The rainy season not only brings with it pleasant, romantic weather, but also a bunch of illnesses that you must protect yourself from.
Although the rainy season gives us respite from the scorching summer heat, it does pose certain health risks. Hence, we need to be careful with what we eat and drink.
What to eat during monsoon
Warm vegetable soups with spices
Soups in winter are like a Godsend. Hot, straight-out-of-flame light meal and full of nutrients is just what you need to warm up your body and soothe your senses. The nutrients will do their own job of rejuvenating you with a new surge of energy. They are a whole meal in itself depending upon the ingredients. Add as much or as little according to your needs and you can have a quick meal or a snack all ready to be savoured.
Eating with the seasons is a great way to eat fresh, especially during the monsoon season when everyone gets sick. You should ideally include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, especially when the monsoon arrives.So, do not miss out on the delicious fruits and vegetables available during the rainy season. While the monsoon season causes a craving for all things fried and tasty, there are also plenty of fruits and vegetables available in the market that help fight infections
Snack on dry fruits
It’s always necessary to keep up your immunity during winter. Include lots of walnuts, almonds, prunes and dates in your monsoon diet. These are rich sources of energy and antioxidants, and boost immunity.
What to avoid during monsoon
fish and seafood
During monsoon, the excessive rains and unhygienic conditions can often make way for bacteria, viruses and pathogens to breed; And this is the reason why it is often suggested to avoid eating leafy greens, eggs, meats and fishes during the changing weather. This happens because the animals feed on fodder and leafy greens, which may contain pathogens or bacteria and the same can be transferred to humans after consumption
Stay away from sour foods
Sour foods like pickles, chutney, sour candies, tamarind etc must be avoided during monsoons. Such sour foods can cause water retention in the body, which can make you feel bloated. Tangy foods during monsoons can cause throat ache and ultimately fever.
If you’re a big fan of dairy products like cheese, milk, and yogurt, it’s best to put a break on their consumption during winter. Dairy products, especially cold ones, are not considered healthy winter foods as they have a tendency of thickening the mucus in the body. Consuming dairy products when you’re already suffering from congestion, cough, or cold is a strict no. Even generally, it’s best to avoid these foods during winter as they might make you more prone to catching a cold and falling ill.