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Healthy Eating Habits during Monsoon
June 21, 2013 by:
Sapna Chaurasia Points: 12
The monsoon is here, a time when we need to be extra cautious about our diet and maintain hygiene to stay away from the diseases common in this season.
Everyone of us wait for the monsoon, the season of joy and happiness often comes as a relief after scorching hot summers. Along with a welcoming change in weather it also brings along with it numerous diseases and disease causing agents which are most active during this season. Diseases like typhoid, cholera, jaundice, flu, cold, cough and food poisoning, etc. are unfortunate and unavoidable disorders that mostly attack children and elderly. Hence it is very important to remember and practice simple yet effective ways to ensure that we stay away from illness this season and enjoy it to the fullest. Eating a healthy diet and maintaining hygiene is what we require to keep diseases at bay.
Add seasonal fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are a healthy option to increase our immunity that help us ward off the diseases that this season brings along. Green leafy vegetables and fruits that are rich in beta carotene, vitamin C, iron are very essential immunity boosters. It is advisable to take advantage of all the seasonal fruits like mangoes, pears, pomegranate etc. leaving watermelons and muskmelons. Mangoes are very rich source of beta carotene and vitamin C but should be taken in moderation otherwise it can cause boils and pimples.
A proper hygiene is necessary to maintain to take maximum benefit from these fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables kept in open, pre cut or peeled fruits can harbor many germs capable of causing viral and infectious diseases hence should be avoided.
Similarly green leafy vegetables should be consumed less and washed with care as these may contain larvae of worms and many germs. Washing leafy vegetables in potassium permanganate and steaming vegetables before cooking can make it germ free and safe to eat. Vegetables like snakegaurd, ashgaurd, bittergaurds contains calcium, magnesium, manganese and are nutritious and beneficial in this season.
Drink lots of water and add fluids to the diet
Most of the diseases caused during the rainy season are water borne caused due to the consumption of contaminated water bearing disease causing germs and bacteria. Hence it is necessary that we take care of the source of water we are drinking. Always carry water with you when outdoors making sure the water is either boiled or purified.
Sometimes due to climatic conditions people decrease their intake of water which is not good for the body. Humid conditions make it difficult for the body to sweat out therefore it is important to keep drinking water to throw out the toxins from the body through urine.
Adding fluid to the diet in the form of soups is not only nutritious but also a safe way to consume vegetables and herbs at the same time making up for any water loss in the body. Drinking green tea, lemon tea, and herbal tea can also help keep flu away which is very common in this season.
Eat light and avoid spicy food
Monsoon gives us a fair reason to gorge upon spicy food but it is important to note that eating heavy, oily and spicy food can lead to stomach ailments like indigestion. Due to high humidity body's ability to digest food lowers resulting in a sluggish digestion. When we consume spicy food our circulation increases which in turn increase our body temperature resulting in allergies, skin irritation and many other skin problems. Eating light and homemade food in moderation is a healthy way to keep your digestive system work properly.
Include herbs in your diet
Lower immunity can make it harder for our body to digest food, adding herbs and nutritional supplements can stimulate our immune system and enhance its digestive power. Include ginger and garlic in your diet on a daily basis to ensure protection from digestive disorders and viral infections and to facilitate a better digestion. Herbs like dry ginger, carom seed(ajwain), fenugreek, cumin, black pepper, asafoetida, lemon, mint, coriander, turmeric should be made a part of diet to stay away from bacterial, fungal and viral infections.
Saying no to street food
Monsoon is the season to rejoice and enjoy with loved ones and gives a perfect reason to hang around roadside fast food stalls and street food eateries. This can be very tempting but can also invite stomach disorders like food poisoning. Though occasionally eating out is acceptable but only from reliable and hygienic place, it is recommended to stick to the home made food to avoid gastric problems. Fast food is high in fat content so it should be consumed within limits to avoid putting pressure on the already struggling digestive system.
Limit the consumption of dairy products
Dairy products are most susceptible to contamination by germs hence cutting down its consumption is good for the stomach. Instead of milk go for fresh curd,fresh lassi or chhachh containing mint, black pepper, rock salt, cumin etc. that will aid in digestion faster and better.
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