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Build A Strong Gut Health To Reap Benefits This Monsoon

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Staying healthy is always important. Maintaining a good immune system and a balance of healthy bacteria in the body is essential for good health, which comes from a strong, healthy gut. Keeping the gut in good shape in the monsoon – a time when viruses and bad bacteria spread easily – is key to ensure our overall health remains on point. Dr Aneesh Manoharan, Senior Ayurveda Advisor from Atmantan Wellness Centre helps us understand just how we can balance our gut health with food and lifestyle changes.

 

Food For Thought

During monsoon, the vata dosha will start getting aggravated and chances of getting vata vyadhis i.e. disorders caused by vitiated vata will increase. The cold and humid weather also affects the digestive fire and keeps it low. One should ensure one counters any vata doshas they face. Food should be warm, slightly oily, sweet, easily digestible and light.

 

Changes In Lifestyle

Cleanliness is very important to keep away the monsoon diseases. Always have fresh and healthy food. Strictly avoid having foods from the roadside, have warm food that can be easily digested which also helps to maintain and increase the self-immunity. Following a healthy daily routine and diet can help to improve quality of life along with immunity.

Do a body massage at regular intervals; at least apply oil on the crown, ears, palm and soul every day. Use warm water for a bath (for head wash normal water). Fumigate to keep your environment clean and healthy, do regular exercises etc.

 

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Increase Immunity

Fruits that contain rich in vitamin C are a good choice to increase immunity these days and thereby preventing diseases. For example orange, lemon, sweet lime, berries, tomato etc. Fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids are also a good choice to improve immunity.  And red meat should be reduced in this season. Including garlic, ginger, cumin, black pepper, turmeric, coriander, etc. in your diet will be good. It is advisable to have dry fruits and seeds like almonds, sesame seeds, groundnuts, walnuts etc. to increase the cold resistance capacity of your body.

 

Keeping Good Gut Health

Thirst will be comparatively very less in this season; however, do not forget to have boiled water. It is necessary to have a minimum of two to three litres of water per day for maintaining the body functions and waste removal. It is better to avoid foods made of maida, fried foods and alcohol. In addition, we should beware of insects while consuming green leafy vegetables in this monsoon season. Foods that can be included are moong dal preparations along with cow’s ghee, medicated porridges, rice soup, millet soup etc. Include ginger, black pepper, lemon in small quantities in your diet. Thin yoghurt water, honey, and wheat rice pulses preparations will help build gut health.

 

Also read: The Monsoon Comes With Many Concerns, So Follow These Food Guidelines

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