8 health and diet tips for a healthy and sickness free monsoon season

By mid day online desk | Mumbai

With sickness and infections on an all-time high during the monsoon season, we tell you about some of the monsoon health and diet tips to ensure that you do not get sick

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Monsoon season is that time of the year when we are tempted to binge on piping-hot pakodas, chaat, samosas, bhajjiyas and much more. The street food may taste delicious and look attractive, but the chances of it being contaminated are much more. Your body becomes more susceptible to certain health risks, as the immune system becomes weaker. Monsoon also brings along with it an array of diseases and infections that may take a toll on your body and overall health. Most of which depends on the kind of foods that you consume during the rainy season. Eating wrong foods may result in diseases like dengue, malaria, typhoid, viral fever, jaundice, and leptospirosis. So, if you are confused about which foods to pick and which to avoid, worry not as we list down a few monsoon health and diet tips to ensure that you do not get sick and enjoy it more.

Here are a few monsoon health and diet tips that you should always keep in mind:

Seafood: Monsoon is considered as the breeding season for sickness and diseases. So its best to avoid eating fish at least this time of the year. Instead, opt for chicken and mutton to satiate your cravings if you are a non-vegetarian foodie.

Fried foods: Fried foods are complete 'No' during the rainy season. While we all crave for fried foods during the rainy season, there is a reason we must stop. The highly humid weather during this season causes our digestion process to slow down and fried snacks, as it is, takes a lot of time to digest. Consuming fried foods can cause bloating, gas or acidity. These foods also contain a lot of sodium, which can cause water retention.

Fizzy drinks: Fizzy drinks are known to reduce minerals in our body, which leads to the reduction of enzyme activity. A weak enzyme activity is undesirable when your digestive system is at an all-time low during the monsoon season. Keep a bottle of water or lemon water whenever you feel like drinking any soft beverage. Avoid drinking beverages, juices, and dairy products like milk as they take time to digest and are heavy on your system.

Leafy vegetables: Green leafy vegetables may be superfoods, but should be avoided during monsoon. The dampness present in them makes them highly susceptible to bacteria and germs. Avoid leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, cabbage etc and use organic foods like cucumbers, oranges, mangoes, tomatoes for the daily required nutrition.

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