitamins, minerals, powerful antioxidants, fiber and is low in fat this one helps in lowering cholesterol levels and detoxifies your body. Have a glass of beetroot juice daily during monsoon season to keep you healthy and boost your stamina.
- Green Gram
Green gram is a good source of iron, vitamin C and potassium which helps in proper absorption of nutrients in our body and also reduces blood pressure. It is also good for detoxifying your body. The presence of antioxidants in green gram rebuilds the connective tissues of the skin and removes dull and lifeless complexion. The best way to have it is as sprouts. Toss it with some chopped onion, tomato and a dash of lemon juice and crushed black pepper.
- Bitter Gourd
A rich source of vitamin C, bitter gourd is loaded with innumerable health benefits. It helps boost immunity and keeps your body fit during monsoon season. With its strong antiviral properties, it definitely gives the much required healthy boost for the body.