Monsoon brings a great deal of joy in our lives and overwhelms us with the greenery around. The pleasure and happiness provided by the rainy weather after the hot summers is just commendable. We always take a keen interest in revamping our lifestyle with the change in season. So, why should we give our health a laid back attitude? Let’s take a step ahead and stay healthy this season!
Keep in mind.
- Monsoon can take a toll at our health if we do not take care of our eating habits because the immunity power of our body reduces.
- The high humidity can cause indigestion and acidity.
- In this weather we either tend to oversleep or sleep less. This might cause us general fatigue.
We can always balance our health perfectly if we follow a diet apt for the weather. Here are some suggested diet and nutritional tips to stay healthy.
Eating fruits is a healthy habit in all the seasons. This season you should be eating the right ones. There are some fruits that are available only in monsoon such as black plum (jamun) and cherries, opt for these. Apples, pears, bananas and pomegranates are other fruits that are very rich in nutrients and healthy for this season. But be sure that you wash them properly before eating.
Avoid fruits like watermelon and muskmelon this season as they might swell your body. Also, including a lot of mangoes in your diet is not a good idea as they may cause pimples.
In short, I would advise you to go for seasonal fruits as much as you can.
Nothing strikes me better than having a bowl of soup in this rainy weather. Not only is this delicious but healthy as well. Soup helps you with getting nutrients from the vegetables added in it and also saves you from flu. Do not opt for the ready made packs. Instead, make some at home for yourself in order to stay healthy. A bowl of hot soup with chopped garlic can help with the increment of your immunity system. Add the right vegetables.
Green leafy vegetables are always at the top of our list whenever we talk about staying healthy and fit. But, in monsoon it is best that you avoid them as they are highly susceptible to germs which might cause health hazards. Vegetables like spinach, cabbage, cauliflower are a big NO-NO.
Opting for pungent smelling vegetables is a very healthy way to live. Vegetables like gourd, cluster beans are good for the season. Avoid naturally sour food like tamarind or tomatoes as they promote water retention in your body.
Make sure your vegetables are washed properly with warm water in order to remove bacteria and microbes. Keep your eatables clean is the most important thing you should focus on.
When it comes to salad, it is advisable that you consume it in boiled or steamed form and avoid the raw consumption.
In monsoon, we have a natural tendency of drinking hot beverages. A natural way to stay disease free is to drink herbal tea. Whenever you think that you might catch a flu, this is one of the best ways to cure yourself.
Opt for a tea that does not contain milk in it. You can try a tea with ginger, mint, honey, cardamom or lemon infused in it. All these have antibacterial properties in them. Drink green tea or peppermint tea.
In monsoon, it is advisable that you consume less milk. Butter milk, although is a healthy intake. Yogurt, curd and almonds can be taken instead of milk. Be careful while consuming any dairy products. They are not really advisable for this season.
Include turmeric powder, cumin seeds, coriander powder, garlic, ginger and asafoetida in your diet. These spices prove to be very nutritious.
- You can add a pinch of cloves while you boil water. In fact it is essential that you do.
- Having minced ginger with salt can help you cure cold.
- Garlic has antibacterial properties that can help you with getting rid of the flu. You can add garlic in your soup.
- Turmeric is known to be a magical herb. It has anti-inflammatory properties. Include it in your diet as much as you can.
- Fenugreek helps in proper digestion.
- Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated.
- Avoid roadside food in monsoon.
- Opt for more dry food like corn, gram flour, etc. watery food might swell up your body.
- Drink fresh radish juice to control cough and cold.
- Drinking warm water with cardamom and tulsi in it when you are empty stomach is a healthy habit. It helps with joint pains. People with arthritis can benefit from this.
- Avoid excessive intake of coffee and tea as it might dehydrate your body.
- Avoid sea food as they might cause stomach infections.
I hope this article helps you with your health this monsoon. You can post your suggestions in the comments sections.
Have a healthy monsoon!