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    10 monsoon essentials for healthy living

    10 monsoon essentials for healthy living

    In India, monsoon is synonymous with infection. But, if you take basic care, maintain regular hygiene, opt for a good monsoon parasol and a couple of monsoon essentials, then monsoon infections and diseases will take a back seat in your life. Here are 10 monsoon essentials for healthy living that you must invest in today.

    Umbrellas and raincoats:

    India is blessed with rain, showers of blessings we call them. And the favourite monsoon accessory is the umbrella. No matter the stormy weather, Indians swear by this device. What Indians really need is a raincoat, something to protect us from head to toe. For bikers it goes a long way, the raincoat certainly keeps them dry as they ride down the mortar roads.Footwear:

    Dry and clean feet are happy feet. We may not be aware of small cuts on our feet, but if you walk through sewage or dirty water there are chances that you may contract the deadly leptospirosis. That's a worse case scenario. Gumboots may seem ideal, but the expert say otherwise. Closed footwear is a breeding ground for bacteria as it contains moisture. Flip flops, too, directly expose you to bacteria, therefore it is important to gently scrub your feet in warm water and keep your feet dry.

    Read why Diabetics should take special care of their feet during monsoon.


    When it rains, sewage drains overflow. Even if we try to avoid dirt on shoes, dirt will find its way. For this reason it is important that you have doormats to scrub your shoes from all the dirt, leaving it at your doorstep. You don't want germs in your house and work place, do you?

    Towel at the door:

    To avoid contracting a cold, it is important to stay dry. Your umbrella may not keep you completely dry; keep a towel ready at hand to dry yourself. Even at work, keep a hand towel to dry yourself rather than sitting under the fan or in an AC room to dry yourself. You will definitely invite the cold and viral fever that is rampant during the monsoons.


    Stock your cabinet with disinfectants like Dettol and Savlon. It is important to kill all the germs possible before it spreads to your loved ones and your work colleagues. When you are drenched in the rain and you have walked through muck, disinfect your clothes and shoes with these liquids. If possible carry a hand sanitizer in your bag; you don't want to pick up unwanted germs.

    An extra pair of clothes:

    When you reach home, take a warm shower, disinfect your clothes, and put on a dry pair of PJs. But you don't have that luxury at work, so what you could do is keep another set of clothes in your drawer at work. Sitting with wet clothes through the day will make you cold and uncomfortable; it will also put you at risk of catching infections.

    How to avoid a cold?

    Drink plenty of water and consume Vitamin C pills responsibly. These tend to help avoid the sniffles. Mother's recipe to avoid a cold is a nice bowl of delicious soup. Tomato, chicken or potato soup are quite popular. For some handy recipes, check out: Healthy Soups for the Monsoon.

    And if you have a sore throat we give you the Top 10 Healing Foods For a Sore Throat.

    Stews and Khichdi:

    A rainy day is a good time to curl in your blanket, on your couch and watch your favourite flick. Most of us love to watch a movie with warm padokas and deep fried snacks. But stay away from this temptation. Oily food will only deteriorate your health; what you need is good old khichdi and a hearty stew.

    Try out some healthy veg and nonveg stews this monsoon.

    Mosquito repellents:

    Insects come out to play during the monsoon season and mosquitoes are the most hated insects. Avoid malaria by guarding yourself from these pests by investing in a range of repellants. Remember to read the instructions before using them and avoid spraying in areas where food is stored. Also, remember to keep all doors and windows open when spraying, so that you do not risk poisoning yourself and your loved ones.

    Give a little love:

    Shelter is something that we all run for when it rains; give a little love whenever you can. Monsoons are considered romantic for couples, holidays for students, and a blessing for farmers. Stay healthy and germ free this monsoon season!

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