As the monsoon season is on arrival, the issues of digestion will also arise as many diseases are also brought in. However, it is vital to eat the right foods in this season to remain healthy. So, let’s check out a few ways to maintain our digestion along with the pleasures of monsoon season:
1. Drink boiled water
Keep yourself hydrated even though you may not feel so thirsty in this wet season, but drinking water when required prevents generating excess body heat. Drinking 8-10 glasses of filtered, boiled and cooled water during monsoon keeps the stomach infections away. Remember, to consume the boiled water within 24 hrs of boiling it.
2. Washing hands
One of the most important practices is to wash hands especially before eating your food as your hands carry a lot of germs that make us fall sick. Maintaining good hygiene and keeping your hands clean helps you stay away from both water and airborne diseases.
3. Avoid outside food
Mostly, the outside food is prepared in the open air. Thus, there are chances of food getting contaminated with rainwater. Moreover, they are prepared in unhygienic conditions. All the food exposed to air and moisture gets contaminated and so contracts water-borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, stomach upsets and food poisoning.
4. Herbal tea and ukala
One of the best ways to warm you is to drink herbal tea with tulsi, ginger, and pudina that are rich in anti-bacterial properties and prevents a cough and cold. Also, green tea is rich in antioxidants.
Herbal ukala is another way which consists of spices and nuts like cinnamon, cloves, pistachios, and almonds; etc powdered and mixed with boiled milk or even hot ginger milk is a great warm drink during monsoons. Adding saffron to warm milk helps to cure throat infections.
5. Wash the veggies and fruits well
Always wash all the vegetables and fruits properly before consuming them as you may never know what all places they have been to. Washing them is a very important habit as you don’t want to fall sick after eating them, isn’t it?
6. Hot soups are the best
During monsoons, piping hot pakoras, and mouth-watering samosas, etc would be really so tempting, but instead to suffice and satisfy you, have a cup of hot soup like mushroom, sweet corn, or bottle gourd (lauki) soup. Other options are Indian dals and besan kadhis that are good for health and light on the stomach. Soups, dals and kadhis boost your immunity levels.
7. Give fried foods a miss
Yummy kachoris and batata-wada are really salivating in the rains, but it is definitely a great idea to avoid fried foods in monsoon season, though irresistible, they are difficult to digest, causes bloating and upset stomach. Also avoid eating potato wafers and fried chivda, etc.
8. Cooking oil
Be careful to not use peanut oil, mustard oil or butter, etc as they are known to produce heat in your body, instead you can use lighter oils such as olive oil, sunflower oil, rice bran oil, corn oil or ghee to easily sustain your digestive system.
Make your meals tastier with the use of spices like turmeric, fenugreek, coriander, cumin, pepper, asafoetida, garlic, curry leaves and basil. These amazing spices are loaded with antioxidants, improve digestion and also fortify the immune system.
10. Dry fruits and nuts
Packed with vitamin E, minerals, riboflavin and niacin, certain dry fruits like walnuts, almonds and dates strengthen your immunity and also aids in keeping your cells in good condition. Eating nuts aid you to react and adapt to stress much better. To shoot up your energy levels, mix up your nuts with a few dried fruits adding a little sugar to your daily protein intake.
11. Yogurt and fermented foods
Probiotics or the good bacteria found in yogurt and many fermented foods boost your immune system, help combat disease and stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Yogurt is packed with Vitamin D that aids your body withstand both cold and flu. Add your preferred fruits to a cup of yogurt turning it into a dessert, or you may add yogurt as a substitute to milk for an appetizing twist.
Fermented foods contain the good bacteria in them that fight infection, too. You can consume hot fermented foods like idlis, and dhoklas, as they are tasty, yet very light on the stomach.
12. Home- cooked food
It is advisable to eat clean and hygienic home-cooked food that is fresh and disease free. Why not enjoy the meals cooked at home, hot and tasty? Give the outside food a break during monsoons.
Prepare light foods that easily digest during monsoons like khichdi, foods dry in nature such as moong dal, oats, corn, chickpea and gram flour.
Include vegetables like bitter gourd (karela), yam (suran), bottle gourd (dudhi), cluster beans (gavar), snake gourd (turi) and apple gourd (tinda), etc, that help fight stomach infections, digest easily and are light on the stomach.
13. Carbonated drinks
During this season of the year, while you may experience stomach problems, it would be better to prevent fizzy drinks. They lower down minerals in our body, causing enzyme cutback essential for digestion. It would be great to swap to lemon water or warm drinks.
14. Roadside juices
It’s best to avoid consuming fruit and veggies’ juices from the street vendors. They are unhygienic as well as they are sometimes prepared earlier and stored, the moisture in the air usually contaminates them causing stomach problems and diarrhea, etc.
A great way to consume juices would be to prepare it fresh at home and consume it immediately.
15. Pre-cut or peeled fruits
Whether outside or at home, the peeled or pre-cut fruits if exposed to the moist air, get contaminated with bacteria and virus present in the air and lead to stomach infections and food poisoning.
Even at home, consume the peeled or cut fruits without any delay.
No need to stop yourself from enjoying the monsoons, especially after undergoing the severe hot summers. But with these few precautions, you will be able to enjoy this season to its’ fullest.