Monsoon brings with it the promise of rain, new life, and an escape from the heat and humidity of summer. However, it is not just humans who love the rainy season. Plants, animals, and viruses enjoy it just as much. Though the onset of the monsoon has given relief from the unbearable heat, the season also brings along a lot of diseases. The combination of humid climate, heavy rains, and strong winds easily spread infectious diseases. Viral fever, stomach infections, colds, and swine flu are some of the common health problems during the rainy season.
You can only enjoy any season if you and your loved ones are healthy and fit. Here are basic health tips to keep you healthy during monsoon:
Simple Health Tips For Monsoon
No Rain Dance-
Showering in the rain is an emotion. And it is not something you can experience in the winter. Because getting wet in the rain in the winter could mean only one thing – getting sick. However, getting wet in the first rains of the season may also not be the best idea. You may really want to get wet and also play in the first rains of the season. But you must realize that the temperatures were really high before the rain. Your body may not be ready for this change. A sudden change in body temperature can make you more prone to cold. The germs in the air can easily affect your body, increasing your chances of getting a cold.
Also, The first rains of the season can be acidic, due to the presence of pollutants present in the atmosphere. The toxic gases can combine with the water to form harmful acids. Which when fall on our skin and hair can harm them immensely. Hair can become brittle, dull, and break due to contact with acid. High acidic content can also cause acidic patches and burns on the scalp and skin.
Drink Boil water
We all drink less water during the rainy season, but our body needs to stay hydrated to remain healthy. In the rainy season, the source of drinking water gets contaminated easily and this can result in the spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, etc. Boiling the water kills most of these disease−causing microorganisms present in the water. Also, Boil water has a lot of benefits. It helps full for weight loss.
Avoid junk food
There are many foods out there that seem like an ideal fit for monsoons. Samosa, a hot cup of tea, or roasted corn on the cob can all seem a little too tempting when it rains. While there are many foods you should eat during the rainy season. There are some you should definitely avoid at all costs. Especially junk foods. Street food, freshly cut fruits, and other kinds of food items sold on the street should strictly be avoided. The road is usually filled with potholes full of water and mud. These form perfect incubators for various kinds of harmful microorganisms. The longer the food items are exposed to the open air. The higher they are likely to become home to them. So, whenever you eat your favorite junk food. You are more likely to contract a disease.
Avoid stagnant water around the house
Breeding of mosquitoes is one of the most dangerous issues during the monsoon season. Open water storage at home and water puddles that are stagnating around the house are breeding grounds for such insects. You must always ensure that drinking water is covered in pots and also vessels or bottles. Make sure that the drains in the locality are not clogged and remove any visible sources of stagnant water.
Follow an exercise regimen
Even though activities such as walking, skipping, yoga, cycling, or running can be hampered during the monsoon don’t let this season dampen your exercise routine. While exercising not only helps you stay in shape. It also maintains your immunity, improves blood circulation, and also fortifies your body against viruses and bacteria. It is very important for your body.
A few more key tips to ensure your kids are healthy this monsoon:
- Focus on good hygiene and cleaning habits. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly and shower after playtime.
- Drink boiled water as much as possible
- Avoid outside food, especially the ones on the streets
- Enjoy street food made at home. Home-made bhajis are as tasty as roadside shops
- Eat food items that are preferably cooked over raw
- Immunity building diet is one that is high in protein in nature
- Vitamin C and vitamin E-rich foods such as amla, oranges, capsicum, drumsticks, and a variety of nuts and seeds, respectively are important to fight against infections as well.
- Vitamin A rich-foods especially those found in colorful fruits and veggies, egg yolk, etc are good for immunity.
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