Importance Of Nutrition During Season Change
There are many benefits of eating seasonal food. Consuming foods based on seasonality and availability, is good way to ensure that you are getting the right nutrients and at the right time. For instance, bajra is a winter food as it produces heat in the body and it less consumed in summer. Remember the body is always trying to maintain homeostasis and works best when it is closest to nature. Let’s simplify this.
If your body is deficient of certain nutrients it will result in certain cravings to alarm you about the lack of nutrients in your system. An example of this is Pica, which is a disorder that causes persistent eating of substances such as dirt or paint that have no nutritional value. Pica can lead to cravings for clay caused by iron deficiency.
Another example is the yin and yang balance of the body, where if you feed the body with more raw foods, it will ask for cooked ones and if you feed it with more cooked foods it will ask for raw. Simple, isn’t it? The body is always trying to maintain balance and understand the importance of nutrition. Your body will crave hot soups and cooked veggies more in the winter season and cooling foods like raw salads and vegetable smoothies in the summer season. And the highlight being pick seasonal foods available!
With the onset of monsoon, we may experience few of the monsoon concerns:
1. Monsoons may reduce the immunity system of the body.
2. Body can get more susceptible to health issues.
3. Body is more prone to infections.
4. Feeling of lethargy and undefined cravings can set in.
Nutrition guidelines for better health during monsoon and rains
Add foods to your diet that may help increase your immunity such as -
• Vitamin C foods (antioxidants): green leafy veggies, capsicum, papaya, and cauliflower
• Vitamin A foods (immune boosters): pumpkin, carrots, tomatoes, eggs and dairy foods
• Vitamin E (antioxidants): nuts, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, apples and carrots
• B-Carotene (antioxidants): green leafy vegetables, papaya, pumpkin and carrots
• Zinc (immune booster): sesame seeds, pumpkin, poultry, beans, chickpeas, almonds, peas and mushrooms.
• Omega 3 rich foods like walnuts and alsi (flaxseeds)
• Glutathione: Sulphur-rich foods contain cysteine to make glutathione: chicken, eggs, milk, garlic, onions, oats and sprouted lentils
Your gut is your largest immune organ. Feeding it with fermented veggies to have diverse bacteria will help keeping infections away. Ensure optimal hydration levels, 2.7 litres for women and 3.7 litres for men to stay healthy.
Here are a few lifestyle measures that can help you stay healthy in monsoon -
1. Ensure a good sleeping and waking time, honor the circadian rhythm of your body.
2. Daily 30 minutes of exercise
3. We are prone to receiving more artificial light during monsoon, be a sunlight opportunist and take advantage of it when available!
4. Use an air purifier and/or anti humidifier if needed to control the wheezing.
Studies have proven that natural whole foods are most nutritionally dense when they are consumed seasonally. So, understand the importance of nutrition - stock up on seasonal vegetables and fruits to get enough and relevant nutrition during the monsoons.
Depending on the cause, take the right action to deal with the symptoms of bloating. If your problem persists, consult a doctor to help ease the bloating and the distress caused by it.
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