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When it rains, don't let diseases pour
Shikha Sharma, Hindustan Times
June 27, 2014
First Published: 10:26 IST(27/6/2014)
Last Updated: 17:33 IST(29/6/2014)
Dr Shikha Sharma

According to ayurveda, monsoon is the time when the digestive system weakens and affects two energy systems: vata (air) and pitta (fire). This basically leads to the following:
Low digestive strength
* Low immunity
Low vitality

A vata imbalance can lead to indigestion, body pain, headaches and gaseous distention. A pitta imbalance can lead to fungal infections, urinary tract infections, skin infections and throat infections.

But there's no reason to panic. Just protect yourself well enjoy the rains.

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If you are diabetic...
* You must take care of your feet, as diabetics tend to suffer from nerve damage and poor blood flow. this affects their feet adversely.
* Do not walk outside barefoot because a variety of worms and insects can infect your feet.
* Remember to wash and dry your feet, and apply antifungal powder before wearing your shoes. Diabetics must avoid tight or ill-fitting shoes.
An oil massage is helpful.
 
If you are asthmatic...
* During monsoon, avoid curd, pickles and heavy food at night.
* Practice pranayam every day and walk regularly.
* Avoid the growth of moulds and fungi in cupboards and other closed areas. Just scatter neem and betel leaves inside and breathe easy.
 
If you have a liver disorder...
* Eat liver-friendly foods like barley, fruit, khichdi, cold soups and coconut water.
* Avoid alcohol, heavy proteins and fried foods.
 
If you have sensitive skin…
* Take green gram and chana powder in equal proportions, mix it with water or milk and wash your face with it, twice a day.
* Make a paste of papaya, honey and milk. Apply on your face, leave on for 15 minutes, and wash off.
* Get a weekly body massage with ayurvedic oils like dhanvantari oil.
* Exfoliate your face with a paste of two tablespoons besan (gram flour) mixed with turmeric and raw milk. Apply on your face, leave it on for 15 minutes, and wash off.
 
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