Keeping Healthy During the Monsoons

Keeping Healthy During the Monsoons

While monsoons are a welcome relief after the scorching summer heat; yet we all are more prone to health risks during the rainy season. But just a few precautions with regards to food may keep illness at bay.

The damp and wet monsoon weather leads to an escalation of germs and diseases like indigestion, conjunctivitis, typhoid, and dengue to name some. Hence, it’s critical to keep one’s immunity strong by observing certain food habits while avoiding some at the same time –

Consume –

  • High fibre and protein rich foods like – brown rice, corn, gram flour, chickpea, multigrain chapattis, oats, barley, etc.
  • Boiled or filtered water to avoid water-borne infections
  • A clove of garlic in soups and curries since it is an immunity-booster
  • Vegetables like bitter gourd; and immunity-boosting medicinal herbs like neem, turmeric powder and fenugreek seeds 
  • Steamed, boiled or grilled foods 
  • Rice-bran or other light oils
  • Fresh fruits like apples, mangoes, peaches, pomegranates, and pears as they help in restoring energy
  • Herbal tea, especially those with antibacterial properties, like – ginger, pepper, honey, mint, cinnamon liquorice, Moringa, lemon and basil 
  • Warm water with basil and cinnamon on an empty stomach in the morning to alleviate arthritis pain
  • Light preparations like stews and soups garnished with black pepper, garlic and ginger 
  • Sprouts as they boost your immune system
  • A glass of warm turmeric milk every night before hitting the bed to stay fit during monsoon

Avoid –

  • Foods with high water content like buttermilk, watermelon, rice, muskmelon etc. as they may cause the body to swell due to water retention
  • High salt content foods as they lead to water retention and high blood pressure
  • Fried food as it can lead to indigestion and stomach unrest 
  • Green leafy vegetables and root vegetables; else ensure thoroughly washing them before consumption
  • Seafood, fish, mutton, cold cuts, raw or semi-cooked eggs 
  • Spicy and sour foods as they lead to an increase in body temperature, allergies and skin irritations like pimples, rashes and boils

Other Advisable Food Habits –

  • Replace your daytime milk with yogurt, curd and almonds 
  • Steam or re-cook food before consumption

Just adhering to a few simple and easy-to-follow food habits may keep you protected from all rain-borne diseases. Go ahead and – “Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” (Langston Hughes)

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