We all have written essays in school about our favorite season. Most of us would choose the rainy season. Who doesn’t love cool drizzles dropping down from the sky? instantly reliving us from months of scorching heat. The weather becomes pleasant. Earth smells like heaven. We could finally binge on that chai-pakoda. Even if all the perks of this season, it doesn’t hesitate to introduce few diseases into our system. specially gut-related and digestive problems. we often find ourselves suffering from either constipation or diarrhea or stomach cramps and whatnot. in this article, we will dig deep about foods to eat in the monsoon for a Healthy Gut.
Why your digestive system is weak during monsoon?
Many people face gut-related problems like vomiting, nausea, gas, constipation, loose motion, Bloating, acidity, and indigestion. The humid weather and absence of sunlight can weaken your digestive fire. Thus, food takes a longer time to digest. Studies have shown that Vitamin D can affect the gut microbiome. Our gut absorbs vitamins. proper absorption of vitamin D prevents inflammatory bowel diseases such as the leaky gut, constipation, stomach cramps. Another reason explained in Ayurveda is vatta dosha, which is aggravated during the rainy (Monsoon) season which can be the reason behind your upset stomach.roadside food and contaminated water is added misery to your gut health during the monsoon.
The List Of Food You Should Avoid During Monsoon
Here is the list of foods you should avoid or reduce consumption, to prioritize your immune system over tasty cravings.
1. Any kind of street food.
As tempting as it sounds it can be a prime reason for health crisis in form of diarrhea typhoid or even malaria. During monsoon, food gets contaminated faster. Insects and germs on the surface of the table, vessels, or even on food that is not properly covered can be harmful and result in food poisoning. so try to avoid street foods like panipuri, samosa, chaat, chole kulcha for the sake of your better health.
2. Pre-Cut fruits, uncooked or stale food
Eat freshly cut fruit.do not cut them in advance. monsoon has a variety of insects present in the air. Which can easily contaminate your nutritious food in minutes. Same case with uncooked or stale food. Keep the food covered and refrigerated if needed to be. Always reheat the food taken out from the refrigerator before consuming it
3. Leafy vegetables and Raw salads
Next time anyone advises you to eat a bowl of raw salad during the monsoon. Explain to them why they should leave this habit in the first place . Raw vegetables contain active bacteria and viruses. Instead of raw salads either consume a boiled version or lightly sauté in oil with a pinch of black pepper and rock salt. or cook vegetables by adding some tadka
Stay away from leafy vegetables such as fenugreek or spinach. The Moisture trapped in these leafy vegetables is home to many germs and insects. You often find insects crawling out from the cabbage or cauliflower. Either avoid them or wash them thoroughly with salt water or vinegar before cooking.
4. Any food that takes longer to digest
Consume fresh and lighter foods. Keep your chole and rajma cravings at bay. They are difficult to digest and since the digestive system is slowed down, they can cause indigestion or gas-related problems. Eat pulses like green mung, soak it, sprout it then boil it for better digestion. Avoid consuming curd during the night. you can consume curd after churning and making chhas from it. make sure it is not sour as it retains water and ends up bloating your stomach.
Ayurveda recommends following ‘Ritucharya’-changing food habits and behavior to cope up with seasonal changes. For instance, whenever you travel to a higher altitude, your body takes time to acclimatize. The same happens when the season changes. To ensure the swift transition, you need to change your diet and habits, Ayurveda has prescribed certain foods to maintain health and prevent diseases due to climate changes.
Foods to eat in monsoon for healthy Gut
1. Seasonal fruits and vegetables
monsoon is the season of bitter vegetables. They will get rid of all your rain toxins. karela (bitter gourd), Kantola (teasel gourd), tinde (Indian squash), parwal (pointed gourd), and lauki (bottle gourd) these different types of gourds are rich in antioxidants and boost your immune system. these are light to digest and also can calm your pitta dosha. which accumulates in the rainy season. they also help in keeping a healthy digestive system.
It’s the season to call for some Jamun shots, not Gulab Jamun sorry for giving you mouth-watering cravings. But Jamun shots are also a delicious delicacy made from the pulp of Jamun aka Indian blackberry. Jamuns are easily available in the monsoon.it has some amazing health benefits – such as, improving digestion, promoting bowel movement, and improving hemoglobin. it is an iron-rich food.it helps in calming pitta dosha during monsoon. Other seasonal fruits like litchi, custard apple, plums will also keep your immunity at an optimal level and keep seasonal diseases at bay.
2. Hot beverages for hydration
Rain sets the mood for some hot beverages such as a piping hot cup of ginger tea. If you are a fan of hot beverages on a cozy rainy day, I have few recommendations. They are tasty as well as soothing in the pleasant weather. you can try fennel tea, cinnamon tea, Mix grain kadha,daliya porridge, and mix vegetable soup. These beverages not only provide comfort but also give an essential strength to fight seasonal flu and viruses. They also keep your hydration levels balanced. And most important they keep your gut happy.
3. Old grains, pulses that require less water
Old rice, barley, ragi, oats, rajgira, daliya, pulses like green moong, Indian Makka are the best match for monsoon. Consume food that requires less water to cook. They are easy to digest, eat this in form of porridge or mix them to make multi-grain soup(bhedku). these foods will keep your gut satisfied and High fiber will take care of your digestive issues.it will curb those unnecessary junk food cravings.
4. Jaggery and ghee during lunch for better digestion
The combination of both these superfoods, just a little proportion of each during lunch will enhance your digestive fire and prevent constipation.it detoxifies the body, builds immunity. you will no longer crave those unhealthy sweets.
Drumsticks are rich in essential nutrients that make bones strong, cures Vata dosha during monsoon, it is a low calorie, low carb, and high fiber food.it relieves constipation. vitamin C in drumsticks supports a healthy immune system.it can keep all the infections at bay and flush toxins from your body. Drumstick has been such a versatile food option in Indian cooking. one can make soup, subji, or sambhar out of it and everything would turn out to be tasty
Some Lifestyle changes to keep your Gut Healthy
Asking for vitamin D in monsoon is like asking for nutrients in pizza .one should get every opportunity to get some sun exposure anytime & anywhere. Because vitamin D deficiency can affect your immune system and gut health.it can cause inflammatory bowel diseases we mentioned earlier. Soaking in sun for 15-20 minutes without applying sunscreen will allow your body to build vitamin D from UV rays.it will stimulate the appetite to improve digestion and give a radiant glow to your skin.
Fasting for your digestive problems
People celebrate their auspicious festivals with fasting. Hindu. Muslim, Jain fast respectively during Saavan, Ramazan, and chaturmas. All these auspicious days happen to take place in the monsoon. Fasting encourages digestive fire.it helps absorbing food better in the gut.it clears our organs by getting rid of toxins and even cells that may be prone to becoming cancerous.
They say precaution is better than cure. Even if you are craving some street food this season, take some effort and make it at home. Don’t indulge in overeating. Make the most out of seasonal and local food items to satisfy your cravings. take tips from your mother and grandmother. and do not forget to drench yourself in rains