The monsoon season gives relief from the summer heat. Still, it also involves the risk of infections, waterborne diseases, skin allergies, and other issues such as food poisoning, indigestion, colds, flu, viral fever, etc. Thus, maintaining healthy during the rainy season by following a healthy diet becomes extremely important. During the monsoon, one’s immune system is affected, and extra care with careful eating, physical exercise, and hydration is necessary. By following some simple steps, you can ensure your health this season amidst this global health crisis.
We must clean the vegetables and fruits properly, particularly the leafy greens. Start eating only home-cooked and boiled vegetables rather than getting food from outside, as you may become prey to waterborne diseases. Include in your diet: turmeric milk, green tea, tulsi, cinnamon, cardamom, and hot water. This traditional health potion will tackle any allergies, cold, cough, or fever.
Because of the lockout, most of us stay at home and cope with the strained work-from-home and online learning pressures. It can contribute not only to obesity and anxiety but also to other health issues. For four-five days a week, therefore, one has to work for at least one hour and get seven-eight hours of sleep a night. Exercising not only encourages you to be fit but also helps boost immunity and gives your body strength. It helps strengthen your heart, improves circulation in the blood, and prepares you to fight infections. Also, yoga and cardio can reduce respiratory problems that are very common during the monsoon season and control anxiety and stress.
To remain hydrated, it is necessary to drink 8–10 glasses of water a day as the water intake is considerably reduced due to a colder environment. Boiled water prevents illnesses like jaundice, diarrhea, and cholera, which is a waterborne disease. Hot water can be a miracle remedy with sugar, ginger and black pepper to prevent cold, cough, and flu.
Protein is the primary macronutrient for enhancing immunity, healing wounds, and building muscles. The rich sources of protein are dals, pulses, milk, curd, eggs, chicken, paneer, soya, and tofu. Including curd or yogurt in your diet is recommended because it is probiotic, and the healthy bacteria found in curd will help improve immunity and combat infections.
The WHO stresses the importance of thorough washing of hands for 20 seconds. Other measures to be rigorously practiced include hand sanitizers, keeping nails clipped, using automatic soap dispensers, and not sneezing or coughing directly into your mouth. Hold a spare handkerchief in case you need to sneeze or cough.
Although scientists are still studying COVID-19, it is also critical that the World Health Organization follow the strict guidelines. We all know a virus causes cold; hence we can avoid close contact with someone who has moderate fever and cough. Be sure to keep clean and wash your personal belongings.