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The Monsoon and immunity concerns

First showers of monsoon are heartily welcomed by each one of us after the scorching summer heat. The coolness in the air is a welcome change but the monsoon humidity makes us susceptible to the various seasonal ailments. The main reasons for the susceptibility are the reduced immunity (ability of the body to resist) against infections.
Most of the ailments during monsoon are infectious diseases caused by bacteria , viruses causing such as respiratory infections and influenza ( flu) accompanied by cough, cold and fever; and water-borne diseases such as jaundice ( hepatitis b), and food-borne infections from the contaminated food such as dysentery, diarrhoea, typhoid etc.

Stagnant water in the puddles, flower-pots, ponds is the breeding grounds for mosquitoes that cause malaria and dengue. Contaminated drinking water supply is the most likely cause of water-borne ailments, The water-logging and flooding leads to filth and dirt and walking through such waterlogged streets and roads, raises the dangers of various fungal skin infections. Avoid walking in dirty water. Keep your shoes, socks and raincoats dry and clean. Drying clothes with fumes of loban (dhoop sticks) and dry neem leaves is recommended in the Ayurvedic texts. Drinking boiled water at home is the most useful and preventive measure to keep infections at bay.

Good health signifies good immunity, the ability of the body to fight infections. The variations in the temperature, high humidity and high precipitation during monsoon poses the immune system in jeopardy. Simple cleanliness measures of self and surroundings can prevent spread of infectious disease. Ancient Ayurvedic texts give simple practical tips to increase body immunity and maintain good health during monsoon. These include lifestyle changes, consuming light and warm food and including medicinal herbs in daily. Good health blessed with good immunity can make monsoon enjoyable.

Tips from Ayurveda for Good Health during monsoon

Do’s Don’t
  • Only eat well-cooked food and boiled water.
  • Eat Light foods prepared out of old barley, rice and wheat and well cooked vegetables that includes sour tastes.
  • Take liquid foods such as soups, porridge etc.
  • Adding ginger and green gram in daily diet is helpful.
  • Always eat warm food.
  • Drink adequate water
  • Eat herbs and its extracts as recommended in Ayurvedic texts.
  • Avoid eating uncooked foods and salads.
  • Avoid eating out.
  • Do not over eat

Ayurveda recommends a number of herbs to boost immunity. Chyawanprash, a time-tested, age-old formulation has a number of herbs like Amla, one of the best antioxidants, Giloy (Guduchi) known for immune-modulatory properties, and more than 40 other natural ingredients, helps to boost immunity.
Chyawanprash strengthens body's internal defense mechanism, the immune system, thereby protecting you from everyday infections, cough, common cold etc.

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