Healthy Tips for Monsoons
Monsoon brings back with itself the time to romance and be
adventurous. The cloudy sky, the downpour and lush greenery all around
makes the season a beautiful time to enjoy and get relief from the harsh
and sweaty summers. But despite the goodness of monsoon, there are
certain negativity also accompanying this season. Many people get sick
during the monsoon as the damp and filthy conditions give the insects
and pathogenic micro-organisms a good scope to multiply and spread
diseases like dengue, malaria, typhoid, conjunctivitis, viral fever,
common cold and flu, pneumonia and gastro-intestinal disturbances like
diarrhea and dysentery. As a student or a working citizen, there is no
escape from moving in the rain or dumpy filth, but then you must protect
yourself from getting sick.
Once the downpour starts, the initial reaction is to run to a shaded
area and wait until the shower subsides. You may be safe from getting
totally drenched but the risk of falling sick is still high. If your
immune system is weak, you may instantly catch a cold after being
exposed to the cool breeze that often accompanies rain showers. You
should follow certain countermeasures to keep yourself healthy during
the rainy season.
Here are some measures which you may try:
Take your rain gear or umbrella while moving out of the house so that
you may protect yourself from the sudden rain fall and avoid getting
Eat a healthy diet containing lot of fresh fruits and seasonal
vegetables so that your body has a good store of all protective
nutrients like vitamin A, C, E, and B-complex and other antioxidants and
Drink a bowl of hot vegetable soup or a cup of freshly brewed green
tea as the temperature will give warmth and the ingredients will boast
Drink lots of water as water helps in flushing out the toxins from our
body. But make sure that the water is pure and clean to drink. Carry a
water bottle when going out.
Exercise to sweat out the symptoms of cold or flu before it develops
into a full fledged fever as exercise makes our immunity stronger by
stimulating the blood flow.
Avoid eating raw foods during monsoon. Wash the vegetables and fruits
properly before consuming. Avoid eating outside especially from the road
Avoid smoking as much as you can as smoking weakens our immunity and
also the respiratory system making us more prone to catch common cold
Avoid consuming alcohol as it also weakens our immunity.
Avoid touching your face after touching any surface or after getting
wet as the hands may harbor microbes which may get entry in to the body
through facial route.
Remember to take bath every time you get wet in the rain or after
coming back to home as taking a bath helps in normalizing our body
Remember to was your hands, feet and face every time you go outside
and before consuming any food as it will minimize the chances of getting
Keep antiseptic liquids handy and use for washing off mud or dirt that
usually gets splashed around.
Do not allow kids to play near stagnant water or water filled puddles.
Keep a check to see there is no stagnant water in your house and
surroundings especially water coolers and empty flower pots in the
garden to avoid mosquito breeding.
If you are suffering from asthma or diabetes, avoid staying anywhere
with wet walls. It promotes the growth of fungus and can be especially
Drink lots of warming herbal teas, especially those with antibacterial
properties such as holy basil leaves, ginger, pepper and honey.
Compiled By: India Diets Team
protein at every meal, including breakfast.
Eliminate wheat- and flour-based products for the time being.
Reduce starch to one portion a day, and don't eat that portion during your
Apples, pears, plums and berries all are good choices. Bananas are not.
Reduce or eliminate dairy for the time being, especially cow's milk.