How can women take advantage of the best that rainy season has to offer, while keeping monsoon maladies at bay? Read on to know what Ayurveda expert Dr Yamini Agalya has to say!

How is female health affected in Varsha Ritu?
From Ayurveda’s perspective,whereas the dehydrating heat of summer has already aggravated
Vata, the fire of Pitta, which had been suppressed to prevent the body from overheating, is
muzzled further when the temperature drops. These Vata and Pitta imbalances weaken our
digestive fire, and bring stamina levels down.

Health problems commonly faced by women during Varsha Ritu
Believe it or not, there is a correlation between joint pains, disturbed monthly cycles, digestion and
the Monsoon season! Women are also more likely to experience:

Asrigdhara (Heavy Menstrual Bleeding) improper functioning in Vata.
Vaginal Infections weakened immune system and increase in atmospheric humidity
Mood swings vitiated Pitta
Increased menstrual cramps vitiated Vata affecting the movement of liquids in the body
White discharge or Leucorrhoea a tell-tale sign of a drop in estrogen levels, caused by the reduction of daylight

Diet recommendation for Varsha Ritucharya:

The monsoon is not a great time to rely on street food, especially raw food like salads. The damp
weather makes it easy for germs to grow. Cook what you crave at home, and consume food within
two hours of preparing it.

Here are some tips on the right diet for the rains!

Use the right spices – ginger, rock salt, black pepper, lime, asafoetida and cumin, fenugreek and garlic reawaken your digestive fire, boost immunity and help in fighting common cold and flu.
Eat seasonal foods – pumpkin, brinjal, pointed gourd, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, wheat and barley are very helpful for health.
Stay robust with rice – Shastika Shali rice and red rice are ideal at this time, they are useful in balancing vata dosha, a good source of fibre, help with bowel movement, reduce bloating and help with joint pains.
Consume Ghee – clarified butter made from cow’s milk aids the digestive and immune system and improves memory.

Diet don’ts –

● Avoid water contamination. If the water is taken from a well, pond or river, then alum should be applied before using it. It is better to boil the water in the rainy season.
● Forego potato, colocasia, ladyfinger and foods that are difficult to digest.
● Avoid sour, fermented food
● Don’t consume food which is stored in cold storage refrigerator.
● Turn down dry food and sprouts.
● Exclude butter Milk, curd, yoghurt, etc.

Lifestyle recommendation for Varsha Ritucharya:

● Don’t go in mud or wet dust on bare feet.
● Medicated oils containing neem, turmeric etc, are helpful in getting rid of skin infections and keeping skin healthy.
● Do Basti Chikitsa during Monsoon to avoid the aggravation of Vata dosha.
● Don’t get wet frequently in Rain, it may cause infection.
● Drinking more than the required fluid intake can also slow down metabolism.
● Sleeping during the daytime also hampers metabolism and slows digestion.
● Yogasanas and breathing exercises like Nadi Shodhan Pranayama, Kapal Bhati, Bhujangasana, Naukasana, Shalabasana and Tadasana are beneficial for health.