Monsoon health tips: First rains mark the end of the oppressive tyranny of the sun. Rains are like a treat after the scorching summer heat. Indeed monsoon is beautiful and refreshing but one should not forget that monsoon brings along with it a host of health problems and diseases.
This season brings with it lots of bacteria and insects. Many diseases like typhoid, dengue, malaria, common cold, skin infection etc are prevalent due to the damp and filthy conditions during this season. Furthermore, this season takes a toll on one’s immune system making us susceptible to these infections and allergies.
The highly humid monsoon conditions affect our digestive process. Complications like diarrhea, stomach infections are also common concerns during monsoon especially due to unhygienic practices and consuming street food.
Don’t let this dim your fascination for the monsoon. Brighten up and relish the rains. All you need to do is follow these tips and a healthy monsoon will be yours to enjoy.
Monsoon health tips
- STAY HYDRATED: Water is the most important nutrient needed by the body. Be it heat or cold water should always top the list. Drink plenty of water but remember to drink it either boiled or purified as most of the common infections during monsoon are water-borne.
- BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM: A strong immune system means a healthy body. Our immune system is our body defense mechanism (our own battalion of soldiers). Immune booster foods ginger, basil, honey, citrus fruits, turmeric, yogurt, oats, and barley should be a part of the diet during monsoon.
- COOK UP YOUR VEGGIES: Salads and raw vegetables are always healthy/ and beneficial. However, during monsoon, it is wise to steam or boil your veggies as raw vegetables are house to many active bacteria and viruses.
- GO SEASONAL: Go seasonal especially when it comes to fruits. Monsoon special fruits you should not miss on include: litchis, peach, plums, jamuns, and cherries. They provide healthful nutrients and boost our immune system. Avoid eating non- seasonal fruits as they generally get infected with worms during the monsoons.
- GO LOW ON THE SALT: The shoqSalt is a ‘white poison’. Therefore, you should avoid as it leads to high blood pressure and leads to water retention. Go for low sodium varieties of salt ( as otherwise indicated) and say no to the extra salt like salted chips, biscuits, nuts, pickles, ready to eat foods etc.
- CHOOSE BITTER OVER SWEET: Yes! You heard it right, select bitter foods like bitter gourd, bitter herbs like neem, turmeric powder and methi seeds as they help fight infections.
- STAY DRY: Damp and wet areas on the body often lead to fungal infections. To prevent such skin infections, personal hygiene is paramount. Drying after washing especially between the finger and toes prevents fungal infections. Use an anti-bacterial solution or soap if need be.
- KEEP IT CLEAN: Quality and hygiene of the food prepared should be greatly scrutinized. Avoid eating food from roadside vendors, exposed foods, and juices.