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Stay healthy in monsoon with these nutritional and diet tips

Stay healthy in monsoon with these nutritional and diet tips
September 09
10:52 2014

After scorching summer heat, rain showers provide a nice relief. Monsoon is simply the best time of year, with everything looking extremely lush green and pleasant. But, monsoons also bring some health related problems. Our body is more prone to health issues in monsoon, because during monsoon the immunity power of our body is reduced.

Our body constantly gets affected with infections, allergies, indigestion problems etc. therefore keeping our body resistant against such health problems becomes vital. The humidity is also high in monsoons, consequently the body’s digestive capability reduces. The main point to consider is that you must avoid street food, oily food etc. as there are chances that it will upset your stomach.

Here are some diet and nutritional tips that can help you stay healthy in monsoons:

Eat only if you are feeling hungry. Don’t eat just because it is dinner time, it is a very important mantra for monsoons. Eating even, when feeling full can result in illness and indigestion problems. Here are some detailed guidelines regarding what to eat and what not to eat during monsoons.

Nutritional tips in monsoon:

The moist and dirty conditions in monsoon are a major cause for varieties of disease causing germs, which causes some serious health attacks like viral fever, malaria, dengue, typhoid, diarrhea, gastro intestinal problems, pneumonia etc. You are more likely to catch these diseases, if your immune system is weak.

You can take these countermeasures to maintain healthy diet and protect yourself from such health risks.

  1. Eat fruits as they assist you to restore energy. Pears, apples, pomegranates are highly recommended. Avoid muskmelons, watermelon and also too many mangoes as it can cause pimples.
  2. Avoid heavy salty foods as they can lead to water retention and high BP. Have medium to low salt food.
  3. Go for foods which are drying in nature like chickpea, gram flour, corn etc. and avoid watery foods like watermelon, lassi, rice, muskmelon as they can be the cause for swelling in the body.
  4. For monsoons foods like oats, brown rice and barley are the healthier choice.
  5. By adding some garlic in your curries and soups, you can increase your body’s immunity.
  6. Instead of milk, include curd, yogurt, and almonds in your diet. Drink only purified and boiled water to protect yourself from germs. Try to drink plenty of water in order to keep your body hydrated.
  7. You can prevent infections by eating bitter vegetables like bitter gourd. Also include bitter herbs in your diet like turmeric powder, neem and methi seeds as they can help prevent infections.
  8. Eat drying oils like light oil or corn oil and avoid heavy oils like peanut oil, sesame oil, mustard oil etc.
  9. If you have skin problems or your skin is highly sensitive then you must avoid spicy food. Spicy foods increase body temperature, boost blood circulation and it causes allergies and skin irritation. Other skin damaging effects that arise in monsoons are rashes, boils, change in skin color, color dullness etc.
  10. Avoid sour food items like tomatoes, tamarind and lime in your diet as it encourages water retention
  11. Avoid too much meat and fish. Settle for light meat preparations like soups and stew.
  12. Make a healthier choice by serving astringent, pungent and mildly bitter foods
  13. Drink lots of herbal teas, particularly those with antibacterial properties. These include basil leaves, mint, honey, pepper and ginger. Over consumption of tea and coffee dehydrates body fluids so better to avoid them in monsoons.
  14. Avoid vegetables like cauliflower, cluster beans, potatoes, kidney beans, ladies finger, sprouted grains etc.
  15. Don’t include raw vegetables in your meals because they contain virus and bacteria that can cause viral and bacterial infections. Eat steamed salads.
  16.  To fight cough and cold, drink fresh radish juice. To lessen mucous formations add rock salt and pipli to warm water. This assists in decreasing the natural monsoon ailments.
  17. Better eat seasonal fruits because non-seasonal fruits get infected with worms in rains. Apples, bananas, lychees, pomegranates are recommended.
  18. Avoid eating pre-cut fruits, fried items and juices from road side stalls and adhere to hygiene and high quality.
  19. If you have arthritis then drink warm water with dalchini and tulsi, empty stomach (first thing in the morning). This decreases joint pain and improves bowel syndromes.
  20. Wash and clean vegetables and fruits properly before cooking and eating.

You can follow these nutritional tips and guidelines to stay healthy and safe during rainy season. Always remember ‘prevention is better than cure’.

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