Dr. Chetali Samant | Ayurvedalaya Malleshwaram
Temperatures have reached their zenith and the scorching heat is making every living being crave for rain! Rain not only brings respite from heat, it also brings along a surge in diseases. The bustle of activities in nature due to rains, also mark major shifts in our body’s internal balance- especially at the level of our bio-energies called Dosha.
According to Ayurveda, water table changes its nature during each season,favoring balance or imbalance of certain doshas. During rainy season, the water tends to imbalance Vata and Pitta dosha in our body. Hence, health issues like joint pains, myalgia, headaches, acidity, nasal allergies, skin allergies, acne, hair loss, constipation etc. resurface or worsen during rainy season.
Water comprises 70% of our body mass and is one of the most vital nutrients. Something as simple as drinking water correctly can make a whole lot of difference to our health. Attention to how we drink our water is much required during rainy season to keep health complaints under check!
In order to stay healthy and enjoy the pitter patter of the rains here are a few tips to drink water correctly from the wisdom of Ayurveda:
- Hot water no ice:
Always drink water that is warm or hot to touch during rains. Hot water helps in removing congestion in our body, boosts metabolism and lowers toxin overload.
- Boiled is Better:
Boiling water especially during rainy season makes it more digestible and dosha balancing. It is particularly helpful for those who suffer from poor digestion during rainy season.
- Spice up that glass:
Add spices like a piece of ginger or a teaspoon of coriander seeds, cumin seeds; 2-3 leaves of fresh mint etc. to boiling water. Turn off the heat and let steep for a while. This spice infused water not only brightens up a damp rainy day, it also helps to balance our digestion and doshas.
- Before or after?
Do not drink water while eating meals or immediately after it especially during rains. This slows down the already slow digestion and leads to toxin formation in the body. Have sips of hot water if absolutely needed. Sip plenty of hot or warm water in between meals or whenever you feel thirsty.
- Respect that thirst:
Thirst is the most ignored and underestimated of all natural urges! Thirst lets us know exactly how much water we require for maintaining health. Paying attention to thirst is much required during rains as too little or too much water during this time is a recipe for imbalance and diseases. Drink sips of warm or hot water when thirst or when you experience dry mouth or lips.Guzzling water mindlessly is not a great idea for rainy season.[/fusion_text]