You love food, monsoons shouldn`t come in your way. Escaping illness during the rains is just about a little bit of precaution and a little bit of knowledge. Ayurvedic practioner, Dr. Ashutosh Nanal talks to Pooja Bhula about what foods you must have and must avoid during the monsoons. Space, air, fire, water and earth, called the pancha mahabhootas (five primordial elements) form our body, soul and the cosmos. Controlling these elements are three doshas–Vata (denoting movement), Pitta (denoting transformation) and Kapha (denoting stability)– that help maintain equilibrum. The monsoons see a rise in Vata, which has properties of coolness and lightness. This increase causes dryness in the body and an imbalance in secretion of digestive juices, thereby compromising our metabolism. Depending on the constitution of an individual’s body, it may have no effect or as generally observed it can result in everything from joint pain and muscle weakness to flatulence. To control Vata and prevent as well as combat its effects on our health, Ayurveda recommends that you consume and avoid certain foods.Must avoid- Any foods or beverages that are cold to touch such as ice blended coffees and cold drinks or have a cooling effect like cucumber and tomato.- Beverages combining fruits and milk, such as milkshakes and thick shakes. And extra strong ones such as double shot espresso coffee.- Corn and corn products such as corn flakes. Popcorn, sprouts, radish, half-fried eggand boiled eggs, beef, soya sauce and readymade foods made of potato.- Maida, raw meat as well as raw salads are heavy to digest, and in the monsoons, the latter two are also unhygenic. Fish sold in this season is usually stale and another reason to avoid it is to allow fish to spawn.- Curds and excess use of salt that will retain water in the body.
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