“Monsoon” originates from the Arabic word mausim, which means season. The English rainstorm originated from Portuguese monção, at last from Arabic mawsim (موسم “season”) as well as Hindi “mausam”, “maybe somewhat by means of early present day Dutch monsun” The term was first utilized as a part of English in British India (now India, Bangladesh and Pakistan) and neighboring nations to allude to the enormous occasional winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea in the southwest conveying substantial precipitation to the Arabia.
Monsoon means the season of the rain. Rain brings the dry, dull, gloomy summer land and its living beings to life. It makes us all happy, relieving us of the scorching heat but it also provides breeding ground to some mosquitoes and insects thereby welcoming diseases. There is aggravation in “Pitta “ dosha which is principally in charge of poor digestion and assimilation of nourishment prompting hyperacidity, acid reflux alongside male pattern baldness and skin issue. Sudden changes in atmospheric temperature carry with it many air and water borne ailments, diseases and medical issues. Flare-ups of vector borne infections are uncontrolled combined with instances of acute diarrhea.
Diet tips to be followed:
Eat a healthy, balanced diet to stay fit and away from infections.
A diet that enhances and strengthens our digestive system needs to be followed. This can be done by eating small and frequent meals instead of hoarding on the already weakened digestive system. Warm beverages such as herb tea with the inclusion of lemon, cinnamon, mint, ginger root aid in better digestion and energize the body. Easily digestible foods need to be cooked using light cooking methods such as boiling, steaming, poaching, roasting, baking or braising. Fried foods which people usually stick onto must be avoided during this time. Stick to a low salt menu and omit hot, heavy acidic, sour foods such as pickles, chutneys, chilies, processed meat and curries. Bitter taste neutralizes Pitta. Add a lot of bitter vegetables like bitter gourd, turmeric, fenugreek leaves to the diet. Neem supplements should also be taken at least once during the day. Dash of garlic added to soups and curries helps in building body’s immunity.
Some other tips include :
- Avoid eating out especially the road side or street food.
- Do use a mosquito repellent.
- Always carry your water bottle when moving out.
- Keep your feet dried to avoid fungal infections.
- Make sure that the fruits and veggies are washed and cooked well.
- Go for light meal preparations.
- Avoid excess intake of tea or coffee to prevent dehydration.
An Article by Dt. Deepanshi Malhotra