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Staying Healthy in the Rainy Season

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Following the scorching summer months, the monsoons bring about a welcome relief from the sweltering heat to our parched souls. We all look forward to the first of the showers, and revel in the joy that the rains bring about. And yet, like with all things in life, monsoons bring about their own share of challenges for us to deal with.
 
The damp environs during the monsoons are the ideal time for viruses and bacteria to thrive. And therefore, it I imperative for us to take adequate precautions lest we fall pray to viral fevers, allergic reactions and other health issues.
 
Staying healthy requires boosting immunity, as well as taking precautions from acquiring infections. Good healthy diet, proper personal hygiene, and adequate public sanitation helps improve our internal immune system.
 
In terms of consumption, it helps to drink a lot of fluids. Water must be ideally boiled or purified. Fluids advisable to drink include – soups, green tea, herbal tea with herbs and spices like thulsi, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric among others. These are high in antioxidants, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and thereby help boost immunity in addition keeping the body hydrated.
 
Probiotic food consumption must be increased during the monsoon months. This includes increased consumption of curds, yogurt, buttermilk etc., to make our gut healthier by increasing the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Our diets must also include healthy proteins, they both increase immunity and as well as aid recovery from illness. This includes - milk and milk products, pluses like moong dal, lentils, chole, rajma, soya, egg and chicken.
 
Citrus fruits are particularly helpful in increasing immunity. Oranges, Papaya, Strawberries, Kiwi, Lemons alongside peaches, plums, cherries, jamun, and pomegranate are advised to be consumed as they are packed with vitamins A and C and antioxidants.
 
 
Also include ginger, garlic, fenugreek seeds and methi in your regular diet as they have anti-viral properties and are also have antioxidant effects on the body.
 
Finally, it is advisable to have a regular exercise regimen to remain fit. Regular exercise also improves blood circulation, which fortifies your immune system against viruses and bacteria.
 

Staying healthy during the monsoon season can be a bit challenging due to increased humidity and the potential for waterborne diseases. Here are some simple tips to help you stay healthy during this time:

  1. Stay Hydrated: Despite the cooler weather, it's essential to drink enough water. Monsoon weather can be deceptively dehydrating due to increased humidity.

  2. Eat Clean and Cooked Food: Avoid street food or raw foods like salads, as they may carry waterborne infections. Opt for well-cooked and hot meals.

  3. Hand Hygiene: Frequent handwashing is crucial, especially before meals. Carry a sanitizer when you can't access soap and water.

  4. Umbrella and Rain Gear: Always carry an umbrella and wear appropriate rain gear to stay dry and avoid getting soaked. Damp clothes can lead to illnesses.

  5. Footwear: Wear closed shoes or waterproof sandals to protect your feet from dirty water and prevent fungal infections.

  6. Mosquito Protection: Mosquitoes are more prevalent during the monsoon. Use mosquito repellent, and if possible, install mosquito nets in your home.

  7. Stay Active: Engage in indoor exercises to stay active during rainy days. Regular physical activity helps boost your immunity.

  8. Proper Ventilation: Ensure your living spaces are well-ventilated to prevent the growth of molds and mildew, which can cause respiratory problems.

  9. Boost Immunity: Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Include foods that are high in vitamin C, like citrus fruits, to boost your immune system.

  10. Stay Informed: Be aware of weather forecasts and any advisories from local health authorities. This can help you plan your activities accordingly.

  11. Stay Dry: If you get caught in the rain, change into dry clothes as soon as possible. Wet clothes can lower your body temperature and make you more susceptible to illnesses.

  12. Stay Away from Floodwaters: Avoid contact with stagnant or floodwaters as they can be contaminated and carry waterborne diseases.

  13. Stay Away from Sick Individuals: If someone in your family or community is sick, take precautions to avoid getting infected. Use masks and maintain physical distance.

  14. Hygiene Practices: Ensure your home is clean and dry. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly.

  15. Vaccinations: Check if there are any recommended vaccinations for monsoon-related illnesses in your area, such as flu shots.

  16. Stay Rested: A good night's sleep is essential for a strong immune system. Ensure you get enough rest.

Remember, prevention is key during the monsoon season. By following these simple tips, you can reduce your risk of falling ill and enjoy this season to the fullest.

For more detailed information and personalized advice, consult with a General Physician.