Rainy season has its own charm as it rejuvenates all living organisms after they have dealt with the hot and scorching summer season. It is fun to walk out and have a cool splash, wear a jacket and drink a cup of hot coffee. Having said that, monsoon season has some flaws from which everyone should be aware of. Rainy season increases risk of diseases such as jaundice, typhoid, diarrhea, dengue, cough and cold, malaria etc.
The susceptibility of infectious disease during this season increases because of slight reduction in immunity power of the body.Humidity in rainy season is high and digestion is sluggish. Elders and children are more prone to infectious diseases as their immunity is low.
Stagnant water during rainy season becomes a breeding ground for mosquito which increases risk of malaria and dengue fever. Here are few important healthy steps that will help to reduce risk of disease that are more common in rainy season.
Important Tips To Stay Healthy In Rainy Season
During rainy season you have to keep a close watch on your diet besides taking over all precautions of preventing diseases.
- Drink always boiled water, especially in rainy season. Drink enough water during monsoon to keep your body well hydrated. But avoid drinking carbonated drinks as this may prevent the proper functioning of enzymes that are necessary for digestion.
- Eat foods that are prepared at home. Avoid eating foods prepared in streets as there is increased risk of food poisoning due to poor hygienic conditions.
- Prefer to eat freshly prepared food that is warmed cooked before you eat. Ensure that all fruits and vegetables are properly washed before you consume. Boil or steam all vegetables to kill germs.
- Add garlic in soups and other food items such as curries to increase your immunity. Garlic also has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Also add turmeric in food preparations as a natural antibacterial agent.
- Avoid eating raw salads and opt for steamed salad. Raw salads can be contaminated with bacteria and viruses that may lead to infective diseases, especially in rainy season.
- Try to eat small amount of food at a given time instead of large meal. In rainy season, your digestive system works at slower pace. Eat foods that are easy to digest. Eat when you are hungry and avoid overeating. Include spices in your food such as coriander, turmeric, pepper etc as they help in digesting food and also have antibacterial and antiviral qualities.
- Avoid walking or getting in puddles. Wash your feet immediately with clean water and dry them with a clean towel. It is a preventive measure to reduce risk of fungal infection in toes and legs. It is also important measure to reduce risk of suffering diseases such as leptospirosis.
- Avoid water getting stagnated around your house. It becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes which can spread malaria and dengue. Change water regularly from flower pots, coolers, and stagnant water in tank. They are breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Drink herbal tea in monsoon season. Add few leaves of basil leaves or ginger or clove or mint in your tea as it helps to prevent cough and cold which are common ailments in rainy season.