Healthy Diet for Rainy Season
Along with the monsoon showers comes the risk of various diseases like food poisoning, diarrhea, and cholera. Rainy season is the time when the humidity levels are high in the atmosphere and the capability of our body’s digestive system is at its lowest. In rainy season digestion is generally weak. Therefore one should eat less. It is essential to fast once in a week or fortnight.
Rainy season is an important time to take a special care of your health. While certain types of food are good to have during rainy season, we need to restrict certain food and other habits.
Diet tips for monsoon:
* Foods like cereals, vegetables and fruits are advisable while oily, fried and the spicy food are restricted.
* The green leafy vegetables should be consumed, as they build immunity and are light on the stomach.
* Non-vegetarian food should be avoided though tandoori foods can be eaten in small quantities.
* Avoid heavy salty food as it promotes water retention and bloating. It is better to have medium or low salt food.
* Eat foods which are drying in nature, the most popular being makka (corn), chana (chickpea), besan (gram flour), jow (oats).
* Eating watery foods like rice, lassi, watermelon, muskmelon creates swelling in the body.
* Maintain the general hygiene while eating out and definitely avoid roadside vendors Street food.
* Bitter and astringent vegetables and cooling foods such as barley, brown rice and oats are the stomach’s best friends during the monsoon.
* Plenty of ginger and onion should be used in food preparations as they help in exterminating the microbes in the stomach.
* Avoiding gaseous foods like soyabean, pulses like kidney beans and channa and other heavy food items is a wise thing to do in the rainy season.
* Dairy products should not be consumed in huge amounts as they have maximum propensity to get infected by germs.
* Avoid foods which are very sour like tamarind, chutneys and pickles as they promote water retention.
* Use ghee, olive oil, corn oil and sunflower oil for cooking as they are lighter. Avoid heavy oils like mustard oil, butter, peanut oil, and other heavy and heating oils.
* Avoid sleeping day, especially during rainy season. Day time sleep hampers digestion and slows down the metabolism.
* Consume lots of Vitamin C found in Amla and citrus fruits to take your immunity level up.
* Using a little asafetida while cooking takes care of the gas in the stomach. Cardamom, cinnamon and saunf (fennel seeds) are also cooling agents.
* While using water at home, it’s best to use filtered and boiled water during rainy season.
* Eating cut salads at restaurants may sometimes induce ingestion as germs thrive on vegetables, especially if the vegetables are not fresh
* Wash all green vegetables thoroughly as a lot of worms and insects are hidden in the leafy vegetables.