Monsoon health tips: 6 diet, lifestyle precautions you must follow to help you stay healthy and fit& |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Admit it, we all love the rains, the cloudy sky, and the cool breeze
- But the rainy season can also put you at an increased risk of several infections
- It’s important to take precautionary measures that you stay hale and hearty during the monsoon
New Delhi: The rainy season certainly is pleasing and may bring some relief from the scorching heat. But, it also invites a plethora of diseases. By taking some precautions such as not wading in muddy water, not eating outside and uncooked food, you can keep infections at bay. Eating a healthy diet, which includes consuming foods that support the immune system, and staying physically active will help you stay healthy, fit during the monsoon.
So, as much as you enjoy the monsoon showers, the season can increase your risk of water-borne diseases, fever, malaria, dengue, indigestion, allergies and skin infections. But you can stay hale and heart by following some rules.
Lifestyle tips to stay healthy and fit during monsoon
Here are a few essential tips suggested by Dr Manjusha Agarwal, Consultant – Internal Medicine – Global Hospital Mumbai, that can help you stay healthy, fit and enjoy the beauty of monsoon:
- Eat foods that improve immunity: Include colourful foods in your diet that can help enhance immunity. Foods such as broccoli, carrots, turmeric, and ginger can help strengthen the immune system along with your skin and hair too. Turmeric is jam-packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and can help you deal with cough. Garlic cures a common cold as it contains a cold-fighting compound known as allicin which has demonstrated antibacterial and antifungal properties. Eat foods that are rich in vitamin C. You can also add freshly chopped garlic in the soup and drink it. Ginger provides respite from respiratory problems and strengthens the immunity owing to the anti-inflammatory gingerols and shaogals present in it. Not only this, it has a calming and soothing effect on the body to offer relief from cold. Drink a lot of water and see to it that the water is boiled from time to time.
- Say ‘NO’ to uncooked and outside food: Do not eat fruits and vegetables that are kept cut for a longer period of time as they may carry bacteria. Avoid cross-contamination of foods, the transfer of harmful bacteria to food from other foods. There should be separate utensils for raw and cooked food. Do not eat outside or junk food during monsoon.
- Clean-up your wounds: If you have any open wounds or cut then clean it immediately. Broken skin can be worrisome as it can invite germs and infections.
- Opt for mosquito repellent: Many people suffer from vector-borne diseases such as malaria during the rainy season. Hence, it is essential to use mosquito repellents and wear full-sleeved clothes in order to avoid mosquito bites. Do not walk through dirty water and do not allow the water to get stagnated around your home. The stagnated water around various areas is the breeding spots of the mosquitoes.
- Follow a good skincare routine: Do not get drenched in the rain. If you happen to, then, immediately have a bath once you reach home. Dry yourself properly to keep allergies and infections at bay. Do not wear wet clothes and avoid wearing tight clothing. Don’t go overboard when it comes to makeup as it can invite acne and blemishes. Remove your makeup thoroughly before hitting the sack. Do not step in the airconditioned room, if you are drenched or your hair is wet.
- Exercise at home: Stay physically active by walking at home or doing aerobics. This will allow you to stay in top shape and battle the bulge.
Try to follow these tips to cherish good health while enjoying the magic of the monsoons!
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.