The Monsoon Saga

18 oct, 2020

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“Monsoon” originates from the Arabic word mausim, which means season. The English rainstorm
originated from Portuguese monção, at last from Arabic mawsim (موسم “season”) as well as Hindi
“mausam”, “maybe somewhat by means of early present day Dutch” The term was first utilized
as a part of English in British India (now India, Bangladesh and Pakistan) and neighboring nations to
allude to the enormous occasional winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea in the
southwest conveying substantial precipitation to the arebia.
Monsoon means the season of the rain. Rain brings the dry, dull, gloomy summer land and its living
beings to life. It makes us all happy, relieving us of the scorching heat but it also provides breeding
ground to some mosquitoes and insects thereby welcoming diseases. There is aggravation in “Pitta “
dosha which is principally incharge of poor digestion and assimilation of nourishment prompting
hyperacidity, acid reflux alongside male pattern baldness and skin issue. Sudden changes in atmospheric
temperature carry with it many air and water borne ailments, diseases and medical issues. Flare-ups of
vector borne infections are uncontrolled combined with instances of acute diarrhea.

Diet tips to be followed:
Eat a healthy, balanced diet to stay fit and away from infections.

A diet that enhances and strengthens our digestive system needs to be followed. This can be done by
eating small and frequent meals instead of hoarding on the already weakened digestive system. Warm
beverages such as herb tea with the inclusion of lemon, cinnamon, mint, ginger root aid in better
digestion and energize the body. Easily digestible foods need to be cooked using light cooking methods
such as boiling, steaming, poaching, roasting, baking or braising. Fried foods which people usually stick
onto must be avoided during this time. Stick to a low salt menu and omit hot, heavy acidic, sour foods
such as pickles, chutneys, chilies, processed meat and curries. Bitter taste neutralizes Pitta. Add a lot of
bitter vegetables like bitter gourd, turmeric, fenugreek leaves to the diet. Neem supplements should also
be taken at least once during the day. Dash of garlic added to soups and curries helps in building body’s
immunity.


Some other tips include :
• Avoid eating out especially the road side or street food.
• Do use a mosquito repellent.
• Always carry your water bottle when moving out.
• Keep your feet dried to avoid fungal infections.
• Make sure that the fruits and veggies are washed and cooked well.
• Go for light meal preparations.
• Avoid excess intake of tea or coffee to prevent dehydration.

DeepanshiMalhotra, is a Delhi based dietician, clinical nutritionist and a certified diabetes educator.

She holds a Bachelors of Science in Life Sciences & Masters of Science in Dietetics from Delhi University. She also holds certification in Food & Nutrition and Diploma in Nutrition, Dietician and Health Management. She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator from Dr. V Mohan’s Diabetes Education Academy.

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