Monsoon showers surely appear as a relief. However, it also brings along health irritants such as infections, allergies, as well as indigestion. But, don’t panic. Making small variations in your eating habits can help keep these problems away. Actually, the atmosphere’s increased humidity affects the digestion of your body to a great extent. High humidity levels during monsoon reduce the body’s capability to digest food.
The monsoon attacks your immune system directly thus resulting in diseases such as dysentery, diarrhea, intestinal helminths, malaria, and cough & fever. In monsoon season, the immune system gets attacked by various infestations and infections.
Here are some tips which can help you to take care of your health during monsoons:
- Consumption of raw food is the most dangerous thing during rains because there are certain enzymes in raw food which are difficult to be digested by the digestive system. Raw foods are moist and they become an ideal place for the growth of bacteria and other germs.
- Salads and leafy vegetables must be avoided especially in places where food is cooked at a large scale like big parties and restaurants. These cut vegetable get contaminated with disease producing germs at a faster rate.
- Fruits like watermelon, cucumber and other watery fruits should not be chopped and eaten from open vendors in the market.
- Non-vegetarian foods like raw eggs and seafood must be avoided in the rainy season. Monsoon is the breeding season for some fishes and prawns which can cause severe stomach infections. One must be very cautious while buying these fishes.
- Try taking dry and light foods and avoid heavy foods with high sodium and salt content for monsoon encourages water retention and bloating. Also, over cooked and fried foods reduce the digestive efficacy of your body. Try holding on to dry/light/baked bites. You can take foods such as chickpea, oats, and corn to avail the imperative nutrients required by your body. Also, try avoiding heavy oils, such as sesame and mustard, as they may imbalance the absorption of ‘Pitta’ thus making the body more susceptible to infections. It is, rather, better to go for dry oils like olive/corn oil as they are light and ensure good health as well.
Following these guidelines helps you to stay safe and healthy during monsoons. Always binge on nutritional food and be hygienic by taking necessary precautionary measures like cleaning your house, washing hands before and after having a meal, etc. Also, don’t let water stagnate inside or outside your house. Keep your utensils, chopping blocks, as well as work tops clean and dry. Control breeding of mosquitoes by draining out the water from the flower vases as well as coolers, if not in use. Pay special attention towards food storage. Also, clean your refrigerator thoroughly to prevent the formation of fungus that may spread to stored foods as well. Avoid using food items which are losing their freshness or shrinking.
Have a safe and healthy monsoon.