Our health needs special attention in the rainy season. Monsoon comes with a variety of waterborne diseases. Some other problems such as cough, cold, fever, eye infections, malaria, dengue and hepatitis are also very common during the monsoon. Our Diet & Personal Hygiene play a crucial role in prevention of these diseases during the monsoon.
- Avoid eating outside food specially Pakodas, Bhel, Panipuri, Vadapav, etc. Eating such foods increases the chances of contamination and illness during the monsoon.
- Avoid storing food for a long time because during the storage time uncooked foods or pre-cut fruits, vegetables and salads have more chances of contamination. This goes a long way in preventing digestive problems.
- Wash Fruits & Vegetables thoroughly. Make sure vegetables and fruits you use are fresh. Soak them in salt-water (add 2 teaspoon salt in 1 liter water) for 5 to 7 mins. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water before use.
- Use Herbs & Spices regularly. Herbs help in improving immunity during rainy season. Herbs such as Tulsi, Lemongrass, Mint, Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic can be used in monsoon on daily basis.
- Drink Safe Water as Water borne illness are very common in rainy season, Drink Boiled water whenever possible. Specially kids, elderly and ill people must drink boiled water.
- Make use of Alum to get purified water, do not drink uncovered water and use water purifiers at home.
- Personal Hygiene should be maintained. For example, wash your hands properly before handling food. Use handkerchief while sneezing, coughing etc. Personal cleanliness should be maintained to avoid contamination of food.
- Mosquito repellents and nets should be used to prevent it. Also make sure that water does not stagnate in your area as mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Use DDT in the drains near your home.
- Boost Immunity with citrus fruits. Include Orange, lemon, gooseberry (amla) in your diet. Do not worry; it will not increase your cough or cold. Vitamin C rich fruits will help in boosting immunity.
- Consult Your Doctor immediately in case of persistent cough (cough for more than 4 day), fever other complaints.
Author: Dr. Alka Satao (Corporate wellness consultant. Dr. Alka is active in the field of corporate wellness initiatives like annual health check ups, pre employment health check ups and counselings.)