Monsoon rains are looked forward to all year round. They lower the temperature, provide some respite from the scorching heat and uplift moods everywhere. This is not to say that they do not have a downside. Seasonal change often results in individuals contracting a flu or infections, making it essential for us to look after our health and strengthen immunity. We all love rain and the joyfulness that comes with it but there are multiple water and airborne diseases that arise in monsoon season and its vital to keep a watch out for them. Here is a list of dos and don’ts when humid weather strikes following rainfall.
Avoid salty foodsWe say rain, you say pakoras! There is no denying that they both complement each other and a little bit of fried food never hurt nobody… but do not overeat them. The presence of salt in French fries, pakoras and many other oily foods can increase sodium levels in one’s body, resulting in high blood pressure. According to reports, too much salt can also lead to water retention and inflammation too. Be cautious about your salt intake and you’ll be hale and hearty!
Indulge in vegetables Be it doctors or nutritionists, they all stress upon the importance of incorporating greens in our meals. Including vegetables such as bitter gourd, neem, turmeric and other strong spices can instantly assist in boosting immunity and providing the body with sufficient vitamins and minerals. Most of the above-mentioned veggies are known for their antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. Ginger and garlic are crucial vegetables to add to your bucket list too.
Think twice before eating meat/fishWe assume most of you already know why meat and fish is said to be avoided in monsoon season. For those of you who are not familiar with this, monsoon is the breeding season for such fish and so, eating them during this time can lead to disaster. Another reason is because animals such as cows, goats etc, feed on fodder and grass that can get polluted due to heavy rains. So, avoid eating animal and fish meat for sometime would be our advice to you!
Exercise is keyRemaining physically active is important during Covid-19 times when not only is it monsoon season but the virus is still very much around. Yes, outside runs and driving to the gym may not be possible during monsoon rains but you can always take time out at home for some self-workouts. From practicing yoga and meditation to dancing for an hour to running up and down the staircase are all examples of fitness workouts at home. You can also keep yourself busy by running household errands. This will keep you active, on-the-go and avoid bloating.
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Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate!Saving the best for last; never can anyone stress more on the importance of drinking enough water throughout the day. For starters, this does not mean chugging one glass of water in the morning and another at night. However, what it does mean is that water MUST be consumed in short intervals. Six to eight glasses of day are ideal, if not more.