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    Your diet plan for a safe monsoon

    Your diet plan for a safe monsoon

    The rainy months bring a host of health problems like indigestion, food poisoning and other infections. We ask experts to tell you how you can stay healthy this season

    Monsoon has finally arrived at your doorstep after playing hide and seek for a week or two. While that may be a relief, what's not is the fact that along with the rain clouds, the monsoon has also brought its share of woes. Health problems are always on the rise during the rainy season, be it cold and flu, viral fever etc. Sipping on a hot cup of tea or ensuring that you stay dry is not enough. With the changing weather conditions, you also need to alter your lifestyle.

    Says nutritionist Pallavi Srivastava, "Monsoon is the time for germs and bacteria to thrive in unhygienic conditions. During the rains, there is a high amount of humidity in the atmosphere due to which our digestive system gets sluggish. Thus, eating the right kind of food and taking care of your overall health becomes extremely important to prevent yourself from falling ill."

    Skip eating outside
    Try to avoid eating from outside as much as possible. Street foods like pani puri, bhel puri, sandwiches and pakoras may seem very tempting during this season but they contain bacteria that may cause indigestion. Says Srivastava, "Avoid eating any kind of raw foods or cut fruits during the rains, as they might have accumulation of germs on them, which can also lead to food poisoning." Also, don't drink water from outside. Most of the water-borne diseases like dysentery, cholera, etc are caused due to impure water. Street golas, juices and kulfi should be avoided during the monsoons.

    Consume green & coloured veggies
    Include lots of green and coloured vegetables in your diet. They have a good amount of nutrients that will keep you fit during this season. Make sure that you wash all your vegetables with warm water or with salt to get rid of the accumulated dirt. You can blanch the vegetables to disinfect them from germs and bacteria. Blanching also helps the veggies from losing its colour, texture and flavour. Also, thoroughly wash and clean the vegetables used in making salads.

    Shower immediately after getting wet
    Says General physician Dr Ashish Patel says, "If you've got wet in the rain, go for a shower to protect yourself from infections." Also, avoid entering an air-conditioned room with wet hair and damp clothes to prevent yourself from a viral fever or cold and cough.

    Avoid fish, unless it's fresh
    Nutritionist Smruti Gokhale suggests, "You should be careful about the fish and prawns you consume during the monsoons, since it is their breeding season. You may end up with a stomach infection." Be careful when shopping for fish — make sure it is fresh. Avoid raw fish this season.

    Stay hydrated
    It is extremely important to drink lots of water during the monsoons, so that your system is clean. Says Gokhale, "Boil your drinking water and put chloride in it (for one litre of water put 3-4 drops of chloride) to kill the harmful micro-organisms and other impurities, which might cause diseases."

    You can alternate tea and coffee with herbal drinks like jasmine tea, chamomile tea or green tea. It keeps you healthy and builds up your resistance to fight against infections. Avoid drinking too much coffee during the monsoons, as it tends to dehydrate the fluids in your body.

    Keep your house clean and pest-free
    Make sure that your house is pest-free during the monsoons. Get your plumber to check for leakage or clogging. Replace rusted or broken drainpipes since they are the breeding ground for germs and bacteria and can cause diseases like malaria and dengue — which are very common during the rains. Says Dr Jatinder Bhatia, "Ensure that there is no water-logging in and around your house that might provide shelter to mosquitos and bacteria."

    Exercise regularly
    Regular exercise must be incorporated in your day-to-day routine to stay fit and healthy. Says nutritionist Dr Shilpa Timane, "Since you cannot venture out during the rains for your morning walk, it is advisable to exercise at home. You can try practicing Pilates or yoga or simply indulge in some free-hand exercises at home."

    Seasonal fruits & bitter veggies are good
    A variety of seasonal fruits like pomegranates, plums, litchis, pears and vegetables like carrots, radish and fenugreek etc should form a part of your diet. But do not have watermelon or mangoes during this season. Consumption of bitter vegetables like karela (bitter gourd) and bitter herbs like neem and haldi (turmeric) contain antioxidants and medicinal properties that prevent you from infections.

    Homemade remedies
    - Says Dr V.L. Shyam, Ayurveda expert, "If you are having cold and cough, boil water with

    dry ginger for immediate relief."

    - Wheat, barley, horse gram and green leafy vegetables should be consumed during the monsoons to stay healthy.

    - In case you have a sore throat or throat pain, gargle with lukewarm saline water.

    - Boil tulsi, ginger and honey and drink the juice to treat viral fever.

    - Says Dr Patel, "Consuming a little quantity of wine would increase your body immunity and prevent infections."

    - Increase your intake of vitamin C to help build resistance against infections and diseases.

    - Says Dr Shyam, "In case you derive any skin infections, boil neem leaves in water and take a bath with it."

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    Re: Your diet plan for a safe monsoon

    In next 10 to 15 days the monsoon is going to arrive.You posted a right thing at right time.



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