Rainy season is accompanied with number of health problems. There is spike in incidences of water and food borne diseases in monsoon. Common diseases like Cough, Cold, Fever, Diarrhoea and indigestion are rampant. You can keep yourself healthy by eating the right kind of food; hence, you need to be very particular about your food choices.
Food to Eat:
- Drink plenty of water (10-12 glasses each day) to avoid dehydration, as the water intake reduces due to cold weather. Importantly, switch to boiled or filtered water.
- Include seasonal fruits like Pear, Pomegranate, Apple, Banana, Pineapple, as they are rich in Antioxidants and boost your immunity to fight off infections
- Drink herbal teas infused with Ginger, Cinnamon, Black Pepper &Cardamom, as they have immunity boosting properties. It also helps to ease the digestive system and improves metabolism
- Include immune boosting spices like Turmeric, Mustard, Asafoetida (Hing), Coriander, Cloves, Garlic,Ginger, Pepper and Curry Leaves,in your food as they have anti-bacterial properties and help ease digestion
- Include whole grains (Oats, Wheat, Barley, Jowar), legumes and dals in your diet, as they are rich in Protein which inturn boosts your immunity and helps fight infection
- Green leafy vegetables,Cabbage, Cauliflower, Lady Finger and Broccoli should be washed in salt water to kill germs thriving on them
- Walnuts, Almonds, Prunes and Dates are good source of energy, antioxidants and help boost immunity
- Have low fat milk and milk products (Curd, Buttermilk, Paneer, Lassi), as it helps to ease digestion. It is advisable to add turmeric in milk, as it is natural antiseptic and antibiotic agent
- Have Beetroot and Radish juice every day during monsoon, as it detoxifies your body
Foods to Avoid:
- Avoid canned and preserved food as they are high in sodium, and may lead to waterretention and high Blood Pressure
- Avoid pre-cut fruits that are made available on the roadside. Always choose a whole fruit over pre-cut fruit
- Eat steamed vegetable salad instead of raw vegetable salad, as they contain active bacteria and virus’ that cause infection
- Avoid spicy foods as it is hard for digestion and may lead to stomach upset
- Avoid excessive intake of Tea and Coffee, as it dehydrates the body
- Avoid street food like Chaats, Panipuri, Sandwich, Bhel, etc.
- Avoid raw meat and Eggs. Wash these thoroughly under running water before cooking.
- Avoid roadside ready-to-drink fresh fruit juices
Stay healthy and safe this monsoon by following theabove guidelines. Have homecooked healthy and nutritious food. Also maintain hygiene by taking precautionary measures, like washing hands before and after having a meal.
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