Saturday, 24 October 2015
RAINPROOF YOUR DIET THIS MONSOON SEASON
Everyone is heartily welcoming the monsoons after the hot summer spell this year, but be sure to keep in mind about the risks of cold, flu, viral fever, etc also that comes with the rains. The fluctuation in the weather leads to high humidity that causes the gut or digestive system to be weak and sluggish and thereby several health risks such as food poisoning, indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, dysentery and cholera. A healthy and balanced diet is the key to fight these monsoon ailments!
Fruity power: Eating fruits help restore energy so opt for apples, mangoes, pomegranates, and pears. They contain large amount of vitamins which are useful to fight against disease and keep the body healthy.
A lot of dirt tends to get accumulated on fruits and vegetables so ensure to wash them with warm water before use.
Hot Soups: Soups are friendly and good for the rains. They help fight diseases like cold, flu and rejuvenate your body. They also improve your digestive system and provide energy needed to work and be fit.
Avoid too much salt as it leads to high blood pressure and water retention. Adding a dash of garlic to the soups can boost the body’s immunity.
Herbal Teas: Replace your coffee, tea with herbal teas that contain basil leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel seeds and ginger. This helps fight infections such as cold, flu and headache.
As excessive intake of coffee and tea dehydrates body fluids they aren’t preferred. So, herbal teas are the best option.
Spices and Herbs: Neem, turmeric powder and methi seeds help in preventing infections. The leaves of tulsi are an antidote for fevers which occur during the rainy season.
Drinking milk with the pinch of turmeric powder will help you to keep away from throat infection, cough, cold and fever.
Snack Time: Opt for yogurt, curd and almonds as a part of your diet. They improve your digestive system and also almonds help you keeping fuller.
Opt for foods which are grilled, steamed or baked to avoid cramps. Avoid raw foods in monsoon.