This monsoon, even as you renew your romance with the rains, please do stay mindful about your diet. For along with the gentle breezes and cool showers monsoons also usher in a whole host of diseases – typhoid, gastroenteritis, cholera, dengue, hepatitis … ,
Here are 5 Essential Food Dos & Don’ts for the monsoons.
Follow them. They will fire up your digestion, protect you against stomach disorders, and help you build a rock-solid immune system.
Don’t Eat Junk
Ok, we do know that junk food is not a very healthy choice in any case. But in monsoons our digestion is very weak and therefore fried, fatty foods and refined & processed foods pose a more acute problem than usual.
So look beyond the chai and pakoras! Instead next time it rains try some nourishing, delicious treat like our “Spiced Nuts”. They will satisfy that “pakora-samosa” craving without compromising your health.
We promise the change will really perk you up. No more lethargy or sluggishness brought on by weak digestion struggling to process fried foods. Better energy, better immunity.
Do Drink Warm Beverages!
Have plenty of hot drinks - Soups, rasam, herbal teas, or just plain, simple warm water spiked with ginger juice, lemon, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon or nutmeg.
The drinks will keep you hydrated and all those wonderful herbs and spices will fire up your immune system.
Don’t Eat Raw Food
Raw and semi-cooked foods are best avoided in monsoons. The humid atmosphere in the monsoons is a perfect breeding ground for germs and microbes. Cooking food ensures that the germs are killed. Also, cooked food is easier to digest.
If you are keen to have raw salads and vegetables then take extra care when cleaning them. Soak them in water with some apple cider vinegar and rinse extremely well in clean, pure water.
Do Eat Local, Seasonal & Preferably Organic Produce
Fresh fruits and vegetables are great for boosting your immunity levels in the monsoons. But do make sure you choose only local, seasonal, and preferably organic produce.
Buying produce grown closer to you and sold during its season, ensures that you get the freshest, healthiest and most nutrient-dense foods.
There is less risk of spoilage. Also, the food hasn’t been forced to undergo any unnatural preservative processes, which reduces nutrients and antioxidants.
Benefit case - More nutrition, better immunity and lesser exposure to disease!
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Do Follow The Basics
Food hygiene becomes even more vital in monsoons. Remember to:
- Drink only clean, purified water. Make sure your aquaguard or water purifier at home has been serviced and cleaned.
- Avoid water and ice from unknown sources.
- Avoid street food, which is raw or exposed. Cut fruits are especially avoidable. Bacteria stick to them. Also, often, they are contaminated by flies.
- Hydrate well, exercise, and get plenty of sleep
So eat right, stay healthy and enjoy the monsoons!