The Monsoon Kitchen: 5 Ingredients You Must Include In Your Diet This Rainy Season

Besides enjoying the pitter-patter, it is imperative to bear your health in mind.

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The Monsoon Kitchen: 5 Ingredients You Must Include In Your Diet This Rainy Season
Monsoon is here in its full swing. Besides enjoying the pitter-patter and gulping down deep fried treats, it is imperative to bear your health in mind. The change in season also comes accompanied with bacterial and viral infections along with mosquito-borne ailments like dengue and malaria. Experts suggests you to take extra care of your immunity and add some commonly available ingredients in your diet to rainproof your health this monsoon. We got in touch with Ayurveda expert Ashutosh Gautam of Baidyanath to get a lowdown on some of the most essential monsoon ingredients.

Tulsi: The holy basil can easily be added to the regular round the year. Its antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it a hit with some of the old age herbal and medicinal remedies of Ayurveda. Simply add some tulsi leaves in your green tea or boil some in water along with honey and lemon juice.

Giloy: It is excellent for boosting immunity. Choose to have giloy juice on an empty stomach or simply add its stems to your green tea.

Pipali: This humble fruit resembles black pepper and comes loaded with a bevy of health benefits. Take 1/4 tsp of ground pipali and mix it with 1 tsp of honey and consume two-three times a week. This remedy is excellent for solving liver and gastric issues.

Neem: Soft neem leaves can be boiled and the water can be sipped on. Neem leaves can be added in a variety of ways in your diet. You can have neem juice regularly on an empty stomach or simply put few leaves in the water while bathing.

Amla: A powerhouse of antioxidants and immunity boosting vitamin C - regular consumption of amla can guard you from a range of ailments. It is good for eyesight, skin and hair as well. Have the raw fruit, make chutneys or pickles out of it or simply sip on its juice early in the morning.


"You must include raw honey, vitamin C rich foods in your monsoon diet. Also add in fresh berries, jamun, cherries, ginger and garlic. Cinnamon tea is excellent to boost immunity. Organic chicken broths, soups are also good," noted Shilpa Arora ND, a renowned Health Practitioner, Nutritionist and certified Macrobiotic Health Coach.

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