Facing monsoons can be fun if you are well-prepared for this. The weather cools down and a ‘feel-good’ factor sets in. Do you know that with each seasonal change our body tries to adjust with the new temperature? Those living in places that receive heavy rains need to ensure good immunity. The body gets vulnerable due to the transition from the summers to the monsoons.
There are more chances of suffering from diseases that are water-borne. These are ‘serious’ diseases like dysentery, diarrhea, jaundice, food poisoning, Hepatitis A and E, typhoid, and more.
It is important to focus on ‘gut equals immunity’. This works as the only element of your defense system. Almost 80% of your immunity depends on gut health. This is the overall life-style and not just changing the diet or adding supplements.
Here are some of the things you need to take care of to boost your immunity.
- During the monsoons avoid green leafy vegetables in the raw form. This can be spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or even cabbage. This is because at this time of the year these vegetables carry a high risk of contamination. Not many are aware that monsoons are the time for the breeding of worms and insects.
- Wash the fruits and vegetables thoroughly. This is during all the seasons but more so during the monsoons. For this washing, you can either make a chemical-free solution for washing or buy one.
- You need to concentrate on consuming seasonal fruits not only during monsoons but during any season. The specific properties of local food are healthier and offer more benefits for your overall health.
- Common kitchen spices are all that you need to increase your immunity. This includes turmeric, ginger, cumin, cloves, garlic, black pepper, and basil. This can be had brewed in your tea or even a water concoction.
- Good bacteria are essential for gut health. This means you need to include probiotics and prebiotics in your daily diet. Prebiotics are food for the probiotics. Some examples of these are garlic, apples, apple cider vinegar, and asparagus.
- Consume less Salt. A low salt diet is important, especially during monsoons as this can prevent any water retention and even high BP (blood pressure). Fruits like cucumber, watermelon, and musk are to be avoided as these fruits, too, can lead to water retention.
- Boil water before drinking it. Generally, due to the change in temperature, we tend to drink less water. This is absolutely wrong and can bring your immunity down. Ensure you consume 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday besides the healthy food.
You need to concentrate a little more on your health during this season to avoid any monsoon related diseases. The only way to enjoy this season is to ensure your immunity is good enough to handle the different problems this season brings.
Stay away from junk food and aerated water to enjoy the monsoons to the fullest.