Apart from the romantic songs, long drives and chai-snacks, the monsoons are also a time to take care of your health to avoid the flu and any virus and bacteria that thrive in the rains. And a little caution goes a long way. Here are 8 ways to stay safe.
Drink water as regularly as possible. The general humidity in the air spikes when the monsoons are around, causing us to perspire more than usual. And that's why hydration is must. Even coconut water works like magic.
Avoid raw foods such as salads etc. They can contain microbes that might give you an infection. If you do eat greens such as palak and methi etc, or even vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli, make sure they’re cooked properly.
Nothing beats a plate of hot food, cooked at home. Ensure you eat enough whole grains and keep your protein intake high.
Ginger tea, kadhas, turmeric shots etc can help to boost immunity, which is much needed during the monsoons. Also add vitamin C to your diet and some nuts too.
If you don’t do probiotics in general, this is a good time to start. Keffir, yoghurt etc can really help. Fermented foods such as idlis and dosas too!
Stay dry if you must go out in the rains. Carry an umbrella and a raincoat. And in case you end up getting drenched, make sure to take a warm shower as soon as you get back, get into dry comfy clothes and sip on some warm chai. Also remember to iron your clothes to dry out any dampness from them.
Avoid street food around the rainy season as hygiene is always a factor. You don’t want to end up with any sickness. If you’re getting the munchies, make some snacks at home.
It might make sense to avoid seafood around this time, especially when you don’t know where it’s coming from. Rainwater can contaminate them and it’s avoidable. Instead, chicken that is well cooked is a much better source of protein. As are pulses and nuts and grains.