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Monsoon showers come as a relief and are welcome after the scorching summer heat. But they also bring with them health problems like allergies, infections and indigestion. High temperature and humidity are ideal conditions for the growth of microorganisms. This can cause diseases such as food poisoning, typhoid, jaundice which are food borne-diseases. Also this season peaks in malaria, dengue due to water stagnation. But there’s no need to panic, small variations in eating habits can keep problems at bay. Diet plays an important role not only in preventing the onset of such diseases but also help in curing the disease.
Do’s this Season:
Eat small frequent meals but keep them light.
Hydrate well, sweating leads to loss of fluids and electrolytes. Take more of fluids like fresh lime water, coconut water, chaach to replenish the salts and electrolytes lost in sweats.
Foods high in protein get spoiled very fast in this weather due to high humidity and temperature. Keep dairy products and non-vegetarian items in proper temperatures. Non-veg items should be kept in frozen temperature, once thawed should not be frozen again.
Build your immunity by eating loads of seasonal fruits and veggies rich in vitamin C to prevent infections.
Take a lot of good bacteria, or probiotics, present in curd, and other fermented foods as it builds the immune response to fighting disease.
Use a lot of Indian herbs like turmeric (haldi), coriander, fenugreek (methi), mustard, asafoetida (hing), ginger, curry leaves and garlic as all these help in boosting immunity. They also help in improving digestion and clear congestion.
Maintain good hygiene by washing hands well before and after eating. Wash after using toilet.
Don’t this season:
Avoid street foods as they may cause stomach infections. Also, avoid very heavy oily rich food as one is prone to intestinal problems during this season.
Avoid cut fruits and veggies outside as they are the source of infection, instead, go for the whole. Wash them thoroughly in running water or wash with lemon juice or vinegar.
Avoid heavy salty food as it can cause high blood pressure and water retention due to high humidity and excessive sweating.
It is best to avoid eating seafood during the monsoons as it is the breeding season for fish.
Enjoy the rains and have a safe and healthy Monsoon.