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Nutritionist Dr. Shikha Sharma Knows How To Keep Away Your Monsoon Hair Blues

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  •  August 10, 2017


Monsoon has already begun showing its traces in the form of breakouts and frizzy hair. The arrival of monsoon means no pretty, open-haired styles for your tresses.

Monsoon is also a time when everything we need in our lives is “pakoras.” The fragrance of freshly fried pakoras goes so well with the natural petrichor aroma. And, while I agree that our tummies are growling and asking for them, our mind is saying no.

So, how do we tackle the monsoon whilst also enjoying everything about it? We took the problem to India’s leading Nutritionist, Dr. Shikha Sharma, the founder of NutriHealth, after all, she says, “What you eat is what you become.” Dr. Shikha offers comprehensive health and diet management programs by combining technology and Vedic nutrition.

So, Dr. Shikha, what do we do about those pakoras?

Rainy season is the time when Pitta dosha starts accumulating in the body and Vata dosha starts aggravating. Pitta dosha (functional energy of our body) is responsible for digestion and metabolism. Aggravation of Vata leads to weak digestion and flatulence. Indigestion, skin problems, acidity and hair fall are very common during this time. To pacify the Vata and Pitta one should avoid acidic and sour food like pickles and curd. Avoid raw salads and green leafy vegetables, too. Always eat freshly cooked, light and easily digestible food.

Here are few of the best Indian foods that will spice up the monsoon season:

  1. Bhelpuri With Masala Chai.
  2. Boiled Corn Chaat
  3. Paper Dosa with Mint Dip
  4. Boiled Masala Sprout Salad
  5. Baked Samosas
  6. Steamed Rice Flour Momos

Share one of the most favored and beneficial detox diets during monsoons.

The most beneficial diet during monsoon can be a detox that will flush out toxins from the body and also boost immunity. Few of the examples are listed below:

  1. Apple Cinnamon Detox Water
  2. Lemon Cucumber Detox Water
  3. Aloe Detox Water
  4. Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) with rock salt is also very beneficial.

Share 5 diet and nutrition tips for the monsoon brides.

  1. Since monsoon is a time when most of us fall prey to infections, one must include lots of vitamin C rich foods in their diet to keep the immunity high. Vitamin C not only protects us from infections during the monsoon but also gives us beautiful, radiant skin.
  2. You might not feel thirsty during monsoon, but make sure you keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water the entire day, it will keep away infections, maintain hydration and make your skin look healthy and young.
  3. Best warm beverage to sip on are the herbal teas: include chamomile tea, jasmine tea, mint tea to your diet. They contain antioxidants that prevent oxidation of cells and generate new cells which make your skin look youthful, blemish free and radiant.
  4. Include Triphala in your daily routine as it helps to ward off digestive problems, detoxifies the toxins from the body, boosts immunity, rejuvenates skin and reduces dark circles. Apart from triphala, include other kitchen herbs like methi seeds, mint, coriander.
  5. Apply home-made face packs using chandan, tulsi, and rose water.

Frizzy hair during monsoons is a common issue. Suggest one ingredient from the kitchen that works wonders with maintaining the lustre and texture of hair and nourishes it to the core.

With the humidity soaring high, the frizzy hair has become a reality that you want to hide. Here are some useful tips that would help to maintain hair quality:

  1. Wash your hair if it is wet from the drizzle as rain water is not that clean and contains dust particles and these things will damage your hair.
  2. The weather is damp and if you are washing your hair regularly, don’t apply excessive oil as it would result in breakouts. If oiling is important to you, then use a good but mild and deep cleansing shampoo to wash it off. Apply conditioner to soften your hair. And a good oil massage once in a week will nourish your hair.
  3. The famous Amla-Shikakai combination works best for the hair during monsoon as it can treat sticky hair and keep the hair frizz free.
  4. A wide tooth comb is your best friend during the monsoon as it would help to detangle your hair and prevent breakage.
  5. Don’t forget to eat foods that are rich in protein, iron and omega 3 such as salmon, whole grains, carrots, kidney beans, etc. They will strengthen your hair follicles. Drink more water, it is not only good for your hair but also for your skin.
  6. It is also better if you stop trying any hair treatments that involve chemicals. Another thing to avoid during the monsoon period is applying henna to the hair. It will further dry your hair and lead to breakage.
  7. Home remedies such as applying aloe vera juice, gooseberry juice, curd and egg whites, fenugreek paste, etc. can prove beneficial. Mix 50 gm Triphla powder in 20 ml of Sesame oil, keep the mixture aside for few minutes and apply it on the roots and hair, this is very effective to balance pitta during monsoon and will keep your hair away from frizz.

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