Essential health tips for monsoons
The long awaited monsoons have definitely given some respite from the scorching heat of summers. The rains have their own charm with magnified pleasure of
a cup of tea and a pleasant view from the window shield. However the ‘water water everywhere’ situation brings a health havoc with it. Most of the disease
causing organisms flourish well in the rain water, thereby spreading various forms of illness. Falling sick in this season is such a potent threat that we
need to protect our good health with full force. Here are some tips:
- Eat Healthy : If you love to indulge in junk and street food, rainy season isn’t your time. Eating healthy is the best and cheapest way to keep several
seasonal diseases at bay. Even apparently hygienic and fancy food outlets might not be able to maintain proper hygiene in this climate. Cook at your home
as far as possible.
- Drink Clean : Contaminated water is the most common source of diarrhea and other forms of gastroenteritis. If you’re unsure of the water quality, better
ditch the glass and go for packaged water. Since, food is cooked but water doesn’t undergo the ‘heat treatment’, it is more likely to contact an illness
through contaminated drinking water.
- Don’t Touch Your Face : One of the many common seasonal illness is flu, which is caused by the flu virus. This virus enters the body through nose, mouth,
eyes and ears. Resist the urge to rub your eyes or wipe your sweaty forehead with your contaminated hands.
- Use Insect Repellants : Disease causing mosquitoes, flies and other insects come to life in rains. The stagnant water that collects in the dugpits and
other areas form a very good breeding place for mosquitoes. Clean any such stagnant collection of water. Make sure that your house is pest-free during the
monsoons. To ensure the protection, slather some mosquito repellant on your body when you go out. While indoors, use essential oils to keep away the
- Shower If Soaked :When you get back indoors after being drenched in the rain, simply changing is not enough. The first thing to do is, take a shower to
wash off all the bacteria from your body. To prevent hair damage, do not forget to shampoo them.
- Have Immune Boosters :Boost your immunity against the prevalent pathogens of the season. Add a dash of garlic to the soups and curries you intake.
Consumption of bitter vegetables like karela (bitter gourd) and herbs like neem and haldi (turmeric) prevents you from infection
with its antioxidant and medicinal properties.