Onset of monsoon leaves you apprehensive. Fear of what to eat to keep yourself in sound health and how to prevent your skin from ruining creeps into your minds. This monsoon you need not compromise on your health.
A little carelessness can lead to several diseases. Know what to eat and what diet will be the right diet for you. Given here is the complete idea of the monsoon diet. Let us have a quick look.
KEEP YOURSELF WELL HYDRATED:
- Rain brings respite from heat waves. This is the time when you are not parched normally. Do not think that you need not drink more water in this season. Your body faces a difficult time taking out heat because humidity rises and sweat does not get dry. Drink as much water as you can.
- Beware of the water you take. It is better not to take any chances and drink filtered water. You can also choose to boil the water. This is so because waterborne microbes are on the rise when it rains. As a precautionary step, purify the water you drink. Make it a point to drink plenty of purified water only and stay away from carbonated drinks that lack vital minerals that your body needs especially in this season.
WHAT WOULD BE THE RIGHT DIET?
Your digestive system becomes slower during monsoons and vulnerable to several diseases. This is a fact. This is the reason why people suffer from a number of stomach ailments during monsoons. This is the reason why people suffer from diarrhea, nausea and jaundice. Try not to eat out and refrain from overeating. Maintain a proper hygiene and a clean ambience.
WHAT TO EAT?
Make garlic an essential part of your food:
If you cannot chew garlic because of its taste. Include garlic in all the recipes you cook. This is so because garlic has an excellent anti-microbial properties. Whatever you have soups or curry, make sure you put garlic in them.
Incorporate a lot of antioxidants in the diet:
Have plentiful of antioxidants. The best way to recognize the foods rich in antioxidants is to look for its bitterness. Bitter gourd, cloves, berries, apples etc. are all rich in antioxidants and should be incorporated in your diet during monsoons.
Oats will be the best breakfast:
Take oats in the breakfast. Your digestive track tends to become slower during the monsoon season and oats are supposed to be the lightest breakfast.
Take a lot of spices:
All spices like black pepper, cloves, cayenne pepper and turmeric are the finest possible sources of antioxidants. Incorporate them in your daily diet to make sure that you are better equipped for fighting against the diseases.
WHAT NOT TO EAT?
AVOID DAIRY PRODUCTS:
Dairy products should be abstained from during monsoons. This is so because infections are likely to get inside from these products. Apart from that, they are hard to digest. Avoid having yoghurt and curd also.
AVOID FISHES AND PRAWNS:
This is so because monsoon is the time when fishes and prawns breed. Avoid eating them to prevent catching infectious diseases.
AVOID SPICY FOODS IF YOU HAVE SKIN ISSUES:
If you are vulnerable to skin allergies, it is better to avoid spicy foods.
TAKE CARE OF THESE IMPORTANT POINTERS:
- Clean all the fruits and veggies thoroughly before you eat them. Leafy vegetables are very risky. They should be thoroughly washed and steamed before cooking.
- Never eat the stale food during monsoons. Take a bowlful of fresh soup before meals.
- Avoid eating raw leafy veggies in the guise of salad.
GRANNY’s TIPS FOR EATING RIGHT IN THE MONSOON:
- Mix cumin, carom seeds and dried ginger powder in equal proportion in a dry container away from moisture. Take this mixture to keep your digestive track healthy.
- Boil a tbsp of carom seeds in water and drink it when it is lukewarm. If you do so, you would not suffer from gastroenteritis and indigestion.
- Cut ginger and drink it with lemon juice. Try consuming it along with the meals to get the optimum benefits.
- Mix a tbsp of black pepper in honey on an empty stomach in the morning.
- To make your digestive track stronger, mix fennel seeds with coriander powder and take it with lukewarm water.
STRICTLY AVOID THESE FOODS DURING MONSOON:
- Leafy vegetables
- Fried foods
- Street food and roadside juices
- Fizzy drinks
A little care and a few precautionary steps can save you from a number of diseases. So, enjoy monsoons and be disease free.