Health Tips To Avoid Falling Sick This Monsoon

After the scorching summer, rains, unarguably, is a pleasant experience. However, these pleasing moments might be spoiled by non-desirable health problems like a cough, cold, diarrhoea, etc. Therefore, taking precautions during the rainy season is important to stay healthy and happy throughout the monsoons.

Tips to stay healthy this monsoon:    

  • Take your umbrella/ raincoat while moving out of the house so that you may protect yourself from the sudden rainfall and avoid getting drenched.
  • In rainy season roads tend to be slippery. So make sure you wear weather appropriate shoes.
  • Never touch our face directly with your hand as the flu virus commonly enters our body through the eyes, nose and mouth. Always use a clean napkin/ towel to clean the face.
  • Drink plenty of water and stay well hydrated.  It is better to drink the boiled water as this will kill all germs and bacteria that have formed in water.
  • Eat a healthy diet containing a lot of fresh fruits and seasonal vegetables so that your body has a good store of all protective nutrients like vitamin A, C, E, and B-complex and other antioxidants and minerals. Soaking the greens in salt water for about 5-7 minutes can help remove insects. And always wash vegetables before cooking & also wash fruits well with clean water before consuming it.
  • Drink a bowl of hot vegetable soup or a cup of freshly brewed green tea as the temperature will give warmth and the ingredients will boost your immunity.
  • Consume bitter vegetables like bitter gourd, and bitter herbs like neem, turmeric powder and methi seeds help in preventing skin infections during monsoons.
  • Drink lots of water as water helps in flushing out the toxins from our body. But make sure that the water is pure and clean to drink. Carry a water bottle when going out.
  • Add a dash of garlic to the soups, stir-fries and curries you intake, as it will help you to increase your immunity during monsoon.
  • Exercise daily. If it’s wet out, then exercise inside your house like spot jogging, yoga, etc.
  • Sleep well. As lack of sleep will negatively affect your body’s abilities to fight the diseases that assault it.
  • Use mosquito nets and repellents.
  • Dry your feet when they get wet. Avoid colds and coughs by keeping your body moderately hot and dry.
  • Don’t go to air-conditioned rooms with wet hair, wet clothes.
  • Avoid eating street food to avoid airborne and waterborne diseases and bacteria. Prefer to eat fresh, home-cooked food.
  • Avoid walking in the rain that makes you prone to a host of viral diseases and fungal infections.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol as it will weaken your immunity.
  • Limit the salt intake in your diet and avoid all salty and processed food during monsoon as they are responsible for high blood pressure and water retention.
  • Remember to take bath every time you get wet in the rain or after coming back to home as taking a bath helps in normalizing our body temperature.
  • Wash your hands, feet and face every time you go outside and before consuming any food as it will minimize the chances of getting infected.
  • Keep antiseptic liquids handy and use for washing off mud or dirt that usually gets splashed around.
  • Keep a check to see there is no stagnant water in your house and surroundings especially water coolers and empty flower pots in the garden to avoid mosquito breeding.
  • If you are suffering from asthma or diabetes, avoid staying anywhere with wet walls. It promotes the growth of fungus and can be especially harmful.
  • Drink warm herbal teas, especially those with antibacterial properties such as holy basil leaves, ginger, etc.

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