After scorching summers, arrive the lovely monsoons! The first water droplets make us feel refreshed, relieved and joyous. But along with the rejuvenating weather, the risk of water-borne and gastrointestinal diseases doubles.
Common diseases during monsoon season are jaundice, food poisoning, dysentery, typhoid, flu, cholera, malaria, cough, cold, and poor digestion. Children and elders should take more care as they are more susceptible to these diseases.
Luckily, we have some compiled simple tips to take of your health during monsoons and stay away from undesirable disease companions:
Choice of liquids during monsoons
- It is very important to keep yourself hydrated during monsoons as the humidity levels are high and you tend to release less heat.
2. Always drink filtered water and as the chances of water getting contaminated are very high. Make sure to drink at least 7 glasses of water even if you are not thirsty. It is considered best if you drink slightly warm water for better digestion.
3. To keep yourself away from cold and flu infections maintain distance from carbonated drinks and beverages which significantly reduce the mineral levels in the body; preventing the functioning of enzymes in the body. Do read – 8 Exercises for Eyes to get Better Vision
4. Make herbal tea or green tea your best friend during monsoons. Not only they are strong curative for cold and cough they taste pleasant and refresh the mind. Add ginger, clove and cardamom for extra benefits and bringing warmth to the body.
5. Avoid buttermilk, lassi, and milk and opt for yogurt and curd. If you want to consume milk boil it at 100 degrees to kill harmful bacteria.
6. Prefer mild hot vegetable soup or chicken soup (in case you are nonvegetarian) to keep your body warm and improving digestion.
Choice of food during monsoons
- Binging on nutritional food becomes much more important in monsoons for stronger immunity along with fulfilling your daily requirement of minerals, vitamins, carbs and proteins.
2. Avoid raw food as they are the house of bacteria. Always eat cooked veggies and firstly wash them thoroughly to remove toxins and pollutants.
3. Indian gooseberry contains a high content of Vitamin C which ultimately increases your immunity. Include them in your daily diet.
4. To keep skin infections and allergies at bay, eat bitter gourd and neem. You can boil them or fry them to satisfy your taste buds!
5. Prefer adding spices like turmeric, pepper, garlic and ginger to keep your immunity stronger and improve digestion.
6. Eat vegetables like radish and carrots to fight cold and avoid cauliflower, lady’s finger, cabbage as they might contain seasonal worms.
7. Bananas, apple, pears, and pomegranate as best recommended for staying healthy throughout monsoons.
8. No matter how much you love street food say a big NO to them during monsoon and stick to home cooked highly hygienic food.
9. Excessive intake of rice can make you feel bloaty and sluggish. Choose wheat, barley and corn to stay active and full.
Some other tips include the use of mosquito net or eucalyptus oil to stay away from mosquitoes, avoiding sudden temperature change, avoid walking in rainy water or using rain boots instead of flats and washing your hands before meals.
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Have a safe and enjoyable monsoon!
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