Monsoons have just begun and higher officials are already anticipating some sick leaves due to an upset stomach or popular viral fever like dengue, leptospirosis or malaria. Of course, some of you might simply cash in your sick leave to enjoy monsoon by your french window rather than drenching in knee deep water outside the station. For other who sincerely make to work irrespective of the size and time of the high tide, falling sick probably isn’t an option. So, here’s what you should do to keep sickness away this monsoon:
- Drink only boiled and filtered water. If you have purifiers at home or office, make sure the filters are serviced well in advance. If in doubt always boil the water before using. Bring it to a good bubbling boil, allow it to boil for a minute, then cool and drink it. If you run out of your boiled water, make sure you buy bottled water from an authentic source. Don’t be a hero, trying to flaunt how strong your immunity is!
- Eat hot food and drink hot beverages with ginger added to eat. If you are eating out, refuse to eat food that is cold or has gone cold.
- Absolutely avoid your favorite roadside chaat, no matter how hygienic you think the chaatwala is! Make your own chaat, if you are absolutely tempted.
- Summers are gone; you yet need to drink good 2-3 litres of water. Most of us neglect this fact and do not drink enough water during monsoons.
- Buy a soft scrub, especially to clean your veggies off the dirt and soil. Washing your veggies and fruits well, is very crucial to not falling sick during rainy seasons.
- Avoid roadside cut fruits or fruit juices. Opt for tetrapak if desired.
- Use a mosquito repellant readily available at a medical store. Clothes covering arms and legs are recommended to be worn during the rains.
- Do not forget to empty water containers at least once a week, besides covering and sealing septic tanks and soak away pits. Stagnant water from coolers and other places should be removed.
- Eat protein rich foods like chicken, eggs, soya, sprouts, dals pulses to help keep your immunity strong.
- Fish is usually avoided during monsoons, as fresh produce is not readily available and it is also the mating season for the fish. But you can always eat almonds, walnuts and flaxseeds to get your daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Either lightly steam your salads or make sure you have washed them thoroughly. Eating warm salads during monsoons is always a better option. Onions, cucumbers, beetroot, carrot can be peeled and you need not steam them.
- Make sure you eat seasonal fruits like apples, pear, peaches, and pomegranate.
- Cook your green leafy veg well during monsoons. Prefer veggies like french beans, tinda, gavar, gourds, bitter gourd, turi, dudhi, padwal, suran, konfal or karela.
- Don’t let the gloomy weather stop you from being active. A flooded neighborhood should not dampen your spirits to stay fit. Click here to know how you could stay active this monsoon.
As Dolly Parton the legendary performer has rightly said, “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” And why not do it the healthy way?
©Ms. Sukhada Bhatte (RD, CDE-UK)