Monsoons or rainy seasons is though a favourite amongst all, but it also causes a number of health problems. So, here are some specific guidelines regarding what to eat and what not to eat during rains.
Nutritional tips in monsoon:
1. Eat fruits as they help you restore energy. Apples, mangoes, pomegranates, and pears are best suggestible.
2. Avoid watermelon and muskmelons and also goosing on too many mangoes may cause pimples.
3. Have medium to low salt food and avoid heavy salty food as they are responsible for high blood pressure and water retention.
4. Eating watery foods like lassi, watermelon, rice, muskmelon creates swelling in the body. So, better opt for foods which are drying in nature like corn, gram flour, chick pea etc.
5. Foods such as brown rice, oats, and barley are the best foods one could have in this monsoon.
6. Body's immunity can be increased by adding a dash of garlic to the soups, stir fries and curries you intake. Opt for yogurt, curd and almonds in your diet instead of milk.
7. Drink only boiled and purified water to protect yourself from harmful germs and drinking plenty of water keeps your body hydrated.
8. Vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, cluster beans, ladies finger, kidney beans, pigeon pea, and sprouted grains must be avoided.
9. Eat steamed salads instead of raw vegetables as they contain active bacteria and virus that cause bacterial and viral infections.
10. Have fresh radish juice to fight cold and cough. To reduce mucous formations add pipli and rock salt to warm water. This reduces the natural monsoon ailments. Better eat seasonal fruits as non- seasonal fruits get infested with worms during the monsoons. Pomegranates, lychees, apples, bananas are among the recommended.
1Avoid eating fried items, pre-cut fruits and juices from roadside vendors and stick to high quality and hygiene.
Always wash vegetables well and keep them clean especially if they are taken raw.