Monsoon showers do provide the much needed relief from the scorching heat, but they also bring health problems in their wake like allergies, flu, indigestion etc. There is no need to panic though, small variations in dietary habits can keep health problems at bay.
1.Keep yourself hydrated – In monsoon sweat does not evaporate quickly as the humidity levels are high and prevents the body from releasing heat. Therefore, drinking up on water is advisable. However, avoid carbonated drinks and alcoholic drinks as they result in indigestion. Instead warm beverages like tea are better.
2.Soups – During monsoon soups are a great way to getting nutrition from veggies. They provide a warm feeling when you’re drenched and also help in combating against any cold or flu symptoms. They are also an ideal way of consuming the green stuff without having any bacteria.
3.Cereals – Monsoon is the time to go the cereal way. Corn, barley, chickpeas, brown rice and oats are the best and tastier bet as they are beneficial for the body.
4.Benefit of a balanced diet – Digestion is slow during monsoon, so eat slowly and only when you’re hungry. Vegetables like bitter gourd and herbs like neem and turmeric are rich in antioxidants and build immunity. Spices such as pepper, asafoetida and coriander help improve immunity. Cherries, bananas, apples, pomegranates, plums, litchis, pears, carrots, fenugreek and radish are helpful for a regular diet.
5.Clean food – Clean your leafy vegetables and fruits thoroughly before cooking them. Avoid raw salads and steam cauliflowers and leafy vegetables. Uncooked food might harbor bacteria in them.
6.Stop breeding of mosquitoes – Don’t let the water collect near your house that can result in a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Apply mosquito repellent or sleep inside a mosquito net to prevent mosquito bites.
7.Street Food – Say no to street food and cut fruits on the roadside can be a cause for food poisoning.
8.Avoid jumping in puddles – No matter how tempting it might be, but jumping in puddles can be a grave health hazard. Wet feet can lead to fungal and bacterial infections and lead to sores and wounds. Diabetics should take utmost care of keeping their foot dry during the rainy season.
9.Exercise – Do gentle and less strenuous exercises during monsoon. Yoga, walking and stretching are better options
10.Seafood – Monsoons are the breeding season for fishes and prawns, so avoiding them are the best bet. If you still need to gorge on them, make sure that they are fresh and properly cleaned.