After the scorching summer heat, we should be welcoming the monsoon showers wholeheartedly and making the best out of it. However the damp and squidgy conditions in monsoon does bring with it a few health risks. How do we combat them? The best way out of this situation, is by improving our own body’s immunity. This can be achieved with the right intake of food and water. Our bodies become more fragile during the rainy season and the incessant rains reduces our immunity. Hence, it becomes mandatory to take regular precautions as listed below;
- Carry the right food to office:
Avoid roadside foods like chaats, juices, buttermilk, chuskis or kulfis and gol gappas. The water they use could be easily contaminated and will definitely cause health problems. Instead, carry your own snacks or choose to eat food which is cooked in hygienic conditions that you are sure of.
- Eat smaller meals:
During monsoon as the humidity levels are high, the body takes a longer time for digestion. This is why it is best advised to have a moderate intake of food during meals rather than larger ones.
- Drink warm beverages:
Green tea, black tea and herbal teas are very popular as they have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Drink lots of tea and add some ginger, pepper, honey, mint or basil leaves to make all the more healthier. Drinking too much of coffee or tea with milk however negates these benefits and dehydrates your body. A good habit however is to drink a glass of warm water with tulsi and cardamom on an empty stomach in the morning before drinking anything else to help with better digestion.
- Add more vegetables and fruits to your diet:
Add a lot of green and coloured vegetables to your everyday diet as they contain a lot of essential nutrients that help you stay healthy. Avoid leafy vegetables like spinach, cabbage and cauliflower.Pomegranates, apples, chikoos, strawberries and bananas are also a good idea. But always make sure that your fruits and vegetables are washed thoroughly with water and salt to get rid of all the soil, microbes and pesticides.
- Eat more pulses and cereals:
Pulses and cereals are rich in minerals and iron which are a good source of energy. Well cooked sprouts, corns, dals, ragi, soya beans, etc should be had in generous quantities to maintain a well balanced diet.
- Go easy on the meat:
Avoid too much of fish or meat especially red meat this season as they are too heavy on the digestive system. If you are quite the non vegetarian, then go for lighter meal preparations like soups and stews rather than heavy gravies.
- Drink plenty of water:
Whether you feel thirsty or not, a good habit to develop is to drink plenty of water. Be very careful in drinking only boiled or filtered water to protect yourself from harmful germs which are more likely to contaminate water this season.
Always be safe and hygienic when it comes to food or drinking water. So, follow these simple and easy tips this season and we are sure you will have a safe and healthy monsoon. And yes! Don’t forget to enjoy the rains while you can!