The monsoon has set in, along with the heavy rains and cold winds, have come food cravings. But monsoons do bring certain health risks. The humidity in the atmosphere is usually high in this season; as a result, the body’s digestive capability goes down. The damp conditions in monsoon plays a host for many disease-causing dengue, malaria, typhoid, viral fever, gastrointestinal disturbances. If your immune system is weak you are supposed to catch these diseases instantly.
As much as the rainy season is about fried snacks and spicy foods, we must ensure that we make the right choices to stay healthy and keep infections at bay.
To maintain healthy diet and protect you from such ill causes, follow these tips:
Eat fruits as they help you restore energy. Apples, mangoes, pomegranates and pears are best suggestible. Avoid too many mangoes it may cause pimples.
Have medium to low salt food and avoid heavy salty food as they lead to high blood pressure and water retention
Eating water foods like lassi, watermelon, muskmelon creates swelling in your body. So better opt for foods which are drying in nature like corn, gram flour, chickpea
Opt. for yogurt, curd and almonds in your diet instead of milk. Drink only boiled and purified water to protect from harmful germs and drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated
Consuming bitter vegetables like bitter gourd, bitter herbs like neem, methi seeds, turmeric powder help in preventing infections.
People who face skin allergies during rainy season to avoid spicy foods.
Avoid too much of fish and meat this season and heavy curries and non- vegetarians should go for light meat preparations like stew and soups
Drink lots of herbal teas, especially those with antibacterial properties. These include ginger, pepper, honey, mint and basil leaves. Avoid tea and coffee intake as it dehydrates body fluid
Vegetables like cauliflower, lady finger, sprouted grains, cabbage must be avoided
Eat steamed salads instead of raw vegetables as they contain active bacteria
Better eat seasonal fruits as non- seasonal fruits get infested with worms during the monsoons. Pomegranates, lychees, apples, bananas are among the recommended.
Stay safe, eat healthily and have a happy monsoon!
Blog is written by Ms.Divya Sharma (Certified Nutritionist, Jaipur)