10 Helpful Tips For Healthy Diet In Monsoon
A warm, moist climate and some dark clouds herald the onset of the monsoon—the season of fresh greens and, unfortunately, quite a few diseases. Waterborne diseases are very common in monsoon. Some of these ailments include dengue, chikungunya, cholera, typhoid, diarrhea etc. Even though monsoon brings with it the much-need relief from the scorching heat of summer, the number of health issues occurring in monsoon need some serious concern.
So, we need to have a completely healthy diet during this season which will help us gain the immunity power to fight all the diseases. That is why we have brought this article for you today which will talk about some monsoon health tips and some necessary monsoon diet inclusions that you must keep in mind while preparing your meals during this season. Now, let’s get started with the tips for a healthy diet in monsoon!
Eat only seasonal fruits for monsoon
Seasonal fruits are a must for this season of many diseases. These fruits have much-needed nutrients which can help fix your metabolism, digestion and overall health. Monsoon is generally associated with a lot of humidity in the air and this can lead to many gastrointestinal disorders.
To prevent these, you can include fruits such as cherries, plums, peaches, pears, litchis, pomegranates and jamuns in your healthy diet for monsoon. Litchi contains loads of antioxidants, has vitamin C and anti-ageing properties. Pears also have vitamin C, which is why they are good for boosting your immunity. Also, pears are perfect for a monsoon evening snack since they contain lots of fibers. The antioxidants of pomegranate are also important as immunity boosters.
Season your food with garlic
Believe it or not, garlic is a quintessential monsoon addition to your diet. Garlic, again, has lots of antioxidants which serve as immunity boosters for your body. Garlic helps your metabolism too. The taste of garlic is very strong and it can relieve you of common problems like cold and flu that occur during the monsoon. So, to ward off the diseases that come with the monsoon, add a few pods of garlic to your food and you’re good to go!
Avoid too much of salt in your food
This is not just a monsoon health tip; you should avoid having too much salt with your food all year round! Salt causes water retention and it raises your blood pressure too. These can cause a lot of additional problems during monsoon. The water retention, as a result of increased salt intake, can make you bloated and it must be prevented.
Also remember, too much spicy food is not recommended for your monsoon diet.
Avoid watery food
Watery food will lead to water retention, feeling bloated and ultimately, it will increase your blood pressure, so keep an eye on the food you eat. But you also need to remember that during monsoon, you must drink lots of water to prevent dehydration.
So, buttermilk, dahi sherbet, lassi and aam panna are a big no-no in monsoon even though you must have them during the summer to make sure your system has enough water. Watermelon is very watery, so remember to avoid it while planning your monsoon meal. Some people also skip rice in winter and the reason behind that is the fact that rice also causes water retention.
Don’t cook your food in mustard oil
Mustard oil sesame oil and peanut oil are all known for attracting infections. In the monsoon season, germs are everywhere and if these oils invite more pathogens, then we need to control that. A light oil like sunflower oil can be used for cooking food during monsoon.
Go for the bitter ones
Veggies that are bitter to taste are definitely not number one on everybody’s favourite list, but the truth is that they are excellent additions to your diet because they can give you the required nutrients to ward off infections. Vegetable like methi, bitter gourd etc. are really good for your health and there is also neem leaves which are used to make items like neem bengan and we all know that the ‘azadirachtin’ that is the fluid of the neem leaves is really helpful for human beings and is used to make many medicines.
Do not drink tap water
Monsoon is famous for causing all the different kinds of waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, diarrhea etc. And you stand a huge chance of getting diagnosed with any one of these ailments if you don’t drink purified water at your home, during this season. Tap water should be avoided and if you don’t have a water purifier at your home, boil the tap water before drinking so that the heat kills the harmful microbes present there.
Do not eat raw salad
Raw salad means fruits that have been left open in the air for a while, contaminated by flies and other disease vectors and now served to you without proper washing or boiling. Seems like a recipe for disaster, doesn’t it?
While having the skin of certain fruits is good for your health as it gives you roughage, you must also be mindful of the number of germs that skin can carry, especially during times like the monsoon seasons. So, wash the fruits well, then boil them if you want, and then eat them. This ensures that no disease-causing germs are entering your system and you’re safe from the ailments of the monsoon season!
Avoid street food
Who does not love a little outing with your best friend after college to have some burgers, hotdogs or chow mein? But whenever you’re purchasing street food, you must be aware of the fact that the food has been left in the open, by the side of the road, for a long time and it is not possible to be hygienic while eating street food because that food is obviously infested with disease-causing germs.
So, our advice would be to minimize how many times you go for the vada pav that you can get at the shop beside your office because, if you’re down with diarrhea, you will curse that pav for the rest of your life!
Have only properly cooked food that’s served hot
Food left in the open or food that has not been cooked well and seems a bit raw—both are quite dangerous when it comes to contracting diseases in the monsoon season. You should only have food that is served hot right in front of you because germs and flies can often attack the pre-cooked food and you might get diarrhea after eating that. So, make sure what you eat is not raw, cooked hygienically and served hot.
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