How to enjoy a healthy monsoon


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
How to enjoy a healthy monsoon

We all know spicy street food and khau gallis are the places to avoid during the monsoon. But is that all? The monsoon is a season for bacteria and parasites that attack our food and living spaces, and the results are gory.

Hence, to sieve out the murky details that swell up in relation to food and the rains we spoke to nutritionist, Pallavi Srivastava from Evolve Medspa, Mumbai. Here are her tips on how to enjoy a healthy monsoon.

Ms. Srivastava unearths some gyaan, "During monsoons, humidity increases three folds affecting our digestive system, making it sluggish. Thus eating the right kind of food and getting optimal nutrition is important to prevent yourself from contracting various diseases and health hazards."

Forsake these foods for an illness- free monsoon

"You should avoid eating raw foods or cut fruits during the rains, as they could contain an accumulation of germs." This advice is particularly important if you are used to eating fruits served as salads by street vendors.

Wash vegetables thoroughly, especially green leafy vegetables, with care as they are home to worms and larvae during the monsoon.

Refrigerate leftovers immediately as bacteria starts developing as the temperature and the climate during the monsoon suits germs to multiple rapidly.

Avoid fried foods or overcooked foods as they decrease the digestive efficiency. It is advisable to consume less oily and spicy food to avoid stomach problems. And if you do, foods should be cooked in heavy oils made of mustard. Peanut and sesame seeds should be avoided to give less bulkiness to the system.

Avoid consuming dairy foods like paneer, raita etc from street vendors.

Also avoid too much of fish or meat, unless you are certain of the freshness of the meat and cooking method.

To avoid water retention, do not eat sour food like pickles, imli and chutneys which are heavy on the body as they contain higher amounts of sodium.

Avoid excessive coffee and tea as they dehydrate the fluid in the body and you need to keep the body well hydrated during monsoons as the humidity in the atmosphere is quite high.

Consume a lot of bitter vegetables like karela (bitter gourd) and bitter herbs like neem(basil), methi (fenugreek) seeds, haldi (turmeric) as it will prevent the body from infections. These foods are high in antioxidants and have medicinal properties as well.

Consume fruits such as apples, plums, and litchis. Vegetables like spinach, carrots, cauliflowers, radish, fenugreek, lettuce, etc should also form a part of the diet as these help maintain immunity.
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