Although the rainy season bestows us a cooling effect after bearing the scorching summers, it also has its own dilemma. Splashes of water everywhere, diseases, reduced immunity, daily hygiene concerns and a lot of precautions have to be taken for the right food to be consumed during the rainy season.
While in this most awaited season, also emerges a question of how to keep one warm amidst the whole season and enjoy the amazing weather too. Here are some helpful tips to go through:
1. Herbal teas and herbal milk
Drink warm beverages like herbal teas as they are rich in antibacterial properties. Include basil leaves (tulsi), mint, ginger, saffron, turmeric, honey and pepper, etc also the same ingredients can be added to warm milk also. Even green tea and honey lemon tea are some excellent options to keep you warm. But it is better to avoid excessive intake of teas and coffee as they tend to dehydrate the body.
2. Hot soups, dals and curries
It is recommended consuming hot soups like sweet corn soup, tomato soup, mix vegetable soup, etc make you feel warm and they are light on the stomach. Consumption of hot dals and light curries are tastier options and good for health keeping infections and bacteria away.
Remember, it’s always good to eat moderately hot food, whichever healthy food you love.
3. Steamed salads – an alternative to raw salads
Avoid eating raw salads and vegetables as they are full of virus and active bacteria that are the reasons behind the viral and bacterial infections. Hence steamed salads are much safe to consume in this rainy season.
4. Warm water bath
Choose a warm water bath to avoid health problems. As you may know, warm water also eliminates germs from your body that may have harmed you while you were really busy getting pleasure from the rains.
It is a great idea to load on spices that boost immunity and are anti-inflammatory such as cinnamon, cloves, coriander, mustard, fenugreek (methi), curry leaves, garlic, asafoetida (hing), ginger, pepper and turmeric. Not only they add a refreshing flavor to your food, but also are effective for digestion.
6. Exercise regularly
Warm-ups and regular exercises in any form are the best way to generate heat and warm your body. They also boost your immunity which is beneficial during the monsoons. However, you have to take extra care if you prefer to workout outdoors. To avoid skin allergies and fungal infections you need to bathe and clean your body thoroughly and maintain your foot hygiene.
7. Dry fruits
To generate body heat, dry fruits like almonds, walnuts and dates are extremely advantageous. You can either grind them and add them in warm milk or eat them raw, whichever you prefer.
All the above options are highly effective and beneficial. Choose them keeping your needs, choices and timings in mind.
While selecting food to be consumed, stale food should be completely avoided as there are increased chances of bacteria present in them which can infect you and make you fall sick.