In monsoon, you need to be very particular about what you eat as your digestive system is not strong in the season. Besides, there is a great risk of infections too, for preventing which you need to be very choosy in your foods.
High humidity during monsoon makes your digestive system weak. That is why it is important to get the right nutrition during monsoon. Different monsoon diseases can be prevented just by following some health tips specific to the season. All the health problems during the season can be resolved if you know how to modify your diet.
Tips and precautions for monsoon diet
Be particularly careful about keeping your food and water clean. Wash your vegetables and fruits thoroughly to ensure removal of bacteria and dirt. The leafy vegetables contain larvae too and you need to be very careful in finding them while washing.
- Although it is difficult to resist snacks in the cool weather, your diet should mostly consist of cereals and vegetables cooked in minimum of oil. Having oily food would create problems in digestion. Moreover, oils made from peanut, sesame and mustard should be avoided.
- Vegetables preferable during monsoon are neem, bitter gourd, pointed gourd (parwal), turmeric, apple gourd (tinda) fenugreek and cluster beans.
- The amount you eat should be balanced, but if you have to err, do so by eating less not more. It is important to put the digestive system at ease.
- Some of the easily digestible spices during monsoon are garlic, asafoetida (hing), pepper, ginger, turmeric, jeera powder and coriander. They are very nutritious in monsoon.
- Non-vegetarian food is especially avoidable in monsoon. Those who can’t should stick to soups and stews and avoid curries of fish and meat.
- Excessively spicy foods such as tamarind and pickles should be avoided. They add taste to your food but can be very heavy in the monsoon.
- Infections spread very fast in monsoon leading to cough and cold. By having fresh radish juice, pipli and rock salt in warm water, you can prevent and reduce mucous formation. Monsoon diseases can be cured with these natural cures.
- Perhaps the most important precaution during monsoon is to avoid having outside food. Eat food cooked at home always. Foods such as raitas, sandwiches, salads are particularly avoidable as they contain raw vegetables and you cannot be sure of the hygiene in their storage. So, apart from salads, juices, cut fruits, chaats and golas from street vendors.
- If you want to snack, there is no dearth of healthy options. The grilled corn (bhutta) that is available everywhere when it rains is preferable. But do not let the street vendor apply his masala on it. Corn is rich in fibre and when roasted on coal, it makes for a very healthy snack.
Prevent yourself from falling sick this monsoon by following these tips.
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