Monsoon – who doesn’t love this season – the pitter-patter of the rain, greenery around, blooming flowers, and of course, the increasing appetite for the pani-puris, pakodas, and fries! But, for some, the onset of monsoon season sends an invite to illnesses and infections. Having digestive trouble is common during the monsoon season and bowel problems increases. According to Ayurveda, the change in the season affects our doshas and creates imbalances in the body. The digestive system gets weak and it becomes difficult to process heavy, spicy, or oily foods.
Is there a solution for preventing increased bowel problems during this season?
Yes, Ayurveda has a solution. In Ayurveda, defined dietary and lifestyle guidelines are mentioned for each season (Ayurvedic ritucharya/ seasonal routine) which not only helps prevent bowel problems but also ensures good health and well-being. During the monsoon season, Vata dosha aggravates and pitta dosha accumulates in the body which gives rise to gut problems like indigestion, acidity, constipation, diarrhea, etc. Keeping these doshas in balance by following certain tips, you can prevent bowel problems and enjoy the season to the fullest.
Health tips to prevent bowel problems during monsoon
- During this season, your cravings to have street food are understandable but please keep in mind that contaminated water and food are the main causes of suffering from bowel problems in monsoon. Therefore, avoid eating outside food. You can prepare the dishes at home. There are a lot of YouTube videos available on the net to assist you. Also, you can have a good time cooking together.
- Drink boiled water. It will not only prevent contamination of the water but also aids digestion.
- Instead of drinking fruit juices outside, have fruits freshly cut at home. Or, have juices made from freshly peeled or cut fruits. Fruits and foods kept in open get contaminated easily in this season.
- Avoid eating raw, uncooked, oily, and spicy foods. They are difficult to digest and make you prone to getting bowel problems. Eat warm, fresh, homemade food and take care of hygiene while cooking.
- Have seasonal vegetables like bottle gourd (lauki), snake gourd (turai), bitter gourd (karela), and okra (bhindi). You can prepare vegetable soup or moong daal soup at home and consume it regularly. They are easy to make, light in consumption, and aids digestion. They also help flush out toxins from the body.
- Bitter-tasting foods like karela, fenugreek seeds, neem, and Haldi (turmeric) help keep the infections and other illnesses associated with Pitta at bay.
- Include barley, rice, wheat, green gram, and lentils in your diet. Instead of curd, have buttermilk.
- Try to reduce your caffeine intake. You can replace tea and coffee with green tea. Try Jiva Ayurvedic Tea. It is made of whole herbs like brahmi, arjuna, tulsi, sharpunkha, dalchini, saunf and mulethi. This herbal combination helps improve your metabolism and digestion and boost your immune system.
- To aid digestion, you can follow a simple trick of chewing a small piece of ginger with a pinch of rock salt before having meals. It will keep your digestive juices flowing.
- Avoid sleeping in the daytime. It will make you lethargic and slows down your digestion process.
- This is the best time to take panchakarma therapies, five healing therapies (vaman, virechan, basti, nasya, raktamokshan) to cleanse and detoxify the body. Toxins removal helps in preventing various illnesses from occurring in the first place. It can be done under the supervision of an Ayurvedic professional.
- Try to include spices like ginger, rock salt, turmeric, asafoetida, black pepper, coriander, cumin, and piper longum in cooking.
- You can have Jiva Amla Chatpata Candy, a natural digestive medicine, post meals. This tasty candy offers you the digestive benefits of amla, black pepper, and spices.
- If you suffer from indigestion, constipation, flatulence, and other bowel problems, you can have digestive Ayurvedic medicine Jiva DigestAll Churna that helps activate your digestive juices and promotes good bowel movement.
For any digestion-related problems or other illnesses, you can also consult Jiva Ayurveda doctors over a phone call, video call, or visit your nearest Jiva clinic. The doctor will offer you a personalized, root-cause-based treatment plan that helps you regain balance and good health.