What we choose to eat during monsoons determines how we feel – well and energetic or sleepy and lethargic. This is important because during this season, humidity and heat can have a detrimental effect on our digestive system. Wet weather also promotes the rapid growth of bacteria and other infectious agents. During the monsoon, our digestive system becomes sluggish and can lead to common symptoms such as bloating, gas, and indigestion. in turn make us feel; uncomfortable. Eating the right food, the right way, can help avoid these problems and stay healthy. Taking care of the digestive system during the monsoon is also important because 70% of our immune system is in the digestive tract, and a strong digestive system will mean protection against infections.
Here are 8 things to do that we must follow during the monsoon season:
1. Eat small, light meals
Mainly because of the humidity, we tend to have a lot of water and avoid eating healthy foods. It’s a bad idea. Eat small, light meals more often than large meals. It will keep you energized and provide needed nourishment. This will have a direct positive impact on your energy level and mood.
Read also : Monsoon Diet: 5 Diet Tips From Experts To Stay Healthy With Strong Immunity During The Rainy Season
2. Start with spice-infused water
Ajwain is known for its ability to relieve gas, bloating and indigestion. Saunf (or fennel seed) helps relax digestive muscles, further relieving constipation and stimulating digestive enzymes. Zeera is also known for its ability to boost digestion. A teaspoon of any of these spices soaked overnight and boiled in the morning is a great way to start the day.
3. Add whole grains
Yes, we need to focus on whole grains during monsoons! Their high fiber content means a slow and sustained energy release maintaining energy levels. They are high in insoluble fiber which is prebiotic food for our gut bacteria. Prebiotic foods help good bacteria thrive, and a healthy microbiome means better digestion and a healthy mood.
4. Fermented foods
Something as simple as dahi, idli, dosa, dhokla are great monsoon foods as they add pro-biotics to our meals. Live bacteria have been proven to help maintain the integrity of our intestines and as a result immunity is enhanced, protecting us from common infections. Pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, tempeh, kombucha are other fermented foods and drinks that will help keep digestion in line.
5. Low Fructose Fruits
Apples, mangoes and pears are high in fructose sugars and have been known to aggravate symptoms of gas and bloating. Low-fructose fruits like citrus fruits, berries, and bananas are more suitable for this weather. Bananas also contain inulin which helps in the growth of good bacteria.
6. Avoid sugary drinks
High-sugar juices and sodas also cause bloating and gas because the intestines are unable to handle the fructose overload. It also causes blood sugar spikes and, when taken very often, can increase the risk of diabetes. Replace them with fresh lemon water, fresh coconut water, it is better digested especially between meals. If it’s really essential, then stick to a small amount of fresh fruit juice once in a while.
7. Meal Schedule
Timing is crucial, of course! The best window to eat is between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Late breakfast, late dinner leads to disruption of the digestive process. Eating at the same time every day helps stabilize hormones, which has an overall beneficial effect on health.
(Also read: 5 herbal teas to calm your mind and relieve stress)
Regular exercise helps improve digestion. Yoga asanas help digestion. Vajraasana is the best post-meal asana for improving digestion. Tai chi, an ancient art of exercise, involves a series of slow movements and deep breathing. It is also beneficial for the whole body. Walking is the best exercise. 10-15 minutes of gentle walking after meals will help improve the digestion process.
Sometimes we have to listen to our body and the monsoon is one of them. Relax and eat mindfully.