Monsoon is here and such a relief it has brought from the merciless atrocities of the blazing sun. While it stirs the romantic within some of us, the others get a chance to hog on the delicious street food and snacks, along with a steaming cup of coffee or tea. Getting drenched in the rain sounds like a good idea right? Beware, along with the much required relief, the monsoon showers also bring with them infections, allergies and indigestion. Maintaining a healthy diet is necessary to keep away from unwanted illness during the rainy season. Presenting you with some suggestions that would come in handy these monsoons.•Due to the increased humidity during monsoon, the body’s ability to digest is very low. The intake of oily and heavy food can cause an upset stomach. Also the street food which we all relish is usually prepared in very heavy oils and thus must be avoided. Use light oils like corn oil.
•Do not eat if you are not hungry. Eating just because something appeals to you can cause indigestion and illness.
•Eat fruits like pomegranate, apple, banana, mango, and litchi. They help in restoring energy. Avoid the non-seasonal fruits because they are likely to be infected by germs. Do not eat a lot of mangoes, they can cause pimples.
•Keep yourself hydrated at all times, drink a lot of water. As the humidity increases, the skin becomes oily and thus becomes prone to infections. To keep the skin problems at bay, consume a good amount of water daily.
•Reduce the intake of dairy products as much as possible. Avoid milk, it is most likely to be infected by germs. Instead opt for curd and yogurt.
•Spicy food is a big no. It causes skin allergies and skin irritation. The body temperature increases and the blood circulation gets stimulated due to the intake of spicy food.
•The vegetables and fruits should be washed thoroughly before their consumption. Proper care should be taken to wash them especially when they are being consumed raw. Raw salads should be avoided as far as possible, instead, steamed salads should be consumed.
•Juices from road side vendors should be avoided. It would be better if you squeeze out fresh juice at home.
•Monsoon is almost synonymous with a cup of steaming tea. But an excessive intake of tea or coffee should be avoided. It tends to dehydrate the body fluids. Instead you can opt for herbal tea. It is rich in antibacterial properties. Some of these include honey, pepper, basil leaves, ginger, mint etc.
•Opt for low salted food. Heavily salted food can cause water retention and also, high blood pressure.
•Foods such as brown rice, oats and barley are some of the food items most fit for consumption in the monsoon.
•Remember to add a dash of garlic in your meals, be it soups or the curries. It increases the body’s immunity.
•Vegetables like kidney beans, ladies finger, cauliflower, sprouted grains, and cluster beans should be avoided. Vegetables like bitter gourd, snake gourd, apple gourd and pointed gourd should be consumed.
Take all these precautionary measures and enjoy a safe and healthy monsoon.