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Avoid non-desirable health conditions in the pleasing moments of monsoon


Open up your windows to the pit-pat outside. Let the cool breeze gush in with the drizzle, Let it rain! Monsoons are a breath of fresh air, a moment of relief after a suffocating heatwave. For me, monsoon signifies the brightest hues, the fascinating aromas, and the eye-catching colors from big vibrant umbrellas to trendy flip-flops. Suddenly, the leaves look bright emerald green and the earth blows out a muddy aroma that fills up your senses. This fascinating weather gets you reaching out for that cup of garam chai and a steaming plate of fried pakoras. Cease right there! While the rain brings you a break from the scorching heat, it also brings with it a series of infections and occasional flu. It is really important to equip ourselves against these ailments to make the most of this lovely weather. So before you set foot in a café or a chai spot near your house, read through the list of foods you should avoid in the rainy season.

  1. Leafy Vegetables

It may seem counter-intuitive because all our lives we have been instructed about the importance of eating leafy vegetables. However, in the monsoon, they are best avoided. The grime and dampness present in them make them highly susceptible to germs. Say no to vegetables like spinach, cabbage, and cauliflower this season. Instead, go for pungent vegetables like bitter gourd, apple gourd, and sponge gourd. Make sure all vegetables are thoroughly washed and cooked well.


  1. Fresh Juices from Roadside Vendors

Any fresh food items that have had a long exposure to the monsoon air should be avoided. Roadside vendors have the fruits cut up well in advance, which could have come in contact with contaminated air. Stick to fresh fruit juice prepared at home and consume it instantly.

  1. Sea Food

Monsoon is the breeding season for fish and prawns so they are best avoided this time of the year. Stick to chicken and mutton to satiate your craving for non-vegetarian food. However, if it is essential to have seafood, make sure you only consume the freshest variety of it, taking extra care to cook them well.

  1. Fried Food

Yes, you read that right. Fried food is one of the food items you should avoid this rainy season and science backs me up on this too. The highly humid monsoon weather causes our digestion process to slow down. However irresistible that the spread of pakoras and samosas may seem, they could cause gastronomical complications like bloating and stomach upset. Extra salty food also causes water retention.

  1. Frizzy Drinks

Fizzy drinks reduce minerals in our body, which in turn leads to the reduction of enzyme activity. This is highly undesirable with an already weak digestive system. Keep a bottle of water or lemonade handy or stick to warm beverages like ginger tea. Your digestive system will thank you for it.

  1. Watery Foods

Buttermilk, lassi, rice, watermelon, etc. can cause swelling in the body. Avoiding such foods will take care of the water retention.

Nothing feels better than sitting by your window peacefully sipping a cup of tea, listening to your favorite song, the sight of drizzle, the calmness in the atmosphere, and that fresh earthy smell. This all can be enjoyed to the fullest only if you are fit and healthy and the immunity is at its peak. Be healthy and wise this monsoon.

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How Drinking Water Can Rainproof Your Health – In Monsoon

Who doesn’t await monsoons? The pitter-patter instantly lights up the mood and makes us crave those deep fried pakodas and a cup of steaming adrak chai. While the best-loved rainy season is deeply enjoyed, it also brings along the possibility of falling prey to a host of airborne diseases, viral and bacterial infections, seasonal allergies and mosquito-borne ailments.

Our immune system is most vulnerable during the turn of seasons and bolstering it up via proper diet is the only way to put up a guard against the seasonal change.

Dietary tweaks can certainly go a long way in safeguarding your health this monsoon. Something as simple as your everyday drinking water can bring world of a difference. Ayurveda states down ways in which a person should drink water to reap maximum health benefits. Something as basic as plain drinking water and the way it is consumed can bring a lot of difference in the way our body functions.

Ayurveda expert from Baidyanath, Dr. Ashutosh Gautam brought to our notice the fact that most ailments during monsoon occur due to infected water. Water is also one of the

best carriers of infections. Also, “during monsoon our body’s constitution becomes more air dominated which can cause Vatta imbalance. Digestive issues are therefore pretty common around this time of the year and that is why fried foods should be consumed in moderation,” noted Dr. Ashutosh Gautam.

So how exactly water can help our health this monsoon? Take a look at the following points:


Clean Water

Even if you have access to clean drinking water, use purifying herbs to turn your drinking water into a natural detoxing agent. An herb called Nirmali can be added to your regular drinking water.


Bring out that Silverware

Drinking water stored in copper vessels or silverware has long been associated with good health. This should especially be put to practice during monsoon when the body could easily use some additional dose of minerals. Copper and silver vessels also add anti-bacterial properties to your drinking water.



Go Warm

Why You Should Start Your Day With a Glass of Warm Water - NDTV Food

Since digestive issues are usually on rise during monsoons, it is advisable to consume lukewarm throughout the day. Try ditching chilled water totally. Also, always have water after your meals and not just before or in-between meals. Consuming lukewarm water after meals promotes digestion.



The Add-Ons

It is always better to spike your drinking water with some neem leaves, tulsi and other anti-bacterial and immunity boosting ingredients like ginger.



Take a Sip

This is a rule you must abide by throughout the year. Water should always be consumed in sips, guzzling down half a bottle in just one go and then going without water for hours is not going to benefit your health. Ensure consuming at least 2 liters of water daily.