4 Easy-to-Follow Monsoon Health Habits
Rainy season comes as a great relief after the scorching heat, but along with it comes the risk of multiple infections and diseases. The rise in humidity proliferates the growth of bacteria, spreading monsoon illness amongst children and people with low immunity. To stay healthy and enjoy the monsoon drizzle, be armed with a healthy lifestyle to keep infections at bay.
Here’s a list of health precautions to stay healthy this monsoon:
- Keep Personal Hygiene on the Fore
The first step is to steer clear of rainwater, carry an umbrella or wear a raincoat whenever you step out. As nostalgic as it sounds, getting drenched in the rain increases the risk of viral fever, cold and skin infections. If you accidentally step in a puddle, make sure you have a shower, scrub your feet clean and dry to avoid any fungal infections. Washing your hands with soap after coughing, sneezing, petting your furry one as soon as you reach home helps in combating monsoon illness.
- Steer Clear of Mosquitoes & Stagnant Water
Stagnant water, be it clean or dirty, is the breeding ground for mosquitoes that speeds up the spread of diseases like malaria, dengue and chikungunya. Keep a keen eye and dump out the standing water from flower pots, discarded tyres, open containers, birdbaths or rain gutters. Whether at home or stepping out, be sure to apply mosquito repellent lotion to prevent mosquito bites. Try installing mosquito screens to your doors and windows at home or use a fine mosquito net over your bed and even the crib of your little one to keep disease-bearing mosquitoes away.
- Strengthen Your Immunity
Pay special attention to what you eat and opt for home-cooked meals rather than gorging on street-food to steer clear of any germs and infections. Add more kiwis, oranges, spinach, chicken, fish, curd, dal and amla rich in Vitamin C and protein to your plate. Also, include Omega-3 rich nuts like walnuts, pistachios, chia seeds and flax seeds to top your salads with or take a fistful as an evening snack to boost immunity and reduce the risk of disease-causing pathogens.
- Give Herbaceous Drinks a Try
Having filtered or boiled water in monsoons in a must to avoid any risk of consuming contaminated water. According to Ayurveda, having a decoction of ginger, tulsi, and a dash of medicinal spices like cloves, pepper, cinnamon, cardamom after your monsoon shower is a great home remedy to keep infections at bay. You can also include hot vegetable soups, herbal honey-lemon-ginger tea or even add spices like star anise, cloves, pepper, nutmeg, fennel and cinnamon to your cup of masala chai to give a boost to your immunity. Make the most of the herbs and spices in your kitchen cabinet to stay healthy this rainy season.
By: Navreet Kaur | on 2020-08-13