The southwest monsoon has arrived in some states, particularly the southern part of the country such as Maharashtra, Kerala, and Karnataka. According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), monsoon may hit Delhi, the National Capital, by June 28-29. While the cool splash of monsoon rain brings much relief from the scorching heat, it brings with it a host of infections, especially water-borne and mosquito-borne diseases. In addition, high humidity can adversely affect your health.
So, you need to be really careful during the rainy season with regards to the food habits or activities you perform. Monsoon can trigger certain health risks, and children, in particular, are susceptible.
Fortunately, there are many precautions you and your whole family can take to avoid getting sick and stay in peak health condition during the rainy season. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy throughout the monsoon:
- Avoid eating street food, this is the season you should avoid eating foods from roadside stalls. This is important because bacteria breeds insanely during the rainy season, thereby increasing your risk of having unhygienic foods that may cause stomach infections. Moreover, it’s not safe to consume water from outside during this time of the year.
- Increase your immunity by eating a nutritious diet. Eat fresh and home-cooked meals only. Try to stay away from pre-cooked food, raw fruits and veggies should be washed thoroughly before eating them. Avoid oily foods that can disrupt digestion and cause digestive issues.
- Drink plenty of fluids and warm herbal teas, especially those with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to boost your immunity. It is important to drink enough water during monsoon, but make sure that you consume boiled or purified water only.
- Use insect repellents that are safe for the skin to avoid getting mosquito bites. Keep your surroundings clean, ensuring that drains and sewage lines are not clogged. Check through flower pots and unused containers that may be holding stagnant water, where mosquito breeding is common. Clean them regularly and keep them covered.
- Practice good personal hygiene such as washing hands frequently with soap and clean water to avoid infections. Keeping your hands clean will help eliminate most monsoon-related illnesses. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth without washing your hands properly as you may end up transferring germs to yourself.
Keeping this in mind, we hope you’ll have a safe, healthy monsoon!