Monsoon is here, know what is best to eat and what’s not

Monsoon season is here and it brings relief from the heat, beautifies nature, and sprouts hunger for delicious food. This is just only the season for romance and songs, but also changed the climatic temperature, and humidity and impacted the immune system. Despite all the blessings rainy days pour, the onset of monsoon also means […]

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Monsoon season is here and it brings relief from the heat, beautifies nature, and sprouts hunger for delicious food. This is just only the season for romance and songs, but also changed the climatic temperature, and humidity and impacted the immune system. Despite all the blessings rainy days pour, the onset of monsoon also means the rise of different types of diseases and infections like dengue, typhoid, malaria, and whatnot. So, it is important to take proper precautions to prevent getting sick. To do that, one should always watch what you are having. Here are some do’s and don’ts by Dietitian, Fauziya Ansari from Apollo Spectra that may help you be healthy throughout the showers.

What is healthy to eat during the Monsoon season?

  • The best and super easy dos is to remain hydrated by drinking enough water. Adding a pinch of herbal teas and soups are optional.
  • Now, go with fresh fruits, especially seasonal fruits such as jamun, pears, plums, cherries, peaches, papaya, apples, and pomegranates loaded with vitamins A, and C, antioxidants, and fiber. These fruits improve digestion and gut health.
  • In veggies, you can choose bottle gourd, bitter gourd, ash gourd, ridge gourd, snake gourd, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, okra, and radish to improve immunity.
  • To get anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, and immune-boosting properties, go for turmeric, ginger, garlic, pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg.
  • Definitely, Turmeric is jam-packed with antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory. It will help to improvise immunity and manage infections. Drinking turmeric milk is a good way to enhance overall health.
  • Try to opt for yogurt, buttermilk, and pickled vegetables for easy digestion as probiotics improve one’s gut health.

Say No to these foods during Monsoon

  • For don’ts, remember to avoid eating food outside during monsoon. It’s a big No to street-side cut fruits, chaat, burgers, pizza, bakery items, or colas. Eating outside doubles the risk of food poisoning and waterborne infections due to bacterial growth on food if kept open for a longer time.
  • Not only outside foods, but even simple samosa or pakoras can lead to several gastrointestinal woes like indigestion, bloating, diarrhoea, stomach pain, and acidity.
  • Monsoons are infamous for the high number of water-borne diseases it breeds. Another reason is that the monsoon is the breeding season for fish and prawns. Therefore, it is best to keep ourselves away from seafood till the rainy season ends.