First showers of monsoon are overwhelming welcomed by everyone. Apart from giving relieve from the intense heat of the summer season, monsoon brings with itself some health risks as well. Along with the monsoon showers comes the risk of various diseases like food poisoning, diarrhea, dysentery and cholera. As per the Ayurveda, monsoon is the time when the humidity levels are high in the atmosphere and the capability of our body’s digestive system is at its lowest. People eat some incorrect food during this time and fall sick. Monsoon also dampens once immunity and makes us susceptible to many diseases prevalent during this season.
In order to protect and make oneself resistant against various diseases boosting once immunity and maintaining the capability of once digestive system, here are some food hygiene precautions and diet modifications for the monsoon season:
• Avoid heavy salty food as it promotes water retention and bloating. It is better to have medium or low salt food.
• Eat light foods like vegetables, fruits and cereals etc, prepared in minimum oil. Avoid non-vegetarian diet like meat or fish.
• Avoid the use of heavy oils like those of mustard, peanut or sesame seeds.
• Avoid fried food as they decrease the digestive efficiency.
• Avoid salads and choose warm/steamed salads as there are many infectious organisms in this season.
• Avoid sour food like tamarind, chutneys and pickles as they promote water retention.
• Wash all the green vegetables thoroughly as there are many insects and worms hidden behind the leaves.
• Consume a lot of spicy foods and bitter vegetables like bitter gourd, neem, methi (fenugreek) and turmeric as it prevents water retention.
• Avoid taking too much of sweets during the rainy days.
• And, enjoy the rainy season with hot pakoras and a cup of hot tea/coffee.
Make sure, your diet during the rainy season is healthy and hygienic. Remain safe and healthy during the rainy season because prevention is better than cure.